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BikeGlow: Wrapping Your Bike with Glow

by Bike Shop Girl

While on the subject of 360 degrees of reflection like the BrightBike idea, here is BikeGlow. It looks like the glow necklaces you get a concerts or children wear on their arms at parties.  Running on battery power the BikeGlow wraps around your frame set, tubing or, I would assume, body.

The 10 foot tube weighs 2oz before batteries and comes in 8 different colors.  I think this is a super cool accessory for anyone’s commuter bikes.  I also can see it working very well with the “pimp my cruiser” group or to give some spice to your childs ride.

From BikeGlow : A bicycle safety product, the BikeGlowTM Safety Light illuminates the entire bike frame at dawn, dusk, or night, dramatically increasing the visibility of the rider, specifically from the side. Running on 2 AA batteries, the battery pack attaches to the seat post, and the BikeGlowTM Safety Lights wraps around the frame and is secured with the provided attachment strips. When riding in less than optimal lighting, rider pushes on button on the battery pack and frame light is on.

 
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6 Responses to “BikeGlow: Wrapping Your Bike with Glow”

  1. Mark says:

    Nice idea, but what is the bottom temperature rating. Not much good if it gets brittle at 10 degrees. Plus, in cold weather, you’d have to buy expensive lithium batteries or keep taking the thing on and off.

  2. Colin says:

    Ha! It’s kinda funny to see this hitting the streets outside of Black Rock City. This stuff is Electro-Luminescent Wire (EL Wire) which has been covering bicycles at Burning Man for years.

    Personally I think it’s hilarious that this guy TMarked BikeGlow and doesn’t use the word EL Wire anywhere — it’s like he doesn’t want you to know that you can easily buy your own E.L. wire plus battery pack driver cheaper on any number of websites. The wire runs around $1.20 a foot and a simple battery pack driver runs around $7. If you buy in bulk strands you’ll need to solder a connection to the wire but that’s easy.

    And if you want to get all crazy you can get sequencers and attach multiple strands to created animated strobes.

    Check out: http://www.CooLight.com or http://www.thatscoolwire.com/

  3. Colin says:

    @Mark I haven’t taken EL Wire to the arctic but there’s no reason it should get overly brittle in cold. It’s just wire + phosphorus coating + vinyl cover.

  4. Ken says:

    Colin, I’m a burner to, and I like what this guy is doing. I’m not so sure you can find a 10′ premade unit for your bike for less than $24 (I can’t even figure out where to buy it on the coollight site, and it’s the same price on the coolwire site without any way of connecting it, etc.). I’m not sure the regular joe will want to be soldering, etc.

    So let’s not bag on it too quick. The world needs bikes lit up at night. Period. If Bikeglow makes it easy for people great. Not to mention, if they’ve been doing it at BRC for years, no one in the regular world knows about it, so El Wire marketing doesn’t seem so great, eh?

  5. Richard says:

    Colin,
    I agree you can go out and buy the components yourself at a cheaper price. Remember $25 is retail so these guys are selling to LBS and REI at significantly less which allows the end retailer their markup. I doubt the three guys that are BikeGlow are necessarily going to quit their day jobs.

    A $25 price point is sweet and comparable to most red blinkies or low end headlamps.

    Thanks for the coollight link as I am going to experiment with EL for a bike helmet application.

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