Bicycling : The Cycliq Fly12 Is Designed to Keep Cyclists Safe
This light/camera combo alerts drivers to your presence and records video in case of an accident
With 1080p continuous-recording video and a 400-lumen light, the Cycliq Fly12 is designed to keep you visible to traffic and capture any shenanigans that might occur while you’re out riding. Beyond these standard features, the Fly12 also has some additional perks that are worth checking out.
The Fly12 starts recording the moment you power it on. As the microSD card fills up, the camera will start to overwrite the oldest footage, ensuring you don’t ever run out of space. It offers variable frame rates—30 and 45fps in 1080p, or 30 & 60fps in 720p—which will allow you to either get a more film-like look (if you’re going for cinema) or extra frames per second to more clearly see details of your ride (like say, a passing car’s license plate). While higher frame rates will fill up your microSD card more quickly, the Fly12 also has a “do not erase” button, so if there’s a moment you want to ensure you keep, the camera won’t erase that clip once it starts overwriting older footage. Additionally, if the camera senses you’ve been in a crash (meaning it is rotated more than 60 degrees for over five seconds) it activates “Incident Protection mode” where it will automatically save the last two clips and continue recording for another 30 minutes. The Fly12 comes with a 16MB microSD card pre-installed, but can work with up to 64MB cards if you want more storage.
The Fly12 is weather-proof but not waterproof, meaning it can withstand rain, mud, snow, and grime on your ride, but full-on submersion isn’t a good idea. It’s Strava-compatible, which means users can add HUD-like graphics to show speed, gradient, and elevation data over footage. It’s also got a neat little alarm feature: Turn it on via the iPhone/Android app, and if someone starts moving your bike around, the Fly12 will start beeping and flashing its light. The app is really the heart of the whole system, allowing you to set the brightness and flashing modes, change recording settings, review footage, and add Strava data. Finally, it has a pretty decent battery life: Cycliq claims up to 10 hours, but on the settings I was using it seemed to be closer to six or seven (flashing light set to middle brightness, camera recording 1080p at 45fps). However, in colder weather (below 45F), battery life drops pretty rapidly, with recording only lasting about three hours on the same settings. Keep in mind that if/when the camera stops recording due to a low battery (indicated by an audible beeping pattern) the light will continue to function for up to another hour so you can finish your ride. It’s probably best to not store the camera on your bike in a cold garage or shed during the winter months.
I've come to really appreciate the Fly12's safety features—to the point where I don't really want to ride without it now. It gives me and my wife some peace of mind should anything happen while I'm on the road. And I've been able to use to effectively already: On a recent ride, a school bus cut dangerously close to our group. I was able to share the footage with the bus company, who assured me they would speak to their driver about it. In any other case, they would have had to rely on my word.