Lights, Camera, Action!

Cycliq has announced two new additions to its Fly family of dashcams engineered for cyclists, which combine all of the mod-cons and tech capabilities that we have come to expect on the road these days.

The front-facing Fly12 CE (Connected Edition) and rear-facing Fly6 are smaller, lighter units and offer an extensive range of new hi-tech road safety features. Combining a smart lightweight camera with a strong bike light, the HD cameras maximise safety and visibility while creating high quality video footage in the event of any incident.

Basically, you can capture number plates in the dark. Great for those city riders.

The “Connected Edition” feature means that the models have Garmin compatibility via ANT+, as well as Bluetooth connectivity to the CycliqPlus app via Android and iOS. Linking with a compatible bike computer gives the rider more options to utilise a range of the Fly’s functions at a touch of a button, and app connectivity, which is already a feature on the current Fly12, giving the rider easy access to a number of camera settings.

The new lightweight units are also equipped with a built-in bike alarm, which flashes and automatically starts recording any incident, while alerting the user’s smartphone via the app if the bike has been moved or tampered with.

With a continued focus on design, both products are lighter and more compact than the originals: at just 195g/5.5oz the Fly12 CE is 49g/3.1oz lighter, while at only 110g/3.5oz the Fly 6 CE is 17g/0.9oz lighter. The new 135° wide angle lens is a step up from the current Fly6 100° field of view and cyclists are clearly visible thanks to the impressive light output (up to 600 Lumen with the Fly12 CE and up to 100 with the Fly6 CE).

HD looping video with audio and automatic incident footage preservation are still key features of the new models. Video quality has not been compromised with the smaller sizes; both models feature high quality 1080p HD video at up to 60 frames per second (FPS) and a new 6-axis stabilisation recording feature produces even greater footage stability than before.

Cycliq has long been an advocate for cycling safety and so developed the ‘HomeSafe’ mode, a feature on both the Fly12 CE and Fly6 CE. This function kicks in if the battery depletes below 5% during operation; the video recording will turn off to save battery power but the light will continue to function for up to 30 minutes to make sure the rider can get home safely.

Pretty awesome features, and definitely one for peace of mind while riding on the roads during gloomy winter days or commuting in the dark.

The Fly CEs are available to buy on the Cycliq website as well as all good online and offline retailers.

Amy Kilpin

Written by Amy Kilpin