The Vanhawks Valour bicycle is being advertised as the first connected bicycle, with a carbon fiber frame, embedded sensors, and a Bluetooth connection for syncing with your smartphone. The bike, which has only been on Kickstarter for four days and has already blown past its $100,000 funding goal, communicates with the rider and the phone through a variety of means, with carries an array of safety and convenience features.
Sensors built in to Valour are able to track the rider's distance, speed, and time, and will sync all of that over Bluetooth 4.0 low energy to their Android or iOS smartphone, and can even display that information on a Pebble smartwatch. And while that data is sent to the smartphone, the phone can send navigation data back to the bike, which is displays turn-by-turn directions with LED indicators built in to the handlebars.
Impressively, Valour even has built-in blind-spot sensors that scan behind the rider for upcoming traffic. When a rider on Valour initiates a turn that would put them into traffic like that, Valour uses that sensor data to vibrate the handlebar grips as a warning.
Vanhawks is shooting to build a wider network off Valour, with a network of connected bikes able to communicate data about the riding environment, including road conditions, to other riders. This network is also meant to passively track bikes that the owners have reported as stolen.
This is definitely a bike you would want to track down if stolen — the smallest Kickstarter pledge you can make to get a Valour is CAD$999 (US$910), and that's for a single-speed version of the bike. If you want a multi-speed Valour (and you should definitely want a multi-speed bike if you're paying a thousand bucks for it) you'll have to fork over CAD$1249 (US$1138). The Kickstarter campaign is open through the end of May, with an estimated delivery date of October 2014 (November for multi-speed bikes).
So what do you think — are connected bikes like the Vanhawks Valour the future of riding?