I have said before on the blog (you will have to believe me for now while we continue to make the transfer from WordPress to TypePad - yes we plan on having our archives back) that I am a huge fan of bike safety lights. Living in New York City, I ride around a lot of motor vehicles that weigh considerably more than I do. I want to do everything I can to make sure it is basically impossible not to see me at night.
Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Bike BrightZ I am now one step closer to my dream of appearing to motorists as a spaceship similar to those in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I am definitely dating myself here as I am sure many readers have not seen the 1977 flick, but if you haven't, I highly recommend it. If there was an Oscar for best artistic use of food, Richard Dreyfus would have taken it home for sure.
I have two rear blinkie lights, a Monkey light in my front spokes, a headlight and now a Bike Brightz light. Take a look at the product in the package.
The recommended placement of the light noted on their home page is on the bottom of the down tube or the chain stay. Take a look at this video from their web site:
The Bike BrightZ light can perform much like another product, the Down Low Glow. However you can purchase about 6 Bike BrightZ for what it would cost you to buy one Down Low Glow. My down tube is not well suited for the light because my rear brake and gear cables are routed down the underside of the tube.
I chose to mount the light on my rear rack so that light splashes on the ground behind me.
So with everything going at the same time this is what my Globe looks like - like a rolling Disco actually. I set the Bike BrightZ to one of the flash modes and you can see the reflection is pretty strong off of the tile floor . .
The folks at Bike BrightZ have provided a light for me to give away so a contest is in order.
Just like Richard Dreyfus got artistic with mashed potatoes, I am inviting readers to get artistic with the Bike Hacks logo. You will find the logo in a couple of different styles below. You can right click (PC) or command click (Mac) on the images to save them and the rest is up to you.
You could print the logo out on paper and take a photo, use a photo editing software (kinda like me placing the logo over the TV in the Close Encounters picture), take a picture of the logo in a unique place, even incorporate it into a video . . . the sky is the limit but the more personal the better. Just make sure your final product is work safe.
Once you have your final product, send us an email via our contact page and we will respond with instructions on how to get your entry to us. Contest deadline is February 16th.