Introduction: Laser Bike and Night Riding

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Recently I discovered E L wire “Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated to EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an ACCurrent is applied to it. It can be used in a wide variety of applications- vehicle and/or structure decoration,” ß source from Wikipedia. I wanted to marry my interest in cycling with lighting up the night rides with bright colored lights… since my bike was red I decided to buy red E L Wire and deck out my bicycle.

Step 1: Materials

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The first step was to gather all the materials.
You will need zip ties
E L Wire and Battery controller “I used 30 feet of E L Wire you can decide to use more or less.
Please note using over 25 feet of E L Wire you will have to cut the E L wire or use multiple controllers.
I decided to put lights in my wheels I will explain how to do that also.
Battery casing
Head lamp optional
Small circuit power switch  

Step 2: Light Up the Wheels

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LED lights are used to light the wheels

Step 3: Features

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Step 4: Conclusion

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Here are various shots of the project


secuest (author)2016-03-27

Red EL wire, cool!

Calorie (author)2010-07-30

That's the best job I've seen with the lights being applied. It's like a noddle frame, very cool. Just an aside, this system runs on DC, not AC. Still, I loved the organic shapes that highlighted your bike. It's like a glowing vine is on your bike.

batman96 (author)Calorie2011-09-09

NO EL wire driver circuit uses dc batteries to make ac

knektek (author)2010-07-29

one major fault WHAT IF IT RAINS?

kmjsocket (author)knektek2010-07-29

I carry small string tie back pack and a ziplock bag under the seat, so everything can be stowed in the pack, the ELwire is water proof and the controller can be easly slipped off & now the bike has GPS.

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