DIY Simple LED Bike Tires





Introduction: DIY Simple LED Bike Tires

A simple way to make your tires light up the night. This can work on bikes, scooters, and mabey even cars. Ok probably not cars since their tires might just send this little array flying and possibly breaking something or hurting someone. Also if you dont have any leds sitting around you can take apart a flashlight for them.

Step 1: Materials

This project will use a varation of the "LED Throwie".

-4 leds(any color)
-2, 3v battaries
-electrical tape
- a bike or another slow moving form of transportstion

Step 2: Dual "Throwies"

Now take 2 LEDs and one battery and attach them with electrical tape. Repeat this for the two remaning LEDs and battery.

Step 3: Attach to Wheel

Now take some duct tape or electrical tape and secure the "dual throwie" to the outer part of the wheel rim. Make shure it is on the outer part of the rim or else centrifugal force will most likely tear the whole thing off or at least bend the LEDs alot. Sorry I forgot to photograph this part up close.

Step 4: Done

Now you have cool light up wheels in under 5min.

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    23 Discussions

    I did a similar hack to some hub-caps of mine back in the day. Got some amusing looks from people in other cars, should really redo it and post it up here =)

    can make is project for car is good.

    Wait. When you're riding does it make a continuous circle of light or not? I'm thinking no... =S

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    If you put two lights on the opposite sides of one tire you might have a better circle effect.

    this is a very nice idea, i think i'm gonna do it seeing as my parents are always nagging me about having no light on my bike. What about el-wire? although maybe that wouldn't be necessary as the wheels are spinning so it would create the same effect of like a circle of light.

    eeeh i thought.. D: I thought if you had your anode and cathode covered up with some sort of waterproof electrical tape the actuale LED light will still light.. i mean, the plastic is waterproof right?

    what i meant was that my bike was right at the end of the garden, and it was pouring with rain.i have tried it and the bike looks awesome.

    What if you add a switch to it? instead of it being on ALL the time, finishing your battery... Try that and take some pics id like to see that :)

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    For extended use that would be a great addition. When I thought of this it was just for a simple one time thing that you would take off after you are done with it.

    Great instructable. May I recommend having something in between the LED wires, and the battery, when stored, so the battery does not die out. Or, you could just take it apart after using it :P

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    If you have steel rims, you could attach these in traditional throwie-style with rare-earth magnets. Great idea.

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    Yes it would stick but you would probably want to tape it just to be shure it dosent stick around.

    cool idea. I have been wanting to do something like this for a while. I guess you beat me to it.