Whether you’re following a bicycle in a car, or riding in a group, sometimes it would be nice to have a little heads up that the rider in front is slowing down. Brake lights are standard equipment on cars and motorcycles for a reason, so bicycles can’t be too far behind, right? We’ve seen a few bicycle brake lights before – many of them include a sensor at the lever and a wire that leads to the rear light. Others use wireless or Bluetooth connectivity mated with GPS data to calculate when you are slowing down to trip the light.
Others are quite a bit more simple. Lights like Sigma’s new Brakelight. Instead of a complicated system of wires or connectivity, the Brakelight simply clips onto your brake cable to give those behind you a heads up…
Shown on a linear pull rim brake, the Brakelight also works on standard road calipers by mounting it vertically under the housing stop. The simple design clamps to the brake cable with a 2.5mm allen screw and uses a spring loaded finger which pushes against the brake caliper to activate the light. Weighing just 6g including the CR1025 battery, the Brakelight should be good for 200 hours, or about 100,000 brake cycles. The waterproof light will be available in 5 colors.
Also new on the lighting side from Sigma is the Nugget Flash. The compact flasher is USB rechargeable for a 3-8 hour burn time depending on mode which are preset as standard, high power, and high power flashing. The light includes an adjustable bracket with a flex strap mount as well as a clip for mounting to bags and weighs in at 24g.
Sigma also had a few new computers on display that are geared towards the entry level, or those looking for more style and even kids’ bikes with MySpeedy. The colorful computers use an analog coded wireless transmitter and will display basic functions including speed, trip, time, and total distance. The Pure 1 and Pure 1 ATS (wireless) are a bit more advanced, but still should fall into the affordable realm of the spectrum. Prices and availability TBA.