Learn more about BikingToronto and Singer Kwinter
Explore more posts like this: , , , , , , , , ,

How-To: TRON-ify your bike

NOTE: This is a guest post by Emma Jenkin, who like most of us, craves a TRON LightBike, and set out to make an affordable one!   Learn more about Emma at the bottom of this post.

Yes, all you need legally for your bike is a white light up front and a red rear light. I know when I’m biking at night I can hardly see other cyclists with just those lights, so I can’t be all that visible either.

There are a bunch of options out there to light up your bike a bit more. There’s Bike Glow (+$40 after shipping), LED by Lite ($100-$150) Fibre Flare (as yet unavailable in Canada) and the awe-inspiring Monkey Electric wheel lights ($70 and up).

Now I admit I didn’t start biking for the environment, and I didn’t do it for the exercise. Those are bonuses. I did it to save money. And I figured there must be a way to brighten up my bike on the cheap.

You will need:

 

  • Submersible LEDs

 

I got mine at 100 Candles – a ten pack runs you about $12 and comes with extra batteries. Shipping to Toronto was $16. I’m sure any number of LEDs will work, but the on/off needs to be on the bottom of the fixture. The ones from 100 Candles twist on/off.

 

 

  • Tubing

 

I bought Reinforced Braided Vinyl Tube in 5/8” from Canadian Tire – the diameter must be as close to the width of your LED as possible as the light has to fit tightly in there. The 5/8” tubing I got was pretty much perfect. At about $4 a yard, I managed to make three lights out of it.

  • Utility knife
  • Zip ties or metal clamps

 

 

Steps:

  1. Cut the tubing to the length you want, making sure there is space at the each end when you attach it to your bike so you can fit your in there to turn the light on/off.
  2. Carefully carve the inside edge of the end of the tube so that the LED fits tightly. You don’t want it falling out. Make sure you can still turn your LED on/off. Mine stick out enough from the tubing to allow for this.

Carving the inside edge. Go a little bit at a time. You don’t want it to be loose around your light.

The LED in the tube. The bottom half of the light is outside the tube because it needs to twist to turn on.

 

Testing the light

 

3. Repeat the process for the other end of the tube.

4. Strap your new light to your bike frame.

 

5. Bike!

 

Yayyy Emma.

It looks really cool. :)

 

 

About the inventor author

Emma started commuting by bike in February of this year and loves it. She always stops at red lights, and wears a helmet (apart from in these pictures). She works in communications at a national arts organization and adores Toronto.

You can learn more about this snazzy individual at about.me/emmajenkin or follow her on twitter at @indeedemma

RECENTLY ON BIKING TORONTO:

TRAVEL Log Toronto Cycling 20140714

NEWS: Should cyclists be allowed to ride through stop signs?

Obviously, yes.  Just like drivers are.  Spend any time at a stop sign and watch how many cars do “rolling stops” if there ar no other moving vehicles near the intersection.  Spoiler alert: almost every driver does rolling stops, just like cyclists do. In fact, when I learned to drive in Newmarket, a stop sign […]

20150428-590-BMC2

SHOP: Brand new bike shop a shrine for serious cyclists

Well, the headline is a little stupid… it should read “…shrine for roadie cyclists”, as “serious” doesn’t only apply to those willing to drop thousands of dollars on a bike. It applies equally to the tens (hundreds?) of thousands of Torontonians who are serious about using their bike to get around the city – to […]

Sangyal-helps-rebuild-bikes-at-Bike-Pirates-c-Siva-Vijenthira-600x800

OH YEAH: Rolling Youth into Toronto’s Bicycle Renaissance

With countless community events being hosted from May 25th to June 25th, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is anticipating Bike Month 2015. Municipalities and community groups alike are hosting the A to Z in bike events, from food incentivized group rides to bike repair crash courses. Although cycling mode shares are still relatively low […]

2015522-steamwhistle-bike-repair

OH YEAH! Steamwhistle expands its network of bike repair stations

Oh yeah!  BlogTO has picked up the BikingToronto post last week about this.  Steamwhistle deserves lots of toasts. As Biking Toronto reports, over the last year or so the beer company has installed similar stations at the Brick Works, the Duke of York pub, and most recently in front of Bike Sauce. They’ve also been […]

newspgs12_13LA_IMGP8140-2_px626

NEWS: Why not make biking on sidewalks legal in the suburbs?

I tend to agree with the main concept here… that suburban arterials need bike infrastructure badly… but cars go SO fast on those roads, it’s impossible to feel safe even in a bikelane that is just paint. A physical barrier (curb, bollards, etc) is needed, or an cycling addition on the side of sidewalks.  Many […]

11018784_10155519219120405_804683175447314571_n

EVENT – Fri, June 19: Welcome Back Queens Quay! Let’s Ride the Waterfront

After years of construction, Queens Quay is ready for the spotlight, with a new refurbished multi-use trail and lots more public space. Come celebrate the opening with a group bike ride down this new section of the Martin-Goodman Trail! More details about the opening on the Waterfront Toronto blog: http://blog.waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe/portal/wt/home/blog-home/posts/queens-quay-opening-volunteer Facebook Event: Welcome Back Queens […]

17701044046_a48f7bc4d6_b

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Queen and Spadina

Source: Original photo – by sigma. on Flickr. via Tumblr ift.tt/1HmS7fX via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos in the Biking Toronto Flickr Group. Also check out the thousands of amazing photos that have been shared on instagram with the #biketo hashtag!

Newbike2

OH YEAH! How I learned to love cycling my way to work

I’ll be honest, and I hate to admit this, but I used to be that person that perpetually ran five minutes late—to everything. I’d do my best to be timely, but in many circumstances, I just couldn’t seem to make it to my commitments on time. A few years ago my brother became a bicycle […]

wards_keymap

EVENT – Wed May 27: Cycle Toronto Ward 21 Group Meeting

Our monthly meeting is coming up. Join us as we work to make cycling in the city a safer way to travel. Facebook Event: Cycle Toronto Ward 21 Group Meeting

image

NEWS: Cyclist suffers serious injuries after being struck by vehicle in Rosedale

A male cyclist was rushed to hospital via emergency run after he was struck by a vehicle in Rosedale during the morning rush hour Tuesday.It happened at the intersection of Roxborough Street and Wrentham Place in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant Road at around 8:30 a.m.According to police, a doctor was passing by at the […]

Recommended Lights

"Frog" Lights

Planet Bike Light Combo

Planet Bike 5 LED Tail Light
Recommended Books
See More Books