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    Amber lights?

    I would have posted this in the electronics & gadgets section but that section is dead.

    Anyway, I am looking for small amber lights to put in the side of my bike for better side visibility. I ride the Pinellas trail (MUP) and I'm crossing streets constantly. My super flash turbo emits side light for some visibility, but not enough. So far the only amber lights that I have found were cheap ones that go on your spokes that aren't bright at all. The Light & Motion Urban lights have two small amber LED lights on the side and I wanted to try and recreate that. Should I try and make my own lights. If I could I'd build very small but bright amber led rings that act like the rubber things on Walmart bikes to separate the break cable from the frame and mount 5-10 of them, sort of like the amber lights on a tractor trailer.
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    Why not use ankle reflectors? I use them when I ride at night and almost feel better about them than the lights themsleves as the movement of the ankle while riding along with the illuminating of the bands is a real eye catcher.

    A few years ago I usd to ride at night quite often. I was looking for all kinds of gizmos to be seen. Then I saw some movement up ahead in the pitch black darkness of night. As I approached I noticed it was the small reflector of the tennis shoe worn by some lady walkng at night. The itty bitty reflector and the movement attracted my attention more than most bike lights.

    In the picture, you can see my far ankle bad is lit up just as much as the two lights on my hb's. You can imagine the movement of both (I'm wearing two, one each ankle) in headlights at night.

    $7 at REI

    http://www.rei.com/category/4500872



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    Last edited by Mr. Beanz; 11-08-12 at 11:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Why not use ankle reflectors? I use them when I ride at night and almost feel better about them than the lights themsleves as the movement of the ankle while riding along with the illuminating of the bands is a real eye catcher.

    A few years ago I usd to ride at night quite often. I was looking for all kinds of gizmos to be seen. Then I saw some movement up ahead in the pitch black darkness of night. As I approached I noticed it was the small reflector of the tennis shoe worn by some lady walkng at night. The itty bitty reflector and the movement attracted my attention more than most bike lights.

    In the picture, you can see my far ankle bad is lit up just as much as the two lights on my hb's. You can imagine the movement of both (I'm wearing two, one each ankle) in headlights at night.

    $7 at REI

    http://www.rei.com/product/634418/nathan-tri-color-ankle-band,-multi?preferredSku=6344180010&cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-pla-_-product-_-6344180010&mr:trackingCode=E281071B-81F9-DE11-BAE3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA&mr:adType=pla&{copy:s_kwcid**=&gclid=CJC1qL6ewbMCFUlxQgodcUcA-w



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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
    Where did you get yours at?
    Haha, just posted a link to REI (finally got it right ).

    I think I got mine at Performance but only thing I've seen there at the shop lately is the single stripe band. I like the tri color, very bright!

    $7 at REI

    http://www.rei.com/category/4500872

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    Another great solution is here
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    Have you considered Amber Lamps?

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/amber-lamps

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    "The trail is only open during daylight hours."

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    I have three of these. It has six big LEDs and takes 2 AA batteries. I have one in amber, blue, and green. I bought the blue and green for decorating my bike during the holidays. There is a list of sellers on that site, or just Google "lightman led strobe" to find more vendors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    "The trail is only open during daylight hours."
    The local PD don't mind if you ride at night. Four years riding at night and I've never had a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Why not use ankle reflectors? I use them when I ride at night and almost feel better about them than the lights themsleves as the movement of the ankle while riding along with the illuminating of the bands is a real eye catcher.

    A few years ago I usd to ride at night quite often. I was looking for all kinds of gizmos to be seen. Then I saw some movement up ahead in the pitch black darkness of night. As I approached I noticed it was the small reflector of the tennis shoe worn by some lady walkng at night. The itty bitty reflector and the movement attracted my attention more than most bike lights.

    In the picture, you can see my far ankle bad is lit up just as much as the two lights on my hb's. You can imagine the movement of both (I'm wearing two, one each ankle) in headlights at night.

    $7 at REI

    http://www.rei.com/category/4500872



    IMG_4399 by gulpxtreme, on Flickr
    I wear one and it catches attention. Cinch it up tight around the top of your shoe/boot and it also helps w/water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maidenfan View Post
    I wear one and it catches attention. Cinch it up tight around the top of your shoe/boot and it also helps w/water.
    Yes sir! Nice tip. I'll have to remember that but we don't deal much with water, thank goodness.

