My 28" Sun is seeing more duty as a practical mode of transportation nowadays, so I decided to make it safe for street riding at night.
In the local bike store, I found some flashing plastic pedals made by Fun Source LLC (they’re not listed at their web site www.funsourcellc.com). They generate energy as the pedal turns in the crank and lights up 3 red LEDs in each pedal reflector. The pedals come with a thin wrench because they don’t allow enough clearance to use a normal wrench to attach them to the cranks. I cracked their cheapo wrench when putting on the pedals, so I hope that they won’t ever need tightening. These pedals are thicker next to the crank (to accomodate the internal twisted wires that create the magnetic fields that turn into electricity when rotated). I don’t even notice the extra thickness of the pedal when riding, but I’m not sure if the LED’s are bright enough to make me any safer at night. Also the LED’s only light up when pedaling so they are useless when sitting at an intersection, waiting for the light to turn. Given that I only paid $13 US for them, I can’t complain.
Has anyone tried out these LED pedals? How will they hold up to the abuse of drops, unexpected dismounts, and all the things associated with normal street riding?
Also, I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for mounting front headlights to unicycle frames. I can only find front headlights that are designed to be mounted horizontally on top of handle bars. Are there any headlights that can be mounted vertically to a seat post like most red back lights?