‘When the sun goes down the balls come out.’ At least that’s the plan behind this KickStarter for the single greatest invention I’ve ever seen involving bicycles. You all remember those balls that hang off the trailer hitch on trucks? Those sets of testicles that hang off the truck ball and are punishable by a $60 fine in the state of Florida? Well, someone just launched a KickStarter for the ‘Bike Balls Bicycle Light’, a nightlight for bicycles in the shape of testicles, and which dangles off the back of your bike all light up for the entire world to see.
I don’t often ride a bicycle, so it’s pretty rare that I’ll get all amped up on anything to do with bicycles, but the ‘Bike Balls’ are simply glorious. The KickStarter is already double-funded with 27 days still left to go ($18,517 pledged towards $9,680 goal).
The Bike Balls will only cost $20, and the backstory from KickStarter proves that this is more than just a gimmicky offering:
As cyclists who regularly ride in the city, we are vulnerable to distracted and neglectful drivers. We wanted to do something to change that and have some fun while doing so. Bike Balls are more visible and noticeable than your average bike light, making you more safe and confident as you ride through the city streets at night. It takes grit, wit, and huge balls to ride in the city so show ’em what you got!
We got the idea for Bike Balls when we started to hang normal bike LED lights off of our seat rails. The regular lights would swing under the seat while we were riding and were quite suggestive, but pointed down which wasn’t optimal. Our old bike lights also needed to be taken off every time we parked or they would often be stolen. We wanted to address these issues, while creating a fun product.
Bike Balls feature two major innovations that increase your visibility:
First, we placed the LED inside of a silicone shell so that the whole housing glows. This is an improvement on current lights that produce a small pinpoint of light. This increases the lit visible area from 18 square mm to 1872 square mm. That’s 104 times more lit surface!
The second innovation is the movement of the light. The design of the housing ensures that the light bobs-around on the back of your bike seat. This random movement grabs the attention of people behind and beside you, ensuring that you will be noticed. Noticed bikers don’t get hit as much. That’s science.
So bros, if you’re a cyclist then stop what you’re doing right now and head on over to KickStarter to make a pledge, and secure yourself a set of Bike Balls before they all sell out. You can also check out the Bike Balls website by clicking here.