The month of May is National Bike Safety Month, are you prepared?

Posted by Brian Dekle

May 4, 2016 9:14:26 AM

Have you ever been out for a night ride and had a car pass by too close for comfort? Do you ride with a repair kit at the ready to handle any setbacks or quick adjustments on the go? Do you and your love ones, practice good habits when riding or sharing the road? Whether you’re a casual cruiser, the competitive cyclist, or a considerate motorist it’s always great to double check that you’re prepared and knowledgeable for any misadventures that the road or trail may throw at you. May is National Bike Safety Month, and I’d love to share some thoughts to keep you out and keep you safe.

Night_Commuting-Nite_Ize-3.jpg
For an easy tip, here’s rule one… wear a helmet! I’ve seen this first-hand, wearing a helmet can save your life… no matter how slow you’re riding it’s only to your benefit. There’s a ton of options out there, so if you want a casual or a high performance life saver you’re going to be covered, literally. Here are a few great brands to consider: Nutcase, Bern, Smith, Giro, and Poc. The key to a great helmet is all about fit, as well as making sure it’s appropriate for the level of activity at hand. Be sure to pop into your local bike shop and try on several options to ensure you get the best fit possible.

Safety is a necessity in our lives, though the concept of the word doesn’t exactly inspire joy or fun I’ll admit.To explore that a little further, you may believe bike lights aren’t as necessary during the warmer seasons ahead. To some degree you’re right; however, you may be interested to learn that most cycling accidents occur during daylight, as well as low-light times such as sunrise or dusk. So how do you add safety and a little character to such a dry subject? Easy, you add LEDs. Thanks to LED lighting you can ride with a little extra personality. It’s always important to BE SEEN & BE SAFE… but you don’t need to be bland about it. For front & rear visibility I’d suggest a simple solution, like the TWISTLIT - LED BIKE LIGHT which is an easy “on-the-go” item. It’s a small, simple, and easily stowable form of visibility that can give you that extra bit of attention to others on the road. Another safety item with a bit more color for your night ride is the SPOKELIT - LED SPOKE LIGHT. The SpokeLit is a quick and easy install to your wheel spokes, and greatly increases your side to side visibility. There are a ton of color options as well. But that’s just the bike… what about keeping you seen? This is where one of my favorite Nite Ize products comes into the fold... the  SLAPLIT - LED SLAP WRAP.

Night_Commuting-Nite_Ize-1.jpg
The SlapLit takes me back to my youth and the days of the Slap Bracelet. I mean come on, we all had them… and how do you make that better? Yep, you add LEDs. What was once a toy from my early days is illuminated to keep you visible in the dark, and it’s completely bike friendly as well. Most riders wear the SlapLit around the ankle for visibility and to keep your pant leg away from the chain. I personally prefer wearing it on my wrist, which enables me to use the light as a turn indicator to motorist that may not be able to see my arms clearly on dark roads.

There’s more to safety than visibility though, you also need to be prepared. It’s great to have a general knowledge of your bike and how to maintain it. A great resource for this is your local bike shop or REI as most will offer free courses in basic bike maintenance. These resources keep you connected with your local cycling community and are a great way to pick-up the skills to keep your bike in proper form should you get a flat or need to make some basic adjustments. Before every ride I suggest checking that your brakes are working properly, and that you have good tire pressure. To that effect, you should always be ready to tackle these issues when you ride. I highly recommend carrying:

  1. A new tube/patch kit
  2. A bike tool
  3. A tire lever
  4. An air pump/CO2 system


Having these items with you, as well as the knowledge to put them to use can be the difference between a ride and the dreaded “hike-a-bike” home. One of my favorite ways to keep your repair kit organized is to keep them together with our new BETTERBAND™ 5" ADJUSTABLE STRETCH BANDS. This is an easy way to secure your tools together, and keeps them easily stowable in a jersey pocket.

