Riding 19 Years of Specialized Sirrus Tradition.
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1988 Specialized Sirrus, 1989 Alpine Monitor Pass MTB, 2007 Specialized Sirrus 700C hybrid, 2007 Schwinn Town & Country trike, 1970 "Resto-Improved" Raleigh 20, 1970 "WIP" Raleigh 20, and 1980 "WIP" Schwinn Town & Country trike
Nothing more irratating than having light shining in your eyes when night riding. Perhaps if they created cut-outs that aimed down and out it have some "see me" value, but it looks fairly useless to me...other than making a cool photo.
Runs off a "watch battery" with 40 LED's... "cut long strips out of the bars"... there's a lot of things wrong with this student project. As French mentioned, lights at night are very unpleasant. Having to cut parts out of your handlebars is even worse. Also, despite the photo, even 40 LED's isn't very bright if they're not focused.... the bike will glow, perhaps, not for very long if its off a coin cell, but the rider will still need a separate light to see the road ahead. I've always thought light strips mounted on the main triangle might be effective, but I have no idea what is gained by moving them to right in front of your face.
Cool is subjective.
Being seen by motorists is an objective.
I have believe the future has more LEDs in it.
A good idea with some obvious issues that would need to be addressed.
Looks entirely useless, distracting and dangerous. Only useful as a "be seen" light, completely useless for a "to see" light, and way too glaring.
Also, it's hard to tell from the photo but if those are blue LEDs, they're also illegal in most if not all states and most countries.
If it runs off a watch battery, it must have a run time of no more than an hour, and that's if they're using PWM. Very ecologically unsound.
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.