Sparse: San Francisco

It’s no secret that 2905(miles) is a big fan of bicycling – San Francisco and New York City both have miles of great bike lanes, and there’s nothing better than a ride to brunch (or the beach) on a sunny day. But your standard set of handlebar- and seatpost-mounted bike lights suffers from several shortcomings: they’re easy to steal, it’s a pain to replace the tiny batteries, they suffer from water damage and they’re only truly visible from a head-on angle, leaving bicyclists susceptible to being side-swiped and t-boned by drivers.

Sparse Lights, born as a Kickstarer project, aims to solve these problems with a clean, simple design. Rather than temporarily clipping on to the bike (or using an awkward mounting clip), Sparse Lights are integrated into the bike frame – the front light fits permanently onto the stem (amongst your spacers), while the rear light slides permanently onto the seat post – an aspiring bike light thief would have to disassemble half your bike to get to them. The bright LEDs are mounted on the front and sides of each light board, creating a bright arc of light that can be seen from both the front and the sides of the bike, and both lights are water resistant and rechargeable via a micro USB cable. Founded by a trio of designers and cyclists who want biking to be “beautiful and uncomplicated,” Sparse has big plans for additional products in 2014 – we’ll have our eyes peeled for gear to accompany us on our next ride.

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