BDS5-33-2R3.BikeRepairKit2_low.jpg
 
So let’s do a quick recap: now you have a great fitting helmet, you’re ready to illuminate the day or night to be seen and safe, and you have some basic tools and bike knowledge to keep your rig rolling. That’s a great start, but be sure you know the rules of the road and how they keep you safe in your area. Here are a couple good resources to consider: bikeleague.org, safekids.org, as well as peopleforbikes.org. You may also be able to find some great programs in your neighborhood. Local to Colorado, I’ve had the great fortune of working with two programs that are reaching out to increase bike awareness and safety for children. Both are actively engaging youth communities to be safe, knowledgeable, and courteous riders. Our very own Boulder Valley School District is working with various age groups to develop good fundamentals early, as well as put these techniques to work on the road. It’s pretty inspiring to see a local education program coach student health and safety at such a priority. Another great program is tripsforkidsdenver.org which works with at-risk youth to foster life skills of personal empowerment. They focus on kids who have had no experience on a bike, while all the way creating achievement based programs in which these young participants can even earn a bike.

The important thing to remember on the road is to be safe, be courteous, and always remember to enjoy the ride. I can still remember when my Dad took the training wheels off my bike. For me it was a day of accomplishment and triumph… I found a new sense of exploration and freedom. For my family it was a sense of trust, a belief that they had instilled the proper knowledge and respect in their son to keep him alert, safe, and happy. I can say first-hand that this passion is still alive inside me today. I hope that you too have the same smile on your face during every ride.

Stay safe - Rubber side down,
Brian

more

Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Visibility and Safety, Commuting, New Products

Five Nite Ize Tricks That Will Get You More Treats This Halloween

Posted by Matt Smoot

Oct 15, 2015 1:47:45 PM

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year because it's one the few times when both young and old get dressed up in silly, or scary, costumes for a night of fun and celebration with their peers. Some people take the holiday to the extreme by creating haunted houses in their garages or dressing up in costumes that cost hundreds of dollars, while others, like me, look for ways to add a little extra flare without breaking the bank.

If you're like me, and want to add a little extra bling to your Halloween without spending an arm and a leg on something that you'll only use once a year, then keep reading to learn 5 Nite Ize tricks that will help you stand out in the pumpkin patch this year.


1. Illuminate your costume - Whether or not your costume requires a lighting element, the simple addition of an LED can really make you standout from the crowd at this year's Halloween party. Costumes like Iron Man, for example, benefit greatly by the addition of a few TwistLits worn on your hands or from a SpotLit necklace to illuminate the "arc reactor" in Iron Man's chest.


2. Use a SpotLit to light-up your pumpkin - Using a SpotLit in your jack-o-lantern is a great way to safely light your pumpkin this year. Not only will the long battery life of 20 hours be enough to light your pumpkin all night long, you can also put the SpotLit into flash mode to add the effect of a strobe light to the pumpkin.

Even better, unlike a traditional candle, there's a variety of colors to choose from. Choose a white SpotLit for that traditional pumpkin look, red LED for a spookier effect, or go with the blue or green LED SpotLit for a look that is more fun and inviting. Want to get even crazier? Pick up a Disc-O colored SpotLit and have the only color-changing pumpkins on the block.

Pumpkins.jpg


3. Gear Tie-ify - Let's face it, with countless ways of using a Gear Tie they are a must have in your Halloween kit this year. Whether you're a Do-It-Yourself costume maker or master decorator, having a few reusable rubber twist ties around the house is always a good idea.  You can use them to add structure to a costume, to join pieces of a costume together (e.g. when creating extra arms in a spider outfit), or to hang/mount/secure your Halloween decorations.

4. Pets need flare too - If you have a furry friend in your house, and a few kiddos too, then taking your pet trick-or-treating with you is a great way to include them in the festivities. But don't just bring them along for the walk, include them in the celebration with the simple addition of a SpotLit or PetLit LED to their collar, or go all out with by lighting them up with a Nite Dawg LED Collar, or the new NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace.

Ava.Daisy.jpg


5. Be "that house" on the block - You know the one I'm talking about. Every neighborhood has one, it's "that house" that gives out the full-size candy bars every year to the local kids. Well, just think how cool your house would be if you gave away a SpotLit, SlapLit, or BugLit to your closest neighbors.  Now, I realize that this might not be the least expensive way to win over the neighborhood hoodlums, but I am willing to bet that if you did giveaway some Nite Ize swag that your house would be put on the "don't teepee" list.

If you have any other creative ideas involving one of our products then we'd love to learn more about it by reading your comments below. And, who knows? We might even feature your idea in one of our upcoming blog posts, and send you a Nite Ize goodie bag for your suggestion.

