Reflective thing fell off my front wheel

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by littlered, 19 Jan 2008.

  1. littlered

    littlered New Member

    Where will I get one and what is it's tech name?xx(
  2. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    You'll get them from any bike shop and they will be known as spoke mounted cycle reflectors!

    T x
  3. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

  4. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Considering its made of plastic and very brittle plastic at that, i very much doubt anyone would fall off if one of them got caught in the wheel.

    They look naff , but the do a good job of reflecting light, so all good imo
  5. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    In response to Crackle, I see your point!
    I have always found that spoke reflectors just dissapear over time, fall off etc. looks like I've been lucky enough not to have taken a spill when losing one!

    I have one on my back wheel which lights up blue but it is held in position by small screws.

    T x
  6. bianco

    bianco New Member

    I hate them things, I find they unbalance my wheel and over 25mph they cause a wobble.

    And most of all they're dangerously fugly
  7. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Any reflectors that attach using nylon clips(usually white in colour)are best avoided as they become very brittle over time. I've got flashing LED valve covers on my trike and they do the job just as well and look better.

    T x
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    sound snobby to me

    new wheels never come with one in my experience so it's a first wheel kinda thing
  9. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Maybe there's a BSS rule that means you have to sell a new bike with wheel reflectors?

    I had to put my new flashing one on the MTB as it was a gift from my little 'un, wouldn't have any truck with them otherwise.

  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I take them off all our bikes, but only because I'm a bike snob. Probabaly best left on if you ride at night.
  11. simonali

    simonali Guru

    My bike still has them fitted in the pics I took, but that's because I didn't have any long nosed pliers to undo the clip fings. First time I ride it to work, where most of my tools are, they'll be in the bin!

    Saw a guy side on with them on his bike when I was in the car a few nights ago and they are very effective, so I think I'm gonna track down some tyres with reflective sidewalls (providing they don't look too naff in daylight).
  12. atbman

    atbman Veteran

    They're largely a waste of time, since they don't show up at a sufficient angle to enable you to see the cyclist before he arrives in front of you. If you are coming out of a side road, they therefore only show up when rider is directly front of you. Ooops! Too late!

    Seeing it under those circs simply indicates that, either there's no light on the bike (or you would have seen him/her before that) or you're not paying attention.

    I suspect that "firefly" type flashing lights (screwed on to schrader valves) are more effective and at a wider angle. Much better to have decent lights f&r
  13. simonali

    simonali Guru

    He was directly side on to me and directly in front of me as I was approaching a roundabout and he was going around it. Under those circumstances they worked very well and I wouldn't have seen his lights (if indeed he was using any) because a) they generally only give out a small amount of sidelight (with "decent" ones this is usually none at all) and B) the main thing that catches the eye is the rotating reflector anyway.
  14. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    My front one only lasted a short while and gave me a shock when it snapped off. Keep feeling guilty I haven't replaced it but I'm not so bothered now. One of my pedal reflectors has come off though, suppose I should really replace that one, I don't really do any night riding but with the weather as it is at the moment!!! I've even finally invested in lights which I haven't felt I've needed before now. I bought some that have the option of flashing which as a driver I find the rear flashers more noticable, but I was informed on purchase that technically they are illegal, is this true? B).
  15. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Flashing lights are not illegal as far as I know but it is law to have constant or 'fixed' front and rear lights as well. I run 2 rear lights one fixed, one flashing.

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