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I have seen some videos on YouTube and other locations that show people making their own lights. I am looking at making my own light and mounting it to my road bike. I am looking for something to illuminate the road, not just to be seen. If anyone has any suggestions or links to instructions; all assistance is appreciated.
 

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You could go to radio shack and purchase a length of wire, a battery holder, a switch, and a generic light bulb, of the right energy input or whatever, just ask them I guess...

You could get a knob to adjust the resistance if your afraid of burning up the light... then just tape away!
 

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I was thinking more like science class when the kids connect alligator clipped wires to light bulbs then D-cell batteries... I think rope lights would be pretty sweet but not for illuminating the road... It might be tacky but you could duct tape a flashlight onto your handlebars :D
 

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I had the idea of taking a piece of aluminum cutting it to fit on the front right skewer, to illumine the road. Made the alum piece but have not tried it out yet. Will post pic when I can.
 

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I was thinking more like science class when the kids connect alligator clipped wires to light bulbs then D-cell batteries... I think rope lights would be pretty sweet but not for illuminating the road... It might be tacky but you could duct tape a flashlight onto your handlebars :D
If you are worried about looking tacky, or worse ******* by using duct tape to tape a flashlight to your handlebars then you should look at other options. Electrical tape is a good idea. It is smooth, sleek and is available in a wide variety of colors.:p
 

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Worried about being a *******??? Me???? What I worry about is finding Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy in my family tree.

Using duct tape is a badge of honor
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edikfIC-RJU]YouTube - Cheap Bastards Bike Light Mount[/ame]
or this

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKUssR7eXG4&feature=fvw[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZSg42ZbGbw&feature=related]YouTube - ‪LED Light Bike Mount on a budget‬‏[/ame]
try this
 

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I loved this from the comment section...

"Bicycle saftey is pretty important."

Only Kipkay can say that while not wearing a helmet.
He did say that it was a good idea. ;)
 

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homemade rear light

I wanted a a bright rear light for night traffic. I had one of those hand held lanterns that take the 6 volt spring top batteries. I bought a red indicating light lens from Radio Shack and glued it over the bulb. I strapped the lantern to my rear rack with bungee cords. I now could be seen for at least 3/4 of a mile.
 

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Lots of bike light ideas at instructables.com. I've used a couple of Harbor Freight LED lights, works good, clipped into a couple of Blackburn tire pump holders.
 

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marwi lights

check out Hoffman amps. He has bought the remaining NOS marwi lights from some supplier in the US and is selling them CHEAP. I bought 3 the other day, they are Halogen but he also sells all the parts to convert them to LED's. He has lots of info on his web site and his blog.

I have been able to commute a few times in the dark since I got my light set up from him, and boy are they bright. The battery I am using will last about 2 hrs (homedepot). I even got bright lighted by a car.

here is a parts break down of what I bought

Battery $15 (homedepot)
wire connector $4 (radio shack)
wire, heat shrink tubing, tape, spade connectors $5
6 volt battery charger $10 (Walmart)
single light set up $8(hoffman amps)
old style mount $2 (hoffman amps)
 
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