Intro: Glowing Bicycle Tire
Riding a bicycle at night requires extra caution. For safety, it is recommended that a headlight be used to illuminate the path in front of you. Spoke mounted reflectors and reflective sidewalls are often used to make the sides of the bicycle visible to traffic. This instructable gives a modern twist to bicycle reflectors in which an LED charges a strip of photoluminescent plastic taped to your sidewall. Your wheel will immediately be visible at night. The glow comes from a Crayola Glow Station and Gorilla tape is used as the adhesive to hold everything on your bike.
Step 1: Step 1. Gather the Materials and Tools
-Crayola Glow Station Light Wand
-3 AAA batteries
-Crayola Glow Station Light Canvas
-Gorilla Tape 1.88” wide
Step 2: Step 2. Cut Out Strips From the Glow Station Light Canvas for Your Sidewall
I’m using a mountain bike with 26 x 1.5” tires. I chose the 1.8” wide Gorilla Tape. For this setup, I cut rectangles that measured 0.25” x 1.88”. I used approximately 33 strips to cover three quarters of the wheel. I left a section of the wheel blank to give it a snake-like effect
Step 3: Step 3. Create Gorilla Tape Loops and Stick Them Onto Your Glow Station Light Canvas Rectangles
Take a small strip of Gorilla tape and fold it over itself so that the adhesive side is out. This will be used to stick the Glow Station Light Canvas rectangles onto your sidewall. Once you have a Gorilla Tape tube, place it on the back of a Glow Station Light Canvas rectangle.
Step 4: Step 4. Stick the Glow Station Light Canvas Rectangles Onto Your Sidewall
Position the rectangles from step 3 close to the rim but be careful not to actually touch the rim or your brake pads may hit the plastic.. The Gorilla Tape is so sticky that I did not even need to clean the dirt off of my tire!
Step 5: Step 5. Prepare the Glow Station Light Wand
The Glow Station Light Wand will be used to illuminate our Glow Station Light Canvas rectangles on each revolution.
Carefully take a hacksaw and cut into the top of the Glow Station Light Wand to remove the tip. Turn the Light Wand as you cut through the plastic. Be careful not to cut through the leads of the LED. Once the plastic is cut completely around the wand, the tip will pop right off.
With the wand's tip removed, bend the two wire LED leads at a right angle. This is also a good time to install three AAA batteries into the Glow Station Light Wand and turn it on. When all is working, the Glow Station Light Wand will illuminate with a bluish white hue.
Step 6: Step 6. Attach the Glow Station Light Wand to Your Frame
Attach the Glow Station Light Wand to your frame with two 5” strips of Gorilla Tape. Position the LED so that it can shine directly on the Glow Station Light Canvas rectangles. On my bicycle, I placed the Light Wand right behind the brakes. Make sure you do not tape over the Glow Station Light Wand’s on-off switch.
Step 7: Step 7. Ride the Night!
I debuted my glowing bicycle wheel at 47th annual St. Louis Moonlight Ramble. You may have seen me on the 19 mile course. Stay tuned for more bicycle related instructables!
Please vote for me in the Gorilla Tape contest!