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Old 09-20-06, 10:33 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 09-20-06, 11:14 AM   #2
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My Planet Bike blinkie is made from ABS, it's right there inside the recycling emblem, so it can be welded with a plastic solvent cement, either the plumbing stuff or the model making stuff. I was forced to find out when I slipped trying to pull a strap tight on my rack and punched the blinkie clean off its mounting.
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Old 09-20-06, 11:21 AM   #3
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Nice. I just used Scotch tape.
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Old 09-20-06, 11:28 AM   #4
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Nice. I just used Scotch tape.
I've tried that, but it doesn't seem to work so well for me. Blocks a lot of light, and the cover comes loose quickly.
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Oh, I never said it worked.
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