Australia’s accessory brand Cycliq wants you to be safe while you ride, and now they’re going to help keep your bike safe too. The company first made waves with their Fly6 rear light/camera combo, and after requests from Fly6 buyers they designed the Fly12 front-facing unit to match, which BikeRumor covered last month.
On the first day of the Fly12’s Kickstarter campaign, a consumer suggested a built-in alarm would be a nice addition. Well, ask and ye shall receive- Cycliq listened to their customers once again and added a smartphone-controlled alarm and app feature to all their Fly12’s. The product’s successful Kickstarter campaign finished just days ago and Cycliq is now focused on meeting their projected delivery times, which are expected for around this year’s Interbike show (September).
To find out how the new alarm feature works, click past the break…
So picture yourself finishing a great ride when you pull in for some window shopping at your local bike shop or stop for a cup of coffee. To activate the Fly12’s security feature, simply open the app on your iOS or Android smartphone and switch the alarm on. If your bike or the Fly12 itself is disturbed the unit will let out an audible alarm, turn the headlight to flashing mode and start recording with the video camera. Using Bluetooth connectivity an alarm simultaneously sounds on your smartphone to let you know something’s happening to your bike, or someone’s trying to steal the Fly12 off your handlebars.
Critics of this idea will probably point out that the Fly12’s alarm does not immobilize your bike, thus a clever thief might just pull the device off and toss it aside as they pedal away. If it were a standalone unit, it might not be such a great idea but built in with the Fly12’s many other useful features, it becomes a question of why not? You’ll know instantly if someone’s messing with your ride and get the best possible chance to stop the theft yourself. Even if you can’t, the flashing lights and alarm should draw a lot of attention and increase your chances of the thief quickly abandoning the bike.
For further information about the Fly12 check out Cycliq’s Kickstarter page.