For many people listening to music while riding is a must, they’ll ride with headphones on, music blaring, completely unaware of their surroundings. For me I’ve never seen the attraction, but each to their own. Unfortunately this can lead to accidents, in fact several US states have enacted laws that make it illegal to wear earbuds or earplugs in both of your ears while cycling; you must leave one ear open. So what’s a cycling music fan to do? The Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet could be the answer.
The Coros LINX Smart helmet, claims to be the world’s first and only helmet with built-in bone conduction technology. This allows riders to safely listen to their music, receive calls and communicate with other bikers. By using bone conduction rather than in-ear phones you are more aware of your immediate surroundings, always a good thing.
The Corox LINX comes with a wireless smart remote so you can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the bars while controlling your media and calls with the tap of a button. There’s an app (iOS or Android) that goes with the helmet as well, of course. This will allow you to manage GPS ride details, stats and routes. You can also enable voice navigation and voice data, could this mean the end of looking down at your GPS for navigation?
As well as music, navigation and communication the Coros Linx also includes an emergency alert system. This is triggered when the G-sensor senses significant impact and sends an alert to your emergency contact. Handy for riding in less populated areas.
The Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet is available now in four colours (Black/White, Black/Orange, White/Orange, Orange/White). It retails for $199.99 in the US and Canada. UK pricing will be £179.99. We will try to get hold of one for review and will let you know how it performs.