wheel reflectors

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Adam Funk, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    After fiddling with my tyres and cleaning my wheel rims this weekend,
    I heard some strange noises coming from the front wheel this morning
    --- then the reflector fell off in the road. I retrieved it, and will
    probably stick it back on with a cable tie or two, because the last
    time I lost one (and didn't notice until later) it was extremely
    difficult to buy a replacement (although there weren't as many bike
    shops in my area at the time).

    ISTR it's a legal requirement for a bike to have wheel reflectors at
    the time of sale --- how about afterwards?
    Adam Funk, Sep 12, 2011
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Mine never had them and never will. Dunno the legalities of it!

    Mind, it also didn't have a bell, pedal reflectors, mudguards etc etc
    and again it never will other than an occasional crudcatcher on the
    downtube .. :)
    Paul - xxx, Sep 12, 2011
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    mrc7--urcm Guest

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    Some tyres such as Schwalbe Marathons incorporate a reflective stripe as
    part of the sidewall.

    mrc7--urcm, Sep 12, 2011
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    kimble Guest

    Not a legal requirement, see:


    Personally, I think the safety benefit of side-facing reflectives is
    minimal - by the time you're actually in a vehicle's headlights side-on,
    they've either already seen you and given way, or it's too late.

    I also reckon that reflective strips in tyre sidewalls are more visible
    and much less fuss than clip on reflectors.

    If you do want clip-on reflectors, consider a set of those 3M clip-on
    individual spoke ones. They're rather pretty, especially when
    illuminated by a pulse-width-modulated light source. Being circular in
    profile, they show up at angles other than 90 degrees, but again, I
    doubt there's a significant safety benefit. I have some on my bike as
    decorative bling for night rides.


    kimble, Sep 12, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    None required by law. Good front and rear lights which show to the
    side are an investment which work.
    thirty-six, Sep 12, 2011
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    Danny Colyer Guest

    You can also buy reflective tape from the pimp your car section in
    Halfords. I have it in various places on my bike. I used to wrap it
    round my spokes whenever I built a new wheel, but CBA any more.
    Danny Colyer, Sep 12, 2011
  7. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Yes, but IME the tyre stripes get grubby even faster than wheel
    Hmm, I think I used to have some of those, but I'm not sure where they
    went. I'll rummage around for them, or get some more. Thanks for the
    Adam Funk, Sep 12, 2011
  8. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Yes, I have those, but IME they're only really reflective for a short
    while after cleaning. ;-)
    Adam Funk, Sep 12, 2011
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    Mike Causer Guest

    Not required, and not a lot of use IMO.

    If you want a set there's some in my spares box, I could post them
    to you. I think there may be a choice of white or amber, even.

    Mike Causer, Sep 12, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Lidl had those a week or two back - might be worth checking if there
    are any left.
    Rob Morley, Sep 13, 2011
  11. I have some white on the front of my forks and red on the rear of seatstays
    that has lasted for years. Some bike shops sell little precut rectangles
    for sticking on a rim between spokes, and I have used them, but they didn't
    last anything like as long. (If you don't wash the wheel often, they get
    obscured by dirt, and if you do wash it often, the stickers get unstuck
    after a while. I haven't tried it on spokes though.)

    You can also get tyres ("Sweetskinz") with reflective patterns on the whole
    tread, not just a strip on the sidewall. I don't know what they are like as
    tyres though.
    Alan Braggins, Sep 13, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    For those weight weenies who will splash out a fortune on a pair of
    super light carbon wheels, sticking on a "heavy" big plastic reflector
    must be like putting panniers on a Pinarello.
    Simon Mason, Sep 13, 2011
  13. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Thanks, but I found the reflector this time. I'm just going to drill
    a hole through it to take a cable tie.
    Adam Funk, Sep 13, 2011
  14. Adam Funk

    Adam Funk Guest

    Thanks for the tip.
    Adam Funk, Sep 13, 2011
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    kimble Guest

    The coolest is the black reflective tape (which is a form of refined
    unobtainium, but can occasionally be found in sheets on eBay). I have
    some on the back of my recumbent seat. Under normal conditions it
    matches the gloss black of the seat, but it lights up (greyish, rather
    than bright white, admittedly) when you shine a light directly at it:


    (also features reflective sidewalls in action)

    kimble, Sep 13, 2011
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    How else are you supposed to carry the shopping on it?

    Phil W Lee, Sep 13, 2011
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