Kids love things that light up. Parents hate the idea of their kid out riding their bike, and drivers not seeing them. That’s why Phantom Frames’ bright bicycle frames seem like an incredibly cool idea. The story of the Phantom Ice and Ghost frames starts with the owner’s son Jack. When Jack’s bicycle light stopped working, he said he wished the entire bicycle would light up. That was the proverbial light bulb, or in this case, Light Pipe. Working with local bicycle designer Ken Spaulding, prototyping led to using polycarbonate tubing fitted with LEDs. From there, the frame evolved into the bike you see here with a front triangle machined from polycarbonate mated to a steel rear end.
Phantom Frames are almost ready for production, light it up after the break.
Each frame is based off a 16″ wheeled kids’ bike with standard components other than the frame. Even without the frame lit up, it still has a cool factor because of the translucent tubes.
Utilizing two separate LED units that are powered by four AAA batteries, the frame lights up thanks to the “Light-Pipe” design. Starting with Ghost and Ice, the two frames display their inner light differently thanks to the glossy finish on the Ice frame and smoked finish on the Ghost frame. Each bike is customizable with different color LED units which bolt into the frame currently offered in white, blue, red, green, and yellow.
As yet another Kickstarter campaign (shouldn’t it be called Pedalstarter at this point?), Phantom Frames will reach their goal if they get to their mark of $10,000 by this Friday at 8pm. There is one early bird bike left at $125, otherwise the current Kickstarter price is $165 for a complete bike that will retail for $195.