Riding at night can be risky business and as far as I am concerned, the more lights the better. I am currently rocking 7 lights on my bike and recently added another that I will post on soon. Reader Michael rides in an urban environment and sent along the following text and photos about using industrial strength Velcro to increase visibility. All text and pictures below are credited to Michael.
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As an urban cyclist, I'm always looking for ways to increase my visibility, especially at night. I've been looking at ways to attach/remove lights to/from my preferred bike helmet. By nodding your
head slightly, you can catch the eye of drivers who might otherwise not notice your handebar lights.
I didn't want to use any method that involved compromising the shell and interior, i.e. no drilling. However, it still had to allow me to remove the lights easily during the day.
One day in my workshop, I was looking at my box of industrial-strength Velcro when I had an 'a-ha' moment. At the local dollar store, I picked up one of those LED lights meant to attach to the brim of ball caps. It has a slight curve to it which fit well with the curve of my helmet. A bit of Velcro on each and problem solved.
The industrial stuff is STRONG so little chance these are going to fall off. I remove them as circumstances warrant.
I also Velcro'd a wide angle mirror to my rear view mirror to provide additional viewing coverage.
I also added a stubby penlight style headlight to the side of my helmet using a conduit pipe strap. The penlight is Velcro'd inside the strap. Velcro on the 'tabs' then lets me fix on the helmet wherever I choose.
This same principle could be used to attach small POV cameras, GPS units, whatever to handlebars using the same principle. Velcro inside the strap and around the handlebar, then add Velcro patches to the strap tabs affixed to Velcro on your GPS. (You could use elastics
around the tabs and your device as extra security...)
Your readers can probably lots of other uses for this versatile product.
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Your read it readers - if you have used Velcro, industrial strength or otherwise, feel free to send us your hacks. We did have a reader with a Velcro fetish send us some great pictures in the past . . .