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Give Your Neck a Break While You Ride with Bicycle Periscope: The Pedi-Scope

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Frustrated by the pain in his neck while riding his beloved bike, Inventor and Brooklynite Mike Lane set to work to find a solution that would allow him to safely continue to ride while looking down rather than straight ahead at all times. With your help the Pedi-Scope, “the periscope for your bicycle,” can take flight through Kickstarter. Look out…

Citing both short term back and neck pain and long term complications from bike riding such as Shermer’s Neck, an ailment that causes failure of the neck muscles in long distance cyclists due to fatigue, Lane explains that there are occasions when it is more comfortable or physically favorable to ride while looking down.

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The periscope is designed to mount to the handlebars, straddling the user’s stem, in order that the rider may peer straight downwards instead of having to look ahead, giving the rider’s neck a break while allowing them to continue to ride safely. Inspired by a set of glasses that allow an individual to read a book on their lap while looking straight ahead, Lane utilized a prism to facilitate the periscope effect.

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Lane has worked with Industrial designers to refine his final vision of the product, produced and functionally tested resulting prototypes on the road, and has found an overseas source for lightweight, durable prism’s with which to execute it. He is looking for help through Kickstarter to pay for tooling for the final product which he intends to fabricate utilizing a single injection-molded body around the larger, improved prism.

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If you act quickly, $39 will allow you to reserve a Pedi-Scope of your very own from the first production batch.

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Matt
Matt
7 years ago

Or you could just get your bike set up correctly. Probably the better option…

Sean
Sean
7 years ago

On top of an idea that limits your awareness on a bike, did you really have to give it a name that sounds like something creepy old men would use to spy on children at the park?

fergus
fergus
7 years ago

Oh dear, oh dear what has this man done, if was inspired by the reading glasses why not just have a similar set up with cycling glasses instead of strapping a fish tank to the front of his bike.

knanci djreaux
knanci djreaux
7 years ago

Can I use it for mtn biking?

pfs
pfs
7 years ago

Where will I mount my handle bar bag?

AlanM
AlanM
7 years ago

Or you know, get your bike properly fit.

Padrote
Padrote
7 years ago

Can I get one with a soldered lead frame for my rivendell?

Kark
Kark
7 years ago

Is there an enduro version that will work with goggles and a half lid?

Will
Will
7 years ago

Man you guys are d*cks, if one of the fancy companies would have come out with a similar device and talked all about how aero it would be to keep your head down while keeping a safe lookout for maximum performance you would be all in and pay a bunch of cash. . . But this guy just wants to offer a practical product that isn’t out there ane it is the typical snobbish bike crowd response. . . The sad thing is. . . Why are bikers such snobs? Only a handful are good enough to make any money or brag about it. The rest of the road bike crowd just complain, make fun of people, and generally don’t wave hi to other people.

Mountain bikers and touring bikers are way more friendly.

MM
MM
7 years ago

This might interfere with my electronic power modulator, not to mention the beer koozie -_-

Nick
Nick
7 years ago

I would never use this for city riding, that’s just asking to get hurt. I could see how this might be useful for touring rides on the open road or trails.

pfs
pfs
7 years ago

Sorry Will, but no. This product is not going to work like you think it will. You cannot have the same field of vision that you would if you bike was properly fit and you could keep your head up. That is why this fails. Its just not safe.

Dr. Unk
7 years ago

I have two prototypes of this exact product made by Peter Fraiman formerly of Vision. They were designed for TT riders and it mounted on the stem. Instead of a prism, it used two mirrors.

yafro
yafro
7 years ago

I’ll just leave this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-akkbNyiXE

By the way, back in the 90’s there was a mirror that attached under your toptube that did exactly this. Dangerous as hell. Try driving around backward in your car only using the rearview mirror.

Anon
Anon
7 years ago

13 comments and no mention of Chris Froome? I’m shocked.

Ted
Ted
7 years ago

First Truck nuts for your bike now this!?!? wasnt it just April 1st?

colorblind
colorblind
7 years ago

This is great for Try Athelets and will help cull the herds of arrow bike riders

michael
michael
7 years ago

As the others have said: This is dangerous, as it would greatly limit your field of view. Just set your bike up properly and you will not get neck pain. And if some idiots think it will allow them to be more aero, it would not be allowed in any competition anyway.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
7 years ago

No, no, no.

briderdt
7 years ago

This was done in the late 80’s (or early 90’s, I forget). It died then, and I can be sure it’ll die now. Those who don’t study history and all…

Danny Boy
Danny Boy
7 years ago

There was something like this with mirrors 20 or so years ago… Bad idea then, bad idea now. May actually be more dangerous than a knucklehead staring into their phone while riding.

Padrote
Padrote
7 years ago

@Will this belongs in skymall.

