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  1. #1
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    Question Bike Lighting Contest Ideas

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    On June 26 I will be participating in the N.I.T.E. Ride in Indianapolis with 2,999 other riders It is only a 20 mile ride, it is the number of my companions that has me me a little spooked. I am going to try and join a local club ride once before then so I can see what it feels like to start in a group. I am accustomed to country roads with little traffic and no stop-lights

    The ride itself (which starts close to midnight) comes at the end of a long day of activities and other rides. Part of this is a bike lighting competition. I already have a good Stella 150 light and need a tail light. That is easy enough.

    I would be interested in hearing creative ways to add more lights to my bike and me. As I have this huge LHT conversion bill due this coming week I will not have much money for it...

    Time for my morning ride, am looking forward to suggestions from this wonderful group of creative women and men!

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    Sounds like fun.
    I think with some glo sticks and a bag of zip ties you could come up with something special.
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/glow-stick...i_sku=11061468
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    Some of those spinning battery operated light toys could be taped onto your frame?
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    I am just throwing this out there and I do not know if it will even work....glow in the dark paint (can be bought at craft/art stores) Then wrap your bike in clear plastic wrap and paint some funky designs on it? I dunno. I like the idea about glow sticks the best though. That is probably the easiest too.

    Also, there are CatEye Orbit Spoke Lights (sold at REI and other places I am sure). They clip onto your spokes and light up! I think they are pretty cool.

    Good luck!

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    That reminds me--got to get some hokey spokes before the St. Louis Midnight Ramble!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsandz View Post
    I am just throwing this out there and I do not know if it will even work....glow in the dark paint (can be bought at craft/art stores) Then wrap your bike in clear plastic wrap and paint some funky designs on it? I dunno. I like the idea about glow sticks the best though. That is probably the easiest too.

    Also, there are CatEye Orbit Spoke Lights (sold at REI and other places I am sure). They clip onto your spokes and light up! I think they are pretty cool.

    Good luck!
    I found a couple of You Tube videos. The first shows the CatEye Orbit Spoke Lights, it makes it easy to pick out the racer using them

    Here is another video showing the CatEye Orbit & Loop lights which seem a bit more versatile. Warning in advance, the cyclist in this video has no helmet...

    I like the Orbit & Loop lights, but I can get a LOT of glow lights and zip ties for $40... There is also something about the simplicity of glow lights and zips that is appealing to me besides the cost. If I were anything of an artist I think the glow-in the dark paint + plastic wrap could be interesting, but I am not an artist

    I just remembered that Zen? provided a link a few months ago to the Down Low Glow lights. I LOVE this, especially the blue (being a "blue" kind of gal - I like the pink and green as well) - however this is NOT in my budget.

    Thanks for the tips, and if anyone else has other ideas please don't hesitate to post them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekTheKaty View Post
    That reminds me--got to get some hokey spokes before the St. Louis Midnight Ramble!
    Cool! I looked these up. At $30 each that is still probably outside my budget, but I like them! They would certainly be attention getting for sure - and I like that you can customize the display. Perfect for an event such as this one!

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    I'm sure these would cost way more than you would want to spend, but I just think they are so cool looking.

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    Been doing the 'lighting' bit on my commuter (kinda going nuts with it, and having fun), and found two things that work really well to light up the rider and bike. First, the Bike Glow light. I got mine at REI (http://www.rei.com/product/793960). Sounds silly, but it is really cool looking and lights up the bike and rider really well. The second is the little Serfas seat stay light (http://www.rei.com/product/793233). I have two of them and I point them sideways on the seatstay for even more side visibility. On the back, I have a 3 watt blinkie made by MagicShine- really bright, even in daylight and runs on a rechargable battery (no more AAA blinkies for the rear of the bike for me, all they do is fall off (I lost two last week) and they are not visible in the day time. I ride a major N/S road to work every day and having enough light is critical. Also, Planet Bike has a lightup leg band that works well- I put one around the headtube, and Nathan has a battery operated 'glowstick' that can be clipped around the headtube, seattube or sear rails.
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    I'm a sucker for LED fairy lights...

    Not only do I peg them onto my tent so I can find it in crowded camp grounds when touring....


    At Christmas I usually string a set or two on my bike. I buy them from a local variety store (BigW here but think Walmart etc) around Christmas time. They are only about 4 or 5 bucks a string and are operated by two AA batteries in a little box with a switch. I just wrap liberally around the bike and cable tie to my heart's content!

    Last Christmas they had some that were like fine neon rope lights too (about $10). I bought one in fluoro pink and wrapped it around the pink bike. That was really grand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkbikes View Post
    Not only do I peg them onto my tent so I can find it in crowded camp grounds when touring....


    At Christmas I usually string a set or two on my bike. I buy them from a local variety store (BigW here but think Walmart etc) around Christmas time. They are only about 4 or 5 bucks a string and are operated by two AA batteries in a little box with a switch. I just wrap liberally around the bike and cable tie to my heart's content!

    Last Christmas they had some that were like fine neon rope lights too (about $10). I bought one in fluoro pink and wrapped it around the pink bike. That was really grand!
    Ooooh, I like these! Amazon has them for $18 a strand. I will have to wait and decide what I can spend until after I bring my LHT home on Thursday - I know what it is going to cost me but need to make sure that nothing unexpected comes up when they do the work Tuesday.

    Have you seen these in the stores outside of Christmas?

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    http://www.niteize.com/collections/l...cts/l-e-d-wand
    http://www.niteize.com/products/spokelit (cheaper at Amazon than from Niteize, last time I looked)
    http://www.niteize.com/products/ridelit

    I have had occasion (each of the past four summers, to be exact...) to purchase glow bracelets and/or necklaces and/or glow sticks by the hundreds (last order was for a thousand...!), and I get them from here:
    http://www.extremeglow.com/

    I've tried other places, but that place has good prices and quick service. (Not affiliated with them in any way; just had to find a cheap source of horrible-for-the-environment glow products for my kid to take to camp!)

    You can light yourself up, too. http://extremeglow.com/Merchant4/mer...y_Code=COSTUME
    Last edited by owlice; 05-30-2010 at 08:02 AM.

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    "Sharing the road means getting along, not getting ahead" - 1994 Washington State Driver's Guide

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    Here ya go; you can make your own glow-in-the-dark shirt/shorts/etc.: http://www.extremeglow.com/Merchant4...ry_Code=GPAINT

    Light up the night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    Ooooh, I like these! Amazon has them for $18 a strand. I will have to wait and decide what I can spend until after I bring my LHT home on Thursday - I know what it is going to cost me but need to make sure that nothing unexpected comes up when they do the work Tuesday.

    Have you seen these in the stores outside of Christmas?
    The only place I have seen them here outside Christmas is at Ikea.

 

 

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