Ghostbikes are tragic. That’s why I really appreciate what Mission Bicycle Company has been up to with their new Lumen bicycle, a reflective bicycle for city riders. The inspiration for this was born out of wondering how reflective street sign technology could be applied to make cycling safer at night. I won’t get into the intricacies, but it turns out reflective coatings previously only worked for 2-D surfaces until Mission Bicycle got together with some friends at Halo Coatings to make it possible. The result is a frame that returns light directly to it’s source (cat-eye effect) and is visible up to 1,000 feet away.
This bike has gotten tons of press, but as I write this it’s still a little shy from it’s Kickstarter goal to get the project off the ground. All the folks over there are ace and I personally couldn’t be happier with my bicycle from them. Here’s to many more Midnight Mystery rides and safe trips home.