Cycliq describes their mission as “to make cycling safer and give you peace of mind when you’re on the bike.” The company just released their “best of 2018” video (there are monthly “best” videos too). The video effectively illustrates the value of their technology: it’s a hit reel of near misses and painful-looking crashes, some involving other vehicles and some that look like examples of good fodder for clowning one’s riding buddies after the ride. There’s a dipshit diesel coal-roller smoke-screening a cyclist, a near-dooring and a variety of other obvious harassment, including a “good guy with a gun”—basically Walt Kowalski in shorts, presumably in Florida and obviously missing some of the “old guy charm” that made Gran Torino simultaneously entertaining and chilling. There’s also livestock, a gaggle of geese, and a surprising number of kangaroos. Check it out:
Good times, right?
Cycliq makes two devices: the Fly6 CE taillight and Fly12 CE headlight. Both combine lighting and video recording and offer 135-degree wide angle video at 60 FPS or 30 FPS, 6-axis electronic image stabilization, “black box” incident protection, bike alarm, ANT+ and Bluetooth, Strava integration, USB-C fast charging, and of course water resistance and looping video. In the instances where the rider ate it, Cycliq’s devices would have locked the current and immediately preceding video segment, and then shut down after 30 minutes to ensure the footage isn’t overwritten by looping.
In the comments on that cycling safety developments story, both here and on Facebook, some expressed concern about privacy and pervasive peer-to-peer surveillance. As shown in Cycliq’s video, the idea isn’t to capture and share everything, but rather to make sure evidence is available in case of an incident.
Or in case your buddy loops it in a comical way.
Though both types of riders are vulnerable to inattentive and malicious driver behavior, cyclists are probably the subject of overt harassment more often than motorcyclists—sometimes by motorcyclists based on what I’ve occasionally observed on twisty roads shared by both groups of enthusiasts, not to mention the constant crying about three-foot laws. It’s also much easier to escape a situation on a motorbike, using the “drop a gear and disappear” approach that seems to be most popular amongst the macho moron attention-whore segment of motorcycling, who seem unnecessarily concerned with constantly informing the world just how “fast” they are by constantly talking about it.