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    Quote Originally Posted by christ0ph View Post
    Is there any online source for a smallish amounts of reflective tape in different colors, especially white, red and yellow/green, or better yet, as an assortmen/sampler?
    Here is twelve bucks worth of Scotchlite Black ordered off of eBay (postage included) on my Trek. It doesn't show up much in the day and the bike looks like the other 5 year old 7200 that they made.



    Reflective 002.jpg

    So, actually that is the six buck view........one side. I will probably get lightweights for the spokes down the line.

    I figure that like a motorcycle, a bike doesn't need all that much to worry about side profile visibility. Your danger comes from vehicles pulling out in front of you or overtaking you from behind (well, at least on a bicycle).

    There is no front or rear profile------sit two blocks down the street, have a friend sit at a stop sign and hold up a pencil. The pencil will cover you. Period. That is how skinny you are. Then, have your friend recieve a "text" and glance your way. You're dead.

    A need for side visibility is real, although minimal to front or rear visibility. A bicycle doesn't present a large enough front or rear profile to rely on "passive" defense. This has to come from "active" defense.........lights.

    I feel that my $12 investment in side reflection protects me enough to be comfortable with it. Danger from the right or left doesn't realistically exist to warrant any further effort. Although the spoke tape will be super cool, a few paychecks down the road.

    I do have front, rear active protection (lights, blinking lights, red, white and safety orange tee shirts). I refrain from that discussion seeing as to how my lights cannot be seen from the International Space Station. Yes, the beacon from the Lexor still outshines me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
    Here is twelve bucks worth of Scotchlite Black ordered off of eBay (postage included) on my Trek. It doesn't show up much in the day and the bike looks like the other 5 year old 7200 that they made.



    Reflective 002.jpg


    Not bad at all... Do you have a daytime (no flash) photo of the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post


    Not bad at all... Do you have a daytime (no flash) photo of the bike?
    Thanks, not a bad endorsement....comming from the Master of Glow.

    Here:

    Reflective 007.jpg

    I tried not to cover up any more of the stock graphics than I had to.

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    That black tape hides rather nicely on your bike...

    Good Job!

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    christ0ph: I was interested in testing out some different colors on my bike. I searched on ebay for something like "scotchlite colors', and found a seller whom mailed me 5 different samples. If I remember correctly, the strips were like 3"x9" and I paid about 5 bucks for the samples.
    aerodynamically challenged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chisler View Post
    christ0ph: I was interested in testing out some different colors on my bike. I searched on ebay for something like "scotchlite colors', and found a seller whom mailed me 5 different samples. If I remember correctly, the strips were like 3"x9" and I paid about 5 bucks for the samples.
    Inquiring mind wants to know... who was the seller?

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    Okay, my bike retroreflectivity project is finally finished, with the recent addition of yellow rim tape and red rear rack tape. Definitely inspired by K'Tesh. Below are photos.

    The bicycle is a Dynamic RunAbout 7 chainless bike (hybrid/comfort bike style) with Ortlieb backroller classic panniers and Bar Mitts installed.

    The tape used is Reflexite - blue and white on bike body and helmet, red on rear rack and helmet, and fluorescent yellow on the rims. I cut the tape to size and did peel-n-stick. Goal was safety over good looks. The bike has 1,000 miles on it, I love it and won't be selling it, so I made it mine with the tape. (Actually, if it was ever stolen, it would be such a pain to get the tape off, plus it is a shaft-drive bike and registered serial number... what a headache for thieves...)

    Camera: a crappy Nikon for the nighttime shots with flash on (also, I left my two taillights and two headlights off for the photos because they were making the camera's flash not operate).


    Here is a side view at night:

    1 nighttime side view bike dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a rear view in dark garage, next to my wife's mountain bike (which has no reflective tape):

    1 nighttime rear view bike dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a front view, in the dark, with my helmet on the driveway next to it:

    1 nighttime front view bike dec 2012.jpg

    Here is the bike in daytime:

    1 bike daytime side dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a closeup of the yellow rim tape and blue tape on front fork:
    1 rim yellow tape and blue fork tape dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a closeup of the white and blue tape on the body:

    011 closeup of retroreflective tape.jpg

    Finally, here is the helmet in daytime:

    014 helmet.jpg


    It was a lot of work to cut all the pieces and get them as right as possible, particularly the red on the rack and the yellow on the rims. For the yellow on the rims, I peeled off one of the AlexRims manufacturer stickers and used it as a rough template to get the curvature right. If I had it all to do over again, I would skip a lot of the red on the rack - it is too hard to get it on there right, and it tends to peel up a little on tight curved surfaces.

