Step 6: Adding other LEDs

Add LEDs anywhere else you like. I have a combination of glow sticks and bare LEDs on my bike.

The axles in my wheels are a shiny, un-painted metal, so directing LEDs onto these makes them reflect the light in all directions.

I also added 2 blue LEDs under the bike to shine directly on the ground.

The red rear light is a store-bought bike light.

My spedometer also has a light so I can see how fast I'm going at night. The speedometer light is rigged on some stiff wire to allow for it to be bent into the right position.

Be creative, and light your bike however you prefer.
any ideas of how to attach the altoids tin to the bike
check out steps 9-10 on my instructable: <br> <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Bike-Headlight-On-The-Cheap/?ALLSTEPS
Hey,<br /> <br /> Great tutorial! But can you explain what the deans connector is for? And maybe even put up some better pics (just for the deans connector)?<br /> <br /> Thanks!<br />
I could be wrong but I believe the connector is so you can disconnect the &quot;Power supply&quot; box from the light wiring. If I am incorrect please correct me.
Isn't a Deans the same as what GM refers to as a 'weatherpack' connector?<br>
what angle leds are you using. i tried high intesisty 40 degree angle and it wont work. and suggestions?
hi, excuse me for my bad english.<br /> How many mcd have the leds did you use for?
hahaa what an english!
Very Cool!
hey how you powered 8 Leds on 2 AA bateries
Wire them in parallel?<br><br>2AA=3V means you can power 3V (or lower)LEDs<br><br>Just that the battery won't last that long
Thanks! You helped me improve my night riding experience!<br />
Whoa how did you light the bike tire like that in the second picture?<br />
&nbsp;In the first picture, you can see the individual LEDs attached to the front wheel.<br /> <br /> In the second picture, I just turned the wheel... &nbsp; &nbsp;:)<br />
How did you run the wire to the bike tire without it being twisted when you ride the bike? <br />
You don't. The power source and the LEDs are mounted inbetween the spokes so you dont have to do alot of wiring.
Yes I have a bettery pack between the wheels and a separate battery pack on the frame.
Can i use a PVC tube?<br> Or does it have to be HDPE?
how many???<br />
I used the "neon" tubing part for my Burning Man bike this year. It worked amazingly well, and was definitely a unique style there. I was able to find HDPE at Home Depot in the refrigerator and plumbing section and actually on Amazon (Small Parts, Inc store) for $3 for 25 feet. I used the 1/4" inner diameter tubing and found that if you melt the end with a lighter and press the tube perpendicularly against a flat surface it makes a perfect tight socket for a 5mm LED to fit into and helps to keep the light straight down the tube. Also having a different color of LED at each end of the tube creates a really cool color transition effect, especially blue and red! Narrow angle LEDs at 15-20 degrees worked the best. If using a single LED per tube, putting a cap of something reflective like aluminum foil on the other end fills the darker end of the tube with more light. Thanks so much for the great instructable!
Will glue-gun refill stick work as the refractive tubes?
Just going to be quick here... I met my girlfriend probably because my bike. Thank you!
good job been looking for something like this for my Trek
I bought the tubing but it didnt say if it was High Density. I am straightening it out but the light wont shine all the way through the tube...
Keep in mind that the tubing should be completely straight (like a ruler) for the light to go through. Also, make sure the LED is aimed straight through the middle of the tube. If the tube is semi-opaque (about 50% between white and clear) then it should work fine. Test it out in a completely dark room to see how much it actually glows.
I tried to straighten it but it still curves... Im using 2 LEDs but its not as bright....
The surface on your bike to which you are attaching the tube must me straight. Tape down the tube firmly with clear tape. Make sure it's taped as tightly as possible, so the tube is held straight against your bike. Use one 5mm high-intensity LED and glue it into one of the openings so it points straight through the tube.
Oh ok. Thats how it is now. I may just build a strip if I have time...
this is cool thank for putting this up
just finished puttin a front wheel neon on my bike forks and i put one on the rear wheel yesterday and took it for a test ride...its sweet and i love the looks i get when i ride past people...next upgrade will be to add a horn and sound system..ive already got headlights...great ible - 5/5
Cool! I'll be building off of this idea soon. :)

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