I’m interested in the tech evolution of textiles, so I found this tip about biking gear on Popular Science of interest. This ITD Protec Clothing by SCOTT Sports helps riders by allowing them to slide on falls. Although most people are worried about broken bones, usually pro riders are getting their skin massively scraped because their spandex fails once you combine high speed with asphalt. The line’s Protec fabric is made with carbon yarn for strength and has a ceramic print to add slickness. Apparently the company has been testing their material with pro teams and others for two years now with good results. Check out their curious testing demo which includes a balloon and belt sander.
What’s next? Sounds like motor cyclists and skaters should be in line. The question is, how many options can you integrate into a piece of cloth? Carbon yarn is also anti-bacterial, which is a bonus. Can a fabric be water-proof, breathable, UV protected, durable, slick, temperature controlled, color programmable, stain resistant and self repairing? I’ve seen many of these as individual benefits, but it would be nice to see them all come together in the perfect material. The SCOTT bike clothing combines different fabrics to make the jersey and bib shorts work. For instance, on the jersey the shoulder areas use the special protective cloth, while the seams feature reflective cloth and the pockets feature waterproof cloth. Not only is this thoughtful placement, but it most likely keeps the price reasonable as well.
As biking grows in popularity, both as a form of transportation and exercise, you’re going to see more and more gear for the sport. I know at Adafruit we’ve been collecting some pretty cool tutorials on stuff to DIY, including our most recent SpokePOV guide. POV (Persistence of Vision) uses LEDs to create patterns when something is moving. We’ve seen bracelets and wands that create written statements or cool patterns, but this guide on spokes just raises the bar. Once you’ve done this hack you’ll want to organize night rides with all your friends. Get your makerspace or class involved for a whole fleet of these babies. Then, shoot a video our way, because you know we want to show you off.
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