How to make bicycle handlebars that light-up

[Video Link] Our pal Becky Stern shows you how to make LED bike handlebars using nifty LED tape.


  1. Can’t say I’ve heard of LED tape before, but electroluminescent (EL) tubing does much the same.  You can get it cheap on eBay by searching for [el tube party] ; purveyors of cycling equipment will be happy to sell you the same thing at a 300% markup.

    Also nifty are LED valve caps for the wheels.

    1. Don’t be distracted by the end-scene of her riding around on the street: this is for Burning Man.

    2. Absolutely. However, the principle is sound — just apply the LED tape to your seat tube or seat stays so that your bike is visible without blinding yourself.

    3. Reminds me of the little lights inside space helmets that movie costume designers use to light actors’ faces while blinding them to approach of attacking aliens. 

    1. I use a heat gun which I, walk across the shop, take down from the shelf, unzip the bag I store it in, find an extension cord, plug it in and the heat gun into it, turn on the heat gun, let it warm up, run it over the shrink tubing, lay it down on the bench to be ready for the next piece, either burn my arm or something on the bench, do the remaining tubing, let it cool, return it to the bag, zip closed the bag, walk across the shop, put it back on the shelf.

      Easy as pie! 

  2. I am always thinking about new ways to conveniently make bike light up. More critical during the Winter months, I guess, but hook these up to a dynamo hub via a constant current device and you have a great piece of kit!

    1.  I love my adafruit, and there’s stuff they do that you can’t get anywhere else. But then there’s stuff they do that you can find on eBay in 5 metre rolls for $35 with free shipping. Just saying.

  3. Let me get this straight, does it turn off TV’s as you pedal by, or do I need to stop? What sort of range can I expect?

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