I debuted my glowing bicycle wheel at 47th annual St. Louis Moonlight Ramble. You may have seen me on the 19 mile course. Stay tuned for more bicyc...
Riding a bicycle at night requires extra caution. For safety, it is recommended that a headlight be used to illuminate the path in front of you. Spoke mounted reflectors and reflective sidewalls are often used to make the sides of the bicycle visible to traffic. This instructable gives a modern twist to bicycle reflectors in which an LED charges a strip of photoluminescent plastic taped to your sidewall. Your wheel will immediately be visible at night. The glow comes from a Crayola Glow Station and Gorilla tape is used as the adhesive to hold everything on your bike.
Step 2: Step 2. Cut out strips from the Glow Station Light Canvas for your sidewall
I’m using a mountain bike with 26 x 1.5” tires. I chose the 1.8” wide Gorilla Tape. For this setup, I cut rectangles that measured 0.25” x 1.88”. I used approximately 33 strips to cover three quarters of the wheel. I left a section of the wheel blank to give it a snake-like effect
Step 3: Step 3. Create Gorilla Tape loops and stick them onto your Glow Station Light Canvas rectangles
Take a small strip of Gorilla tape and fold it over itself so that the adhesive side is out. This will be used to stick the Glow Station Light Canvas rectangles onto your sidewall. Once you have a Gorilla Tape tube, place it on the back of a Glow Station Light Canvas rectangle.
Step 4: Step 4. Stick the Glow Station Light Canvas rectangles onto your sidewall
Position the rectangles from step 3 close to the rim but be careful not to actually touch the rim or your brake pads may hit the plastic.. The Gorilla Tape is so sticky that I did not even need to clean the dirt off of my tire!