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Once Around the Web: Bike yourself something awesome!

As we say goodbye to Bike Month aka May 2012, maybe you need to reward yourself with something cool for your bike! Here are a few suggestions from around the web:

It seemed like a joke at first, but the Hövding airbag bike helmet, is real and currently for sale in Europe for a measly €445 (that’s about $ 550.38!) The one-time-use-only “invisible” helmet keeps you stylish and safe.

Collar becomes a helmet in time of need


The Drybike was made for Seattle! Actually it was made for the Netherlands but you gotta admit, this gadget ought to be taking Seattle by storm any day now! The Drybike is the unique way to safely and comfortably use your umbrella while you are cycling. At only about $22 it won’t break the bank either.

That's a good idea!


Threadless, the go-to place for cool t-shirts, has a great collection of bike themed tees. But this one is fun, useful, and on sale for $12.95.



Speaking of safety, maybe you ought to pick up a Bright Bike DIY kit and turn your ride into an ultra reflective piece of art? The retroreflective vinyl is the same material used on the backs of running shoes, but with colors. The kits greatly improve night visibility and thus bicycle safety. Kits are $18.00 + $4.00 shipping.

Bright Bike is super reflective and it comes in a bunch of colors too


What’s that? You want a DIY project that’s more hardcore? Well, then check out this How-To: Speed Vest for Night Cycling. This lightweight night-cycling vest displays your current speed in glowing, 7-inch-tall numbers easily visible to cars. You’ll need to know how to work with circuits and a soldering gun, but you’ll be the envy of your friends once you figure it out.

Let cars know how hard you're working


Lastly, here’s a little something for the kids! Hook the amazing Chalktrail to a child’s bike and suddenly sidewalks, parking lots, and any street can become their canvas. Once installed, kids can insert chalk into a simple squeeze clamp and off they go – one piece of chalk lasts 1.5 miles!  Draw figure eights and perfect circles. Create a fun game of Follow the Leader or mark your favorite bike path. Works with all bike sizes and training wheels. Retail Price: $19.95

Chalk art is on the move


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