Wearables in the Cycling Industry
Cycling is probably one of the earliest activities to embrace wearable technology. As rudimentary as it may seem, lighted clothing for cyclists to wear at night can be considered an early type of wearable tech. Times have changed, and wearable technology has made some rather impressive advances when it comes to this popular sport and mode of transportation. There are a number of different types of wearable technology that cyclists can wear for safety, performance and even just having more fun.
Fitness trackers epitomize wearable technology because they are inexpensive and not too cumbersome to wear. They also provide the user some pretty impressive feedback about their daily activities. Most people wear fitness trackers to count steps, stairs and heart rate, but those who wear the Flyfit device have the chance to capture data from even more activities.
Flyfit is a waterproof device that’s worn on the ankle instead of the wrist and is great for runners and swimmers, but cyclists get the most benefit out of it. In addition to tracking distance, sleep, steps, and stairs the Flyfit also measures:
- Calories Burnt
- Bike Distance
- Bike Speed
- Real-time GPS
- Pedal Cycles
- RPM Cadence
Some people want smart watches to send text messages and make phone calls; others want them to track their rides. This multi-sport GPS watch does just that and more. Relying on TomTom’s GPS technology, this wearable device will not only help you determine your location but it also gives you real-time statistics so you can compare your best or last ride to your current one. Other data that the multi-sport GPS watch tracks for you includes time, distance, and cadence. A more expensive model includes a monitor that also measures your heart rate and calorie expenditure.
Touted as the first airbag for cyclists, this device is worn around the neck of the rider. Should the Hovding sense that the rider is involved in a crash, a gas inflator blows up the airbag causing it to cover the rider’s head before impact is made. The “helmet” is designed according to current accident statistics and because it only covers the head when activated, it can provide a greater area of protection without sacrificing comfort or vision. The rider’s head is protected where it’s needed the most and the pressure remains constant for several seconds, making it able to withstand multiple head impacts during the same accident. After a while, the airbag starts to deflate on its own.
Likely the priciest piece of wearable technology on the market, but if you take one look at their video it is easy to see why. The ReconJet is described as smart eyewear; a pair of sunglasses that provides the wearer with a heads-up display providing information on speed/pace, distance, duration, ascent/descent, heart rate, cadence, and power. Connecting the device to their smartphone provides caller ID and text message notifications as well. Other apps also show promise by tying into the camera and tools like Google Fit and Apple Health.
Cycling Wearables Provide Invaluable Data
Cyclists, like people who participate in other fitness activities, readily embrace wearable technology because these devices provide such valuable feedback. Because of this, it is easy to assume that over the next few years we can expect to see some pretty interesting and innovative devices and apps geared specifically for cycling.