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Down Low Glow

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BentMikey, 1 Oct 2007.

  1. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Anyone seen one of these systems?

    http://fossilfool.com/testimonials/testimonials.htm

    I saw Arch has one on one of her photos in the photo gallery. I thought it might be nice to have such a system for special events like CM and/or the Dun Run.

    Anyway, I thought the price was a lot for the above system, so I've bought two red cold cathode computer tubes off the internet (just under a tenner), and now need to knock up a 12V supply and try it out. Chav up my bike, LOL!
     
  2. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Oh dear!! Where will it end. I think you could fit a mighty big subwoofer on your bike....:biggrin:
     
  3. Road Fiddler

    Road Fiddler New Member

    lol love it. something else to add to the wish list lol
     
  4. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    You laugh, but I just bought some Sony bluetooth speakers for my mobile since it has 4GB of space. In theory I could fit them to the tailbox....
     
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    I'm sure your homebuild will sort it, but I gather one of the drawbacks of the Low Down Glow is that it's not guaranteed to be waterproof - not such a problem in California where it's designed, but... I think it was something they were going to work on.

    It certainly catches the eye! Let us know how you get on making up your own!
     
  6. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Couldnt you just get some normal bike lights, and put a different colour filter on the front? That would be cheaper and would work pretty much the same.

    I used to like the blue lights that went on your dust caps, now they were snazzy.
     
  7. I did something like that to one of my bikes in the late 80's.I fitted a 6v Fluorescent tube on the top tube.It was only 6 volts so it with with my dynamo system.At the present time I have two moped/motorcyle horns fitted to my bike.They work off of 6v.Very effective tonight with all the moron pedestrians about.(and the odd motorist)...Buttons need repositioning though as they are hard to get to in an emergency.
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I normally sellotape 2 dozen glowsticks to my downtube for the same effect.
     
  9. clefty

    clefty New Member

    Location:
    London
    Why not get some EL Wire, you can get the 4 ft lengths really cheap on ebay in various colours, i have some blue ones that I'm going to attach to my ride at some point, seem a lot more robust than the tubes and you can wrap them around everything! I've also seen an EL Wire bike kit on ebay..
     
  10. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    EL wire and glowsticks compared with these cold cathode tubes are probably a bit like comparing a candle flame with a 6W halogen light setup. They are really rather bright!!
     
  11. Hmmm the 12v thing is a problem unless they do 6v stuff.

    Horn buttons repositioned as well as both 6v motorbike horns both fitted to front forks and very effective tonight causing me to get a dirty look from offended pedestrian up towards Tower Gateway.:biggrin:
     
  12. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    You laugh, but I just bought some Sony bluetooth speakers for my mobile since it has 4GB of space. In theory I could fit them to the tailbox....

    Oh my God, I demand that you explain this further immediately. You could rig up the speakers under the saddle or summat and blast out The Ride Of The Valkyries as you cycle over London Bridge or the Paul Oakenfold Trance Mix as you pedal thu Hyde Park?

    Come on!!

    How much are these intriguing speakers?
     
  13. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    LOL, I never really intended to put them on the bike, it was just a joke. Since my mates have systems like these, I'd feel a bit intimidated:

    http://www.bassfreight.com/
    http://www.bikeology.net/

    Progress on the home made down-low glow: Got a 10 cell AA battery box from Maplins, and it powers two of the cold cathode tubes for 3 hours or so off 2800mah NiMH batteries. Unfortunately miniMikey stepped on one tube and broke it, I'm not amused!

    Now to get a replacement, and to solder up and ruggedize the whole system.
     
  14. Milkey get a front wheel hub dynamo they are great and almost free electricity if I wasn't working so hard.:biggrin:
     
  15. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I do have a SON dynohub for the recumbent. :biggrin: It might not work so well at Critical Mass and other low speed rides though, not that I go much.