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reflectors

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by roadiewill, 24 Feb 2008.

  1. roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    from a mtb background reflectors are BIG no no, but shuld I keep them on when I get my roadie, even though Il only cycle in broad daylight(not commute)
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Nope - Things like that don't and won't fit my road bikes, although my MTB Commuter does have reflective tape on it in certain parts, as thats used at night.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Cool, I hate reflectors. Yeah I wont be cycling in dusk/night, apart from a 24hr race which I'l have lights for.
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    hate?

    they cost nothing as long as you have ths pace for them, always working for yu, might save your arse

    I've got the front on

    too cool?
     
  5. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Ive just put mine back on after a while though thats only because I forgot to affix them after last summer...as ive gone thru' a look stupid but be seen period...at least i live.

    Mostly I always have a pair of yellow overshoes on - the helmet light is a life saver only the other day some bloke was to pull out on me as he arrived at the junction quick, as is usually the case, but as I was looking at him i startled him to brake sooner rather than 'close call' later...
     
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    My thoughts exactly.... Hard to see how someone can hate a reflector...
     
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    bad for cred I imagine, another manifestation of the the helmets/hiviz mud slinging
     
  8. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Location:
    Deepest Dorset
    funnily enough i fitted mine back to the bike i ride at the night a few weeks a go, it is a legal requirement am i not mistaken?
     
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    main summer bike has had them removed, but i have an old light which doubles as a reflector which i attach to my saddle wedge for low light.

    commuter bike has reflectors and i wouldn't be without them, uncool or otherwise.
     
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    the law requires new bike to be fitted with them, but is not against the law to remove them.
     
  11. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I have loads of reflectors on my winter bike which spends a great deal of time on the road in the dark and wet. I don't use wheel reflectors though as they totally upset the balance.
     
  12. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    I keep mine on. There have been a number of occasions when I have "mis-timed" my summer rides (i.e. start at noon rather than 8am as intended) and have ended up coming back in the dusk or dark.
     
  13. Maz

    Maz Guru

    The reflector would slow down the bike by 0.0001 mph due to increased air resistance.
    Come on, anyone can see that! Du-uh!
     
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    If you are commuting or regularly out at dusk/night then make sure you have reflectors. My road bikes aren't generally out at night - my training bike was until I started commuting, but I went out reflected up instead.

    Both road bikes don't have much clearance for them. I have nothing against reflectors, but when you've put a lot of time into building up a 'proper' race bike, you just don't put reflectors on - it's just not done. My commuting bike, on the otherhand, if full of reflective bits....
     
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Really? You must have the most sensitive wheels in the world. "Totally upset"? You mean suddenly the bike becomes like one of those clown bikes, with the hub off centre? Or square wheels?

    I realise that I'm no great speed champion, or sports-person, but I really really can't imagine how a couple of wheel reflectrs could totally upset the balance of a wheel Assuming you aren't using reflectors made of solid gold, and all bunched up on one side of the wheel...