Thomas Callaghan

‘You create your own luck’ seems to be a very fitting title for Thomas. An action-packed journey through college, Thomas has a vast range of professional, academic and athletic experiences to his name. Entering college with an Elite Athlete Scholarship and finishing in the final five teams of Accenture’s, Leaders of Tomorrow program ignited his passion for design. While in college, Thomas maintained a lead sports marketing role involved with some of the biggest athletes and events across Ireland and UK. Born into a family of motorsport, his passion for consistent improvement puts him right at home in product design.

Flair Handguards

Flair handguards are an ebike specific component allowing riders to gain more from their ebike by utilising the reliable power source within the bike. Across the globe, ebikes are rapidly becoming more popular as they present an opportunity to travel further and faster, but with less effort required. This project aimed to explore the range of opportunities that have otherwise never been possible without a reliable power source.

The Flair handguards are designed to tackle two main issues. Reducing the effects of windchill on the hands and increasing the visual width of cyclists on the road. When it becomes dark, cyclists are most often depicted by the width of a single light placed on the front of their bike. However, handguards offer a unique opportunity to place lighting on the boundary of a cyclist, presenting their full width whilst on the road. As the lights are powered directly from the ebike battery, the adoption of these lights is made far easier as there is no additional charging required.

As ebike users are traveling faster, we know from user feedback that they feel the effects of poor weather conditions more. Backed up by basic aerodynamic principles, these handguards are designed to deflect and reduce the wind hitting directly on the hands. A rider traveling at 25km/h with a 15km/h headwind can expect a 62% reduction in the windspeed to their hands. Thus, reducing the effect of windchill significantly.