Inevitable, But Still Awesome: An Affordable Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Frame
Finally, something to ride in that wacky French skate park that glows in the dark. The Kilo Glow Series of bicycle frames, made by the Burbank, California-based Pure Fix Cycles, radiates a swamp-gas green aura that lights up the night better than a pile of radium clock dials (although without that irksome cancer part).
How awesome is this frame? Let's turn to Kilo's own ad copy for a taste: The Glow Series took "months of experimentation" to perfect and will "take your night riding to a whole new level.... Whether you۪re a night owl, a raver, or just want to trip out your friends, this is the bike for you." The price to own a bike that can double as a comforting bedroom night light? That would be $399, although if you make it $404 they'll throw in a pair of glowing grips.
Like those nerdy galaxy stickers and shoelaces that people wore in the '90s, the Kilo frame relies on solar exposure to power up. Stick it out in the sun for a bit, and it's ready to shine at night for an hour or more. Given the soft light typically generated by glow-in-the-dark paint, it's not clear whether the frame will be bright enough to ward off careless drivers. A commenter at Urban Velo writes, "Wow that is helluva cool bike. But i bet some jag-off would still hit me and say 'i didn’t see him.'" So maybe view it more as a nifty fashion statement than safety device?
Pure Fix calls this the "very first glow in the dark bike." That should probably be amended to first affordable luminescent bike. These eerie, blueish "Night Bikes" were produced by 8bar after Blackberry featured similar phosphorescent rides in an advertisement. (They cost a little more than $1,500.) And back in 2008, Wired wrote up a folding Glow Rider manufactured by Puma that "glows like Slimer." While I can't find any of these listed on eBay, leading me to wonder if they were ever made, the expected retail price at the time was right around $1,600.
Images courtesy of Pure Fix on Facebook.