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Old 02-21-2010, 10:22 AM   #1
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I was having a discussion with others on another forum about red lights and motorcycles. Everyone talks about installing strong magnets on their bikes, but I came up with an idea! Someone should patent this! Why not embed the strong magnets in the heel of riding boots?!
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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what do magnets do to red lights? i hope its not a stupid question.
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Would have to be a pretty strong magnet to work.
Might not be too fun having your feet sticking to anything that's metal.
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If it's clear, run it, if not, pull up far enough to let a car on the hoop.

I try to line up with the biggest part of the bike on the loop line.

I don't hold alot of faith in the "magnets".
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what do magnets do to red lights? i hope its not a stupid question.
The cut-outs you see in the street at a red-light intersection are electromagnetic loops. When a car rides over the top, the magnetic-interference generated by the metal in the car notifies the red-light that a vehicle is present. If you are on a bike, there is not enough metal on the bike to cause the interference. That is why you will sit at a red-light, waiting to turn left -- through several iterations of light changes. Unless, you are lucky enough to have a car move in behind you.
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Put the stand down, tilt the bike over on the edge, light will change. Its done by Ground pressure not magnetism.
Sorry, but you are incorrect.

More information on the subject: http://www.wikihow.com/Trigger-Green-Traffic-Lights
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Yes, but you could use the boots to climb steel beams. So, there is a trade-off...
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This problem will get better in time. A new law went into effect recently that says that all those type of sensors have to be modified to recognize bikes.
Of course it's TXDOT so it could take a while, even though the deadline has already expired.
Not being a lawyer I can't say for sure but, I would think that would give you a way to fight a redlight ticket and win.
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We (mom-dad) only own a construction company, but what do I know????? Also check you owners manual, the way i described is the recommended way..... Just saying, i would love to see your with magnets dancing on a red light tryn to make it turn.
No need to dance. Have your foot planted on the ground. The magnet does all the work.
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We (mom-dad) only own a construction company, but what do I know????? Also check you owners manual, the way i described is the recommended way..... Just saying, i would love to see your with magnets dancing on a red light tryn to make it turn.
Uh huh consruction company ya say?
What exactly do you construct?

The reason I ask is cuz redlights are triggered by magnetic field not pressure sensors. It's a lot cheaper, easier and more durable to cut a groove in the pavement, put a wire in it and then pass an electric current through it, while monitoring fluctuations in the current flow, than it would be to mount pressure sensors under the pavement.
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Uh huh consruction company ya say?
What exactly do you construct?

The reason I ask is cuz redlights are triggered by magnetic field not pressure sensors. It's a lot cheaper, easier and more durable to cut a groove in the pavement, put a wire in it and then pass an electric current through it, while monitoring fluctuations in the current flow, than it would be to mount pressure sensors under the pavement.
LOL! I agree, but I did not want to appear hostile. So, I left it alone...
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I was having a discussion with others on another forum about red lights and motorcycles. Everyone talks about installing strong magnets on their bikes, but I came up with an idea! Someone should patent this! Why not embed the strong magnets in the heel of riding boots?!
I would not want the added weight of a large magnet in my boots.

You would also have to consider sole thickness to recess a magnet. I think you'd end up with something that strippers would wear and no one else.

You could use an electro-magnet but then you'd have to be plugged into your bike or have a battery pack on your boots. Kinda getting complicated.

I just run the red lights that won't turn after a full cycle.
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Uh huh consruction company ya say?
What exactly do you construct?

The reason I ask is cuz redlights are triggered by magnetic field not pressure sensors. It's a lot cheaper, easier and more durable to cut a groove in the pavement, put a wire in it and then pass an electric current through it, while monitoring fluctuations in the current flow, than it would be to mount pressure sensors under the pavement.
that and you also gotta consider the ground will expand and retract with temperature, and would constantly trigger it if it were pressure activated.
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