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Reflectors(6 posts)

ReflectorsJack Daniels
Apr 20, 2001 8:01 AM
How many of you kept the reflectors on your bike? I am building up an older bike and my friend gave me a wheelset that still has the reflectors on it. I dont have them on my mt bike but i dont ride that in the street at night. I don't plan on doing any late night riding and if I do I am gonna get some lights. What do you think?
Jack
re: Reflectorsmuncher
Apr 20, 2001 8:35 AM
I'd leave them on - they weigh next to nothing and they might come in handy if you get caught late one time?

Over here (UK) they are a legal requirement for road use (though this is largly ignored) - is it not where you are?
My commuter looks like a jukebox; other bikes, noCory
Apr 20, 2001 8:37 AM
About half my 22-mile round trip commute is on badly lighted two-lane, and 1-1/2 mile is on freeway (wide shoulder, but still...) My beater/commuter has wheel reflectors, a rear flasher, reflective tape on the seatstays, a reflective patch on the seat bag, and I wear either BRIGHT clothing or a reflective vest. Looks geeky, but I've had people slow down and say things like, "Man, I can see you a LONG way off."
The other bikes are stealth, but I still wear bright jerseys and jackets. Never have understood black tights and dark shirts on the street.
My commuter looks like a jukebox; other bikes, noUnderdog
Apr 20, 2001 6:15 PM
I'm with you brother, I got flashers, reflecters and hologen lights on my commuter. There's times when I have UFOs hovering over me! But it's better to be safe then sorry.
I use 'em on both bikes ...Humma Hah
Apr 20, 2001 2:09 PM
I commute and do routinely ride after dark.

Lights are great. I like lights, and those wonderful LED rear blinkers, too. But bulbs fail and batteries go dead.

I've left all the original reflectors on the MTB, although I moved the front one to stop it from snagging cables.

On the cruiser, which originally had a Schwinn teardrop reflector on a rear fender which is, sadly, no longer with us, I've added modern front and rear reflectors. I've not installed the wheel reflectors (they're so attention-grabbing I fear they're dangerous to cars). I'm looking for reflective tape, a product I used on the bike on its previous paint job to give some side visibility. Some form of side reflectors are important, since your lights are probably not very visible from the side.
I sleep with me lights onsteveuk
Apr 21, 2001 2:03 PM
Well not really:)

hey flashing/permanent LED lights don't meet the legal requirements over here in UK and are illegal to use without BULB lights! Totally ignored ofcourse but I read that in the case of an accident your are invariably cited as a law breaker with insufficient lighting and ofcourse responsible for that driver missing your flashing LEDs that can be seen from outerspace. They are far brighter than Bulbs no question and it's just beacause the rule book hasn't been rewitten that they aren't legal here.

Side lighting/reflecting is ESSENTIAL. When going slow it can take quite a while to clear a junction/slip road and these are the danger areas where your front+rear lights are invisable to drivers (who are always looking for BIG vehical lights and will easily miss a side on cyclist in dark clothing). Actually bright clothing is ALL round visablity so I second that vote for bright jackets. The more geeky you look the longer you will survive out there!