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Mini review of Monkey Lectric Spoke Lighting system - is it good for commuting?

Old 01-11-09, 07:51 AM
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I have had one for a few months. Besides being a safety issue, it's also a conversation starter. "Very cool", is the most heard comment. I have one on my winter commuter and am getting another for my touring bike. That much visibility for $70 is really a good investment.

The weight is minimal, but since I don't race, it's moot.
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Another fan here. I've had the older model without the sealed battery compartment for six months or so and have never had a problem with shorting out – even in driving rain. Main thing to do is get rechargeable batteries, as I ate through two sets of alkalines in as many weeks.

The response in the city has been very positive – from the "hey, whatcha got there?" to the "zOMG!!1 that is so cool where can I get one?" I get stopped almost every time I have them running. Get a pair and mount both on one wheel for more intense graphics and to lessen the imbalance issues that running just one will present at speed.

https://features.csmonitor.com/innova...ycle-commuter/ – another quick review...
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Originally Posted by mds0725
Someone posted in a thread about spokelits that he was running blue ones and rode past cops, and the cops apparently didn't care.
I don't think it was me that said that, but I have the "disco" NiteIze that cycle through the rainbow when on solid mode. I've had them on the bike for about a year and a half and been in front of fuzz in the left turn bay and been passed by many other cops, and none of them have said anything about the spoke lights. I have had many drivers and other bicyclists comment.

The Monkeylectrics are cool, but a little too pricey. Same with the Down Low Glow. Since I bought the NiteIze cheapies, I'm tempted by the BikeBrightz as a DLG substitute.

Incidentally, the disco SpokeLits do not cycle through the rainbow when in blinky mode. Kind of a bummer.
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I have two sets on the front wheel of my cruiser, only for about 2 weeks now.. and it HAS BEEN RAINING like no other.. the batteries are totally fine.

There are so many settings to play with, but you are all correct - I dont want it flashing on a main road when drivers should be watching the road.. and I am worried about the whole ticket thing - but I am sure if I were riding with a group of people, it might.. be ok? i tend to ride alone..

I tend to turn on my lectrics in the neighborhoods, so that I dont worry about people getting distracted.. and i think that they are pretty sweet! to be honest, I havent changed the settings too much - just the color (you can use all the colors or pick up to 4.. i use 3 shades of blue)

also, I have only parked my bike twice - and when I do, I tend to sit outside with it (like on a porch/patio establishment) because I am worried that someone will just just cut the little plastic ties that hold them on and steal them. clearly, i need to get another bike so that i can go shopping again. this will be my "for fun" bike.. yes, that's the reason to get another bike.
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