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    Reflectors?

    Hey guys, I'm a newbie to this forum and to Mtn. biking. I just bought my first Mtn. bike today. It's a Gary Fisher Opie. I took the reflectors off, they make them look fugly. Just wondering if you guys keep the reflectors on or take them off as soon as you get home. I was just curious...

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    I take them off, but I don't ride in the dark much these days. I do use a rear red one and rear lights when riding at night however, but then the roads near me are very quite for traffic. My logic being that I only worry about what I can't see (eg whats behind me).
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    Took them off immediately.
    I'm curious to know....are bike shops required by law to have those on every bike they sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BErad
    Took them off immediately.
    I'm curious to know....are bike shops required by law to have those on every bike they sell?
    Could be. The shop that built up my Gunnar made a point of getting me to verbally okay the fact that I was taking home a bike without reflectors on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by BErad
    Took them off immediately.
    I'm curious to know....are bike shops required by law to have those on every bike they sell?
    Good question. Here in Texas your suppose to have reflectors. There is no state law stating the LBS has to put them on, but sure the LBS puts them on to cover their six. Sure they would be liable if something bad were to happen to "little Timmy" on his bike, and its proven that the LBS didn't put reflectors on. Hopefully if something like that happens, it is Xmart not an LBS being sued. Texas also has a law that you must have lights to ride at night. Guess as long as the LBS tells you that, they are covered. Catch 22 thing or something.

    As for me, I take the reflectors of. I do some night rides (trail and street). I replace the reflectors with 3M reflective tape on parts of the frame. I bike commute as well. I first saw the idea while chatting with a fellow commuter at a red light. It made since to me, escpecially since its not likely to crack,break off and leave something that could snag a branch or body part.

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    My GF had a white one on the front for years that I never really thought about until a race. It was overcast and dark in the woods. They had a race photographer using a flash (about blinded me a few times but that's another story). When I got the pictures the reflector had done it's job and washed out the front of my bike. I went out and took it off as fast as I could!
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    Dont ride my bike in the dark so I removed mine, I heard if you take your bike into the shop for warranty work without the reflectors on, some will refuse to do it.

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    Mine didn't come with reflectors :O

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    I am pretty sure they are required by law. I've taken mine off as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pocorider
    Dont ride my bike in the dark so I removed mine, I heard if you take your bike into the shop for warranty work without the reflectors on, some will refuse to do it.
    For removing the reflectors? I doubt it. I took most of mine off, like the front and back, I still have the wheel ones on.
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    Yu gotta B Kiddin', Huh?

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    Mine get pulled off as soon as I get the bike. IMHO they look like crap.

    I do keep the handle bar and seatpost stem ones for when I go city riding.

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    i went to the lbs with my freind when he got his bike and he said "i hate reflectors on my bike." so i layed the bike down and steped on them the owner looked at me like i was from another planet. i dont need no stinkin screwdriver!

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    i think if you ride around the city it would be a very good idea to have them. being seen is very important. there have been numerous amounts of times when i've driven down the road, and saying to myself, "gee, if they didn't have reflectors i wouldn't have even seen them."

    reflectors are not even that great. sometimes when driving at the wrong angle, i can hardly see them on someone's bike. if you're going to ride at night, put a front and rear light on please, for driver's sake if not yours.

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    The CSPC says that a bike has to be sold with the reflectors installed. However the reflectors are easily broken and end up as trail litter. If you have to ride at night the easiest thing to do is remove them and replace them with reflective tape. You also are required in all 50 states to have some form of lighting between dusk and dawn. (Requirements vary). This is what I did on my commuter.
    I will be replacing some of the tape with a black reflective tape for more of a daytime stealth look. (Many manufacturers make reflective tape that will match or blend more or less with your frame color. ) Technically I will have to keep some red tape in the rear but since the black reflective tape shines white under FL law I'm good to go with it everywhere else.

    This is the effect I'm after
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    Quote Originally Posted by zx108
    i went to the lbs with my freind when he got his bike and he said "i hate reflectors on my bike." so i layed the bike down and steped on them the owner looked at me like i was from another planet. i dont need no stinkin screwdriver!
    Man that is some funny s***

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    Quote Originally Posted by scr1be
    i think if you ride around the city it would be a very good idea to have them. being seen is very important. there have been numerous amounts of times when i've driven down the road, and saying to myself, "gee, if they didn't have reflectors i wouldn't have even seen them."

    reflectors are not even that great. sometimes when driving at the wrong angle, i can hardly see them on someone's bike. if you're going to ride at night, put a front and rear light on please, for driver's sake if not yours.
    There's a good article here
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/reflectors.html

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