Bike light strapped to the leg

This is Cold Iron of Alameda in the East Bay. He tried strapping his Planet Bike Super Flash bike light to his left ankle; I think it works pretty well. His bike is a Waterford; he also owns a Surly Big Dummy.

Cold Iron's Planet BIke Superflash

What are your unusual bike light mounting options?

18 Comments

  • Alex
    February 23, 2009 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    It's a novel idea, but when I rode behind him at SJ Bike Party I got blinded for a second when he raised his heel on the upstroke. That superflash is way bright.

  • Alex
    February 24, 2009 - 1:47 am | Permalink

    It's a novel idea, but when I rode behind him at SJ Bike Party I got blinded for a second when he raised his heel on the upstroke. That superflash is way bright.

  • kit
    February 23, 2009 - 6:59 pm | Permalink

    in addition to their work with bicycle advocacy groups, i have come to believe that planet bike is in close collaboration with satan.

    they seem to have harnessed the holy power of angel fire for the superflash because there is no goddamn way that thing is powered off of two double a batteries.

  • kit
    February 24, 2009 - 1:59 am | Permalink

    in addition to their work with bicycle advocacy groups, i have come to believe that planet bike is in close collaboration with satan.they seem to have harnessed the holy power of angel fire for the superflash because there is no goddamn way that thing is powered off of two double a batteries.

  • John Calnan
    February 23, 2009 - 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I remember by brother had an ankle-strap light in the mid 1960's. It was a rather bulky affair by today's standards… A tube containing a couple of "C" batteries, with the lights mounted on the top, a solid white pointing forward, a solid red pointing to the rear. I don't recall him actually wearing the thing, however.

  • John Calnan
    February 24, 2009 - 3:00 am | Permalink

    I remember by brother had an ankle-strap light in the mid 1960's. It was a rather bulky affair by today's standards… A tube containing a couple of "C" batteries, with the lights mounted on the top, a solid white pointing forward, a solid red pointing to the rear. I don't recall him actually wearing the thing, however.

  • Paul Tay
    February 23, 2009 - 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Strap a small LED flashlight on left wrist with a watch band. Point in any direction at motorists who might need to see a bike.

  • Paul Tay
    February 24, 2009 - 3:49 am | Permalink

    Strap a small LED flashlight on left wrist with a watch band. Point in any direction at motorists who might need to see a bike.

  • Jayson
    February 23, 2009 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I use 2 different flashers. 1 is strapped to the seat post, the other is on my saddle bag. Both flash at different rates, for optimal driver annoyability. It seems to work

  • Jayson
    February 24, 2009 - 5:11 am | Permalink

    I use 2 different flashers. 1 is strapped to the seat post, the other is on my saddle bag. Both flash at different rates, for optimal driver annoyability. It seems to work

  • 2whls3spds
    February 24, 2009 - 3:43 am | Permalink

    @John Calnan…what is old is new again. We had those lights too…and actually used them :>0 Remember the Wonder Lights with the big square batteries? LOL

    The up and down motion of the lights will catch a motorists eye. But I don't think I would use the PB Superflash there…a bit overpowering.

    Aaron

  • 2whls3spds
    February 24, 2009 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    @John Calnan…what is old is new again. We had those lights too…and actually used them :>0 Remember the Wonder Lights with the big square batteries? LOLThe up and down motion of the lights will catch a motorists eye. But I don't think I would use the PB Superflash there…a bit overpowering.Aaron

  • kit
    February 24, 2009 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    Duct tape an 8 million candela spotlight to your helmet. Look at any driver you want to run into a telephone pole. Use frequently.

  • kit
    February 24, 2009 - 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Duct tape an 8 million candela spotlight to your helmet. Look at any driver you want to run into a telephone pole. Use frequently.

  • Paul Tay
    February 24, 2009 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Laser pointer, anyone?

  • Paul Tay
    February 24, 2009 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Laser pointer, anyone?

  • Gordon
    January 8, 2013 - 12:37 am | Permalink

    I used to use a leg light in the 60’s through the ’80s. You strap it around the top of your calf, not around your ankle. It had a single lamp with a white lens in front, a red lens in back and a yellow lens on the side. I loved it. I think that the distinctive up and down motion said bicyclist in a way that a blinkie never can.

  • January 8, 2013 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    Hi Gordon. I think I remember ads of those types of lights in the 70s. I agree, the up and down motion seems to work well.

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