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Pimped Out Bike Has More Built-In Tech Than Most Cars

Pimped Out Bike Has More Built-In Tech Than Most Cars
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Vanhawks Valour rolls smart accessories into one sleek carbon fibre body.

Ross Brooks
  • 5 may 2014

There is no shortage of smart accessories for your bicycle, but Vanhawks Valour is a new idea that wants to incorporate the best of them into one high-tech solution for all your cycling needs. It’s a bike that can track your rides, give you directions, warn you of dangers on the road, and even help you track it down should it get stolen thanks to an interconnected networks of other users.

For all of these features to work, the bike needs to be connected to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. One of the most eye-catching features is the LED indicators built in to the handlebars which signal as you approach your next turn. To make sure a car doesn’t catch you off-guard while you turn, the handlebars will also vibrate if a car suddenly moves into your blind spot. While all of this is happening, on-board sensors will continue to measure various data points such as how many calories you’ve burned, distance traveled, and speed.

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Another great feature mentioned on Valour’s Kickstarter page is that the bike will charge while you ride. Just make sure that you go for an hour long bike ride every now and again, and a front wheel dynamo hub will charge all the electronics.

Beyond hardware, the bike also plugs into a mesh network, which becomes more intuitive as the number of users increases. This means the bike can share
real-time information on potholes, closed roads, and blocked lanes – which helps to create a smarter, and safer route for riders. Should the bike get stolen, the network can also help you get it back. When the stolen property is near another Valour, an app-based notification gets sent to the original owner.

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The Valour is available through their Kickstarter starting at CAD$999, although prices vary depending on whether you want as a single speed, fixie, or gear hub version of the bike. While the bike has a lot to offer, it also makes a much more attractive target for thieves, so let’s just hope that the network is as effective at catching thieves as the company says it is.

Vanhawks Valour

[h/t] The Verge

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