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Pedi-Scope is a heads-down display for cyclists

Pedi-Scope is a heads-down dis...
The Pedi-Scope lets riders rest their neck while still seeing what's on the road ahead
The Pedi-Scope lets riders rest their neck while still seeing what's on the road ahead
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The Pedi-Scope lets riders rest their neck while still seeing what's on the road ahead
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The Pedi-Scope lets riders rest their neck while still seeing what's on the road ahead
Plans call for a single wide prism to be used in the commercial version of the Pedi-Scope
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Plans call for a single wide prism to be used in the commercial version of the Pedi-Scope
Lane is suggesting that the Pedi-Scope could be utilized both in the city and on long-distance road rides, although using that thing in a busy urban environment seems a little ... iffy
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Lane is suggesting that the Pedi-Scope could be utilized both in the city and on long-distance road rides, although using that thing in a busy urban environment seems a little ... iffy

As many bike riders will know, sustained cycling can end up being a pain in the neck – literally. Tilting your head down toward the ground can provide temporary relief from that pain, but then you're not able to see where you're going ... unless you're using a Pedi-Scope, that is.

Designed by Brooklyn native Mike Lane, the device is basically a handlebar-mounted periscope for your bike. The idea is that when cyclists start getting that back-of-the-neck discomfort, they can relieve the strain by looking down into the Pedi-Scope for a short time – it shows them a view of the road ahead, via an internal prism.

Lane is suggesting that the Pedi-Scope could be utilized both in the city and on long-distance road rides, although using that thing in a busy urban environment seems a little ... iffy
Lane is suggesting that the Pedi-Scope could be utilized both in the city and on long-distance road rides, although using that thing in a busy urban environment seems a little ... iffy

The prototype actually uses three prisms side-by-side, hence the vertical dividing lines in its image. Plans call for a single wide prism to be used in the commercial version, however.

Lane is suggesting that the Pedi-Scope could be utilized both in the city and on long-distance road rides, although using that thing in a busy urban environment seems a little ... iffy. For highway riding where things like suddenly-opening car doors, jaywalkers and traffic lights aren't an issue, though, it could have its merits.

Mike is currently raising production funds for the device, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$39 will get you one, when and if they're ready to go.

Source: Kickstarter

3 comments
Gadgeteer
I ride a RANS crank forward bike. No neck pain. Or back pain, wrist pain, hand pain or any other kind of pain.
Terence Hawkes
A recumbent bicycle solves this problem. You won't get wrist pain, arm pain, or perineal pain either. They can also be faster.
Dennis Moser
Or you could just get one of these (or buy these two and share with a friend): http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Vintage-Antique-WWII-Era-Sherman-Tank-Periscope-Lens-USA-Mirror-/151662393392