My son is the youngest of three Razor scooter fans in the neighborhood. The other two boys are taller, a little more dexterous, and a lot more daring on their scooters, but I can totally see the day coming when Decker will be joining the daredevils in some parental-cringe-inducing maneuvers. (I can also totally see his first visit to the ER on the horizon, but he’s got a long way to go to catch up to my 86 total lifetime stitches.)
He loves his scooter, and unfortunately the weather has just been too extreme in Atlanta for him and his friends to get outside in the afternoon. That leaves the evening when the sun goes down. And that’s the perfect time for him to pull out of the garage with his new Fuze Light Stripers installed. Yes, the other boys may enjoy showing off some jumps and other antics, but they’re going to have a hard time taking their eyes off D’s green scooter now.
Each Fuze Light Striper has seven feet of neon-like wire that is flexible and very bright. Push the On button once and you get a solid lighting effect. Another push of the button and you get an On-Off-On-Off blinking effect with a half-second or so frequency. One more push and the blinking effect goes into a super-speed flash sequence. One more push turns it off. Decker prefers that last, super-speedy flashing effect. Go figure.
The kit comes pre-wired, so all you’ve got to do is figure out where to apply the wire. It’s not designed for wheels of a bike (they have the Fuze Wheel Writer kit for that) or a scooter, which leaves flat or curved surfaces (such as the tubes of a bike or scooter). The kit comes with 10 special little plastic pieces and 20 clear rubber bands — you use these to secure the wire by placing a plastic piece over the wire and then using the bands to clip on to little hooks on the plastic pieces to hold them securely. It works really well, but I encountered a problem with the long, flat, and straight sides of the scooter footrest — the plastic pieces are really only designed for tube shaped wrapping. Also, with seven feet of wire, I just didn’t have enough room on the vertical steering tube of the scooter to mount more than half a dozen of the plastic holders. What to do?
What did we ever do before hot glue, huh?
Easy enough — it took all of about thirty minutes to secure two Light Striper kits — a white-ish one on the vertical steering tube and a blue one running underneath the footrest. The clear hot glue doesn’t obstruct the nice glow of either color, and if it comes off here or there, it’s easy to fix. (The wire is very durable, and the hot glue didn’t affect the wire at all — I did a few test blobs to make certain and then stripped it off to inspect the wire. No damage, no melting. Good to go. The Striper kit requires 3 AAA batteries.
So, I wrapped the vertical tube with about a 3/4″ spacing between the coils which gave me about 10″ or so that I wrapped around the bottom of the base giving it a solid glow. I used hot glue to mount the blue base at the bottom of the scooter where the vertical tube meets the footrest… liberal amounts should keep it in place. I ran the wire through the bottom hinge before using dots of glue spaced about 3″ apart on the bottom runners of the footrest. This will prevent me from collapsing the Razor (otherwise it’ll pinch the wire), but the thing is so small and narrow anyway I’ll just deal with it when it comes to packing it up for travel.
How does it look? You tell me — I’m including a few photos here of it in daylight and in the evening. As you can see, even in daylight the glow is visible.
The Fuze Light Striper comes in three colors — white, blue, and yellow. The white actually has a bluish-glow to it (due to the slight coloration of the outer wire) that I think actually makes it look better than a pure white glow. The blue (running straight under the footrest) is a much more vivid blue than the picture is able to show — here it looks like the white that is wrapped around the vertical tube.
Decker loves it. I mean, come on — what kid wouldn’t love a good neon glow on their scooter?
Note: I’d like to thank Liz P. for providing me with two Light Striper kits to test on Decker’s scooter.