Look mom! dynamic LED lighting inside the bike frame

Many bicycle owners and cyclists are adamant about safety, especially when it comes to vehicle lighting. Seeing in the dark is usually not a problem, being seen by motorists is. Interestingly, the cool factor and road safety are not competing interests.

Many bicycle owners and cyclists are adamant about safety, especially when it comes to vehicle lighting. Seeing in the dark is usually not a problem, being seen by motorists is. Interestingly, the cool factor and road safety are not competing interests.

Materials specialist Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) announced the results of a partnership with bike frame maker Phantom Frames which resulted in a youth bike with a transparent frame including dynamic LED lighting inside the frame. The project demonstrates the flexibility of the Makrolon 2807 polycarbonate (PC) material which is applied in a multitude of solid-state lighting (SSL) applications. And now we have a bike frame made from this material, in an application where strength and durability are clearly important.

For kids who ride a bike, the LED based PC design will focus on style and cool factor. Phantom will offer models in five colors and with customizable flashing patterns. Covestro and Phantom Frames jointly state that their pioneering product for children will help improve the safety of riding a bicycle while increasing the fun factor.

Phantom has already implemented the transparent frame and LED lighting in its 12 inch balance bike. Later, the company plans to offer the technology in 12-inch pedal, 16-inch pedal, and tricycle models. For now, we look forward to Jay Leno’s insightful review of the latest Phantom Frame product.

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