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View Poll Results: Do you use reflectors?
Never be caught dead with them on my bike 22 40.00%
Can't imagine not having them 7 12.73%
Aren't reflectors for road bikes and big box specials? 5 9.09%
Only see the need for them in certain circumstances 13 23.64%
The radiance of my very being negates the need 8 14.55%
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Old 11-12-09, 09:19 AM   #1
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reflectors

I get the vibe that a lot of people here don't like reflectors. I can think of times when I was driving on a dark night and would not have seen a cyclist at all if it weren't for his/her reflectors, so I could see cases where they make sense. I was going to do a poll with this post, but it crashes every time I try, so I'll do this the low tech way. Do you

A) never use reflectors
B) always use reflectors
C) only use reflectors on road bikes
D) only use reflectors in certain situations

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Old 11-12-09, 12:13 PM   #2
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Fixed. You have a poll now.

At the times when I would find a reflector useful, I usually just hang a blinky taillight on my bike or hdration pack instead. I do like stealth reflectors, though - - reflective tape the same color as my frame. Stick it on in some key places and it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb.
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Old 11-12-09, 01:10 PM   #3
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Agreed with dminor. Aside from my radiant smile, I bring lights if I'm going to be out past dusk. I'm not opposed to reflective bits, though - my 661 shoes have reflective trim on them, too.
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Fixed. You have a poll now.
Thanks Doug. I forgot the obligatory hilarious last option.
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I do not use any plastic reflectors for the reasons outlined here.

I use some reflective tape (yes, the stealth stuff), reflective piping on gear, and (far more importantly in a city where driving a car with the headlights off is a fashion statement) the brightest lights practical.
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Old 11-12-09, 03:22 PM   #6
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I have not come across any cars on the trail yet. Therefore, I find reflectors unnecessary on my mountain bike. I utilize lights on my road bike when riding after dark. Red blinky on the back and and a white headlight.
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I do not use any plastic reflectors for the reasons outlined here.
Sheldon really knew where it was at. Note this quote from that page:

"It doesn't have electrical components to fail, like, say, a British car."

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I have not come across any cars on the trail yet. Therefore, I find reflectors unnecessary on my mountain bike. I utilize lights on my road bike when riding after dark. Red blinky on the back and and a white headlight.
Strangely enough, I ran across and got drafted by a car on the MUP, today. That said, yeah, reflectors. On my commuter. On my hardtail, not so much.
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Reflective tape for me. And clip-on rear flasher.
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Old 11-12-09, 11:19 PM   #10
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No reflectors thank you very much.
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Old 11-13-09, 04:52 AM   #11
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Strangely enough, I ran across and got drafted by a car on the MUP, today.
Are you serious? That is crazy, was he/she drunk?
Well then again it is M=multi U=use
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I use a rear blinky on the mountain bike. Every now and then I go exploring and pop out on a road and want to follow the road back instead of the trail. When that happens it's nice to turn on the blinky. I don't trust reflectors though. Probably better than nothing, but not better than a blinky.

Also, during the winter it's nice to have 'em while riding snowmobile trails.

On my road bike I use blinkies, both front and back. I've found that turning them on (at least the rear) during the day, though seemingly excessive, really helps. Cars for some reason give you a wider birth if you have your blinky on. Maybe the red blinking light causes their brain to engage (for once), realize they could easily kill you if they come too close (and more importantly, scratch their paint) and make a wide loop around you instead of buzzing past as close as they can.
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They are the first thing I take off a new bike. If I ride in the dark, I attach lights.
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I use reflective tape.

With that I also have a really good lighting set up.
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If bicycles are vehicles, they should have lights on them at night. Reflectors are pretty pointless. Also, since this is the mountain bike forum, there's nothing I hate worse than riding on the trail at night and having broken ones light up back at me- distracting to say the least. If the riders would've taken the damn things off, there would be less trail litter and distractions.
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Are you serious? That is crazy, was he/she drunk?
Well then again it is M=multi U=use
Yeah, no lie. The MUP goes through an industrial district/boat landing area. Probably a worker from one of the plants.
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My LBS took mine off my new bike to make sure I didn't look so goofy.......Then sold me blinky lights!
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Yeah, no lie. The MUP goes through an industrial district/boat landing area. Probably a worker from one of the plants.
Which MUP - South Side trail? Regardless, kinda freaky/unnerving. Then again, I saw a PennDot truck driving down the jail trail at least once before.
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Which MUP - South Side trail? Regardless, kinda freaky/unnerving. Then again, I saw a PennDot truck driving down the jail trail at least once before.
Nah, Chateau, right past that abomination of a casino. I did have a PennDOT truck play chicken w/ me on the South Side trail with a roadie behind it. I told the roadie he should draft it.
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1. Reflectors are ugly.
2. They don't work.
3. They're ugly.
4. Extra weight.
5. Ugly.
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In my state, side and rear reflectors are required on public roads after sunset,
(as well as a light on the front).
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Nah, Chateau, right past that abomination of a casino. I did have a PennDOT truck play chicken w/ me on the South Side trail with a roadie behind it. I told the roadie he should draft it.
Ah, makes sense. I rarely go up that way, and even less since the casino was built.
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This is (was) a mountain biking forum.. why would anyone need reflectors for mountain biking?
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This is (was) a mountain biking forum.. why would anyone need reflectors for mountain biking?
Well, even if your bike never sees pavement there's still a possibility of ATV or snowmobile traffic.
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This is (was) a mountain biking forum.. why would anyone need reflectors for mountain biking?
Would you stop with all this common sense please???
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