Reverend Phil’s “Door Prize” tall bike gets lit up

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All lit up. (See video
of it below).

Reverend Phil, a fixture on Portland’s bike fun scene, has added an bright new feature to his infamous “Door Prize” tall bike.

First, the bike is so named because its main frame includes an actual door off of a crashed-out Portland Police car. As if that’s not enough to attract attention, now Phil has wired up and attached a full set of flashing lights — also off of a patrol car.

Thankfully, he doesn’t have a siren hooked up. Yet.

Check out a short video of the flashers in action:

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peejay
peejay
14 years ago

Best bike ever.

Oh, Phil: I got your hat. Want it back?

amos
14 years ago

Healed in the bike temple shop by brother Josh!

John Thomas
John Thomas
14 years ago

Lemme guess, Rev Genius is going to be surprised and complain when he gets singled out for special attention from the Portland Piggotry again.

Carl
Carl
14 years ago

Riding with Phil feels bizarrely safe when he’s on that bike. I’m all for it. (Not a siren, though. That’d get annoying.)

mark ginsberg
mark ginsberg
14 years ago

A siren would also violate ORS 815.280(2)(b) if mounted on this bicycle. 🙂

Chuck
Chuck
14 years ago

along with red and blue flashing lights being illegal. I had some small red accent lights on the front of my car at one point, and had an officer tell me that I could be cited for impersonating a police officer.

allenink
14 years ago

110 percent awesome.

Marcus Griffith
Marcus Griffith
14 years ago

I don’t say this often, but this is one project of Phil’s that I will support (with the disclaimer so long as the lights didn’t illegally come off a patrol parked for the night).
The lights may pose a bit of a distraction for drivers, but it will be eye catching–maybe too much. Let’s see how long it takes for the police to cite him for something while on the bike. I will bet one voodoo doughnut that he gets another love note from the PD by this time next month. Any takers?

Dan Kaufman
14 years ago

I’ll take that bet, Marcus.

joe
joe
14 years ago

don’t give him a taser, for josh’s sakes

Paul Tay
Paul Tay
14 years ago

Phil: 1; Santa: O.

Editz
Editz
14 years ago

I question the legality of that thing. And if it is legal, it should be made illegal.

SkidMark
SkidMark
14 years ago

The blue lights ARE ILLEGAL, and you will get popped for having any blue light on any vehicle.

April
April
14 years ago

Marcus and Dan: He’s out of town for over a month. Maybe hold off on the bet for a bit?

Dan Kaufman
14 years ago

April, you blew my inside information, but a bet is a bet and I want that donut!

revphil
14 years ago

you bring up an curious notion that i had to wrangle with for a bit. When does the police get to decide how we get to express ourselves is kind of important. Walmat will sell 1000s of police uniforms over the next 2 weeks… probably not much public outcry about that.

This is more than just being able to feel good about reusing a waste product into something cool, fun and functional. Being safe and seen while in traffic seems like it ought to trump the laws about color ownership.

John Thomas #3, anyone who has seen me interact with police knows that I treat them with at least as much respect as they treat me. The vast majority of cops I have dealt with have been very professional. But thanks for your concern my brain is pretty sweet!

Marcus you own Dan a donut.

Editz
Editz
14 years ago

Those Halloween police uniforms are all fake and don’t come with official badges.

In your case the lights come from a real police car and could be considered “official”.

BURR
BURR
14 years ago

and if they came from a junkyard?

if the police don’t want them reused, they should ‘decommission’ them before disposing.

but skid is right, blue lights are illegal on anything but an official emergency vehicle, it’s in the statues somewhere.

rev
14 years ago

I’ll just repeat this since I think it bears repeating: Being safe and seen while in traffic seems like it ought to trump the laws about color ownership.

I guess if 100s of cyclists were using blue lights there MIGHT be a problem, but instead 100s of cyclists are being hit by cars while in traffic.