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Old 03-07-09, 07:43 AM   #1
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Monkey Lights and Hokey Spokes et al

Does anybody have an experience of spoke lights or any other funky and BRIGHT ways of making a commuter bike stand out in traffic????

I am looking for something that will catch the eye = safe!!

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Old 03-07-09, 10:58 AM   #2
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If you have schrader valves then you can get valve caps with motion sensitive lights.

There are also options like Pedalites or Ledals (sorry for the lack of links, replying on my phone). These have a standlight feature. Or Glowspec, no standlight but you can at least get metal pedals.

Personally, for a cost effective solution you could just get some of those green or amber cheap blinkies and fit to your forks facing to the side.
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Old 03-07-09, 05:51 PM   #3
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Okay, here we go...
  • Pedal Mounted Lights
    • Pedalite
      • Battery free (internal generator)
      • White to front, Amber to side, Red to rear flashing LED's visible upto 1Km
      • Built in stand light - LED's keep flashing, even if you stop pedaling, for up to 5 minutes
    • Ledals
      • Battery Powered (Light & Pressure sensitive to prolong battery life)
      • Auto Sensing White to front, Red to rear flashing LED's Visible upto 1Km - Will always show white/front and red/rear whatever the orientation
    • LED Safety Pedals
      • Battery free (internal Generator)
      • Amber LED's all round
  • Other mounted lights
    • Reelight
      • Battery free (electromagnetic induction)
      • Steady or Flashing LED's
      • Standlight Option
    • Knog Tadpole
      • White to front, Red to rear
    • Trek Beacon
      • Flat Bar (2 LED's) or Drop Bar (1 LED) compatible
    • NITEZONE Redeye
      • 2 LED's
      • Visible over 1Km
      • Flashing, Pulsing, Random & Steady modes
  • Body Mounted Lights
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Old 03-07-09, 08:10 PM   #4
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http://www.lightweights.org/

Take a look at these. Highly reflective and inexpensive.
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Old 03-07-09, 08:15 PM   #5
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I just made a video of my Monkeylectric lights that arrived last week. So far I am very impressed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmCaBOGrXjY&fmt=18
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Old 03-07-09, 08:44 PM   #6
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I just tried SpokeLits from Nite-Ize.



They work pretty well. They're easy to install/remove and provide a nice side lighting effect. I put a blue and a green on my front wheel. I ordered two more in the "disco" variety which cycles through colors.

If you get them, you really need 2 per wheel. Then again to get the POV effects at low speed on those LED arrays, you need 3 per wheel.
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Old 03-07-09, 10:08 PM   #7
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http://www.lightweights.org/

Take a look at these. Highly reflective and inexpensive.
Their site says they're made of 3M Scotchlite, thats basically retrorelfective tape right?
So if I already have retroreflective tape, are these giving me anything extra over if I were to just wrap little tape flags to my spokes?

IE, are they simply pre-cut bits of tape? Sounds like it...

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Old 03-08-09, 03:38 PM   #8
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Get a Monkey Light if you want the real deal. A bit expensive but super bright, eye-catching, and way cooler than any other light. The patterns look pretty good even at low speeds. Having more than one Monkey Light per wheel just gives different overlapping images. The units do not synch up with each other. I think having just one is great.
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Old 03-08-09, 06:00 PM   #9
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Okay, here we go...
  • Pedal Mounted Lights
    • Pedalite
      • Battery free (internal generator)
      • White to front, Amber to side, Red to rear flashing LED's visible upto 1Km
      • Built in stand light - LED's keep flashing, even if you stop pedaling, for up to 5 minutes
    • Ledals
      • Battery Powered (Light & Pressure sensitive to prolong battery life)
      • Auto Sensing White to front, Red to rear flashing LED's Visible upto 1Km - Will always show white/front and red/rear whatever the orientation
    • LED Safety Pedals
      • Battery free (internal Generator)
      • Amber LED's all round
  • Other mounted lights
    • Reelight
      • Battery free (electromagnetic induction)
      • Steady or Flashing LED's
      • Standlight Option
    • Knog Tadpole
      • White to front, Red to rear
    • Trek Beacon
      • Flat Bar (2 LED's) or Drop Bar (1 LED) compatible
    • NITEZONE Redeye
      • 2 LED's
      • Visible over 1Km
      • Flashing, Pulsing, Random & Steady modes
  • Body Mounted Lights
You missed Freelights
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Old 03-08-09, 06:26 PM   #10
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and probably quite a few more besides
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http://www.ladyada.net/make/spokepov/

kinda like the Monkey lights but they look a bit more advanced
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