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Arizona Whip Lighted Flagpole

Okay folks, you’re gonna’ want to see this! Don’t go away yet, because today you will be exposed to the ultimate in after-hours visibility for low slung recumbent tadpole trikes. This incredible information comes to us from Robert Shaver, a patent attorney in Boise Idaho. He rides a Catrike to and from work everyday, and has been doing so for three years now. Word even has it that he has not missed a day on the trike! What a devoted trike pilot.

So, what happens if Bob has to work late? The sun goes down as he’s helping a last minute client, and his Catrike is parked at his law firm’s parking lot. Well, Bob is a partner in this firm, so if work demands a late day, so be it. He’s a crafty fellow however, and darkness is not his enemy, as you shall soon see. In fact, I’d say he’s a whole lot SAFER riding his tiny Catrike home from his business in the dark than during the daylight hours. How so? Well, rather than me continuing to get your curiosity up, I’ll simply paste into this post a post from his own blog. Get ready for the ultimate taillight array!

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Arizona Whip Lighted Flagpole

I have been looking for a way to light up the flagpole on my recumbent trike, and found a product that looked like it would work, the Arizona Whip. Jerry at Arizona Whips was very nice to work with, and I got it hooked up this past weekend. The whip is 5″ tall, and is of clear lexan. Inside the clear tube are 24 LED lights, 12 facing forward and 12 facing backward. Each side has a red group, and a yellow group, and on one side the red and yellow groups of LEDs flash on alternately. Jerry has other color configurations, including a red, white and blue one. The whip screws into a clamp that grips the 1.25 inch tube of the rear wheel fork. The clamp is for 1.5 in. tubes, but with some rubber and duct tape shimming, it grips the 1.25 inch tubing nicely with one Allen bolt for tightening. It extends up through the frame and clears the panniers, rack, seat, and headrest nicely. These pictures show the whip in daylight, and the clamp attached to the frame.

I ran a switch forward to the left hand grip, so I can turn it on and off from the seat. It runs off a 9 v battery. I have not ridden it to work yet, so I don’t know how long the 9 v battery will last.

The picture below is how it looks at night, from the rear. The bike is facing not quite straight, and the bag on the rack is blocking one of the LED lights. The headlight is shining across the street at an angle, and provides lots of illumination.

This sucker is not cheap at $150, but if I can get noticed by a car either ahead of or behind me, it will be worth it.

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2 responses

  1. Greg

    I am curious if you have used your whip light enough to know approximately how long the batteries will last before needing replacement?


    April 15, 2011 at 6:33 am

  2. Hopefully Bob will see your question and respond. If he doesn’t, try contacting him on one of his websites that are listed with the post. He is real good about getting back on email queries. Seemed like he mentioned how long the battery lasted, but I’d have to re-read the post to find it. Steve

    April 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm