THE NEW KIT IS OUT AND THE NEW INSTRUCTABLE IS HERE
Bright Bike is a project we've been researching at Eyebeam for a while now. Why?
1. Biking can be dangerous.
2. Biking at night, in a city, can be even more dangerous.
3. Increased visibility is the best and easiest way to make these things safer.
4. There are some remarkable materials that can make bicycles much more visible to cars. These materials are called RETROREFLECTIVE.
Retroreflective materials have tiny glass beads suspended on their surface that reflect light back to the source. What this means is that a retroreflective material normally appears as a solid color but shines bright white to any direct light - like a car headlight.
The question is, "How do I make my bike Retroreflective?"
The answer is five easy steps.
After that, you've got a beautiful, solid-colored bike, that makes you more visible to cars than ever before.
Step 1: Material Acquisition
An average bike will take at most 6' x 15 to fully wrap. It can be hard to find a sign shop willing to sell that little. We got our vinyl from Beacon Graphics in New Jersey (http://www.beacongraphics.com). They were so excited about what we were doing with it, they agreed to sell smaller, DIY quantities of the material. Information about these kits should be on their website soon, but you can call them at 1 800 762 9205 to get your own DIY kit.
However you get it, it's probably a good idea to take accurate measure of your bike first (see step 3), so that you get the right amount.
You will also need:
Some sponges and soapy water.
General bike tools (wrenches, etc.).
A cloth measuring tape.
An exacto/utility knife.
A straight edge.