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    Senior Member ka0use's Avatar
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    Christmas lights for your bike and/or trailer!

    http://www.1000bulbs.com/product/56759/HLS-45217BA.html

    c'mon, get gaudy! the kid in you will love it! be in your town's/village's christmas parade!

    this company has outdoor rated battery lights.

    takes 3 AA batteries, saw no mention of steady burn or flash, will investigate the matter. maybe can get a flasher bulb.
    gonna get 2 strings, and i already got tinsel strands from walmart for $1@. don't forget
    cable ties from home depot!


    www.bikeglow.com

    pics of last year's setup using 2 bike glow lights. they steady/slow flash/fast flash.
    i did worry about the below freezing temps making the optic thingies brittle and breaking from vibration, but didn't happen, AND i kept it in an unheated shed.

    go wild!- and don't forget to take/post pics!


    helpful hints from heloise:

    run wires/tinsel strands/ties UNDER your bare cables
    stay away from tires/spokes/derailers/chain
    put it all on loose first so you can try different spacing/routing
    snug cables by hand
    cut the ends off the ties
    do the smaller kids' bikes first (cuts the learning curve)
    house lights off before smoke test and let the kid(s) hit the switch
    test ride
    hot chocolate after

    do these things and think it through and you will take maybe an hour to do
    this instead of 3. gee, wonder how i knew that?

    make it a family project(s). even little kids can at least feed you the wires/tinsel strands/ties.


    the led lights from 1000 bulbs came today. the power switch has twinkle and steady positions. ANNNNNNNNNND they are BRIGHT, even in bright lighting!
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    Mmm hm! agent pombero's Avatar
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    I saw a woman riding a tricked ou xmas light bike last year, and it was the coolest thing ever.

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    Since it's battery powered, get a string of lights for each wheel. Just make sure that the battery pack is attached to the same wheel that the lights are so the wheel can go round and round. Avoid chains and gears.
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    I usually just put a small wreath with lights on my front basket. Might use a piece of garland on the top tube. I bought a bunch small battery powered LED light sets at Walgreens last year (or maybe the year before) on clearance sale, IIRC about $1.50 a set. the game plan was to wire them into the dyno hub on the bike, but that hasn't happened yet, so batteries it is.

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    I used to have a few strings of old-school, battery-powered lights for my bike. These look better.

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    the Xmas Parade around Humboldt Bay used to require running a generator

    to light up their Log Trucks , not that long ago.

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    Here's my rig from last year. Tandem + Tag along + Trailer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billytdc View Post
    Here's my rig from last year. Tandem + Tag along + Trailer

    out..........standing! who was the five-oh sirening, you?
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    I do this every year. (Skip ahead to 10:30 or so for the lights.)

    Jeff Wills

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    ka0use - Yep! You can’t pull a car battery around without hooking up a police siren to it
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    Senior Member ka0use's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    I do this every year. (Skip ahead to 10:30 or so for the lights.)

    just tooooo far out! sailboat, rickshaw???, dragonfly (?) were my faves, but all made me grin like the idiot i am! super parade! thanks for sharing!
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    'christmas tree' pic

    hope this doesn't set the carpet on fire and burn the building down.
    'how did the fire start, mr. johnson?'

    well.....it's complicated. ya see, my bike repair stand caught fire...
    'i see. is this "bike repair stand" an electrical device?' (questioner doesn't have a bike, i guess)
    nooo, not exactly...i did have it wired for 110v....
    'was your electrified stand up to code? do you have a residential wireman license? did you get a city permit for this modification?'.......

    and it just gets deeper. where is an 'i need a drink' icon?


    straight up- this looks like something from burning man!

    edit- with tinsel, natural light and flash. all done.
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    This thread should be a seasonally applicable sticky. Put up in late October and taken down New Years day.
    Good work!

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    Senior Member ka0use's Avatar
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    it's all about spirit.
    my first christmas on my own i had next to zero income (army spec4) and i found a
    christmas tree kit at the px in heidelberg. it was a plywood cutout of a tree , maybe a foot tall,
    with a notch at the bottom and a second piece that fitted crossways into it to make the
    'stand'. it was unfinished, so bought some paints and a brush and painted it.
    set it up on the dining table in my little apt in old town. cooked a turkey on a pizza pan in a
    tiny oven (filled it up).
    i did have a bike- a batavus with a front brake rod that went through the front fender. 3 speed,
    coaster brake.
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    Senior Member ka0use's Avatar
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    holy moly

    this dude has lasers, chasers, flashers, and steadys.
    then there was pitiful me!
    the rest are denver city/county building.
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