ReflectoSafety!

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Introduction: ReflectoSafety!

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This will, hopefully, reduce your chances of getting whacked by a car while biking. Super cheap!

Step 1: Buy Reflective Dots

Wow, mcmaster carr is awesome. Check this out:

6042T1 REFLECTIVE MARKING DOT, 1" DOT SIZE, 64 DOTS PER SHEET, 6.19
6042T11 REFLECTIVE MARKING DOT, 1-7/8" DOT SIZE, 16 DOTS PER SHEET, WHITE 6.19

Buy a sheet of the 1" dots. That's good enough. It should be $10 after shipping

Step 2: Stick Dots on Bike!

Yeehaa! Dots everywhere! they're cheap and very sticky.

Step 3: Stick Dots on Helmet!

Lady-bug stylin'

Now you will look rad when wearing your helmet, so you wont 'forget' about it & crack yer skull.

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    Probably a little late for Robk570, but for anyone else interested I found these Mcmaster Carr Dots on their website. Here is a link: http://www.mcmaster.com/#reflective-tape/=iz2fbw

    Price Update:

    The 1" Dots are now $7.07, but the McMaster Carr website won't allow you to see your shipping costs, even after you complete your order! To get a quote on shipping costs you need to call their customer service number at (630) 600-3600 and ask.

    Shipping one 1" sheet to Minnesota was $4.00, which is a total cost of $11.07 + Tax (if applicable). It looks like a great product, but i'm going to look around to see if I can find it somewhere local.

    If you have a chance to buy reflective tape locally, take along a flashlight. I found there can be huge differences in how much light gets reflected between different kinds of tape. If you use conspicuity tape, try to keep the white to the front of the bike and the red to the back - that's how your reflectors are supposed to be coloured, so there will be no confusion which way you are going. Especially if you are stopped. Although... then you are going nowhere... until you start going again anyway. :-)

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    and if fjording a stream or navigable waterway, put red on the left forward side and green on the right forward side

    Stickers on helmets used to be a big no-no. The adhesive in the sticker can weaken the hardshell of some helmets. That is one item you DO NOT want to void the warranty on! Check with your helmet maker for stickerability - looking cool is great, but not at the expense of being dead.

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    oops. well. i retire my helmets pretty often. do you have any references for this? thanks

    So maybe put a layer of auto clearcoat on said helmet to prevent the adhesive chemicals from bothering the helmet shell directly?

    Great instructable by the way... as a USAF guy, I can't help but be reminded of military fondness of reflective belts (powerpoint).

    Whoops... I noticed (after I posted) that I left some ambiguity there. For those who don't know, the USAF (and its sister services) use reflective belts as a safety tool so people on foot don't get run over by ignoramuses in traffic. Some higher-ranking individuals, however, get quite a bit too attached to them in the name of safety, and they're frequently required gear during twilight, in areas with no vehicle traffic, during combat exercises, and even in the middle of some war zones(!!).

    GREAT INSTRUCTABLE HERE ARE SOME GREAT ITEMS I WERE WHILE RIDING!! RIDE SAFE! VERY BRIGHT VEST www.autosportcatalog.com/index.cfm/fa/p/pid/4235/sc/2737 GLOVES AND ILLUMINITE PANTS www.night-gear.com/Reflective-Gear/Mens-Activewear/Gloves.htm HAVE ANY MORE LINKS PLEASE MESSAGE ME THANK YOU!!

    An alternative method is to use conspicuity tape. This is the stuff that trucks are required to use on trailers. Very efficient, and red and white alternating bands are reall attention grabbers. You can buy it in small quantities on ebay, but get more than you think you need, because once you start putting it on things, you can't stop!

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    Reflective Tape
    Vinyl Stripes
    You can get a roll of reflective tape at www.reflectivestore.com or www.vinylstripes.com . Cut it any length you need. You'll show up very well at night.

    I also recommend reflectors on the insides of your rims. These are very visble from many angles. The motion of the reflectorss does something to the eye-- it's like the eye is drawn to these rapidly moving, glowing things. There's one guy here in Berkeley who painted reflective stripes on the insides of his rims. When he moves, the stripes flash and it is almost impossible to ignore the bike, from any angle--- even the sides.

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    but then the driver of a car, might lock in on them, as a deer locks in on headlights