CyGlo is a cool new technology for embedding motion powered LED lights into bicycle tyres. The lights can be set into the rim or the main part of the tyre tread and be set to flash or stay on continuously. Once you have the tyres on your bike, you’ll be as visible as an emergency flare in a bear cave to all those other road users around you.
The developers have just secured investment cash and a new chairman, and are actively looking for industry partners to commit to the production run. The idea is to have one or more tyre makers on board who will add the CyGlo Tyre as a product in their range. It’s a great idea, and since it only adds a few pence to the cost of a tyre here’s hoping the team get the go-ahead soon. It should save quite a few lives.
Switched using a motion sensor within the tyre, high powered, tough and durable LED bulbs are built into the tread or wall of the tyre and can either flash or be permanently on, so when the wheel turns at any speed, a perfect ring of light is formed whilst continually and perpetually creating it’s own power. Manufacturing bicycle tyres with LED lights already built in has significant benefits, not least that pedal cycles become aligned with all road vehicles by having permanent running lights on day and night to maximise visibility regardless of lighting conditions.