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Old 12-02-11, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by christ0ph View Post
Is there any online source for a small assortment of reflective tape in different colors, especially white, red and yellow/green?

I already have 3M reflective tape on my bike but its old and needs a refreshing. I just want accents, not a complete glow skin. Especially on my wheels. So I'm looking for a small package with both white and red, and maybe green/flourescent if thats possible.
You mean something like this?



I don't think that they come with an assortment, but at $6USD/pack they seem cheaper than buying rolls of reflective tape.
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Old 12-02-11, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
You mean this one?
Man that's bright! Photos from 'Be Safe, Been Seen' event


I'm the guy in yellow

If you see me, please introduce yourself, I've been wondering if I've seen you around.



Over on BikePortland's forums... Glow-in-the-Dark Bike
The fellow on the left... have seen him quite a few times down around Clinton and the food co-op.

Love the set up he has.
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Old 12-02-11, 04:56 PM
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That is just GREAT! Love it.
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Old 12-04-11, 10:22 PM
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You know something? I think this thread would make a nice addition to the 'Useful threads' sticky.
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Don't forget to add reflective to your self to stay visible with iron on tape and hi-vis clothing. Keeping your self safe.

I wrote a Blog Post Here about it, or the my Bike Forums Post.



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Old 12-05-11, 11:02 AM
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Can you iron that reflective stuff onto a waterproof riding jacket without ruining the waterproofing coating? Think Showers Pass or my J & G breathable waterproof jacket. I'm trying to glue some SOLAS tape onto mine, no luck so far. I was planning to try Shoe Goo next.
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Old 12-05-11, 01:57 PM
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Great stuff, going to get some..
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Originally Posted by enigmaT120 View Post
Can you iron that reflective stuff onto a waterproof riding jacket without ruining the waterproofing coating? Think Showers Pass or my J & G breathable waterproof jacket. I'm trying to glue some SOLAS tape onto mine, no luck so far. I was planning to try Shoe Goo next.
I would email Shower Pass them self about that question, The answer probably will be "yes" unless the jacket is nylon, nylon melts at to low of temp to safely iron things on. They are sew on reflective strips. I personally would stay away from glues other than good fabric glues. because I don't like messy looking things.

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Old 02-12-12, 01:14 AM
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I'll throw mine in for good measure.......
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Old 02-12-12, 04:43 AM
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Indiana: Thats a neat looking bike. Can you tell you have the tape on in the day time?

Also, what is the thing attached to the font fork over the tire?
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Thanks chef. No its stealth tape so you can't really see it unless the light hits it just right. Here is a picture without the flash. And I just have a velo orange fender over the front tire. The rack on the front fork is a Tubus rack.
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very nice set up indi. I got some of the spoke reflectors. The same kind ktesh has. Do you have the same kind? Were they tough to put on? I am going to put my own today I think.
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Old 02-12-12, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
You know something? I think this thread would make a nice addition to the 'Useful threads' sticky.
added. Best bet is to report the OP and ask that it be added because we don't generally read every post. Report function is accessed by the triangle with an exclamation mark under every post
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Old 02-12-12, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
very nice set up indi. I got some of the spoke reflectors. The same kind ktesh has. Do you have the same kind? Were they tough to put on? I am going to put my own today I think.

I used LightWeights. My frame is black so they have this tape that is black also and its called "Stealth Tape". It blends right into the frame under normal lighting conditions. I guess its probably made by the same process as ktesh's reflectors are made from. The wheels are the LightWeights made for spokes. It took be a very long time to put on all those reflectors making sure they are spaced just right and the reflectors didn't have wrinkles in them as I put them on. I have two sets of them on the bicycle. I alcohol swabbed the spokes before I put them on to make sure it was a clean bond. I also bought the large LightWeight red dot sticker package and placed the largest one on the fender with the smaller red dots on the back of the frame. Another sticker was from the Pitlock system which came with a stop sign looking sticker that is reflective as well. There are a few more stickers on the front of the bike to replace the stock reflector. From what I can remember, they came with the spoke package.

https://www.lightweights.org/store/home.php
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Old 02-12-12, 05:33 PM
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I liked your reflective tape design on your bikes, great job.
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Old 02-12-12, 05:54 PM
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i got two packs of those from Lightwerights in nov of last year and just now put them on my commuter. Just finished up but I need another pack. I did three on each spoke on the back and then will do three on the front but only got half way done when I was out

Sad to say though that my panniers in the back hide a lot of the spokes
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This is great. I am thinking of doing this to my bike. Heck, maybe we can do it to our fleet of pedicabs too.

