Meet two local illumination experts

Many cyclists in and around Portland are aware of the survival imperative of being visible while riding at night. But there are two guys I’ve come across recently who take it to a whole new level.

[Tomas and his lights.]
Photo: Tomas

A few days ago I discovered the blog of local cyclist Tomas Quinones. I’ve met Tomas once or twice, but had no idea he was a bike light expert until I stumbled across this post where he tries all eight of his various lights on his helmet at once.

Read more about Tomas’s adventures in illumination and his impressions of various lights in this post.

Taking things even further is someone I met at a Share the Road rally in Beaverton last summer. He goes by the name K’Tesh (I think it has something to do with Star Trek) and he has created what he calls the UFO Bike. Behold,

[What several rolls of 3M Scothlight tape
and 20 hours of free time can do.]
Photo: K’Tesh

K’Tesh estimates he has spent over 20 hours to painstakingly modify his 2004 Giant Ranier with 3M Scotchlight tape (notice how the frame’s graphics still come through).

K'Tesh and his UFO Bike
K'Tesh and his UFO Bike

K’Tesh (pictured below, at right) proudly showed off how he cut each piece to match the existing frame graphics and contours. The result is that during the day you can barely tell he’s done anything at all.

And as if that’s not enough, he has also sprayed his helmet with Rust-o-leum reflective paint and decked out his backpack with all manner of reflectors and lights.

He’s even put up a UFO Bike website with more insights and photos.

Are you as committed as K’Tesh and Tomas about being seen at night? Perhaps you can enlighten us with your tips and wisdom…

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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17 years ago

Here’s a pretty good web resource that will help you build the brightest and most powerful bike lights DIY:

17 years ago

Holy Carp!

I just posted this last night during a IM chat with a friend about my recent obsession with LED lights.

Thanks Mr. Maus!