From the same serial inventor that brought us the Bike Mine security system and the loudest bike horn ever made comes thingumy, a useful little mount made mostly out of old inner tubes that is self-proclaimed as "unofficially the world's most useful bicycle accessory".
Its creator Yannick Read claims he's "always dreaming up ways to make life on two wheels as easy as possible", and thingumy certainly looks like a product with multiple practical uses. Examples include doubling up on thingumys to strap lights to your wrist, attaching rear lights to your ankle or, as shown in the video below, even using them to transport wine and bottles of gin should you need to do a quick booze run over the festive period!
Using the thingumy system at night to attach a front light allows the user to turn their beam away from oncoming cyclists or pedestrians to prevent dazzling them. Jackets, pumps, locks and bananas(?) are other examples of things Read says the thingumy can conveniently carry.
The inventor says he'll simply make as many thingumys required to match demand when his campaign has ended, and as they're hand-made in London with no middleman this is a crowdfunder you can trust won't be delayed by a reliance on third party suppliers. Thingumy has already raised £600, £100 more than its target, less than 24 hours after it launched on Kickstarter yesterday. Check out the campaign here, where you can reserve a pair of thingumys for £6 or get a set of 50 for £150.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.