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Old 07-09-07, 09:06 PM
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Tacky/Not Tacky

I bought those blinking valve stem light at Wally World. I think it would help increase my nighttime visibility (of being seen).



You all think that's a good idea or it just plain tacky/unpractically. Btw, this is the front wheel and the bike was turned up side down so I can spin the wheel while getting to the camera on the table setting to 2 sec. shutter time.

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Old 07-09-07, 09:09 PM
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I think the real question should be do you have hydraulics to go with the neon? or maybe a little chain link steering wheel instead of handlebars?

(Jokes aside, I like 'em and have been thinking about getting a set for my commuter)
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Old 07-09-07, 09:12 PM
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For visibility, take what you can get.

Also, for a batteries-not-included option, you might consider putting reflective tape on the (non-braking surface of the) rim. Passive, no batteries to die, and looks like a disco in headlights.

And no, ... not tacky

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Old 07-09-07, 09:22 PM
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I would have doubled the shutter and you would have gotten a complete circle I say put whatever you want on your ride b/c your the one ridding it not us and if you listen to what people say is cool then you truly will never be happy
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Old 07-09-07, 09:33 PM
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I think reflective tape on your rim works 10x better. When I'm driving around at night and I catch a bike with rim tape...it really jumps out at me.
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Old 07-09-07, 09:35 PM
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I think it's easy and cool. Rock on.
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Old 07-09-07, 09:50 PM
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Much less tacky on a bike that it is on a car

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I like it.
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Mine never worked very well. Maybe they have fixed newer versions.
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Are those the tireflys brand? I thought about getting those too, for side visibility at night. I would swap them on and off with regular valve stem caps tho depending on time of day I was riding, as I don't think there is a way to stop them from lighting up when the bike is moving, and it would be a waste of batteries to have them going during daylight.
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Old 07-10-07, 03:13 AM
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I like it, I'd run them.
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Not all of them are sealed very well. If they get wet dry them out ASAP
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Old 07-10-07, 08:00 AM
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Tacky doesn't matter to me. Practical? It's practical if drivers see it and identify what they're looking at. A flashing red light is pretty unambiguous; artistic rim LEDs may or may not be as clear.
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Old 07-10-07, 10:43 AM
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Tacky!
Tacky!
Tacky!

I love them!
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Definitely looks less tacky than your bike on a car

I only want a driver to say what is that. Looks like it would help accomplish it. I have 1/3 rim in white 3m and 1/3 in red 3m, the other 1/3 is plain. Provides a nice pulsing effect.
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When it's dark out for my morning commute again, I'll put my TireFlys back on. I dig 'em.
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Neons and tireflys

I have dice valve caps 'cause that is how I roll, but I also have a couple of sets of tireflys for fun.

No Hydros on this bike, but check out my NEONS on last year's commuter (1986 Rockhopper)
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Old 07-11-07, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by CB HI
Mine never worked very well. Maybe they have fixed newer versions.
Mine either. They wouldn't come on, or wouldn't go off once they started, just blinking in the corner until the battery died.
I still keep them on my trailer.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:08 AM
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how did you wire the neons. They need a 12v source right if there automotive neons.
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Wow, those neons are pretty cool. How much did all that weigh?
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Anyone ever go on vacation and rent one of those Surry bikes. As the wife and I were cruising along with the kids and passing all the other Surries, I started joking around about buying a new surry, tricking it out and taking it to bike paths and similar places. I'd even design some sort of outfit with a bright colored hat that had a brim in the front and the back. Everyone would know I was no rental Surryist. A Serious Surryist would never ride one of those rusty plain things. Of course any Sweet Surry would have lots of lights for night Surryings.
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I think the tireflies or whatever they call'em are fun, my kids totally dig'em, but they don't last long and have proprietary batteries. So I try and scoop'em up cheap (<$5 per package) and don't really fret when they crap out.
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i like em and i have some but they're illegal here in UK
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I'm all about teh tacky. Then again, so are any of us who wear lycra. Cooool.
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Originally Posted by Leiniesred
I have dice valve caps 'cause that is how I roll...
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