Bike light recommendations

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Post by SilverOrange » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:39 am

Liz, maybe it's you that is the asswipe and should stay home?

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Post by Liz Estrada » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:43 am

as you wish, my little cardboard friend, as you wish... :wink:

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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:25 am

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Post by SilverOrange » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:33 am

I'll take the tranq gun please.

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Post by Liz Estrada » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:53 am


it's gonna take more than Atavan to knock down this botox beast.

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GREAT Lights for your bike

Post by praplayaigo » Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:34 pm

I came across Bike Glow and LOVE it.
I can't stand all the waste with all that dead (once glowing) plastic that gets generated at the playa afterwards.

Bike Glow is AWESOME, people can really see you, you can get creative on how you wrap them around (and with different colors), they are water/dust resistant and they are pretty reasonable.

I think you can find them at REI now:

Great stuff!

(and the cats who created are burners I heard, good crowd).

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Re: Bike light recommendations

Post by madmatt » Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:50 pm

paylors wrote:I think I'm going to bring an unremarkable LED bike light to Burning Man.
I have a really bright model with rechargable battery and it appears to be plenty rugged and the manufacturer claims other models have survived Burning Man (light and motion stella).

But maybe it's too bright? If the light is mounted on the handlebar, it's hard to keep the beam out of people's eyes.

And also, might be asking for trouble to bring an expensive object to the playa. Things happen.

On the other hand, maybe it's better to have those 200 lumens during a dust storm? Runtime is not a problem, min 5 hours.

Last year, I brought a light I thought was bright (but no match for this newer one). The playa dust killed it and I thought I was annoying other people on the playa with its beam. But it was easy to see where I was going; the playa surface was irregular and it was nice to be able to see what I was about to hit.

Your thoughts?
Take this advice only - get the smallest cheapest RED LED light (NOT WHITE) that they sell in the bike shop or a store like REI. They cost about $10 or less. Batteries last forever, they are indestructable on the playa, highly visible from like a mile away, and importantly, won't blind you or anyone else.

You can also get EL wire, but that's mostly visible from the side, and takes more work. Get a RED LED for front and one for back and you're done. :)

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Post by misfit » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:10 pm

to be seen is good, to see where you are going,,, better. so if you don't want to end up as playa road kill, don't bitch about my head lights....
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Not useful on the playa but cool

Post by paylors » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:08 pm

I saw this the other week. Would like to have it on suburban roads.

And I no longer can say that 200 lumens is bright.
I think the company makes a 1000 lumen version, but the link above already exceed what I paid for my bike itself.

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Post by JulzQ1 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:13 pm

I wouldn't recommend the hokey spokes either. They only lasted me one trip out to the playa. They didn't like the dust. :(

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:50 am

dear paylors....

try here...

A new blinky creature has evolved! Behold!

Volver: The Missing Blink is a collaboration between Image Node and
Disorient and is a 36 LED sequencer with 1600 pattern combinations by
the Image Node and Disorient crews. It has a hole for a lanyard or
necklace, runs off a 9V battery, and will get 15-20 hours runtime off 1
battery on the second brightest setting. It will also run off a
rechargable 9V battery for 5-7 hours at the same setting. It has 4
brightness modes and 4 running modes, which includes Flashlight For The
Portapotty Mode.

We are selling Volver as a kit, or assembled. If you would like to
build one, but do not know how to solder, do not fear! We will be
holding a Blinky Tupperware Party at the Nodelab in East Williamsburg on
July 26th, and a Mega Soldering Weekend on August 15th and 16th. We
will teach you how to solder, and we will make sure your blinky works

If you like to get nerdy on stuff, the entire kit is open-source and you
can make your own patterns. All the information is available online.

Check it out here:

All funds from Volver will go to helping Image Node and Disorient rock
the playa in fine style this year. No funds will go towards campers
personal expenses.

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I love Anvii spoke lights and The Downlow Glow

Post by GerryK » Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:30 pm

I love Anvii spoke lights (better than hokeyspokes and monkeylights - lighter, longer, and don't need tools to install) and The Downlow Glow
Not only (or necessarily) for the Burn

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