Turns out the guys at CleanTechnica and WonderHowTo blogged about this without telling me first. Not sure if I should be upset or happy, haha. Check it out:
I made a schematic using Upverter! This should help a lot of people.
Update 8-5-12: Thanks so much guys for the homepage feature AND the newsletter feature! I've always wanted one of my instructables in the newsletter!
Hand bike signals are boring, and who doesn't love electronics and LEDs? I don't do much road biking where I actually need turn signals, but they look cool and are fun to make. Also, they go great with an Altoids Bike Headlight on the Cheap! (That's another one of my 'ibles.)
~~~If you like this, please please please vote for it in the Bicycle, LED, and Hurricane Lasers Contests!~~~
**Video of the turn signals in action coming soon!**
Step 1: Ingredients
- 1- Project Box 3x2x1. UPDATE: scratch this. Use a bigger one! The pins from the switch didn't fit inside so I had to mount it the wrong way, and the battery didn't even fit! I would suggest using one at least a 1/2 inch bigger on all sides.
- 3- Velcro Straps or Hose Clamps - you could use zip ties, but then you would have to cut them every time you needed to remove the turn signal system for transportation.
- 1- Project Box 5x2.5x2
- 2- 10 ohm resistors
- 1- 9V battery snap
- 1- Center Off 3-way toggle switch
- 10- 5mm Yellow Flashing LEDs. Get some that require 1.8V so that you can use a 9V battery.
- 10- 5mm LED holders
- 2- old bike reflector mounts (one rear mount and one front mount)
- 1- 9V battery
- Hot glue or super glue
- Drill with assorted bits
- Solder & Soldering iron
Step 2: Reflector Mounts
Step 3: Switch-box
Step 4: Wiring & Mounting the LEDs
Step 5: Mounting it on the Bike
Now mount the LED box on the back.
Step 6: Securing Wires
Step 7: Go riding!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'll be happy to answer any questions.
Thanks for looking!
Step 8: Hurricane Laser Cutter
First of all, I like to do papercraft. Now I am using a hobby knife to cut all the pieces out, which makes it look terrible and is very time-consuming.
I also like to do some woodworking, and this would allow me to make precise cuts on my projects.
Third, my dad owns a business called Memory Links (www.memorylinks.com) and has to send his pieces off somewhere to get them laser engraved. My dad would most likely be very excited if I took the laser cutter to his office so he could manufacture his own Memory Links.
Fourth, I make paracord bracelets and have been wanted to put dog tags on them. I have the dog tags, just no way to put custom messages on them.
Wow, I have a lot of uses for a laser cutter! Please vote for me!
Wait! One last thing. I will also post an instructable on everything I do with the laser cutter if I win it!