PUMA "Glow Rider" Glow-in-the-Dark Bicycle

A new bike from PUMA—yes, the shoe folk, but they do bikes now, too—glows in the dark. The "Glow Rider" appears to use glow-in-the-dark paint as opposed to some sort of EL rig-up and includes headlights and taillights, as well. I wonder how brightly it glows. Any extra visibility would be welcome for a city bike. I'M POSTING ANYTHING THAT GLOWS [KayneUniversity.com/blog]
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9 Responses to PUMA "Glow Rider" Glow-in-the-Dark Bicycle

  1. TwoShort says:

    @#4: “You won’t blind oncoming traffic if it’s aimed correctly. Do cars and motorcycles blind you?”

    Yes, but being blinded by fellow cyclists is more common; they are more likely to be more directly oncoming. So I do worry about my own light blinding other cyclists, whose eyes, like mine, have adjusted to bike-light level illumination. Blinding motorists whose eyes are adapted to headlight illumination is not a concern, though being seen by them at all is, particularly from the side, where the headlight isn’t much use.

    This glow-in-the-dark paint strikes me as a gimick, and probably not bright enough to matter, but I’ve often wondered why reflective paint on bike frames isn’t typical.

  2. Dustin Driver says:

    Um wow. That’s hideous.

  3. mappo says:

    Besides how brightly it glows, I wonder how long it glows for. Most glow-in-the-dark stuff doesn’t last long after the light source is removed.

  4. Halloween Jack says:

    Fnarf: the LED headlights that are out now are good enough for forward illumination; they usually incorporate several ultrabright LEDs and suck up a lot less battery power. The idea is to be able to see what’s in front of you, not blind oncoming traffic with the equivalent of a cop car searchlight.

    Joel: BB posted about this nearly three years ago. (It’s not mentioned in that article, but the glow-in-the-dark feature isn’t new–see the article from Wired linked from it.) But now Kanye knows, at least.

  5. Fnarf says:

    Just get a freaking light, people. A big one, with halogen bulbs and a separate heavy battery, not some little blinky LED thing you can’t tell what it is until you’re on top of it. Think “motorcycle lights”. Niterider makes good ones.

  6. AllDayPermanentBlack says:

    The “downtube” is a length of cable. How long does it maintain tension? Who services it when the cable starts slacking?

    For the glow, meh.

    I’m more concerned in the city with cars seeing me than with being able to see where I’m going (which is never really that difficult). But I’m with the seet that thinks glow-in-the-dark paint isn’t the way to go.

    Reflective paint, like the insignias on police cars, might be a better idea.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Whoever said that’s hideous is an idiot. If you’re not a fan of it, ok, but it’s far from disgusting.

  8. David Cake says:

    Perfect for Burning Man.

  9. Fnarf says:

    Jack, you’re right — LEDs are fine, as long as they are bright and in a proper headlight unit with a large external battery. Niterider has great ones. What sucks is the blinky things. I see them all the time on riders, wearing all black, weaving in and out of traffic, no helmet, a little red flasher clipped somewhere on them.
    You won’t blind oncoming traffic if it’s aimed correctly. Do cars and motorcycles blind you?

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