100 Blinky Bike Lights on a Fat Tire BMX

100 Blinky Bike Lights on a Fat Tire BMX


This box contains 100 miniature rubber bike
lights, which I ordered directly from a manufacturer in China. In this quantity they’re cheap as balls. Literally, I think they cost as much as ping
pong balls. Anyway these lights are great for being seen
when riding around town but they’re pretty useless for lighting up your path. Each light has 3 settings; constant on, strobe,
and slow blink. They’re sometimes known as safety lights,
but I prefer the colloquial “blinky”. So you may be thinking, dude why did you buy
all these blinkies? Well it’s in direct response to a comment
on the bike lights video. I had joked that for the price of one hight
end bike light you could buy 10 cheapo lights off Amazon and put them all on your handlebars. You guys want to see that, but I don’t. Riding around with 64,000 milliamps worth
of the cheapest lithium ion batteries you can legally buy would be sketchy at best. So, I’ve opted for 100 of these harmless
blinkies instead. The Fat Ripper is the perfect bike for this
experiment because of the skinny steel tubing, rigid fork, and BMX handlebars. We should be able to fit all 100 blinkies
on the front. Almost immediately I started finding some
duds. This was unsurprising. Still 90 something lights would be no joke,
so I weeded out the bad ones and pressed on, methodically. Not a single nook or cranny was spared. Afterwards I took a closer look at the duds
and found that they were ALL easy to repair. By replacing the batteries or playing around
with the contacts, all 100 blinkies were working. I even found spots for them. Now to wait for nightfall. Turning all the blinkies on took a few minutes,
and I even found that one of them was red. The question on everyone’s mind though is
whether the combined might of 100 blinkies is enough to illuminate a path. The answer is, sort of. Clearly there was light being projected, randomly
from the front of the bike. I did my best to point the blinkies towards
the ground, but it’s only possible to do so much. One thing’s for sure; everyone could see
me. Fun blinky fact. There are 2 CR3032 batteries per blinky—you
know those flat batteries that cost $7 a pair at the drugstore. At that price it costs wayyy less to just
replace your whole blinky when the batteries go dead. That’s ridiculous. Of course, buying your 2032’s in bulk would
help. Still, it’s amazing how long the batteries
last on these. You can expect to get a few weeks worth of
commuting out of one blinky before it goes dead. That reminds me, there’s a reason we call
these blinkies. As I rode around town, causing seizures and
scaring puppies, I realized that I’ve done much more ridiculous things to a fat bike. So there you have it, 100 blinkies. I know it’s not the 10 amazon lights you
guys really wanted to see, but at least these can’t explode 4 inches from my scrotum. As a very wise man once said, safety is number
one priority. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this and if
you see me at Miami Critical Mass this Friday I’ll give you one of these blinkies. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

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  1. 99 white head lights, 1 red trail light… Leaves it on front. Lol. See and be seen is a huge conversation in cycling. 2032 cells are widely available in dollar stores. I do still agree with your original statement. One good set of lights. But a Blinky is better than nothing

  2. LOL dude

    I have 13 reasonable lights totalling 8000+ lumen

    And no it’s not as good as 1 cateye volt 6000

    But it is better than my 2019 car that had adaptive led factory headlamps

    Mine are all internal battery lamps, and it adds heaps of weight, but I’ve accumulated them over a period of time and they were all pretty cheap

  3. What is really the cost for a complete blinky light for an entire bike? it doesn't last!!!!how long last the batteries?

  4. As one wise man once said: Safety is nuber one priority.

    Like if u are thinking know the same as i do😂

  5. 4:01 This gave me a cool idea. What about buying a lot of these lights, salvaging them, and selling the parts? You are sure to make a small profit, cause the batteries are more expensive than the whole light.

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