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Reflective tape (Be seen, Be safe)

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Elmer Fudd, 12 Oct 2007.

  1. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I'm just about to start doing some serious pootling on a daily basis now the "dizzy" spells have worn off from the meds I'm on.

    I'm after some reflective trim to attach (sew) onto my sadly dark blue w/proof jacket (zip in /out fleece, vent zips, free from my last job, I ain't complaining ! ).

    I'm also after some strips, whatever, to attach to my front forks, rear stays.

    The drivers round here are nutters (maybe not, the roads are a lot narrower to what I've been used to) so apart from my lights I want to give them no opportunity to say they couldn't see me.

    TIA
     
  2. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Just worry about your lights. Get the biggest best ones with the most strident names possible e.g.

    -cateye shadowmaker
    -halfords yeti

    The minute you start worrying about all that reflective stuff you are doomed.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    For sticky stuff, the best is called helicopter tape I think. You can get it from Ebay.
     
  4. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    helicopter tape is just clear protection for your frame....

    wheel reflectors work really well and move so cause a lot of attention. as for tape on the frame, 3m scotchlite stuff works well.
    I'll find a link for something decent later
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    a reflective jacket. £1.99 from aldi/lidl/wilkos/ebay. or if you've got a rucksack you use, reflective tape from ebay.
     
  6. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Bonj is right. Lots of reflective stuff on you and lots of lights on the bike. I've got 15 flashing diodes on the back of mine.
     
  7. simon_adams_uk

    simon_adams_uk Über Member

    Location:
    SW London
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    I'm hoping to roadtest some refective clip-on spoke things in the next couple of months - little strips of scotchlite that clip around your spokes. I reckon if they are near the hub end, they'll pick up light from ahead and behind as well as from the sides...

    Similar effect could be got with little snippets of scotchlite tape I guess.
     
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

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  10. johnr

    johnr Über Member

  11. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    You can get self adhesive yellow reflective strips made out of the same sort of material used on Sam Brown belts. They are about 6" long and I put one on my rear mudguard in the winter.

    They stand out really well in traffic and in some conditions show up as well if not better than a rear light.

    I also have a pair of reflective cycle clips.
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I got two big rolls of reflective tape, red and white/silver from a chap on ebay - 5m of it and when cut to bike tube width, there would be enough for a long long time. £5 per roll. Been on through all weathers and hasn't come off.
     
  13. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Spend your time / money, thinking about / buying lights.

    You can put them where you want, and it's a lot more fun, and they look a whole lot better in your shoeboxes full of bike bits than rolls of tape
     
  14. I nicked a reflective tabard from work and I wear it when on the bike. Works day and night.
     
  15. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Crazy. Relying on static reflective technology. The fabric under it wears out like batteries as well.

    If I had to swerve the car to avoid an incident and had to take out a reflecting cyclist or one who had bothered to buy equipment that lit up the road for everyone else as well, I wouldn't hesitate in mowing down the reflective one