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    Helios bars: genius or gimmick?

    The Helios bars Kickstarter seems popular with gadgetry websites, but while they look nice on a polished fixie, I'm not sure how practical or durable they can end up being, let alone safe to leave on a bike in the street.

    Anyone have some knowledge or experience of these sorts of doohickeys?

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    Neither genius nor gimmick, it just brings together interesting ideas from other manufacturers in a neatly integrated package. They won't be for everyone but I'd like to give a set a try just for the lights, I'm not interested in all the other stuff.

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    Interesting that he talks about safety, yet doesn't wear a helmet.

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    cool concept, except with my setup, the onboard light wouldn't work since I have multiple things blocking that section of my bars.

    if I had a road bike, or did not use my MTB for bikecamping, then I could see where this would come in handy. It would be nice if the bars could be connected to a front wheel recharger. Also you need a "pay as you go" GPS sim card for it? Mmmm, depending on the cost, that could provide an insurance on the bike if it gets stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjack View Post
    Interesting that he talks about safety, yet doesn't wear a helmet.
    A helmet would totally ruin the look of his flowing blonde locks.

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    This seems like it fits better in the Commuting forum. but at any rate, I'm not sure I'm a fan. I like the integrated lighting and even the onboard GPS that will report a location if you poll it with an sms message, but the smartphone integration gizmos are just goofy.

    I can see the automatic on function getting irritating pretty quick. There are times I don't want lights, or when I want them especially dim...like when I'm on the MUP and don't want to blind pedestrians. It doesn't look like the light can be aimed, which I think is important when you're running something that's 500 lumens on the road.

    I don't think the rear-facing blinkies are as visible as he thinks they are, so all the things they do are kinda lost. I think they shined on his legs more than behind him in the vid. I also think that motorists are not conditioned to understand what those colors mean (speed). They are most conditioned that red blinkie means bike, assuming it's bright enough that they actually see and notice it, but turn signals on a bike? I don't think that would register for most.

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    pretty cool for road/ fixie/ commuter.

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    Pretty cool idea but hate the way that there is no way to customize your bar angle/stem length. Also locks you into a set bar width for now . . . Would rather see something like a special stem with a light mounted underneath the bars but built in to the stem so you can clamp your own bars in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    This seems like it fits better in the Commuting forum.
    Considered that, but it crosses a lot of topics, so played safe and left it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjack View Post
    Interesting that he talks about safety, yet doesn't wear a helmet.
    Nor does he have brakes...

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    Maybe on a commuter. The GPS tracking as maybe a stand alone stem or something would be a great idea.
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