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Old 12-01-07, 11:49 AM   #1
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Christmas lights - ho ho ho!

$6-7 battery-powered LED's at Target, running on 4 AA batteries...
Think they'll see me?



Anyone else here trying this during December?

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Old 12-01-07, 12:19 PM   #2
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And I did this, too:

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Nice. Any Festivus decorations, y'know, for the rest of us?
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I think I will have to try this
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Well, my bike's made of aluminum tubes; does it count?
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Old 12-02-07, 01:25 PM   #6
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I keep seeing people talking about battery-powered LED holiday lights for < $10... why can I never find ANY battery powered LEDs? I went to Target, Home Depot, Walgreens, and Menards...

What is the brand? I am notorious for missing products in plain sight...
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I had some of those last year. I put them in the basement after the season and now I can't find them. Very annoying.
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Old 12-02-07, 04:47 PM   #8
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I keep seeing people talking about battery-powered LED holiday lights for < $10... why can I never find ANY battery powered LEDs? I went to Target, Home Depot, Walgreens, and Menards...

What is the brand? I am notorious for missing products in plain sight...
Go to Target's seasonal section; ask (if you can find anyone) where the battery-powered LED's are. In our store they were on one end of the Christmas lights section... ironically, on the end closest to the bikes.
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I keep seeing people talking about battery-powered LED holiday lights for < $10... why can I never find ANY battery powered LEDs? I went to Target, Home Depot, Walgreens, and Menards...

What is the brand? I am notorious for missing products in plain sight...
My wife found several sets last year w/t replacement bulbs. For some reason they weren't in the decoration lights section. So, try looking in the replacement bulb section. Don't get the ones that require 2 D batteries...they suck and the batteries are exposed.
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Dang - you guys are creative!

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I found mine at Ace hardware for like $6 each. I got one set colored, and one set white. Being cheap white LEDs they're blue-ish. I left them on for 2 days straight and they were still going strong.
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I picked up a set at Target last night.
There were four kinds:
7.2' strand of 18 color changing LED lights - $9.99 (what I got)
7.4' Strand of 18 solid color mini-LED lights - $4.99 (last one left had two smashed LEDs sadly)
Strand of 18 white LED lights - $forgot, maybe $4-5
Strand of 18 white incandescent bulbs- $1.99

I installed the color changing LED strand on the diamond of the bicycle frame (similar to AxOn's photo) and had them on for this morning's dark commute.
Unfortunately power is momentarily lost when I hit bumps. This resets the color cycle starting with all bulbs red. It takes several complete cycles until the lights get out of sync and display multi-color changing. But with so many bumps on my commute I was getting an off, red, green BUMP, off, red, green, blue, BUMP, red, BUMP, off, off, off, BUMP, red, green, blue type cycle. Only at stop lights did it get to blues and purples and with different colors showing at the same time.

Hopefully it is one or more of the four AA batteries in the pack that have a less than solid spring loading on the contact. If this is the case I should be able to easily fix with aluminum foil, stretching springs, etc.

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Still, with the cheaper strands (like the two I got from Walmart), a sharp jolt will reset the flash patterns or shut off the lights -- I solved that problem by suspending the battery packs by bungee in my basket.
Yep, this morning was my test run for this evenings 55mi night ride. When I get home today I'll do the foil mod. I had the battery pack in my saddle bag, where it is going to stay, so no suspension for mine. I don't mind if it resets only for major infrequent bumps, but having it reset every 15s or so was disappointing.

Twice this morning the lights shut off from a bump, but came on again after another bump (the second time a bump I created by bunny hopping)

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....I am notorious for missing products in plain sight...
Jason, it's the curse of being a man. We got the gene for directions but lost out on the ability to see things in plain sight.
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How many sets of lights is this?
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If I even hinted at trying to put a wheel on the mantle as a wreath my wife would kick my ***** out the door.
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If you have the room, you could try wrapping the pack with bubble-wrap or crushed newspaper. It might help?
If I had the room I'd carry a 2nd spare tube!

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I put some of the Target LED lights on my bike last night. They were only $5 at the store I went to, for a 7-8' strand of multi-color mini lights. They put out a lot of light, particularly in the dark.
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Go to Target's seasonal section; ask (if you can find anyone) where the battery-powered LED's are. In our store they were on one end of the Christmas lights section... ironically, on the end closest to the bikes.
You must shop at the same Target I do -- off Capital Blvd in Raleigh? Either that, or all their stores are laid out the same.
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If I even hinted at trying to put a wheel on the mantle as a wreath my wife would kick my ***** out the door.
Mine too, but she was sleeping. I took it down promptly after the photo-op.
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If I even hinted at trying to put a wheel on the mantle as a wreath my wife would kick my ***** out the door.
That's pretty much what I was thinking.
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The most bikeish Xmas decoration I've dared is to hang a worn out cog on the Xmas tree. Shined it up with a little Simichrome and it looks pretty good. I'll post a pic once we put up this year's tree.
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If I even hinted at trying to put a wheel on the mantle as a wreath my wife would kick my ***** out the door.
Ah, yes...yet another advantage to the Single Life (that, plus more sex ).
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The most bikeish Xmas decoration I've dared is to hang a worn out cog on the Xmas tree. Shined it up with a little Simichrome and it looks pretty good. I'll post a pic once we put up this year's tree.
My tree includes Santa on a Bike, road bike riders with colorful scarves, a reindeer on a tricycle, etc.

The living room also features a bike sculpture on the mantle, and a "bicycling shrine" bookcase containing books about cycling and memorabilia I've collected from my cycling vacations (including issues of Le Monde). Over the TV is a large poster featuring the US Postal Service team from the 2002 Tour, and over the couch is a large poster from the 1927 Tour. The coffee table is covered with Outside, VeloNews, and books about cycling, triathlons, etc.

The dining room often has a bike stand set up in it so I can watch TV while working on bikes, and my helmet and other cycling gear is regularly sitting out. There's four working bikes in the garage, plus my bike workshop and my "weight room".

The more I think about it...the more I'm glad I'm single! Nobody to say "Enough" to my cycling obsessions!
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You must shop at the same Target I do -- off Capital Blvd in Raleigh? Either that, or all their stores are laid out the same.
In this case, Southpoint. (Weirdly, or so it seems to me, the South Square store is set up as a mirror image of this one.)
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