If you cycle around any city at night you might be interested in a new bicycle that has been created by the Mission Bicycle Company that offers a new level of visibility while cycling after sunset.
The Lumen retro-styled bicycle is finished with a fully reflective coating that allows you to be easily seen whilst cycling on city streets at night. Watch the promotional video after the jump to learn more about this very unique and innovative bicycle safety reflective coating.
The bike it the first of its kind sporting an integrated retro reflection finish and is available as either a single speed or fully geared, in 5 sizes. By day the Lumen bike finish is a deep charcoal grey, with a slight iridescent sheen. The Mission Bicycle Company explain a little more about the Lumen bikes unique reflective finish :
“At night, with direct light, the Lumen’s frame and rims glow with dramatic effect. There’s no on/off switch, no batteries required. This integrated illumination helps identify the rider to surrounding road users. Not all reflections are the same. Retro-reflection works by returning light directly to its source, rather than bouncing, scattering or diffusing the light.
Retro-reflection is focused, creating a signal that is brighter and more intense. By coating the entire frame and both rims, the Lumen has more reflective surface area than any existing bicycle solution. Each bike will be painted with hundreds of thousands of microscopic spheres. As light enters those spheres it boomerangs right back to the source. This effect – known as “cat’s eye” – is visible up to 1,000 feet.”
The Lumen bike project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think the Lumen bike is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help the Lumen bike become a reality.
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