LED Bicycle Wheels

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Introduction: LED Bicycle Wheels

Hello I am from Russia. I like bike and LED.
I set the wheels of my bike LEDs
I want to show you the process of creating.
I sorry for my bad English, I use a translator

Now my bike is also inset with LED logo Rammstein:
https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-logo-Rammstein-on-bicycle/

Step 1: Step 1

Buy materials.
LEDs 12v
wire
insulating tape
battery 9v
switch
plastic clamps
solder and Soldering Iron

Step 2: Step 2

Solder the LEDs to the wires and wraps tape

Step 3: Step 3

anchoring the LEDs on the spokes of duct tape and clamps
anchoring the battery on the sleeve and collar tape
connect the LEDs to the battery

Step 4: Step 4

anchoring the spokes of the switch and connect to the battery and LEDs

Step 5: Final Foto on My Bike.

Foto on my bike.

Step 6: Foto on My Old Bike and Bike Freind.

Step 7: Foto of the Birthday of the City.

Foto of the birthday of the city.
My friends from Saint Petersburg came to me in the holiday town. Together we went to fireworks. People do foto with our bikes. So cool =)

2 People Made This Project!

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98 Discussions

IS resistors necessary? cos the material list didn't include resistors

very good this helps me alot ......but i m facing batery problm

I wonder what it would look like with UV LEDs with spokes and inside of rim painted with fluorescent paint.

Nice work. I suggest for the beginner to include a schematic diagram.

this is quiet simple and much more less expensive. I'd like to try this out on my motorcycle.

Quick question though, how about using the hamster wheel principle in making the LED lights turn on as the wheels are moving. That would save us from buying batteries too.

sorry for noob question.. how should i wire the LEDs? 4 LED in series = 9V battery? and then another set of these again? should i make it (4 LED in series) parallel with (4LED in series) = 9v battery?

Hi! I'm from Ukraine)))

Why not to drill the holes in the rim and hide all wires inside?
Battery will be hidden near the hub

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Not at all the spokes are really what keep the wheel straight and strong

Understood, but wouldn't an unbalanced weight (the battery pack) cause spoke deformation and ultimately a buckled wheel?

You could drill on to the wheel.

Remove the inner tube and the rubber band/liner which is used to prevent the spokes touching the tube.
Drill your holes at the required position around the wheel. Do this from the outside, in. Ensure that you have one extra hole, which will be used to allow the wires to come out of, you need to decide where this should go, but it should be close to one of the LED holes.
Clean the holes of any burrs.
Insert the LED through the hole from the outside, so it faces in, checking the polarity of the LEDs so that the positives of the LEDs are all on the same side of the wheel.
Use some silicone sealant around each LED, on the side that the LED legs are. This will hold it in place and prevent water getting inside the tyre.
Crop the legs of the LEDs, so that they are about 3mm long then bend them over so they are parallel to the wheel.
Solder a red wire to the positive side of the first LED and carry on connecting up to the next positive leg until all of the LEDs are connected, laying the cable in the rim, where the rubber band was. The rubber band will then cover the wires. Repeat this for the negative side.
On the last LED, connect enough length of wire to come out the extra hole drilled for the wire as it will go up the spokes towards the wheel hub. The wheel hub is where the switch and battery pack can be mounted.
Insulate the solder joins with some insulating tape.
Test that the circuit works.
If it does, then refit the rubber band/liner tyre and inner tube.

You should be all set to looks uber awesome.

I think drilling holes into a bicycle rim would be quite a bad idea. The rims are kept in tension by the tensioned spokes, and have to withstand all sorts of stresses from the road, pedalling, and braking, so you wouldn’t want to weaken them with holes which which would be a good way for cracks to develop from.

Nice idea but you would have to make the holes with leds airtight

Erm, no you wouldn't. The air pressure is in the tube not the tire. You could keep it water (and air) tight with a bit of silicone though, which would probably be a good idea.

But the entire set-up will get damaged when it rains right?

I think you can connect directly to the negative pole of the rims as a grounding, so it can have fewer cables. CMIIW :)