Bicycle Extreme Visibility and Safety Modifications

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by ZnsaneRyder, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    What mods are being done to your bikes to help promote your safety?

    There's a lot of traffic in some areas, so we have to stay safe.

    I notice how people in their cars will SEE you, then still pull right out in front of you because they just don't care that you are on a bicycle. It sure scares people when I chase them on my bicycle and catch up with them before the next red light or stop sign, and LET THEM KNOW what they did, LOL.

    Also, sometimes they DON'T see you.

    Here's my upcoming mods:
    Bright-Blue Helmet
    12V 4AH NiCD Battery made from power tool batteries
    Ultra-Loud CAR Horn :evil:
    12V 55W Halogen headlight, and another 55W for emergency rear light as well.
    Three 3.6V LED flashlights (headlights)
    3.6V Lithium-Ion backup battery
    Switchbox on handlebars for switches for lights and horn, and built-in charger for the 3.6V Li-Ion.
    12V and 3.6V red LED taillights
    More LEDs for additional running lights, and may use colored LEDS for ground effects.

    So now cars will see AND hear me, and if they cut me off, they will get horn-blasted with a light show!
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2008

  2. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    Part of the problem is that drivers are not expecting a bicycle to be traveling at 20mph (or more) - so while we all complain about those "cagers", it isn't always because they aren't paying attention. They see you, they just don't realize you are moving as fast as you are - especially with your 6.5HP 200cc pusher trailer. I generally keep it around 20, and I am very careful at any intersection.

    OTOH, whether I drive a SUV or motorcycle, it seems that anything I drive turns invisible.
  3. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Seems that way sometimes, LOL
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It sounds like you'll have a really good set-up.

    You might want to experiment a bit with those ground effects; I have found in the past that too many lights in unusual places has seemed to confuse some drivers. I think maybe they're just not certain what they are seeing. Can you guess the result? They swerve at you. (I suppose I shouldn't word that like a joke. It's a terribly serious matter.)

    On my motor bike I run two 55 watters up front. Works very, very well. Everyone takes me seriously. One automotive rear light plus one of those flashing LEDs for pedal bikes.

    On my pedal bike I run double LED lights front and rear. White up front, red in the back. Two of each because it's nice to have more light and I'll have at least one if batteries die when riding.
  5. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Try driving a Volvo!! Not only invisible, double secret cloaked invisible!!:helmet:
  6. sjackson

    sjackson Member

    I have had my eye on some EL wire for increased visibility without too much glare... check this stuff out. It's not terribly expensive, and it's flexible. I was thinking of putting this on my frame to increase my side visibility. It wouldn't fit in with the planned vintage look of the bike, but it might keep me from getting killed.
  7. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Not necessarily so. Where I live, there is a HUGE contingent of road bikers. There are several race clubs and a lot of independants who train regularly through three seasons and it would be the rare day not to see 50 to 100 roadies go past my house.....all doing 20+ mph.

    Are they at risk? Sure, as much as anyone bike vs. car.
    They seem to hold their own though and are adamant about their right to occupy a lane on the road, and by the force of numbers.

    Of course the colorful jerseys don't hurt.
  8. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    I hear you. I drive a compact station wagon in the land of full-sized pickup trucks. I'm completely invisible.

    When I ride any of my bikes, I wear a bright flourescent chartreuse shirt so I can (hopefully) be seen better.
  9. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    I regularly ride my pedal bike in the 10 t 15 mph hour range I rarely have any problems with cars coming to close to me in part I think the fact that I don't look like a cycler helps me plus if they come just a little to close for my taste I just wobble my bike a bit and they usually move over a bit more. Most drivers treat me decently and the roads here on on the narrow side too. But I think no matter how many lights you have on your ride if you get an idiot who doesn't like us bikers it really doesn't matter. For the most part I never have any problems I don't even wear a helmet I feel I wouldn't be as alert with one but that is my thought on it
  10. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    I just finished mounting a 55 watt driving light and 2 flashing red lights to my bike I also use an led head lamp and flashing rear lamp. That's right 3 flashing red tail lights hopefully they will see me and the 2 on the front help me see a lot better I might add a 55 watt flood light to the front as well. All of this is powered by 2 12 volt 12amp hr scooter batteries and all of it was free
  11. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    WOW!!! Can't beat free!

    DO those batteries seem rather heavy for the bike? I'm sure you get plenty of light for a while with those batteries!

    It looks like if someone gets too close, you can flash your brights!

    Do you have a horn? Those batteries would make a perfect match.
  12. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    THanks, I'll keep that in mind when making the running lights. What kind of battery runs your double 55's?
  13. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    The batteries aren't that heavy probably around 12-15 lbs. total for both batteries. I don't even notice they are there I have one mounted on each side of my bike in the baskets. I don't have a way to "flash my brights" the headlight is always on. Horn, why yes I have a horn I just don't have it mounted and hooked up yet. I still haven't finished my motor transfer yet :( but, that will be coming soon. :)
  14. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Rkbonds, how's that horn going? It can really save your butt!!!

    Today, I'm SO glad I used my car horn! I saw a lady stopping from a residential side-street, about to make a left on to the small 30mph road I was riding on, and she looked right at me, and then started to move forward anyway, then I held the horn button down, and she jammed on her brakes before the nose of her car made it into the road! HAHAHA

    I just don't get these tards......If a motorcycle or moped was going down the road, in the center of the lane like normal, like I was on my bike doing the 30mph speed limit, would they just pull out in front of them like that? IMO they probably would, so I'm glad I don't ride a motorcycle, as the bike is slower, and lighter, and easier to maneuver in case of emergency.

    I usually give a few short horn-taps when I see cars coming from a side street anyway to make their impatient asses wait the extra 5 seconds or less that it takes me to ride by. (most of the impatient ones that pull out, usually go slow once they do, so I know they are in no rush, they are just selfish and ignorant)

    I'm about to print a sticker for the back, that says, Look Twice, BICYCLES are everywhere, you may safe a life!
  15. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Znsane, I have to agree that drivers reactions to a 100+db horn blasting them from a bike is great. Something every MBer should have.
  16. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    I haven't gotten around to mounting my horn yet, I've been too busy fine tuning my new push trailer. It is however next on the list.
  17. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    If you've already got a 12v system on your bike for lights it's as simple as a series loop with a horn and push button. I love it!
  18. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    I know I have no excuses I just really wanted to get an engine back on my bike.
  19. jlebh1

    jlebh1 Member

    ive got a airzound air horn about 120 decibels scares the s*** out of cagers when they cut me of. mabey thell think twice next time they see a bike. I want to get a old harley/chopper style headlight assy with 2 driving lights and I main headlight in the middle. and a light at the back
  20. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    These orange pennants only run $5-8, (the pix are from a the ride back from the bikeshop, only one was for the recumbent, the other for a trike).

    If you buy one, you can do some fancy rigging. Make a mount that goes farther back behind the rear tire, to keep it out of the way while swinging your leg over a regular bike.

    I definitely use them on slower moving tricycles.

    If you buy one that has a two piece mast, glue the two parts together.

    Cut a few inches off the bottom so it fits into your storage area and doesn't hit too many low hanging branches.

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