Cool Bike Stuff to Buy – Live from the Bike Expo 2018!

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While at the Bike Expo this weekend, I volunteered at the League of American Bicyclists’s booth – #1007 if you’re going – and on my way out, I ran across two really cool items on the market.

Lumos Helmets
These helmets have LED directional signals on the back! Now, I must share that I was a donor for their Kickstarter campaign a couple of seasons ago. I bought two – and have not yet taken them out of the box. But, seeing them in action at the Expo put their awesome-ness into perspective for me.

If all goes well, I’ll be meeting with Zane from the Lumos team soon to interview them and share more information.

Brilliant Stick-On Strips
Um, can I just share that I am a FANATIC when it comes to reflective safety tape? This obsession comes from my days as a motorcyclist and wanting to be seen at all times, especially at night.

So, when the Brilliant Reflective table caught my eye, I just HAD to stop and inquire…

I met Chuck, and he was gracious enough to forward a sample for me to try and review. (I never mentioned the part about my obsession.) But these reflective strips have uses outside of cycling. For example, I have reflective tape on my messenger bag to be seen as a pedestrian at night. They’re also great on shoes and children’s jackets to increase visibility.

League of American Bicyclists
Just a special note about the LAB: it’s the oldest national advocacy group in the country. Back in the 1880s, the group lobbied for paved roads. Now, they’re the backers of Bicycle Friendly America, bike-friendly cities all across America.

Did you know that the League is also the sponsor of National Bike Month – it’s May, by the way.

So please consider supporting LAB if you’re wondering which national membership to obtain.

And, locally here in New York City, the organization to join is Transportation Alternatives, which advocates for¬†better bicycling, walking, and public transit for all New Yorkers. Their flagship ride is the NYC Century Tour, where you can ride from 15 miles to 100 miles. This year’s ride is on September 9th.


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