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Old 04-17-14, 05:05 AM   #1
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Refective Tape

There is a wide range of reflective tape out there in the market place. Which one is right for commuting, 3M High Intensity, Prismatic, Solas or something else?
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Old 04-17-14, 05:54 AM   #2
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It's expensive, but this is my favorite reflective tape. Because of cost, three others went in on the purchase and we shared the roll. The stuff really works. DOT Reflexite Conspicuity Solid Colors - 5 Year - Wholesale Prices
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I stuck 3M reflective tape on a bike a few years ago; recently when I had to get rid of that bike the tape was still in a state of permanent attachment.
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NB Solas is a maritime term.. safety of life at sea , an international standards agreement SOLAS Convention - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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It's expensive, but this is my favorite reflective tape. Because of cost, three others went in on the purchase and we shared the roll. The stuff really works. DOT Reflexite Conspicuity Solid Colors - 5 Year - Wholesale Prices
Wow you weren't kidding about the price
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I have these on the wheels of most of our bikes:
Lightweights for Wheels Power Reflectors 86 piece kit USA

I have used this on various cycling clothing (gloves, helmet, jacket) as well as parts of the bike:
Lightweights for Clothing and Gear Power Reflectors 60 piece kit USA
Lightweights SilverFlex Tape Power Reflectors 100 inch kit USA

I really like this product on my wheels (spokes), and some of the clothing. However, on my new bike I am going to be ordering these items to try out on my frame (black in color), and components (stainless steel racks / fenders)
Amazon.com: 3M Scotchlite Reflective Striping Tape, Black, 1-Inch by 50-Foot: Home Improvement
Amazon.com: Reflexite REF-DB Retroreflective V92 Daybright Tape: 1 in. x 30 ft. (Silver-White): Home Improvement
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I've used this site for all my tape. They have 15' rolls which are priced right and that's more than enough unless you're covering the entire frame. I like the engineering grade;it looks good,and is very bright.
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SOLAS tapes are amazing and so is the prices.
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I already looked into it a while ago.
The most powerful one i have found is the 3M diamond grade 4083 fluorescent yellow green
3M Diamond Grade DG3 Reflective Sheeting Series 4000
Product Catalogue :*Reflective Films

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My experience is that white reflective tape is the best. I've noticed the red/white combo on commercial long haul trailers is pretty good as well. But given the small area offered on a bike, I'd use white.
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There is a wide range of reflective tape out there in the market place. Which one is right for commuting, 3M High Intensity, Prismatic, Solas or something else?
You might find this thread helpful (has quite a few pics)- Making your bike glow down the road...
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