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DIY Awesome Ghetto LED Glowy Bike; The Hobo Cycle!

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This is an easy, ghetto bike project that incorporates things like paint, an iPod speaker, and an LED tube.If you follow the instructable correctly, you should end up with a very nice bike for under $25!
This is my first instructable!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You can find most of this stuff for very cheap:

Duct tape <$4
Speaker wire: around $3
LED tube kit (found at wallmart in the automotive section) $9.99
Old bike: Free (found)
Old Speaker: Free (taken off an old alarm clock)
Paint: $3
Old Headphones: Free (found)
Batteries: $5
Toggle Switch: >$2 (Radio Shaq)

Step 2: Paint!

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What good are accessories if the bike looks like crud? I used Rustolium, but any paint will do. I only needed one can of paint, the bike was black, so i painted it black and green.

Step 3: The Coolio Light!

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I bought an LED tube kit from Wallmart for $9.99. It has better battery life than a Cold Cathode Tube. I got 2 6v batteries and hooked them in series (positive to negative) to make it 12v. I then hooked it to a toggle switch. and then to the LED tube. I put the batteries in my mail mail man style basket, and duct taped the light to the bike.

Step 4: The Stereo!

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What awesome bike is complete without a cool ipod ready stereo? All I did was take a speaker and use the speaker wire to connect it to a headphone plug that i had cut off of an old pair of headphones. In the future i think i will add an amp to it, because it isn't very loud.

Step 5: The cool one person seat!

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What bike could be awesome without a cool seat? I took the seat that came with my bike (It was pretty torn up) and just duct taped it to death. I put some caution tape on the back for night riding.
HammE1 month ago

I have a bike that is in really crappy condition (my back brakes don't work, and the gear shifting things are not tightened), so I call it the "Ghetto cycle"! This is an interesting Instructable too, it kinda inspires me to build my Ghetto cycle into something cool too!

HammE HammE1 month ago

Oh, and I don't mean the derailleurs, the things that switch the derailleurs

MR.Touchy4 years ago
this thing is awesome but i wouldnt ride on de streets lool (embarrising)
shammallamaman (author)  MR.Touchy4 years ago
lol, i ride it on the streets in the middle of nowhere and i look like a hobo :)
Heck, you could probably ride it in the streets and then LEAVE it in the streets for safekeeping. It is harder to make something not steal-able than to make it undesirable.
shammallamaman (author)  robotguy410 months ago
This is hilarious to look back on and read because the bike actually did get stolen
hobos are cool
looks don't  really matter that much with bicycle stereos as long as you're playing good tunes. something about unexpected tunes rolling by just makes people want to party! i've seen sunbathing hotties jump up and start dancing to "play that funky music" in parks with bike paths and one woman came up and started freaking on my leg (dancing/humping) outside a nightclub one night to "my sharona" playing on my fugly 20 year old huffy mountain bike. people seem to respond most to oldies that bring back memories.

good tunes on a "hobo bike" make it way cooler than a snobby $5,000 carbon fiber & titanium 10 speed ridden by a poseur in speedos because good tunes make people feel good & happy. hobo bikes have a certain, i'm cool & i'm not even trying to be" charm to them. people that do their own thing instead of joining the crowd are the coolest.

this bike shows you don't have to spend much money to have fun.
lilbrewdog4 years ago
do you think i could make this work with a pair of old computer speakers? if so...how would i do that?
i'm going to do an instructable on building a system using PC speakers so i can have something besides my first rigs slideshow. i didn't take pics of the assembly process sadly so it didn't qualify as an instructable.

the EASIEST way to power up PC speakers is to find ones that use 12v, cut the wallwart off it's power supply and wire 8 AA or D cells in series using battery holders & connect the power cord to the batteries using the speakers as/is. you could also use 4 x 3v li-on batteries, but chargers for those are expensive and battery holders for them are harder to find.

that will be the FIRST variation i do, then i'll do another one making speaker boxes out of cardboard for fun & maybe include some $5 battery powered christmas lights for "hobo bling"
nevermind! :) all i have to do is connect the speakers to a strong enough battery...then make a bike mount for my ipod! :)
zoneykid4 years ago
Uhh what are the headphones for? Cause if you're riding around while wearing headphones, that's extremely Dangerous, since you need your sense of hearing... Unless of course you're just riding around in the park.
shammallamaman (author)  zoneykid4 years ago
What headphones? there aren't any. there's only a speaker that could never go loud enough to stop anyone from hearing anything important
Duct tape <$4
Speaker wire: around $3
LED tube kit (found at wallmart in the automotive section) $9.99
Old bike: Free (found)
Old Speaker: Free (taken off an old alarm clock)
Paint: $3
Old Headphones: Free (found)
Batteries: $5
Toggle Switch: >$2 (Radio Shaq)
he clearly states that he took the mini jack off the head phones and attached it to the speaker
Oop, my bad... uhh... Great Instructable! *runs and hides*
JBizzle5 years ago
you're the man! i typed in "hobo" to find some instructables and i was very pleased to find this one.. lol. and no, i'm not a hobo. great work
zleebme JBizzle5 years ago
not many hobos have computers
shammallamaman (author)  zleebme5 years ago
hobos do have access to libraries though which have computers
shammallamaman (author)  JBizzle5 years ago
Thanks :D I'm glad you like it
Deadpunk5 years ago
that basket on the back makes me think of the project on here that has a plant box on the handle bars personally I think if you put some kind of lining on the baskets on each side and put some small herbs in there that would be pretty cool in fact I want to get a back basket like that for my bike and do just that.
shammallamaman (author)  Deadpunk5 years ago
oh, thanks for the idea, the basket is just an old paper-boy basket that i found on the side of the road
Kaiven5 years ago
nice wow! Should try it when i get the chance sometime. Nice first instructable :D
shammallamaman (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
Thanks
Havok S145 years ago
Idk if any one noticed but llamadebama is the same person as well.
shammallamaman (author)  Havok S145 years ago
Same person as who?
Well either you or your "friend".
shammallamaman (author)  Havok S145 years ago
he is my friend, google llamadebama, he has a gmail, and many other things, he is a guy by the name of zach peters, and why would i answer my own question?
llamadebama5 years ago
considering that you live in the desert, wouldn't the light attract mosquitoes?
shammallamaman (author)  llamadebama5 years ago
Not if you are going fast enough, they won't bug you
Wow.
shammallamaman (author)  joejoerowley5 years ago
Is that a good wow or a bad wow?
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