I’m curious about adding bulbs, leds, glowsticks or whatever to a unicycle
to make it look more interesting in the dark. Has anybody done this with
To illuminate the wheel I was thinking:
Remove wheel from unicycle Remove tyre and inner tube from wheel. Remove
rim tape? Drill 5mm(?) holes between each pair of spokes (just like the
hole for the valve), 35 new holes in total. Hope doing so doesn’t
substantially weaken the rim (would it?). Place a string of low voltage
(parallel) Christmas lights (going cheap now
around the rim with each bulb housing poking through a hole. (I’m
thinking a set of 40 lights with 6 cut off, 34 total) Splice some form of
electrical connector onto the string of lights and poke it through the
hole opposite the hole where the valve will go (for symmetry). A circular
DC Jack plug would probably suit this task. Retape rim? covering wire if
possible. (Maybe wider rim tape?) Replace tyre and inner tube, inflate.
This would mean you’d have 34 lights, each between two spokes, pointing
inwards towards the axle. All of the wiring at this point would be
concealed in the tyre (neat, but could this cause problems?). There’d be a
single connector opposite the valve.
The energy-conscious might like to use LEDs but I don’t know how you’d
securely wire them to a string such that, say, hopping on them wouldn’t
cause damage. (34 x Superbright 5mm LEDs @ 2.20V x 25mA = 1.87W so longer
battery life than filament bulbs). LEDs tend not to burn out so they
wouldn’t need to be readily replacable like bulbs.
The question then is how to get power into the tyre to light the lights. I
was thinking along the lines of an axle-mounted battery, preferably
rechargable in-situ so it didn’t have to be removed through the spokes
every time it needed recharching.
If I’ve not missed anything glaringly obvious, I may try this on my rusty
20" wheel (once I’ve secured a replacement).
All comments, questions, suggestions, and observations which shoot this
idea down in flames are welcome.
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