My question, you cut out the lettering and designs on the bike. How did you do that? I know you already explained it but I dont quite understand it.
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Old 02-12-12, 10:18 PM
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Wait, I think I understand now. In order to save a bit of time would it be possible to cover the detail with the correct detail color first, then with electrical tape? This would let you put out the detail with an exacto knife and peel off the electrical without the first layer of detail tape. It would also eliminate the need for Goo Gone.

When adding vinyl stickers to our pedicabs for signs, we use a soapy water solution so we can take it on and off to remove bubbles and make it smooth. When the soap inside dries, after a day or so, we have no problem with peeling. Do you think that could be done with the reflective material you use?
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Old 06-07-12, 05:40 PM
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man, now I regretting getting a pure black bike. Next one: white fuji absolute so I can do all the reflective things
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Old 06-07-12, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by theEconomist View Post
man, now I regretting getting a pure black bike. Next one: white fuji absolute so I can do all the reflective things
You can put reflective tape on all of your spokes. It works GREAT.
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Originally Posted by theEconomist View Post
man, now I regretting getting a pure black bike. Next one: white fuji absolute so I can do all the reflective things
My most recent bike was flat black...


2011 Trek Montare (near stock condition)


Same bike after adding reflective films



Night shot of the same bike... (Used Avery blue, white, black reflective films, and Lightweights for Wheels)

Note that the forks and the underside of the down tube are still black, but now covered with retro-reflective black (when clean and seen in the daylight it's a gloss black)

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Old 06-07-12, 06:13 PM
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Thanks for posting those great suggestions! I have some retroreflective tape on order; when it arrives, I'm going to do something similar on my commuter bike. I'll post photos when I finish the project.
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Originally Posted by Bluish Green View Post
Thanks for posting those great suggestions! I have some retroreflective tape on order; when it arrives, I'm going to do something similar on my commuter bike. I'll post photos when I finish the project.

Can't wait to see them...

Please don't forget to have photos of the bike (day and night) before you start. I found that for the best before/during/after photos, you should find a place that you can use repeatedly, a mark on the ground that you can remember to place your feet, and a point to align the photo with (I love seams in concrete, trees, or poles for that).

This way you get consistent photos/angles to show off your work.
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Originally Posted by theEconomist View Post
man, now I regretting getting a pure black bike. Next one: white fuji absolute so I can do all the reflective things
I got black reflective tape for my helmet, I imagine they sell the same/similar in larger quantities.
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Originally Posted by johnr783 View Post
Wait, I think I understand now. In order to save a bit of time would it be possible to cover the detail with the correct detail color first, then with electrical tape? This would let you put out the detail with an exacto knife and peel off the electrical without the first layer of detail tape. It would also eliminate the need for Goo Gone.

When adding vinyl stickers to our pedicabs for signs, we use a soapy water solution so we can take it on and off to remove bubbles and make it smooth. When the soap inside dries, after a day or so, we have no problem with peeling. Do you think that could be done with the reflective material you use?
Sorry I missed this request for info...

I found that outlining the detail first (electrical tape *MAY* work, but my bike was black and wouldn't allow the contrast I needed to see the edges), then applying the colored film, pressing the edges with the thumbnail, cutting off the extra, then cleaning with the goo gone worked best for me.

Retro-reflective films are self-adhesive (peel and stick) and I don't think that a soap-and-water would work. That said, I've never tried it. Perhaps a small test is in order, but remember if you want to try it, don't do a ton of work on it until you're certain it works.

[EDIT]
I'm using scraps to test this right now, on a flat surface and a curved surface. However, early tests show it's not good for compound curves

In the last paragraph of this sign making blog they say...

Apply it dry and on the right surface following the manufacturers guidelines
and also in the same post...

This usually causes problems when someone chooses a non-conformable reflective for fleet applications. The film sticks for a while, then begins to release from the curved surfaces. Having your newly applied graphic fall off the Sheriff’s cruiser can be bad for your career.
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