Saw my first hokey spokes up close

I’ve seen them on large group rides, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in the wild up close. Wow, they are very very noticeable from the sides!

Hokey Spokes wheels

This photo from my point-and-shoot camera doesn’t do it justice — the camera flash completely washes out the image created by the Hokey Spokes. The Hokey Spokes are the green bars in the front wheel in the above photo.

For those who haven’t heard of them, they’re electronic LED gizmos you install into a wheel. The LEDs flash to create pre-programmed patterns and text that’s visible as the wheel rotates. It’s really very cool to see. The Hokey Spokes run about $30 each. You need a minimum of two for it to work right, and three is better. Hokey Spokes for details. These might make a nifty gift for the commuting bicyclist in your life.

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