Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Great Falls, MT
Bikes: 2002? Cannondale Warrior 400r
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yeah the mirror would works, the rear sensor would just be a extra additions just to help boost your chance of spotting vehicles.
Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
Will, as I recall, you are hearing impaired and some kind of signal to alert you would be handy.
I think the concept is good, but what if it quit working without your knowledge? Maybe a pothole jars the battery or???
I think for your safety, get an extra mirror or 2. One on each side of the bar, aimed a little differently to see at different angles and a helmet mirror.
For turn signals, how many drivers would actually know what they are? They simply don't expect them on a bicycle. Even if it worked 99.9% of the time....
How's the bike working out?
The bike is working out pretty well. thanks
though I'm starting to see how difficult it is to keep my bike in shape, especially since I don't have the money to get some of the specialized tools (such as the chain tool)and the fact is that the best bike shop I can get to requires both bikes and bus to get there which can be a huge hassle if I didn't have the day off at the time i need to go there.
about how to be sure that the sensor wouldn't break without you knowing. the led clip-on will have several led in a row, the very first one would be the "on" light and the closer the vehicles get the more led will light up from the farthest side.
The turn signal could be made of 2 arrow shaped
plastic which would disperse the light from several LED well. if somebody could make a working one with a bright enough light, then the ppl waiting behind should be able to understand somewhat what this mean. If I had this, it would allow me to circumnavigate the law requiring me to signal at least 100 feet in advance and continuously. I know that I'm thinking a bit much about the law but I absolutely HATES being pulled over by cops even when I had a car (Don't get me wrong, I don't hate cops just the part about not knowing what you did wrong when you get pulled over).
Originally Posted by Niles H.
Yes, I have some, and I think you are on an interesting track here. There is a lot of room for creativity.
One option: piezo emitters. They could be mounted on the bike, and controlled with one or more switches or buttons on the handlebars. They could serve to wake up inattentive drivers. They could also be used to warn other cyclists and pedestrians.
They make good dog deterrents as well.
All with the push of a button.
If I were setting up a system, I would want to be able to control volume -- everything from a gentle reminder (for someone on a mellow bike path), to hair-raising blasts for emergencies.
Daytime strobe lights are another area. (I was planning to start another thread on this topic).
The piezo emitter would be a great idea, especially if you could bolt it on your bike strong enough to leave it there, the reason being is that with such a emitter, you might be able to set up a wire around your locks so whenever anybody cut it to try to steal your bike, it would blast on top volume. I believe that this would be a definite attention grabber!
How would a daylight strobe light be used? just wondering.
Originally Posted by oldroads
A few years ago I tried to make a rig to charge re-chargable batteries from a bicycle generator.
It never really worked...
sound like a cool idea except that since you will be outside riding, it might be better to use a travel sized solar panel to recharge your batteries. I think there is a jacket with built in flexible solar panel specially designed to power several electronics plus batteries too.