A friend of mine sent me the link to this new AMAZING bike radar, so thanks, Mike, for sharing!
When I started biking I had a side view mirror that attached onto my left handlebar. It was great, until I crashed and it broke. No big deal, I'd just get another one. Not quite, I broke the piece that attached from the bike, so there was no resurrecting a left handlebar mirror unless I got new handlebars. I purchased a different mirror that attached further up on my bars, but it never stays in place and now I just have it pointed at the ground until I permanently remove it. I don't like the idea of a helmet mirror - it would just be too distracting for me. I also don't like the idea of not knowing what's coming up from behind me, but there wasn't much I could do about it. Until now.
Backtracker by iKubu is a backlight combination radar system that fixes to the back of your bike and to your handle bars alerting you with lights as cars get closer to you. The backlight on your bike flashes with more intensity as a car gets closer alerting the driver of the cyclist ahead. It also alerts the cyclists of vehicles approaching from up to 150 yards away.
Here's a video on how it works:
Why this is so important to the creators behind Backtracker:
I personally think this device is amazing and I'd love to get my hands on one. I tend to complete my work commute in a large loop where the last 8 miles are down a 50mph winding road next to a reservoir. Cars tend to come out of no where due to the bends in the road, and always are exceeding the limit. Those last 8 miles are my least favorite of my commute and having a radar device that alerts me of an upcoming car would definitely relieve some of the stress and tight grip I have on my handle bars.
Lastly, here are their technical specs: