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Old 11-30-08, 12:10 AM   #1
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I found a couple sets of battery powered LED Christmas lights today while we were shopping so I decided to decorate my commuter bike. I figure it serves a double purpose - it's festive and since it's now dark both when I leave in the morning and when I come home, I'll take all the extra lighting I can get. lol My husband thinks 2 sets might be overkill, but I like it. haha



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Old 11-30-08, 05:52 AM   #2
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It looks like you would be seen anyway. With my luck they would come loose and get into something and either break something, or cause me to crash.

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Old 12-01-08, 12:39 PM   #3
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Did my first commute this morning with the lights and no issues. It's a big hit with the local homeless community as I got a couple of "nice lights!" on my ride in. I also got an "oh my!" and a big smile from an SUV driver - if he's seeing me better, it's all gravy.
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I just did up my bike. Haven't ridden with lights just yet, as I'm currently sick.
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I think they look totally cool, and I'd love to dress up my bike like that. My one concern would be that they'd be confusing to a driver -- any thoughts on that?
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I bought lights this weekend. I plan on attaching them to my rear rack and panniers. Winding them around the top tube is a little more radical than I can manage.
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I found a couple sets of battery powered LED Christmas lights today while we were shopping so I decided to decorate my commuter bike. I figure it serves a double purpose - it's festive and since it's now dark both when I leave in the morning and when I come home, I'll take all the extra lighting I can get. lol My husband thinks 2 sets might be overkill, but I like it. haha



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Christmas lights - ho ho ho!
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Old 12-02-08, 11:34 AM   #8
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I just did up my bike. Haven't ridden with lights just yet, as I'm currently sick.
Any pictures? Bummer you're sick.

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I think they look totally cool, and I'd love to dress up my bike like that. My one concern would be that they'd be confusing to a driver -- any thoughts on that?
Thanks! I could see where they might be confusing at first, but if anything they seem to make motorists give me a little more room. The most common response I've seen from people that I've been able to make eye contact with has been big smiles and the occasional wave, particularly from soccer moms in their SUVs and minivans. If they're smiling and waving at me, instead of talking on their cellphones/yelling at little Bobby/trying to hurry up and make their turn 3" in front of me so they save 5 nanoseconds, all the better.

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Yay! A bunch of crazies like me!

Here's a night pic I took when I got home yesterday.

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Now you need to find a REALLY big Santa Hat to go over your helmet!
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This is awesome... any worries that I woiuld scratch my bike??? It's white and pink and new....????
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This is awesome... any worries that I woiuld scratch my bike???
My commuter is pretty beat, so scratches weren't a concern for me, but I wouldn't think so. The wires are very malleable and they along with a couple of zip-ties are the only thing touching the paint. When you put them on, space them so that the lights don't stick out too far and make contact with the cranks as they turn. Also make sure that the lights aren't sticking straight up off the top tube - depending on your standover clearance, that could be....um...exciting...otherwise.
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Also make sure that the lights aren't sticking straight up off the top tube - depending on your standover clearance, that could be....um...exciting...otherwise.
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