Be seen and be safe this Halloween!

more

Topics: Visibility and Safety

Back to School & On-the-go LED Safety

Posted by Katie Sowyrda

Aug 20, 2015 3:46:00 PM

Back to School

There is an almost imperceptible shift in the days, nighttime falls sooner, the leaves are still green yet somehow seem crisper. The summer heat is at its peak, and still a suggestion of change is in the air, a new season is approaching.

The end of summer is a bittersweet time for parents. We all want our children to have the same fond memories of their summers that we do: feelings of unburdened freedom that can only come with youth, sunshine, and carefree fun with their friends. We feel a bit bad for looking forward to our own adult freedoms that come with the fall, until we remember a different kind of excitement and trepidation – back to school.

We can’t prepare them for everything they will face in the upcoming year, the challenges this “tech” generation faces we can only begin to imagine but, as parents, we do our best to send them off with smiles on their faces and the right tools for success.

Back to school shopping starts with the usual supplies, and then we move on to new shoes and outfits for the ever-growing crew. I can’t claim to have the faintest idea what new gadget or device is the cool, must-have item for 10-year-olds this year (I am certain that saying “cool” is also considered very lame by 10-year-olds), but I’m sure I will find out soon enough. However, these are the types of items that concern me the least. As someone whose background is in the preparedness industry and now works at Nite Ize, my mind goes to the “in between times”. These are the times when the kids are heading to and from the bus, the times when they are waiting to be picked up after soccer, the times when riding their bikes or walking to a friend’s house, the times when I need to know that they are safe.

As you may have guessed, I am an anxious mom! Fortunately, working for Nite Ize, I have knowledge of, and access to a lot of products that help to put my mind at ease. Fortunately for my kids, Nite Ize has done a phenomenal job of disguising these safety products to make them look really “cool”.

Exhibit A: The See ‘Em, TwistLit, and SpokeLit LED Bike Lights:

LED Bike Lights

I guarantee, no one can ever claim they didn’t see my kids coming! We have their bikes lit up like Christmas trees! They love it, and I have peace of mind that I’m doing my part to keep them safe.

Exhibit B: Backpacks – as far as I’m concerned, the brighter the better.

BugLit and SpotLit BugLit SpotLit

I have SpotLits clipped to their bags, to our keys, and to just about anything that’s portable. They’re helpful when you need a light, but also add another spot of visibility on the kids as they’re walking home on these shorter days. For the younger kids, I like to wrap a BugLit or two around the straps on their bags. They are cute and fun little characters crawling up the strap, but can be used as a flashlight, or put in strobe mode to give the kids important visibility.

Exhibit C: I like to save the best for last.

SlapLit

SlapLits are my kid’s favorites. That’s right, remember slap bracelets? They’re baaaack! And apparently kids still love them as much as we did growing up (OK, I’ll be honest I might still really love them too). The Nite Ize SlapLits use the same “slap it to snap it” style, but have the added benefit of being illuminated by a red LED that glows and flashes – so as you can imagine, endless fun, and not just for the kids, I wear mine any time I go jogging in the evening.

Whatever your back to school shopping list looks like this year, just remember it’s not only about the “cool” stuff and the new stuff, it’s about the important “stuff” too. So, we do our best to prepare them, send them off with that smile, and now, it’s time to sit back, relax, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the peace and quiet of autumn. Happy back to school everyone!

more

Topics: Visibility and Safety, Games & Toys

LED Bike Lights Help Keep You Safe Anytime Of The Day

Posted by Julie Hudetz

Dec 13, 2013 2:06:00 PM

bike-safety

As we head into the winter months, we must adapt to the shorter days this time of year. In Boulder, as well as many other cities across the country, commuting to work or school by bike is the preferred method of transportation. You might be looking for some daily exercise, maybe you don’t want to deal with parking a car, or you might be interested in a greener method of getting to work. Or perhaps, commuting to work is a New Year’s Resolution you want to set for yourself. Whatever the reason, bike commuting is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. For those of you that want to continue that habit on days when daylight is limited, it will be important to integrate lighting for safety and visibility during your commute.

Here are some tips to consider when planning what bike LED lights you might want to use:

    • A “Tail Light” – When you think about cars, they are required by law to have working tail lights. A Tail Light on your bike is just as important. Red tail lights are the most useful and visible. It is good to have a light that can be in a solid mode or a flashing mode. Most tail lights attach under your seat. For additional safety, you can add a light to the back of your helmet as well. Items by Nite Ize to consider for this category are the SaddleLite Bag, the TwistLit in Red, the BikeLit and the LED Helmet Marker Plus.

