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    reflective paint, anyone tried it on a helmet?
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    Nope and I wouldnt want it too. Who says you will get it off again?

    A high-viz helmet cover costs the same, a high-viz vest is cheaper and there are enough commuter helmets that have a blinkie built in...

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    i'm looking to increase my visibility at night up high above car roofs. i've got lights and reflective stuff on the bike but they are low and get blocked by car bodies. i'm tall so why not use that to my advantage by making my helmet more visible. i posted earlier about a helmet light but i thought maybe some passive reflection would be good also. i'll probably just do some reflective tape. the reflective paint came up as an option.
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    I've got reflective tape on my helmet, I doubt it does much since I have lights on there as well. Reflective tape is cheap though, so why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megashnauzer View Post
    i'm looking to increase my visibility at night up high above car roofs. i've got lights and reflective stuff on the bike but they are low and get blocked by car bodies.
    Finally somebody who can think for himself

    This is an issue a lot of people simply dont realize when putting on a high-viz vest. It is exactly why I have a helmet with a reflective cover and a blinkie on the back.

    I used reflective tape on my previous helmet too btw.

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    There used to be a guy on bikeforums who had a 6 foot+ pole on the back of his bike with a high-lumen light at the top for this purpose.

    Despite having large amounts of reflective gear, I always was skeptical of it's usefulness in the face of locally vast numbers of drivers without effective headlights.

    Thus, if I was gonna do this, I'd probably go with a high-lumen wide-dispersal pattern light on the back of the helmet. Most new ones are not heavy.
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    i'm doing the light and reflective tape. i've had some close calls lately while commuting at night. being visible may not have been the problem, it may have been stupid drivers but getting seen is cheap and i can't fix stupid drivers.
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    Check out something called solas reflective tape. Coast Guard marine specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Check out something called solas reflective tape. Coast Guard marine specs.
    that's what i ordered.
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    I havent tried it.myself, but I once read a tip to put a small light on the back of your bike, shining upwards on your back. It will light up the reflectors even when there is no light shining on them from elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    I havent tried it.myself, but I once read a tip to put a small light on the back of your bike, shining upwards on your back. It will light up the reflectors even when there is no light shining on them from elsewhere.
    not very useful. may as will ditch the light

    retro reflectors and conspicuity tape reflect light back to the source, they
    do not spread light around. if they did they would be useless
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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    I've got reflective tape on my helmet, I doubt it does much since I have lights on there as well. Reflective tape is cheap though, so why not?
    Others have stated this, I will too.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-4-Reflect...53.m1438.l2649
    Available in many colors and different widths. You could do something really cool. And I dunno about you, but I replace my helmet every 3 years or so. Why buy a bottle of paint only to find it's dried up when it's time to do a new one? I'm a cheap [email protected][email protected]*d.
    Tape has an almost indefinite shelf life when stored properly
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    Slight threadjack-

    Has anyone tried retroreflective powder coat? It's fairly new because it's harder to get stop sign level brightness on round surfaces.

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    I have reflective tape on my helmet for in case I wreck. Hopefully someone will see my head on the ground and not run me over (again).

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    My videos of my bike and clothing riding into and through my car's headlights, showed that with low beams on the car, the Hi Vis vest and helmet don't show up. That may be a lot better on a lighted street. Reflectors were not showing up until the bike was 20 feet away from the car on a simulated side street. That is less than a second @ 14 mph. So they help but not a lot for cross traffic. The high vis and helmet showed in the day. At night, nothing beats lights.

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    i got my reflective tape and my helmet blinky yesterday. i didn't get run over last night. thanks for all the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    At night, nothing beats lights.

    except lights and reflectors, both are best IMO.

    I put reflective tape everywhere on commuters, especially on moving parts (cranks, pedals, etc.) IME it's very effective and while driving I've seen reflectors on bikes and other things from at least 100 yds out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    except lights and reflectors, both are best IMO.

    I put reflective tape everywhere on commuters, especially on moving parts (cranks, pedals, etc.) IME it's very effective and while driving I've seen reflectors on bikes and other things from at least 100 yds out.
    yup. I get truck tape from autobone and put a strip on the crank. much effective

    also small highlights on the seatstays and front fork crown, as well as lights


    my fatbike rim liner is one huge blue retroreflective strip
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    except lights and reflectors, both are best IMO.

    I put reflective tape everywhere on commuters, especially on moving parts (cranks, pedals, etc.) IME it's very effective and while driving I've seen reflectors on bikes and other things from at least 100 yds out.
    Yes from behind or the front. For cross traffic which night collision data say are the most likely, reflectors are too little too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    except lights and reflectors, both are best IMO.

    I put reflective tape everywhere on commuters, especially on moving parts (cranks, pedals, etc.) IME it's very effective and while driving I've seen reflectors on bikes and other things from at least 100 yds out.
    Specially moving ones. Many lament wheel reflectors and call them dork discs. Tell ya what, I'd rather be a live dork than a dead cool guy. Just got new wheels for a commuter, came with these and they're not coming off
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Yes from behind or the front. For cross traffic which night collision data say are the most likely, reflectors are too little too late.

    I wonder about that data, lots of intoxicated riders (and drivers) weaving around at night and a lot of those riders are running without any lights and making dangerous judgmental errors.

    Anyway I disagree about reflectors being too little too late, as a driver I find them to be highly visible and IMO anything you can do to increase visibility is a good thing.
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    When driving my car the first thing I notice when approaching a bicycle from behind is the pedal reflectors. They're moving and draw attention. That's why blinky lights are so effective
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    I think I will get some reflective material. I have an ancient Cateye blinky that works well but doesn't have reflective a reflector built in. My state wants a red reflector. A light can be used in addition but not in place of or something like that. A bit of red tape around the rack in a few spots will make it legal. And have some fun with the helmet while I'm at it.
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