Okay, this Revolight persistence of vision rim mounted bicycle light is groovy.
A tube of LEDs is clipped to the inside of each bicycle rim, with power from a battery packed near the hub and synchronization through a fork mounted magnet.
According to Revolight’s Kickstarter page, MSRP will be $220. A similar POV bicycle wheel light, Dan Goldwater’s Monkey Lectric, retails for $65.
Revolights web site.
Here’s a fun new bike safety PSA from Bicycle Transportation Alliance aimed at the “tight pants intersection ballerina” 🙂
I’m not sure intersection ballerinas would be caught with anything besides Knog products.
But that reminds me: Planet Bike has a new 1 watt tail light they call the Superflash Turbo that should be available this Spring.
I’ve been riding with the NiteRider Cherry Bomb tail light this past winter. It’s basically NiteRider’s answer to PlanetBike’s super popular SuperFlash blinky, and has similar features: a 1/2 watt that flashes brightly along with a pair of quick flashing smaller LEDs.
This humorous video on the importance of bike lights from the Bicycle Transportation Aliance may remind some long time fans of that time in January 2007 when I biked home from work without my pants.
A guy mounts one of those “bugeye” emergency exit lights to his bicycle.
Last spring my family was caught out after dark on our bikes, and we were short by one working headlight. I ducked into a Walgreens and bought a small, inexpensive flashlight with 12 reasonably bright LEDs for something like $5. My daughter sacrificed one of her elastic hair ties to secure the flashlight on my son’s handlebars for a decent “be seen” light.
Thin rubber bands work okay, but I find I’m continually adjusting the flashlight’s aim as it jiggles around. Jym Dyer recently showed me another cool trick — using a segment of old inner tube as a quick release for handlebar flashlights. Cut about a six inch strip of inner tube and cut flashlight sized holes at either end of the strip.
Slide one end of the flashlight through one hole, wrap the rubber strip over the top of the handlebar while positioning the flashlight underneath, then secure by sliding the other end of the flashlight through the second hole for a very quick and easy mount for your flashlight.
It doesn’t take too much imagination to figure you can do similar mountings around other bike parts if you want, and cheaper than Knog Frogs by far.