    • Handlebar Light: Having an led headlight that attaches directly to your handlebars is another essential item for commuting. You want the light to be at least 150 lumens to provide you enough projected light to see where you are going, but also to allow you to be seen by oncoming traffic. You might want to consider a flashlight attachment system so you can remove your flashlight from your bike and take it with you. The Inova X3A and Inova X2 Bike Lights have that option.

    • Side-view Lighting: This is a category that is often overlooked because we don’t think about cars seeing us from the side. However, it is a very important aspect of safety and visibility. The way to be seen from the side is by using a spoke light. The color of your bike spoke light is not as important as just having lights in your spokes. For that reason, the spoke lighting allows for some fun and “bling” while keeping you safe at the same time. Nite Ize makes SpokeLits and See'Em in a variety of colors.  Their most popular SpokeLit color is “Disco” which changes colors, adding another element of fun to your bike commute.

    • Clothing Lighting: The final area to provide visibility while riding your bike is by adding an LED accessory to your clothing. You might want to have lighting on your wrist or arm, so you can be seen when signaling. An LED vest is another option to ensure vehicles see you. The flashing option is helpful to add to your clothing. Some items from Nite Ize that work well are the SlapLit, the LED Marker Band, LED Sport Belt, and the LED Vest.

  • Day Time Lighting:   The importance of visibility during the day is often overlooked. Even though it is not dark, having a flashing light on your bike makes it much easier for vehicles to see you during the day.  The Nite Ize Twist Lit in the flash mode attached to your handlebars is an easy and safe addition to your daytime riding. You can use your rear tail light during the day as well. Flash mode works best for daytime riding.

Remember, just because the daylight hours are dwindling, that doesn’t mean you need to stop riding your bike to work or school. Just be sure to Be Safe and Be Seen and you can continue to enjoy your bike commute!



more

Topics: Visibility and Safety

Halloween Safety Can Also Be Fun!

Posted by Ian Capezzano

Oct 16, 2013 1:43:59 PM

Halloween Safety Costume

Halloween should be scary, but having your heart rate elevated at a haunted house is nothing compared to having your heart stopped by a close call with a car while out trick or treating. Unfortunately, Halloween Safety is not always the first thing parents think about when choosing a costume. Seemingly innocent costumes like a vampire or witch are typically made from dark colored materials. While this may create the desired effect, it also puts a child in danger by making them hard to see after the sun goes down. Choosing the right costume is important to kids. Current pop culture trends and feedback from peers help a child decide what they want to be for Halloween. As a parent, it is more important to ensure that the costume is safe to wear.

Visibility and Safety are rarely concerns for young people. So how do you ensure your kids are safe but still feel cool in the eyes of their friends? You combine nighttime safety into the costume! While this may be easier for some costumes, the general idea is to find elements of the costume that can be adorned with a passive reflective pattern or even LED lights. Scary werewolf or monster costume? Find two bright red LED lights to use as eyes. Want to be a wizard or a witch? Add an LED to the end of your wand. These kinds of active illumination provide additional safety while adding to the appeal of the costume. Whether at the school costume contest or hurriedly crossing the street while trick or treating, nobody is going to miss seeing a child when you add safety and visibility items.

Incorporating LED Safety can also be fun. Taking the approach of thinking safety first, you can find inspiration that already has some elements that make the costume safer. For example, you could make a robot costume and affix LED lights to it. But why stop there? Here’s a Transformer’s inspired costume that uses LED lights to enhance the appearance and increase awareness of the child when walking around at night. 

 

Visit this link for more tips for staying safe on Halloween.

Already have some ideas? Then visit our Visibility and Safety collection to find ways to improve your costume!


more

Topics: Visibility and Safety

Thoughts on Innovation, the Nite Ize way.

We have over 400 innovative problem/solution based products that appeal to anyone who has ever faced a daily frustration and found that perfect product to solve their problem. Whether you are into the latest tech products, love to walk your dog, enjoy hunting & fishing, biking with your family, or just love a helpful gadget, we hope that you will find a Nite Ize product that makes your life easier, safer and more fun – night and day! We love to share stories & ideas with our friends and customers. Enjoy!

Subscribe to Email Updates