JohnA
JohnA
7 years ago

Now, how about a Potiscope to spot the potholes you won’t see in the Pediscope? Oh, wait… I already see a few potholes in the Pediscope. Hey-O! See what I did there?

EpicThroatBeard
EpicThroatBeard
7 years ago

that is the new best worst thing i have seen today.
with some out riggers he could see 360 degrees.
never move your head again.

Myles
7 years ago

“colorblind – 05/07/15 – 12:54pm
This is great for Try Athelets and will help cull the herds of arrow bike riders”

How does spelling work?

Joe Parsons
7 years ago

I have ridden long distances on my bike–multiple consecutive centuries. Because my bikes have always been properly set up, I have no problem with “neck pain.” I would never use anything that focused my attention in such a narrow way; a rider’s survival on the road depends on situational awareness–knowing what is happening all around, not just what is dead ahead. I think this is dangerous.

I don’t think the people who are posting negative opinions of this idea are just being nay-sayers. I think they have a good point–and I agree with them.

socalappa
socalappa
7 years ago

@briderdt Agreed, I remember one being in our clearance section at the bike shop I worked at in ’96-’97

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
7 years ago

@Will, please take a few deep breaths and stop waving your prejudices. This is being torn up on its merits, or lack of merits and not its brand name.
I don’t care if Tullio Campagnolo himself came down from the heavens to bequeath it to us, riding along head down staring at a tiny window of vision is a good way to get killed because you are sacrificing your peripheral vision and situational awareness on the altar of bad bike fit. If holding your head up hurts just flip up your stem and raise your handlebars.
Besides, the demo bike is a hipster fixie with bullhorns so you know it’s being ridden from the bar tops most of the time anyway.

BikeHoarder6
BikeHoarder6
7 years ago

Quote@
michael – 05/07/15 – 1:03pm:

This is just another reason to ride a recumbent. No butt, back, neck or wrist pain, plus you get to easily and comfortably see the world around/in front of you. Riding in pain equates to less riding then possibly to no riding at all.

Jon
Jon
7 years ago

The first reply is all that ever needed to be said about this idea.

pdxfixed
pdxfixed
7 years ago

NOPE!

Jack
Jack
7 years ago

Is this “ghost bike” specific? I know the undead are slow moving and don’t tend to have much flexibility and range of motion in their necks.

Jami
Jami
7 years ago

Chris Froome is the driving force behind this invention.

feldy
feldy
7 years ago

Something to the effect of this was put on the market ~20 years ago. IIRC it was reviewed in Bicycling and called the “Wind Cheetah??” Though I might not recall correctly since a search for that term brings up a recumbent trike. OTOH, it’s from long enough ago that I wouldn’t expect there to be a record on teh internets about it.

feldy
feldy
7 years ago

Forgot to add: it was 2 mirrors, not a prism.

Sardinien
Sardinien
7 years ago

+ 1 to Will. If this was Specialized branded everyone would pay top bucks for it.

And +1 for Padrote,this sh*t is for Skymall ( Skymall !! )

Scotty
Scotty
7 years ago

Nothing new. One of the RAAM rider many decades ago rode with a mirror or periscope.

Aerodynamically, riding heads down is slower because helmet design is optimized for heads up riding.

Greg
Greg
7 years ago

Pedi-Scope, that doesn’t sound right.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
7 years ago

The designer needs to google “field of view”.

Frippolini
Frippolini
7 years ago

Come on, give the guy credit for pursuing something he believes in and that he has actually taken it from an idea into a fully functional prototype that he is already promoting and raising capital for. I bet this is far more than what most of you critics have ever achieved in doing.
Sure, I have my concerns regarding the safety, practicalities and overall disadvantages of the product; but I’ll give the guy credit for coming this far, irrelevant if his future with the product launch will be in Skymall or no-Skymall.

James sellers
James sellers
7 years ago

This is an awesome intelligent and durable product , for 39 bucks I want one and for all you whiners ! Why don’t you make something instead of bitching about something someone else makes !!!

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
7 years ago

This someone outside the enthusiast part of the industry, who know neck pain is due to poor bike fit, coming up with a fix to an issue that could be solved with a little knowledge. His LBS must suck or hes never been there.

You could also do this, and with a wider field of view but les aero (can’t believe I just said that talking about this product…aero…lol…sure he doesn’t give a shiz) with a GoPro et all and a phone.

I like him in the video though. I would buy stuff from him. Just not this.

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
7 years ago

This is the freddingest thing ever. Of all time.

Potatoe
Potatoe
7 years ago

+1 on dangerous.

This guy’s going after the wrong market.
With a slight modification, this thing will let you watch TV while lying flat on your back.
Sell it as a couch potato’s dream glass. There’s a much larger demand than cycling crowd.
Umm… wait, this too has been done before. Never mind.

Rivers
Rivers
7 years ago

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