Ghetto Spoke POV Lights




I was at the firework festival in Montreal with a couple of friends last year, and there was these people selling glow sticks, LEDs gizmos and other flashy stuff.
I bought two LED light sticks for about 5 bucks each. I wanted to strap them to the frame of my bicycle but couldn't find any tie wraps outdoor, even the cops didn't have any.
Back at home I took them apart, after seeing Ladyada's spokePOV I thought I could strap them to my bike's wheel instead, a lot more blinky.

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

Here's the various things you'll need :

  • 1 or 2 Light Stick thingy
  • A Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)
  • Some Cable Ties
  • A Philips Screw Driver
  • A Dremel Rotary Tool, or anything else you use to cut plastic
  • A Roll of Electric Tape
  • A Bicycle, obviously

Step 2: "If You Can't Open It You Don't Own It"

Pull on the plastic tube where the LEDs are, then, with your screw driver take apart the handle.

Inside you'll find a small flashing circuit and 4 LR44 button batteries.

Step 3: Modify the Handle

Remove the circuit and the batteries from the handle and remove also the battery pads.

With your Dremel or anything else that cuts plastic, hacksaw, Big Knife, whatever ; cut the handle to keep only the battery compartment.

Step 4: Glue Everything Back

Put the battery pad back in the casing, along with that batteries, then hot glue the circuit to the other side of the holder

Step 5: Mmmm, Hot Glue...

With your glue gun put a goupious amount of hot glue to every LEDs electrode, I formed the hot glue blob by licking my finger and modeling the glue, the saliva keeps the hot glue from sticking to the skin thus burning it, be careful though, remove any hot glue that sticked to you skin as fast as possible.

Who knew that hot glue tasted sweet ?!

Step 6: It's a Wrap!

Wrap the entire battery case/circuit with electrical tape to make it weatherproof, leave only the button sticking out.

Step 7: Tie Everything Up.

Cable Tie everything to the wheel, it's easier if you remove the wheel form the bicycle.

Strap the holder/circuit to the hub of your wheel and the LED string on a spoke.

Cut all the cable ties and your done!



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    15 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    "Ghetto" is slang for "cheap" here. The original SpokePOV projects include a lot more parts to make the pretty coordinated designs, this one makes cutted circles.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    i have a mountain bike with full suspension and a disc brake. i am going to try putting the battery on the frame somehow, because i dont really like the idea of putting that kind of weight on my tires, they may go off balance. wish me luck! i'll post pics if it works out


    9 years ago on Step 5

     glue tasted sweet...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    man, you gave me a briliant idea!!!=D

    I have a bmx, but I only roll on streets (that why I use slic tires!=P), Annnnd, a use the bike to go tho my college, at night!=]

    that will be awesome to use!=P

    I think I will chage the leds to a rgb ones!=P I think that will be more "lightfull"


    --ps. sorry for the bad english!--


    10 years ago on Introduction

    very nice, my local dollar store had these a while back, i bought 2 just for the heck of it. i might see if they have more.... BUT... if i strap battery pack to hub, and encase the pack with tape, it might be a bit difficult to replace batteries.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thats a brilliant repurpose! Especially putting the batteries on the hub where there will be the least g-forces to rip them apart! If you wanted to go nuts with it, some clear shrink tube over the entire circuit or circuit+spoke would be awesome, but you'd have to disassemble the wheel. I love it!

    3 replies

    Thanks a lot! yes, of course transparent shrink tubing would be awesome, good idea! I'll try to get my hands on some and maybe I'll post some pictures.


    Even some thats translucent white would be perfect, diffusing the light from the diodes from 'radial' to 'axial'


    I haven't thought about it, again, nice idea! When I turned it on, the light from the LEDs were always flashing in my eyes, which was a bit annoying, I'll try it.