Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: DC / Maryland suburbs
Bikes: Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Repairing broken blinkie lights
Hey commuters, if you're like me (clumsy, doesn't learn from experience) you have half a dozen blinkie lights with broken plastic covers from when they came unclipped and fell off the bike.
I've tried many different ways of gluing the plastic covers back together, with Superglue and epoxy, but none of them worked. The joint would always break apart again quickly. Well, I think I've finally found the right glue for the job: Amazing Goop
. It's a thick, gooey adhesive (unlike Superglue), and it forms a slightly cushiony bond which seems to hold broken plastic blinkie lights together very well. Here's how I do it:
* take the broken pieces of the blinkie cover and clean the broken edges with rubbing alcohol
* apply a layer of Amazing Goop to ONE of the broken edges, and LET IT DRY for about 3 minutes
* fit the broken edges together perfectly, and squeeze them for about 1 minute
* let it dry for about 12 hours: DO NOT FIDDLE WITH IT AFTER 1 OR 2 HOURS, THE JOINT WILL COME APART!
* once it's totally dry, the excess Goop can be rubbed off the joint... it will crumble like rubber cement
Okay, well I hope that helps someone else resurrect their supply of broken blinkies
PS- A good sized tube of Amazing Goop is about $3 at Home Depot, and I've used maybe 1/10 of the tube while fixing 4 or 5 lights.