Introduction: Phosphorescent Bike With Ultraviolet LEDS

I made this phosphorescent system for more security and style to cycle in Paris.

This project is really easy to make !

Enjoy the video :-)

Step 1: Make the Rings.

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I did not use the bicycle rim like existing projects because it is too thin and brake blocks would weaken the paint. Instead I made my own phosphorescent rings out of plexiglas.

First, use a compass to make the two rings, calculating the right dimensions for your wheels.

Step 2: Here Is the Compass

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Here is the compass I made myself, because it is really hard to cut plexiglas.

Step 3: Here Are the Two Rings

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Now let's move to the painting of the two rings.

Step 4: Painting of the Rings

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I started with a white primer coating special for plastic.

Step 5: Varnish Step

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Then I added a layer of phosphorescent paint and a layer of varnish.

Step 6: UV Leds

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I made 4 modules to lighten the phosphorescent rings on each side, each one with 4 UV LEDS . LEDS are mounted in parallel because I wanted to power the whole system with a 5V battery.

Step 7: Modules

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To make the modules I drilled plastic ducts pieces.

Step 8: Waterproof Modules

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I used transparent silicone glue to seal and waterproof the modules.

Step 9: Attach the Rings on the Wheels

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Each ring is mounted between the spokes and attached with plastic clamps.

Step 10: Battery

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The 4 modules (16 LEDS) are linked to the red and black wires of a USB cable to be able to plug the system to a 5V smartphone power bank.


DakLak (author)2016-02-07

You have a great looking workshop there, sign of a true craftsman. About those wine bottles - are they for a mid-project break?

GrayCloud68 (author)2016-01-28

Great work, I would definately like to try this.

krutais001 (author)2016-01-28

Amazing and simple! Will do for myself!

FreddyFred (author)2016-01-28

tellement simple, beau et efficace à la fois.

SoakedinVancouver (author)2016-01-27


Flash the LED's randomly... :)

Allume et éteint les diodes au hasard... :)

wazalac18 (author)2016-01-26

if the bicycle had disk brake, you can use/paint the rims instead of painting and installing plexiglass right?

ThomasK19 (author)wazalac182016-01-26

I would think so. You will probably need some ground for the metal of the rim so the fluorescent paint will hold on.

ThomasK19 (author)2016-01-26

This is outstanding!


La Fabrique DIY (author)2016-01-26

Thanks :) I would love to see your kids' phosphorescent bikes :-)

wold630 (author)2016-01-26

These lights are amazing!! My kids would absolutely love them. Thanks for sharing your project!

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