Last Thursday I went on a group ride to check out London’s Christmas lights but it turned out that the most impressive lights I saw weren’t adorning the streets, but the clothes of two of the people riding them with me. There was no missing Doug and Lucy when they rolled into London’s infamous cafe-cum-bike shop Look Mum No Hands – LEDs shone brightly on the front and back of their jackets and bag.
Having just bought a pair of new bike lights that day I was instantly kicking myself, why hadn’t I done more research and gotten one of these jackets instead? I introduced myself to the pair and complimented their taste in hi-vis riding clothes. As it turns out they make this gear themselves, the garments are prototypes for their brand Lumo. They are aiming to fund full-scale production on Kickstarter, just 11 days into the campaign it is almost 60% funded with 26 days to go, so I think it’s a safe bet they will reach their goal.
Doug was inspired to create the products after almost being taken out by a lorry in London late one night, if the driver hadn’t swerved at the last minute he would have been flattened. Catching up with the truck at the next set of lights Doug asked the driver what had happened. “You’re dressed in all black, mate,” he said, “I didn’t see you until the very last moment.” Not prepared to don a fluoro vest or wear reflective clothing that gleamed even when he wasn’t on his bike, he set about designing this stylish gear with integrated LEDs that are invisible when turned off.
The “Herne Hill” is a harrington style jacket with white LEDs down the front and red LEDs across the back, it is water repellant, has vents for breathability, plenty of movement in the shoulders, a fleece lined collar and long sleeves with wind cuffs. The lights are visible from 400m away and the USB rechargeable battery pack sits in an inner pocket. The jacket comes in different cuts for women and men.
The “Bermondsey” is a sexy waxed canvas roll-top backpack which would easily fit a laptop, a few books and lunch. It also has white LEDs down the front and red LEDs across the back, there is a D-lock holder inside.
For more information or to pre-order one for yourself head over to Lumo’s Kickstarter campaign page.