Pedi-Scope

Kickstarter Bicycle Stuff: the Pedi-Scope

I came across this in my Facebook feed. Feel free to roll your eyes, I am slowly weaning myself from using the FB as a news source. It is called the Pedi-Scope. From what I read on the Kickstarter page, this device will help relieve the upper neck and back pain often associated with bicycling. The pain is caused by having to hold one’s head up in order to see ahead.

Unbeknownst to me, this is a real concern for ultra-endurance cyclists. It can lead to a condition known as Shermer’s Neck in which the neck muscles fatigue to the point that the rider can no longer hold his or head up. This in turn leads to contraptions like this:

shermerneck

The Pedi-Scope utilizes a prism in order to redirect the view of the rider. As you can see in the video, the prism shows what’s ahead. My only concern, especially in an urban setting, is the smaller field of view as compared to actually having your head up and scanning the road ahead. Though I believe that this product is meant for short-term relief and not full-time/head down/never looking up riding. It will be interesting to see where this goes

And he’s from Brooklyn, New York, my birthplace yo.

 

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