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    Pants are for suckaz HandsomeRyan's Avatar
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    How To: Automated Handlebar End Lights

    This topic fits into several BF.net categories so instead of trying to cross-post it to all the forums where it might be relevent I'm just posting it here in the general forum.

    I know many of you have seen the handle bar end plugs with lights built into them. I liked the idea of adding lights to this otherwise unused space but I already have so many lights to turn off and on that adding 2 more toggle switches was not something that interested me. I improved the commercially available designs by automating the triggering mechanism so the lights are on while you are riding and off when you aren't.

    The link below contains a video of the lights in action, a parts list, parts descriptions, step-by-step assembly instructions, and lots of pictures of the build process. I'm not selling anything. The information is posted so anyone can use it (non-comercially) to build these lights or modify the design however they want for personal use. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Auto...ar-End-Lights/


    Thanks in advance for checking it out.

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    Pants are for suckaz HandsomeRyan's Avatar
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    With the days getting shorter and more people riding after dark this might be applicable to some of you.

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    One problem,there's nothing protecting the LED. You'll have to be careful leaning the bike up against things or it could be damaged.

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    A magnet stuck in the center of my palm while riding is surely going to be a source of discomfort, don't you think?

    And what happens when I decide to change my hand position?

    Is a switch really that difficult?

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    the idea is sound
    it doesn't need to be a magnet

    it could be a simple pressure sensor mounted in that spot instead
    so when you have a grip on the bar it's on, and when you let go, it's off.

    my biggest challenge is to make it NOT USE BATTERIES at all.

    i don't really want to run a wire all the way up from my hub dynamo to the LED on the handle bar.

    if anyone has a good suggestion for magnetically induced power that can fit inside that little slot of the handle bar, then i'm all good for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTALuigi View Post
    my biggest challenge is to make it NOT USE BATTERIES at all.
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