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Old 06-28-07, 01:53 PM   #1
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Reflectors...

Should I take them off? I don't ride on the MAIN road at night, just sometimes at night on a road no cars go on. Reason I'm asking because my pedal reflector light fell out of its casing (when I hit a curb with it) I got it back in, but I don't want to bother with them. Also, on the spoke reflectors, how do I take those off, and do they cause untrue wheels more often?

I already took the handlebar and seatpost ones off.

And to add to that, I do ride on the main roads during clear daylight, and plan on going into town one day(about 3 miles away from me) for fun.
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Old 06-28-07, 02:00 PM   #2
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Man, that was the first thing that I did when I brought my bike home. Off of the pedals and the spokes. Mine didn't come with them on the seatpost or the handle bars. I can't stand reflectors. I took the ones on the spokes off with a pair of pliers. If you're careful, you won't mess them up at all. Keep in mind that I don't ride at night though.
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Old 06-28-07, 02:01 PM   #3
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Well I want to save them, and I see they have some sort of cliping mechanism inside the little circle thing.
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Old 06-28-07, 02:08 PM   #4
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Google won't help taking spoke reflectors off.
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Old 06-28-07, 02:13 PM   #5
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Get the Teutuls to help you. Mine had a plastic rivet that you had to break in order to remove the reflector.
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Old 06-28-07, 02:17 PM   #6
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Well I want to save them, and I see they have some sort of cliping mechanism inside the little circle thing.
Yep...save them. I always wonder why some think that reflectors and spoke guards need to come off...they come in handy which is why they're there...a safety thing

Anyway, don't break the ones on the spokes...use a flat screwdriver to turn the little screw a quarter turn and this will release it from the spoke. It will pop out of the hole so screw it back so you won't lose it
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Old 06-28-07, 02:59 PM   #7
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I have some other mechanism, no screw at all... I'll keep them on I suppose.
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Old 06-28-07, 03:09 PM   #8
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i'd just snap the mechanism off so you can take the reflectors out. it eventually will become a nuisance to keep adjusting them if they get lose. if you're really nervous about cars hitting you, wear one-of-em roadie construction worker jackets. :] ...but usually, where i am-the cars really avoid you. we "share" the road, as the sign says?
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Take them off, if you don’t the trail will.
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I took mine off the first day I got mine, They're just a pain in my opinion. If you do plan on doing road riding in the future, then yes, save them.
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If you're going to ride at night, get a light, reflector jacket and some reflector tape to decorate your bike with; most of the reflectors that come with a bike will fall off if you trail ride.
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Reflectors rule! All you guys that ride without them are just posers.
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Because when people actually mountain bike the reflectors become trail trash quickly.

Spoke guards are unnecessary if you have a properly adjusted derailleur.
even with a properly adjusted derailleur i have had sticks "jump" into my derailleur and force the chain into the spokes
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Never ran a dork disc or reflectors.
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So have I.

What's the big deal?
i think the "dork disk" would have saved a few spokes
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I did my first race with the rear one on. Once I took it off, I gained a whole .5 s.

I agree they are just a pain in the, well, you pick the body part. My first night ride I was distracted by all the shiny reflective stuff on the trail. It turns out, it was all just reflectors that have broken off and collected there, not gold or diamonds.

They way I see it, it's best for the trail if they're removed. They certainly aren't biodegradable (at least for our life times) and are likely to cause more injury if someone were to land on a broken shard.
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I took mine off straight away, save for the "dork disc" and bought a dandy ol' set of lights..
I ride whre there are strret lights (good ones) so most cars can se me. If not, they could definitely spot my flashing red tail light.
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I have a red tail light with 7 LEDs with like 7 flashing modes, I got it for my BDAY when I didn't even have a bike, go figure, I was 9 though, so IDK.
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Props to anyone with the courtesy to stop and pick up a fallen reflector(s).

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I have a red tail light with 7 LEDs with like 7 flashing modes, I got it for my BDAY when I didn't even have a bike, go figure, I was 9 though, so IDK.
I find that very amusing.
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Well actually I HAD a bike. Anyway, I could just use that when/ if I go on road.
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Ahhh, screw reflectors. If someone hits you, you can sue them and then get money
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Yeah theyre really good, not for seeing where youre going, but moreso other people seeing you.
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Yep, hence the term "Reflect"ors.
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They don't really help with visibility though. They're tiny and dependent on light hitting them. If you want to be visibile get battery powered lights.
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