    Overall, I feel that the tape has enhanced my nighttime safety. I always run two headlights and two taillights, day and night, too.

    It was interesting to me to see how much the Ortliebs added to my nighttime rear and front visibility...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluish Green View Post
    Okay, my bike retroreflectivity project is finally finished, with the recent addition of yellow rim tape and red rear rack tape. Definitely inspired by K'Tesh. Below are photos.

    The bicycle is a Dynamic RunAbout 7 chainless bike (hybrid/comfort bike style) with Ortlieb backroller classic panniers and Bar Mitts installed.

    The tape used is Reflexite - blue and white on bike body and helmet, red on rear rack and helmet, and fluorescent yellow on the rims. I cut the tape to size and did peel-n-stick. Goal was safety over good looks. The bike has 1,000 miles on it, I love it and won't be selling it, so I made it mine with the tape. (Actually, if it was ever stolen, it would be such a pain to get the tape off, plus it is a shaft-drive bike and registered serial number... what a headache for thieves...)

    Camera: a crappy Nikon for the nighttime shots with flash on (also, I left my two taillights and two headlights off for the photos because they were making the camera's flash not operate).


    Here is a side view at night:

    1 nighttime side view bike dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a rear view in dark garage, next to my wife's mountain bike (which has no reflective tape):

    1 nighttime rear view bike dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a front view, in the dark, with my helmet on the driveway next to it:

    1 nighttime front view bike dec 2012.jpg

    Here is the bike in daytime:

    1 bike daytime side dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a closeup of the yellow rim tape and blue tape on front fork:
    1 rim yellow tape and blue fork tape dec 2012.jpg

    Here is a closeup of the white and blue tape on the body:

    011 closeup of retroreflective tape.jpg

    Finally, here is the helmet in daytime:

    014 helmet.jpg


    It was a lot of work to cut all the pieces and get them as right as possible, particularly the red on the rack and the yellow on the rims. For the yellow on the rims, I peeled off one of the AlexRims manufacturer stickers and used it as a rough template to get the curvature right. If I had it all to do over again, I would skip a lot of the red on the rack - it is too hard to get it on there right, and it tends to peel up a little on tight curved surfaces.

    Overall, I feel that the tape has enhanced my nighttime safety. I always run two headlights and two taillights, day and night, too.

    It was interesting to me to see how much the Ortliebs added to my nighttime rear and front visibility...
    You missed a spot... (bike pump, inside crank arms)

    WOW!!! That's one bright bike now... Looks pretty good! It would be fair to say that your bike's covering is brighter than mine (esp the rear rack detail). As for the ortlieb's front visibility... remember, you have legs that would block them, but then again, they are not designed as a left and right side only kind of bag.

    Thanks for sharing those photos.

    Did it look something like this before you got started?


    I have to say, I hate manufacturers photos, they always use a bland background you can't get enough contrast from.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluish Green View Post
    Okay, my bike retroreflectivity project is finally finished, with the recent addition of yellow rim tape and red rear rack tape. Definitely inspired by K'Tesh. Below are photos.

    The bicycle is a Dynamic RunAbout 7 chainless bike (hybrid/comfort bike style) with Ortlieb backroller classic panniers and Bar Mitts installed.

    The tape used is Reflexite - blue and white on bike body and helmet, red on rear rack and helmet, and fluorescent yellow on the rims. I cut the tape to size and did peel-n-stick. Goal was safety over good looks. The bike has 1,000 miles on it, I love it and won't be selling it, so I made it mine with the tape. (Actually, if it was ever stolen, it would be such a pain to get the tape off, plus it is a shaft-drive bike and registered serial number... what a headache for thieves...)

    Camera: a crappy Nikon for the nighttime shots with flash on (also, I left my two taillights and two headlights off for the photos because they were making the camera's flash not operate).
    It was a lot of work to cut all the pieces and get them as right as possible, particularly the red on the rack and the yellow on the rims. For the yellow on the rims, I peeled off one of the AlexRims manufacturer stickers and used it as a rough template to get the curvature right. If I had it all to do over again, I would skip a lot of the red on the rack - it is too hard to get it on there right, and it tends to peel up a little on tight curved surfaces.

    Overall, I feel that the tape has enhanced my nighttime safety. I always run two headlights and two taillights, day and night, too.

