reflectors

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

  1. Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    For my tuppence worth I thought that a rear red reflector on a bike was a legal requirement? I don't have the front one on the bike though, as I understand that for it to be of any benefit, the car has to have lights on full-beam. Car sees you but you crash because you can't see. Don't use wheel reflectors as of doubtful benefit?

    Reflectors on pedals are also a legal requirement, though I've got clipless so no reflectors.

    Got lots of high viz clothing including reflective overshoes (Altura Night vision stuff) though
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    then I'm surprised you're still here to tell us abut it Mac

    go on, do you wear a helmet?

    (fingers in ears for the dread death wish answer)
     
  3. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    I've heard that pedal reflectors are the most useful, because the up and down motion of them can't be mistaken for anything else but a predalling cyclist

    Only helps of the driver actually bothers to leave enough space of course...
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    yes, read a thread with magna and jaco-gen on the bloodbus forum asking the bus drivers about spotting cyclists

    amazingly they were very much in favour of lights and hi viz but what would they know eh?

    and also ankle bands
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I used to have pedal reflectors but I found that they were totally upsetting the balance of my drive train so they had to go. :smile:
     
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    do you actually think the winky was necessary?

    please say no
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I like to display my winky as often as poss. :smile:
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Reflectors totally upset the aesthetics of my Road Bikes :biggrin::biggrin:;):smile:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    roadiewill

    roadiewill New Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Im not trying to say that being safe is 'un cool', just wondered as to what you roadies do, cos I know that the majority of MTB's remove them completely. My roadie will be used through spring and summer, and I know that I wont be out at night so I probably leave them off - also thanks to the guy who posted the law about reflectors, interesting that. Wondered why the LBS has reflectors plastered over the most state of the art bikes.
     
  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    The only legal requirement regarding reflectors is that they must be fitted to the front and rear of the pedals during lighting up times.

    Personally, I think refletive clothing is of more use than anything on the bike.
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    a reflector isn't much but they certainly do work, they're tiny and light and the best thing is that they're there and working all the time, you can't say that about hi viz or lights
     
  12. cyclebum

    cyclebum Senior Member

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I was only asking the guy in my local H*****ds yesturday about pedal reflectors as one of mine has fallen off and another is hanging off, he didn't metion anything about them being a legal requirement!
     
  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    What????? A Halfords employee failing to point out a significant piece of information? :tongue::ohmy::ohmy:
     
  14. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    he'd be more or less right though, it's right up there with laws like not letting anyone else read a book you paid for
     
  15. Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    Without wishing to be buried under screeds of abuse one way or the other, yes I have a nice shiny helmet (where's Fnaar when you need him) and I wear it.

    Don't know if they work or not, just a personal choice and I think the helmet debate is all a waste of energy. Some do and some don't, that's just the way it is and we should just feel the luurve and respect each persons decision.
     
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