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My brother Kevin Dean works at a place that makes and installs fencing and guardrails. A few weeks ago he noticed some unused but beat up stickers that are used on the ends of guardrails. I happen to have an abundance of bikes...

This has been done before and there even are a few entries already for the Light Up Your Ride Cordarounds contest that work on this idea so definitely check out Wrap Your Bike in Reflective Cloth by stupidplus and walkermount's Reflective Super Commuter.
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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Some of the things you'll need:

Various tools to remove bike components (optional)
Straight edge
Utility knife or similar bladed instrument
Flexible tape measure or piece of ribbon
Paper towels or rags
Reflective material

Obviously it would be difficult to rely on someone giving you guardrail end treatment stickers to do this project. I like the idea of using something from the trash that will make the bike much more visible day and night. Incidentally I also salvaged the bike from the garbage.

Step 2: Prep the frame

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Remove components like wheels, brakes, chain and anything else that might be in the way of your work. I had to make two trips to the bike shop to remove the crank set.

Clean the fame well so the stickers will stay on. I initially cleaned the frame with WD-40 then I used a window cleaner solution to remove any oil and make sure the stickers adhered well. I used a citrus based sticker residue remover to clean off the stickers from the forks and the chainstay protector.

Step 3: Measure tube diameter

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Use the tape measure, ribbon or as you can see in the photo I used a piece of ribbon wire from a printer or scanner to determine how wide you need to cut your piece.
very nice
Mojarrison6 years ago
Nice job, and cheap too!
zieak (author)  Mojarrison6 years ago
That's me! (The chea'p' part at least.)
allenmt zieak5 years ago

scottredd6 years ago
Awesome... great look. Yellow flashers on the front would complete the traffic sign motif. Be sure to use tires with reflective sidewalls. Again, great looking mod.
zieak (author)  scottredd6 years ago
You're right. A yellow circular light like the ones on top of construction area barriers would be perfect on the front and back. I'll see if i can find some to modify and power with a dynamo.
Maybe with a dynamo-in-the-axle could minimize the friction.