Trons light cycles in real life?

by sikbitz

Mike Gamble and Tom Wood had the idea of trying to create light trails similar to the lightbikes in Tron. They ended up rigged some mountain bikes with LEDs (on their back wheels) in an attempt to emulate the movie.

The beginning half of the video shows what people would see as the bikes fly past the camera but the second portion focuses on a post-production special effect that stacks the frames to make the tron inspired light trails.

LIGHT CYCLES began as a dream, developed into a problem and spawned into a burning desire to create something that had never been done before. – “How can we create a Tron Light Bike effect, on a mountain bike?”
Before we began testing, we had no idea if what we wanted to achieve was physically possible with the resources at our disposal. By the time we’d conducted our initial tests, we were all blown away by the results that we went ahead and continued creating this film.