Though Vancouver’s summer may seem never-ending at this point (soak it up while you can!), fall is just a few weeks away. Australia-based design company TwoWheelCool recently sent us some cycling gear to preview: three colourful silicone accessories for safety and warmth.
Founded in Balmain, one of Sydney’s inner harbour suburbs, TwoWheelCool aims for performance and innovative design in a product line created for cyclists and motorcyclists alike.
The company was founded a couple of years ago by industrial designer/architect/motorcycle rider/bike collector Bruce Hanlee, proving that some of the best-designed products out there are created by creative types wearing many hats!
The company got its start with 2012’s Airhead helmet ventilation liner for long-distance motorbikes; the line has grown to offer phone mounts, lights, chainstay guards, and toe warmers.
The latest in their lineup is the front/rear USB-powered Pilot Helmet Light. There’s a control button on top to turn it on as well as to cycle through four modes: Steady front and back, steady front and flash rear, flash front and steady rear, and flash front and rear.
After charging up the light via the supplied USB cable to the small port on the side of the light, the battery is rated to last between three (steady front and rear) and 10 (flash front and rear) hours.
A pair of skinny velcro straps threads through the bottom of the light and then through the top of your helmet. The straps are then fastened inside and any extra strap can be trimmed away.
When the battery runs low, the Pilot light will shine red when turned off. Once it’s connected to your computer (or to a USB charger), it’ll remain red until fully powered.
We charged the light overnight when we first got it out of the box. Same thing with the Omni Wearable Light, another USB-rechargeable TwoWheelCool product. This one can fit around your wrist, attach to a bag, or around your ankle, and shines red (rear) LED lights.
The Omni will flash through four modes: Steady, fast flash, pulse, and slow flash with battery times ranging from four (steady) to 45 (slow flash) hours of burn times.
Both the Pilot and Omni are made of a non-allergenic, anti-static, anti-bacterial, water-resistant silicone outer with an ABS case. I was attracted to each product’s streamlined, intelligent design.
Perfect for the cooler seasons, TwoWheelCool’s Toe Cap Toe Warmers slip over your bike shoes and can accommodate cleats. Just make sure you lift the toe cap strap over and away from the cleat when putting them on the shoes. We found the fit snug and true to size.
These are also hand-washable and will stretch to fit your shoes. We’ll be testing these out some more on rainy morning commutes and chilly nights. Stay tuned to this space for updates.
Another cool and handy item we’re looking at is the Wrapper Chainstay Guard, a great way to protect your bike from chain damage and wear, shaped just like a chainstay.
TwoWheelCool products are available online; at the moment, they’re seeking North American distributors. All prices quoted below are in AUD which is roughly equal to the Canadian dollar at present. For about $20, you can order and fit roughly three items into a Registered Post pack and have it shipped to North America.
– Pilot Light colours: Black, Celeste (aqua), Mist (off-white), Neon (yellow/green); retails for $39.95
– ToeCap Toe Warmers colours: Black, Red, Celeste, Mist, Rosa, Neon, Orange; retails for $29.95
– Omni Wearable Light colours: Black, Red, Celeste, Mist, Rosa, Neon, Orange; retails for $39.95
I was sent the Toe Cap Warmers, Pilot Light, and Omni Wearable Light for the purpose of test-driving the products for this feature.