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“Turning with an outstretched arm doesn’t guarantee you’ll be noticed”- Alessandra, Commuter 24
As Automobiles have developed they have gained advanced indicator systems that increase safety and visibility on the roads. However cyclists are still forced to rely on the outdated technique of an outstretched arm to indicate turning or changing lanes.
A consistent factor in many bicycle accidents is that hand signals are simply not noticed by drivers, especially in poor light and weather conditions. With increasingly busy roads an evolution in cycling safety is needed to grab the attention of drivers and ensure cyclists’ turning signals are easily spotted.
As a solution WingLights are an innovative and versatile set of indicator lights for bicycles. Once fitted to the ends of your handlebars WingLights’ high visibility LEDs ensure that they are clearly visible from the front, rear and side.
Tests have indicated that indicators used before, during and after mandatory hand signalling increase both the confidence and safety of cyclists on the road.
The flashing amber lights not only increase the visibility of your turning signal but also allow you to indicate earlier and for longer, without sacrificing safety by removing your hand from the grips.
WingLights are incredibly easy to fit and mount. The innovative magnetic fixing allows for easy ‘snap on, snap off’ attachment while providing a strong hold in all weather conditions.
A tap to turn it on, a tap to turn it off, quick, safe and intuitive.
Once removed they detached they transform into a carry-away key-ring.
Our objective was simple: design indicators that are effective in all light and weather conditions and that look as if they were a part of the bike.
We tasked ourselves with designing the ultimate bicycle indicators that were both elegant and functional.
As a life-critical product we had to ensure that they reliably served their purpose, working time after time.
Knowing well the punishment bicycles are given, we knew that WingLights had to be robust, water resistant and durable.
To achieve our high standards we had to consider every detail of the design and engineering process. We set out to design compact, well-integrated components that felt like a natural extension to a bicycle's handlebars. No wires, switches or protruding lamps that get in the way.
We incorporated the best from both traditional to contemporary bicycles styles, encompassing both a modern yet classic aesthetic. Indicators that are just the right size. Streamlined and effective. We felt the mounting system should be indistinguishable from the bike itself.
The magnetic mounting system was engineered around speed and reliability: quick to install and tightly secured within the handlebars.
WingLigts are designed to fit any straight handlebar bike, it does not currently* mount on drop bars, bullhorn handlebars and cruiser bars, as being that narrow would not be possible to see the indicator from behind.
Most of the grips nowadays have a side cover that you can remove and easily fit WingLights in the hole. Some grips that do not have a side cover will require to either cut a hole in the grip or exchange it with one with a side cover.
*In the next 6 months we will work on a new mounter version which will fit the drop and cruiser bars, so follow us on twitter @cyclbike and on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CyclBike?ref=hl to stay updated and do not miss WingLights also for your bike!
We wanted to increase cyclist safety even in the worst weather conditions and to produce a set of lights that you can always rely on. To achieve this we accepted only the best materials. The WingLight body is entirely constructed from a strong light weight aluminum frame, carverd with high precision CNC machines to fit all the inner handlebar diameter. When designing WingLights we paid attention to every detail of the construction, experimenting to produce the perfect size and waterproof sealing between its components to ensure its durability. No cheap parts. No shortcuts. Only the best.
Indicator Weight: 30 grams
Mounter Wieght: 28 grams
We've spent hundreds of hours designing and working out production. The next part is relatively simple, but we cant do it alone. We need money to buy enough Indicators to make factory production feasible. We have quotes to produce only a few hundred indicators and quotes to produce several thousand. We've set our goal at just 8,500 £, because that's the minimum we need to get started down our path and deliver a limited batch of Winglights into the hands of our supporters.
We’ve been incredibly lucky to find some great partners with whom to collaborate on our Indicators’ design & production. In December we will finalise the latest enhancements to the product design and with your help we will be able to start on the manufacturing and production of your new WingLights.
By end of February we will be developing the tooling for the moulds of the parts and making the final preparations before mass production. In March we will be working around the clock to ensure manufacturing is going smoothly and meeting our high requirements.
In March as soon as the very first batch of WingLights will be ready we will ship to the priority shipping backers directly from our manufacturer.
In the start of April the first batch will be shipped to our warehouse.As soon as we will have our first batch stored we will start to ship WingLights to our backers as soon as they arrive.
Check what they say about us:
Cycl® is an international team of designers and engineers (Luca Amaduzzi, Agostino Stilli and Simon Bardrick) relocated in London one year ago. Cycl is focused on creating and manufacturing innovative solutions for cycling safety.
We are first of all a group of friends with a passion for cycling. As soon as we started to explore the city on our bicycles we felt immediately unsafe and uncomfortable on the capital's roads. Buses, lorries, cars...everybody have a really small consideration on bicycles and sadly cyclists are always those ones who pay the higher price in any accidents this causes. Frequently not seen, especially at junction while turning, cyclists take a huge risk sharing the street with vehicles far bigger than them. We decided to take action and put our combined efforts to towardsmake makingthe cycling experience safer for everyone!
So if you share our aim and like what we are doing please give us your support.
Thanks! - Luca, Agostino & Simon
Risks and challenges
We have taken the following steps to ensure that we deliver the best quality product:
- Extensively tested prototypes for performance and durability.
- We are collaborating with an assembly manufacture that has more then 10 years of experience in bicycle lights and accessories, to ensure that every single piece manufactured according to our specifications and are all going to be tested before delivery.
We have established working relationships with experienced manufacturers in the relevant fields of production.
We are confident that with the right partners we will get the great results we are aiming for and we really believe in our product, Winglights. We hope you will share that confidence with us.
With your help and support we hope that Winglights will be one of many products designed by CYCL.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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