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Are Tirefly's legal?(13 posts)

Are Tirefly's legal?Rich_Racer
Dec 3, 2003 11:19 PM
Bought some tirefly's to improve my side-on visibilty. (Got the orange ones but they look blue when they light up because they're so bright.) But I read on the packet that they're "for offroad use only"! Are the police going to stop me for having wheels that glow in the dark?

Btw - they're made to fit a mtb valve but it was pretty easy to glue a presta valve cap into the hole and screw them on with that.

re: Are Tirefly's legal?Saddle_Sore
Dec 4, 2003 4:47 AM
If a policeman stops you for being too visible on a road at night he's a butthole of the first order! I considered getting some for here in the UK, but I was put off by the fact that they are not manufactured with the presta valve in mind :-|
re: Are Tirefly's legal?kokaku
Dec 4, 2003 1:22 PM
you can use them with a valve adapter - worked fine for me
I don't know about other states but where I livebigrider
Dec 4, 2003 5:04 AM
they put a complete stop to all of the various colored neon under-frame lights and different color brake, tag and running lights for vehicles. I think you are allowed red for brake and red or yellow for turn. Theoretically, if you are road riding you could be breaking a law. Will they enforce the law on bicycles? That is a different question.
I hope so...biknben
Dec 4, 2003 5:36 AM
I've been using them for over a year on my bike.

I've seen them on a couple cars in that time too. Technically they may be illegal but so are the tiny blue lights people put on their car hoods or those flashy lighted lic. plate trim things. I' don't think you have to be worried.

FYI to those concerned about presta: I screw on a presta/schreader converter between the valve and the tirefly. Every bike shop has them for next to nothing.

If you're using glue to secure stuff to it, you may not be able to change batteries in the future. Then again, I just bought another set of tireflys. When the bats. run out I'm just gonna toss them. They are starting to crack and break near the threads.
probably varies by stateColnagoFE
Dec 4, 2003 8:23 AM
Still I doubt you'll be pulled over for it. Better to be seen.
If you really want to be seenColnagoFE
Dec 4, 2003 8:24 AM
Go get some of those battery powered xmas lights and string them on your bike! It fits with the season too!
If you really want to be seenwily in pacifica
Dec 4, 2003 11:03 AM
I found some battery powered red lights for my spokes made by Everready, I think. They are just like the reflectors that come on new bikes mounted to the spokes in each wheel. They are about 5-6 inches long and about 2 inches wide. You push a button and they stay on bright red. There is no flashing mode like most red lights. They are very bright and noticable.

I also have a red blinkie on my seatpost, in each bar-end and one on my helmet. I have cars pulling over for me now thinking I must be an emergency vehicle.

I tried something like tireflies but they were not that bright. Better than nothing but not as good as these lights. But they were an off brand and would not go off when I stopped unless I pulled that batteries which was a pain.
If you really want to be seenDropped
Dec 4, 2003 11:35 AM
I need to get those spoke lights you mentioned.

Right now I have a flashing red light on the seat post and on my backpack, a flashing white light on the handlebars and 2 flashing white lights on my chest. My neighbor said I look like a x-mas tree. Can't have too many flashing lights on you, especially when driving in a big city at night.
If you really want to be seenwily in pacifica
Dec 4, 2003 4:21 PM
I'll look at the packaging to see if there is a code number and a phone number. Maybe you can call to see if they are still made. I got mine on Ebay for a couple of bucks.
may depend on color and location?DougSloan
Dec 4, 2003 10:42 AM
I've seen state laws that prohibit certain colors, especially blue. The location of the light may matter, too. You are obviously not going to be confused with an emergency vehicle, which is the intent of the law, I believe.

We know red flashing lights are legal. Everyone has those. Why not go with red? However, for me, I don't care. First, safety is the priority, and maybe even worth the chance of getting stopped. Second, the chances of getting stopped, assuming they are illegal, are likely very low. Third, even if you get stopped, the cop might just give you a warning and ask you to remove them. Fourth, even if you get a ticket, it may well be only a "fix it" ticket or equipment violation, not a moving violation, with no or a low fine. I'd risk it unless I knew for certain they are illegal in your jurisdiction and that they enforce the law.

I have a several sets. I use simple aluminum presta valve adapters to thread them on. Works fine.

may depend on color and location?Rich_Racer
Dec 4, 2003 3:02 PM
Well these are supposed to be orange but they look blue to me when they're actually lit.

I didn't even know about presta valve adaptors but the epoxy resin seems to work well! I can still change the batteries - they screw apart higher up. the dog
Dec 5, 2003 4:25 AM