Wrap Your Bike in Reflective Cloth




Introduction: Wrap Your Bike in Reflective Cloth

Using 3m Scotchlite fabric and spray adhesive you can wrap the frame tubing of your bike. You'll have the ultimate nightrider.

Step 1: Get Your Stuff

You'll need

-spray adhesive
-tape measure (cloth sewing tape measure is ideal)
-rubbing alcohol
-finishing tape
-reflective fabric (this needs to be wide. i used 4" wide fabric which wraps around a 1 1/8" diameter tube with a nice overlap. It didn't quite make it on the downtube which is fatter. There's a little gap on the underside. I ordered the fabric from identi-tape.com but i'm sure there's other places to get it.
-a bike (older steel bikes are ideal, no fat tubes or funny shapes)

Step 2: Measure and Clean

measure the tube to be wrapped. tube should be a constant diameter without funny shapes. small dents will cover just fine.

clean the tube(s) to be wrapped. Rubbing alcohol works well as a final cleaner as it leaves no residue

Step 3: Cut and Test Wrap

cut your fabric to size. cut holes for any bolts or such that need to come through the fabric. test wrap the tube to check for overlap

Step 4: Spray the Adhesive

Spray the backside of the reflective fabric.
follow the instructions on the can
make sure the can isn't cold
warm it up under some hot water is needed

Step 5: Wrap It Up

carefully position fabric and wrap around tube pushing out bubbles as you go. if you cut out holes for bolts or cable stops start your positioning at those spots and work your way around. The adhesive remains tacky for awhile so if it take a second try it's no big deal.

Step 6: Trim With Tape and Stand Back

you can trim the edges with tape to finish things off or not. I used adhesive reflective tape to finish the edges. it's nowhere near as bright as the scotchlite fabric

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    5 years ago

    Where did you get the reflective material? Also, instead of adhering it to the bike, couldn't one velcro each end of the reflective material so that the reflective peices could be transfered from one bike to another?

    Fine work.
    And a great idea, especially for kids' bikes.
    And safe.
    And simple.
    Thank you.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    My experience with large areas of reflective tape is that's it's difficult to not get wrinkles or air bubbles. The tape just wants to stick to anything it touches. The Fabric that i used is easier to work with and hopefully will come off in one piece leaving just some adhesive to remove. You don't even want to try to remove reflective tape after it's been on a bike. it's not fun


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Wow that's pretty nice! How is this holding up under the weather though? My bike is always outside and it's very rainy and cold now, so I'm wondering if this will make the cloth come loose. Any thoughts on that?


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    it's holding up well. this bike lives outside and gets rained and snowed upon. No problems yet. The overlapping edge may want to start coming up if you don't use enough adhesive though


    12 years ago on Introduction

    smart. I like it.

    safety + simple,.

    this is one of those "so obvious ,why hasn't it been done before instructables.



    12 years ago on Step 6

    AWESOME!!!! OMG! I love it and I'm so going to do this to my white giant asap! Thank you for the awesome instructable. :)