Brakepack: the bag that signals for you (video)

The prototype backpack could bring a new signalling solution to the cycling market

A stylish and possibly the most effective bike indicator yet is seeking a partner to bring it to the shop floor.

Lights that are attached to the bike that signal left and right are an invention that many have tried to design over the years but it is a conundrum that has, thus far, been almost impossible to bring to the public domain despite repeated attempts.

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But a technology business from Seattle, USA, might just have come up with a winner.

Brakepack involves the cyclist wearing the backpack that syncs to a pre-defined route on the rider's smartphone.

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The cyclist taps out their destination and by following the route as the phone indicates, the backpack lights up through its LED lights when the rider has to turn left or right.

And if the rider takes a different course, a simple tap on the shoulder strap in the direction they wish to indicate informs the backpack of their new intention.

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Artefact, the designers, say that the backpack is currently a working prototype and is seeking a partner to introduce it to sellers.

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor, and is responsible for managing the tech news and reviews both on the website and in Cycling Weekly magazine.

A traditional journalist by trade, Arthurs-Brennan began her career working for a local newspaper, before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining writing and her love of bicycles first at Total Women's Cycling and then Cycling Weekly. 

When not typing up reviews, news, and interviews Arthurs-Brennan is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 190rt.

She rides bikes of all kinds, but favourites include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6. 

Height: 166cm

Weight: 56kg

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