Travel Gear: wifi in the car and indicators for the bike
Tom Kelly has even found a Norwegian waterproof weekender
Alcatel Onetouch Car Wifi
There was plenty of coverage recently when hackers showed they could take over a Jeep’s computer remotely across the internet. It reflects perhaps an unexpected dimension to the increasingly connected car. Alcatel is launching a neat dongle this month that won’t take over your family motor but will offer 4G hotspot straight out of its cigarette lighter with no cable. It can link to up to 15 users and even has a USB slot so you can still power another device like a sat nav. Price TBC, check alcatelonetouchlink.com for updates
These are the outcome of the inventor’s classic narrative: I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I made it myself. They’re bright LED indicators that attach to bike handlebars with the promise of 360º visibility. A tap on the end sets one flashing for 45 seconds to show which way you’re turning. They can be fixed semi-permanently or with a holder which takes a magnetic version. So you can clip these off when leaving the bike. Waterproof with aluminium bodies, they fit most standard handlebars but not drops or bullhorns. And, of course, the rub: they’ll only work if the rider actually uses them. €30 for the fixed version from cycl.bike
Swims Waterproof Duffle
Outdoors brand Swims was set up by a Norwegian who couldn’t find decent goulashes as a student in New York. Now there’s a whole range of Swims weather-proofing gear, including this. Its latest weekend duffle is part of a new range with 100 per cent waterproof fabric and welded seams to keep it properly watertight. Otherwise the suitably Nordic austere styling keeps superfluous detailing to a minimum.
€215 from swims.com