If you’re having trouble finding the right bike parts online or ordering from a local shop, a new tool may be in your near future.
Cycling Magazine reports that a company called Cycling Science, based in Chicago, is working on a device that attaches to a bicycle frame and provides a speedometer that will display the speed of the bicycle.
Cyclists can track their speed by simply pointing their hands and using the device to measure the amount of energy the bicycle takes to move the pedals, the magazine reports.
Cycle Science CEO David R. Orosky told the magazine that the technology was developed in part to help cyclists avoid collisions with cars.
“It is extremely important to make the bicycle safer,” he said.
Cycles can be designed to take advantage of some of the technology available online.
The company offers two types of speedometers: a standard, digital speedometer, and a speedlite, which uses a laser beam to measure speeds.
The speedlite has an integrated speed sensor that measures energy consumption by the bicycle and uses a camera to show how much energy the cyclist is consuming.
The company is currently developing a second speedlite device that is compatible with both standard and speedlite speedometers, and Oroski said the company is working with bicycle shops to offer it as an option.
The technology has been tested and accepted by a number of bike shops in Chicago.
“There’s no reason we can’t make it available to all cyclists, and we want to make sure we are offering it to everyone,” Oroskys said.