I'd found beveled reflectors in that bin: were these better seen from several angles by motorists approaching from different directions? Should I have both beveled reflectors AND flat reflectors? I started Googling for answers and more info. I got more than I bargained for.
Well, I'd learned there are SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) reflectors and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) reflectors. There were bicycle reflectors and reflectors for motor vehicles.
The standards for reflex-reflectors have changed several times over the years since the SAE first introduced guidelines:
OneSpeedGo had suggested an automotive parts supply store to find SAE reflectors on my last post about my search for amber reflectors.
So, now my head was spinning from all this information, yet... I found it all very fascinating. I'm still learning from seasoned cyclists.
I did as John suggested and found an inexpensive 4-pack of SAE amber and red oblong reflectors at an Advance Auto Parts store.
I also wanted the reflectors on each side of the basket to match. I had a beveled reflector on each side of the basket, but one was white and the other amber. My obsession with symmetry wouldn't allow that for very long. I used the amber reflectors on the basket and now I have two red oblong reflectors... where can I use them?
|I think I can bolt them to a pannier!|
|It lights up very well when hit straight on from the light source.|
|But, when the light source hits it from the side, not so well.|
|The beveled reflector seems to light (at least, in part) up no matter where the light source hits it.|
|The grey reflective tape seems to be a winner though!|
The good news it that, being a total spaz about visibility and employing several different types of both passive lighting and dynamic (LEDs) lighting will net the Christmas Tree on Acid effect. Motorists see me. I like this.
Reaching 4000 Miles
There are 41 days left in the year. I have 361 miles left to ride in those days in order to hit a magical number: 4000.
Dear knee and weather: please work with me here.
That is an impressive array of reflectors!ReplyDelete
I had been wondering the same about reflector quality; your other reflector post had gotten me thinking about it. Thanks for the info!
I want to do some testing with a car and my bike at night, since it's motorists we want to see us, to try out different combinations of lights and reflectors from different angles. Out in the real riding environment where there are street lights, bushes, other vehicles, and other things competing for attention. But it seems like your setup should be great for reflectivity! I put that gray reflective tape on my crank arms. Anything to help them see "bike".ReplyDelete