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New device gives you green lights on a bike Answered

When you're riding a bike and you get to a stoplight sometimes you won't get a green light. The sensors don't see you and you're stuck. I usually just ride through anyway, but others have sought ways to get the sensors to think you're a car and give you a green.

Thisnew device claims to fix this by emitting a frequency to match that of the inductive sensor.

The inventor claims that this is more effective than using a magnet like blacksmith_tb does or Kipkay does. Commentors on the site seem equally skeptical and point out that similar products have already been on the market for several years.

As for myself, I don't feel like adding what looks like a decent amount of weight to my bike for such an occasional problem that I'll just ride past anyway. What do you think?

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stephenniall (author)2008-11-20

One way i have done is by Zip tying a Neyodonium(rare earth magnet) Magnet to the bottom of my bike so the sensors pick the Metal Source up .

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killerjackalope (author)2008-11-16

I did a bit of hunting around about this a while ago because there are some lights near me that are a nuisance, stopping with your wheels on top of the long line of the grid is the best way to make use of a bike apparently since the rims are a great conductive loop, aluminium rims especially... I've also had luck testing them with a few pairs of boots I own, the heavily reinforced ones have a big metal spine with plates below them and and attached toecap, not ideal for cycling but enough to set of the bicycle detectors, which are few and far between here. So far the best advice seems to be lining the rims up on the lines which isn't much of a problem considering it's customary to ride a bike off towards the inside of the road anyway... I don't imagine that running a resonance loops signal jargon generator is going to be a good option, it's probably got enough junk in it to set off the detectors without being on. It's going to seriously encroach on your options of riding places, any potholes, curbs and speedbumps will wipe it out completely, beyond that it seems an unnecessary thing to have when you could run a bit of heavy gauge copper wire through anywhere low to the ground and fix it or glue a heat sink to your shoes...

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Kiteman (author)2008-11-15

And how does this topic trigger the presence of an advert for Mormonism?

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Weissensteinburg (author)Kiteman2008-11-15

Converting to Mormonism will turn the metaphorical stop light on the metaphorical road that is your life green. ...duh

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If you read the article all the way through...

"The inventor claims that this is more effective than using a magnet like blacksmith_tb does or Kipkay does. "

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OH...

i don't like reading, just looking at pictures, and asking questions

magnets are easier to manage, since the don't stick out 5"

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Kiteman (author)2008-11-15

If the roads are busy enough that you would be punished for cycling through a red light, then there are enough cars around to trigger lights anyway. And what's the harm in waiting a few moments for the lights to complete their automatic sequence anyway? (Or do American lights only change if there are cars present?)

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Kiteman2008-11-15

American traffic lights can be iffy, and really depend on where the light is located. In cities it's not too big of a deal, but if you're trying to get onto a "big" road from a little one, the lights are really looking for the presence of a car.

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whatsisface (author)2008-11-14

Looks a but useless if you intend to go even slightly off road. I like the concept though.

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-11-15

Cycle over the first kerb or speed-bump you encounter and crunch!

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AnarchistAsian (author)2008-11-14

i do believe it is called: "a crosswalk" you push the button, and the light turns green...

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n8man (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-14

Bicycles are considered vehicles and are to be ridden in the bicycle lanes. They are actually supposed to stay off sidewalks

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I_am_Canadian (author)2008-11-14

I prefer to run red lights. Looks neat though.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-11-14

. Around where I live, most rules of the road aren't strictly enforced for bicycles (as long as you're not being dangerous), so it wouldn't be worthwhile, but I can see where it might be handy in urban areas. . Judging by those red wires (14AWG?), you probably need a pretty good sized battery, even for intermittent use.

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