Instructables: how to keep yourself from getting killed for $3 a roll: Bright Bike.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 9, 2009
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I just spent six bucks on a couple reflective stickers that, I guarantee you, will fall off in a season or two.

So this solution, see video below, seems cost-effective, way safer (way more reflection) and has the added benefit of probably making your bike less appealing to would-be bike thieves, the lowest vermin species known to man, woman, child, animal or plant.

So unless you want to carry around and take time to gear up in bright neon clothing…if you just want to hop n’ride, follow the below…this is one blog I might follow might own advice on. And, btw, don’t buy 3M…it’s pricey. You can find alternative brands of ‘reflective tape’ at most hardware or craft stores. Now if only bike companies would get a brain, and an edge on their competition, and just make bikes with reflective paint.

With thanks for the tip to our new linkage friends, Bike Hack. From their post:

I am a sucker for time lapse video/photography – it fascinates me. Even better when it has to do with a bike. In the category of visibility on the road I give you this from Instructables. Video time: 1:03. Real time: enough to really [email protected]#$%^& you off if you did this and your bike got ripped.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Instructables: how to keep yourself from getting killed for $3 a roll: Bright Bike.”

  1. Todd says:

    You know, this is one of those great ideas that is so blatantly obvious, I never thought of it… thanks for the idea!

  2. miche says:

    reflective spray paint
    would also work quite well if you wanted to take the time to repaint

  3. h4x354x0r says:

    I work with reflective material, and have tried several things on my wheels. Dirt is a huge practical concern for a daily commuter like me, and if the edges of the reflectors aren't correctly seal-cut, dirt actually gets inside the reflective cells.

    I'm working on going back-to-back on spokes to make patterns.