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Mary Bellis

Glow In The Dark Bikes

By December 30, 2011

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Night Bikes - Blackberry Bold Commercial

Have you seen the recent Blackberry Bold 9900 commercial? The one with the "night bike" brigade that glow in the dark? I love this commercial (krudos to Blackberry). However, it also got me thinking of what a great idea it is to invent night lighting for bicycles. It has been proven that even a simple reflector on a bicycle significantly reduces the accident rate for night time cyclists. Hence, anything that can light up like the "night bikes" effect has to be a real life saver.

In the commercial, the bikes have been sprayed with phosphorescent paint and that definitely could be an inexpensive DIY project , however, the paints have a dimming rate, and they are not going to be as bright with time (usually an initial bright burst that's short and then a longer duller period) and do not last the night.  Definitely something for inventors to keep working on. Screenshot: Blackberry

December 29, 2011 at 11:49 am
(1) Eric W says:

If someone came up with a way to make a bike glow in the dark I would most certainly want one, and I think it would be a great marketing tool for bike shops and pedi-cab companies.

It could be so much fun.


December 30, 2011 at 12:47 am
(2) Chris says:
December 30, 2011 at 12:52 am
(3) Larry DeSantis says:

Eric…they do make these glow in the dark bikes….go to superbbicyles.com They start at around $1600 per. Lasts about 3 years if you take care of it and don’t ride too much in the sun.

December 30, 2011 at 12:53 am
(4) Larry DeSantis says:

They have them

December 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm
(5) Bill says:

Check these out. http://www.revolights.com/
Not quite the same as a whole bike but pretty clever

December 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(6) Mirka says:

Much bike, litle Blackberry :D For more Blackberry and less bike new technology 2012

January 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(7) Secretary of Education says:

The lone rider in this commercial makes an illegal left turn (through a red light) in order to join the crowd of other cyclists.

January 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm
(8) Katrina says:

Check out bikeafterdark.com

I got their wheel lights recently and they are amazing! Its a rechargeable wheel light is crazy bright and lights up your entire wheel light you are in Tron or something and the light glows easily 10-20 feet on either side of me.

January 4, 2012 at 10:09 am
(9) Jessica says:

I looked at those Revo lights but they are crazy expensive. @katrina, I like that bikeafterdark site I’m gonna order some. thanks for the tip!

January 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm
(10) DaveMan50 says:

There are other ways to make some thing appeir to glow. Those things that do we used to call phosphorescent. But what about floressent and luminasent. I wonder if anyone has developed a black light L.E.D.

January 18, 2012 at 9:35 am
(11) Martin says:

That’s how some of the bikes really look like: http://www.findingberlin-tours.com You can even rent them in Berlin. They were laminated with special foil to make them glow like that for the ad.

January 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm
(12) Robert Callahan says:

United Nuclaer has the paint you want , although it s not always in stock. It takes 5 minutes to charge and glows intensely for hours.

January 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm
(13) Connor says:

You can buy the paint needed at glonation.com, it’s pretty expensive but it will give you the same look as in the blackberry commercial!

February 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(14) barry ellard says:

seems that spray paint is getting a lot of votes here. it seems to be the most logical.I once saw a glow in the dark shampoo for pets. It was supposed to glow eor 8 hours.

June 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm
(15) L A says:

I want to illuminate my 50cc scooter. There’s a commercial on TV right now shows a girl riding the scooter with what I think are illuminated ropes. Can anyone help me find out where to purchase these for my scooter.

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