ankle reflectors/trouser tidies ?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by bugbear, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. bugbear

    bugbear Guest

    I've been using these for years, and recommending them to all and sundry.
    Nice reflexite (or similar) yellow buggers, with velcro
    to keep 'em in place.

    Last time I bought some (a while ago...) they came in different sizes
    for arm and ankle use.

    I currently have 13" long ones, which fits my ankles nicely.
    But they're not marked with a brandname.

    I've just done an extensive surf/browse/search, and
    current products seem to be one, unspecified size.

    Some are for arm, some are for ankle, some are (claimed to be)
    for both (what?!) and none specify the actual length.

    So; can anyone (possibly via the magic of the tape
    measure...) tell me a currently-on-sale brand/model
    of leg reflector that is 13" long overall?

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Aug 16, 2011
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    Where in the country are you?
    I have some spare long "slap-wraps" 44cm (just over 17") in length.
    They spring tightly enough that you can use them on your arm or ankle
    - they just go round twice if necessary :)
    These are promotional "Cycle Cambridge" ones, but I now have some with
    flashing red LEDs on, so the ones that are only reflective are
    redundant, and therefore free to a good home.
    Email address works, but put "slap-wrap" in subject in case I have to
    dig it out of the spam filter.
     
    Phil W Lee, Aug 16, 2011
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    Ken Guest

    I stopped wearing these after I got shoved off my bike by a passing van
    passenger. I think they made me look more of a target.

    Ken
     
    Ken, Aug 16, 2011
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    Peter Clinch Guest

    No...

    But what I can say is our selection (the wraparound ones with a bar
    inside that coils and grips when you un-straighten it) are all freebies.
    Most are Dundee Active Travel ones given away by the council anywhere
    they have a stall up, some are "Know the Code" access code ones given
    away by the Scottish government to promote the outdoor access code.

    In other words, see if the local council has a cycle promotion scheme at
    all and you might get some for free.

    Pete.
     
    Peter Clinch, Aug 17, 2011
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    Jenny Guest


    I've got some like you describe - 13 ins long with Velcro. I got them
    quite recently from Range or Tesco, can't remember which.
     
    Jenny, Aug 17, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    And whatever you have undersize or otherwise spare can be used to wrap
    around your wheel hubs making good sized reflectors which being yellow
    will stand out from general red lights in a stream of traffic. On
    unlit roads I recommend that a white plate reflector be used facing
    forward. They are specified for trailers. It stops an overtaking
    car, using their headlamps correctly, coming towards you at night.
    Use a red trailer reflector (and/or orange) on the rear, as well as
    any reflector required by law (for pedal cycles).

    The use of trailer reflectors is not overkill when mixing with heavy
    goods vehicles on high speed roads at night. The greater area helps
    to draw the eye of the driver of the wider and higher vehicle who may
    not be paying the greatest attention at any specific moment.

    A reflective coat may be too high to do any good for a vehicle with
    continental dipped lights.
     
    thirty-six, Aug 17, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    I have a spare 13in snap wrap which I can send to you FOC if you pm me
    at the usual.
     
    Simon Mason, Aug 17, 2011
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    bugbear Guest

    An email to the UK Bike Store (or Bikestore?) revealed that Madison Reflective Arm/Ankle Bands"
    are 32cm, and at 4.95 + 1.00 P&P well priced.

    http://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/product/27/hvm007/madison-reflective-armankle-bands-pair.html

    Duly ordered.

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Aug 17, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    That's precisely why cyclists shouldn't use lights at night - if they
    can't be seen they're less likely to get hit. ;-)
    More seriously, if you don't have room to recover from a shove then
    you're probably riding too close to the kerb, or your arms are too
    tense.
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 17, 2011
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    bugbear Guest

    A nice prompt package reveals that they cannot operate a tape measure.

    The bands are actually 37cm, 14 1/2" long.

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Aug 19, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    "The bright yellow colour keeps you visible during the day,"
    obviously supporting the notion that cyclists use cloaking devices,
    apparently why your mate didn't see you.
    "and the retro-reflective material gets you noticed at night"

    As long as it's wide enough. I'm more coming round to the idea that a
    single colour outfit serves a greater benefit in avoiding a collision
    on low speed roads.
     
    thirty-six, Aug 19, 2011
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    bugbear Guest

    What?! Whose "mate"? What (on earth) are you referring to?

    BugBear
     
    bugbear, Aug 19, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    "Sorry mate, I didn't see you". Oh, you must have been missing out
    on making instant friends on the road.
     
    thirty-six, Aug 19, 2011
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