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    http://www.adventurelights.com/indus...id=75&S=0&O=5a

    Nice little lights. Tough and waterproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
    The local PD don't mind if you ride at night. Four years riding at night and I've never had a problem.

    Really? On 4/13 of this year you posted this:

    "I was riding home from the gym on my local trail when my brother said he saw tail-lights behind us. I turned around and it was a sheriff speeding up behind us. I turn around to let my brother know, but he decided to haul ass, leaving me behind. He flashed his lights and told me not to ride the trail at night and ended up giving me a warning.

    It's funny though, because cars aren't allowed on this trail, and the speed limit is 25mph yet he easily hit 40mph speeding up. Anyway, if you ride the Pinellas trail at night, don't!"

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...light=pinellas

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Really? On 4/13 of this year you posted this:

    "I was riding home from the gym on my local trail when my brother said he saw tail-lights behind us. I turned around and it was a sheriff speeding up behind us. I turn around to let my brother know, but he decided to haul ass, leaving me behind. He flashed his lights and told me not to ride the trail at night and ended up giving me a warning.

    It's funny though, because cars aren't allowed on this trail, and the speed limit is 25mph yet he easily hit 40mph speeding up. Anyway, if you ride the Pinellas trail at night, don't!"

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...light=pinellas
    Sheriff, not local PD. Still, I forgot about that incident, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
    Sheriff, not local PD. Still, I forgot about that incident, lol.
    Gotta be careful.... Deputy Fife (aka Indy) will catch ya!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
    Sheriff, not local PD. Still, I forgot about that incident, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Gotta be careful.... Deputy Fife (aka Indy) will catch ya!
    You apparently don't realize what comparing me to Barney Fife says about yourself. Think about it for a second and maybe it will come to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Another great solution is here
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    Do you know if he ships those overseas ... the wheel ones look great .... and shiny i love shiny

    edit: nevermind , i found a place on ebay that has them .... 2 packs ordered
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    You apparently don't realize what comparing me to Barney Fife says about yourself. Think about it for a second and maybe it will come to you.
    Your right, Barney Fife has more of a since of humor and didn't hold grudges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tergal View Post
    Hi ,

    Do you know if he ships those overseas ... the wheel ones look great .... and shiny i love shiny

    edit: nevermind , i found a place on ebay that has them .... 2 packs ordered
    Hope you love them. If you need to order more, go through John and Light Weights. His customer service is impeccable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Your right, Barney Fife has more of a since of humor and didn't hold grudges.
    Incorrect. Barney Fife was inept. I busted you. So by comparing me to Barney Fife you are saying what about yourself? And why in the world would I be holding a grudge? You are the one who got busted lying to bolster your cred and then tried (but failed) to explain it away. Then the thread mysteriously vanished. For your own sake, let it go--but learn from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Incorrect. Barney Fife was inept. I busted you. So by comparing me to Barney Fife you are saying what about yourself? And why in the world would I be holding a grudge? You are the one who got busted lying to bolster your cred and then tried (but failed) to explain it away. Then the thread mysteriously vanished. For your own sake, let it go--but learn from it.
    I did learn from it. I PMed your twice and no response hence the feeling it was a grudge or pissed off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I did learn from it. I PMed your twice and no response hence the feeling it was a grudge or pissed off.

    No. It was me having grown tired on inanity. And again, there is nothing for me to hold a grudge about. You are not making any sense. Let it go as I suggested.

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    The Sunlite amber LED is very similar to the SuperFlash in design. Not quite as bright, but not as expensive either. And the brightness still blows those amber spoke lights out of the water.

    If you prefer to buy the amber Sunlite from your LBS, just ask them. They almost certainly don't have it as something they regularly carry, but most of them can order it for you. There's an importer that they can get it from. Ask me if you want more specifics.

    Another, more jazzy option for bright side light visibility are the Monkey Lights. Might not be recommended if you lock your bike in high-theft areas. Still can't beat them for style points.

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