    It was interesting to me to see how much the Ortliebs added to my nighttime rear and front visibility...
    Wow, I'm impressed. I did that with one of my bikes but although it made it glow, it made the bike very ugly. You did it and your bike looks nice - great job. Whenever you ride through a neighborhood, there will be reports of UFO sightings
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    You missed a spot... (bike pump, inside crank arms)

    WOW!!! That's one bright bike now... Looks pretty good! It would be fair to say that your bike's covering is brighter than mine (esp the rear rack detail). As for the ortlieb's front visibility... remember, you have legs that would block them, but then again, they are not designed as a left and right side only kind of bag.

    Thanks for sharing those photos.

    Did it look something like this before you got started?


    I have to say, I hate manufacturers photos, they always use a bland background you can't get enough contrast from.



    Yes, that is pretty much what it looked like beforehand. The blue tape is a pretty good match to the medium-blue of the bike paint. The Dynamic has been a great choice for me, I like it. I plan to do a full review at the one-year anniversary, but so far defintely so good.

    Thanks for the tip on the inside crank arms - I will add a strip to both. The motion will be eye-catching.

    I think it is worthwhile to do a "flashlight test" and also take photos of your bike and gear and give them some thought as to how visible you are under different conditions. It has worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Inquiring mind wants to know... who was the seller?
    3mreflectivestore
    aerodynamically challenged.

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    Besides two blinking lights in the back and two headlights up front I also use all black stealth tape. You can see one in the day shot and night. Attachment 287000image.jpgimage.jpg
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    My tape job is downright ugly...

    Childish compared to these.

    But it does show up.

    So will live with it until it has to be refreshed.

    Nice job guys!

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    This thread pertains to my interests! These are my "training" wheels with a pretty sloppy job of red and white reflective tape. Nevertheless it passes the "wife following in the minivan" safety check, when used in conjunction with bright multiple front and rear lights and reflecto clothing. .



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    I'm lazy (sort of ), and bought Monkey Light 210's for my wheels.

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    I thought I had posted these to this thread, but it looks like I didn't.

    I've got a question first though - I'm building up a new-to-me bike and am going to be rehabbing the paint with car wax and polish, but am also going to be covering much of it in reflective tape (just like the one below). Anyone know if the wax will interfere with the reflective tape sticking? Should I somehow strip the wax/polish off the areas I am going to put the tape on?




    I ran out of the red before I got the forks done, then was considering using the leftover white I had on them, but ended up getting a nicer frame that will be replacing this set-up in the next month or two (once I have it built up) so have decided to not do any more upgrades on this frame. I've got Lightweights on some of the front wheels spokes. Should've cleaned up the reflective strip in the rear tire (Vittoria Rando Pro), but these were just my test shots to see what it looked like as I was putting it on. Of course, I haven't gotten around to taking proper glamour shots of it yet!


    Rear view, including pedal reflectors and the built-in reflector of the Portland Design Works Fenderbot light:





    My '93 GT Outpost's red DuPont Imron finish still looked new when I picked it up a couple of years ago. It's finally starting to fade a little after a year and a half of daily commuting duties, but at first the original paint was a very close match to the powerful red reflective of the red and white tape that goes on the side of semi trailers. This is where I got it and the exact set:

    Peterson Manufacturing 465-4K Red/White Reflective Marking Tape
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    That last picture has my girlfriends 1996 GT Pantera next to my ride. Her bike is black, so I decided to try out some black reflective tape I found online. It is intended for motorcycles and appears either black or ghostly grey during the day. With no light on it at all it looks black, in sunlight it has a little bit of a greyish glow to it.

    Motorcycle Reflective Safety Tape - Black Adhesive. RTK-03A
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    All the above photos were taken with my phones camera flash. Hopefully that is how it'd appear in a cars headlights.
    ISO: 22" GT Rebound frame, year 2000 model

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    Greetings, reviving an older post here. Thanks K'Tesh for starting this thread - great idea and very pro looking results on your bikes! I've been looking around for add'l info about grading the reflectivity and found a good sign site if anyone's interested: Manual of Traffic Signs - Sign Sheetings
    You may have already seen it as I later discovered it to be sub-linked in the the sign blog K'Tesh mentioned earlier in this post. I may have just missed it, but I didn't really see a simple answer for what types are best for bikes and gear and what's good for apparel. From the trafficsign site info, I would say if you can find products with ASTM classifications, go with type IV and type VI, respectively.
    I haven't "made my bike glow down the road" yet, but will come back and post pics once I have.
    Thanks for all the tips everyone, and lot's of nice looking bikes!

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