Most of my winter cycle commuting is done in the dark at both ends of the day. I am also taking the Golden Child out locally on the tagalong to various clubs and relatives in the evening. I have good reason therefore for being highly visible to traffic and to this end I have some very impressive lights front and rear. However, working on the principle you can never be too noticeable, I am also a strong advocate of reflective gear.
The cycling jacket and jerseys I use for dark time cycling are covered in reflective patches - the popular and aptly labelled Altura Night Vision range of clothing - and I also have reflective piping on the tracksters I normally wear. In addition to the rear reflectors on the Travelmaster I also have pedal reflectors and last year I applied some 'stealth' reflective strips to the mudguards as well. These are great as they appear black (on top of the black guards) but catch any reflected light in the dark.
Still, since using the tagalong at night and being aware it is not an expected size and shape for pedal propelled object, I have been on the lookout for some reflective patches I could apply to it and the Travelmaster that don't cost a fortune and are quite discreet in the daytime. I found these below on eBay and at two sheets for £2.49 with free P&P and your choice of colours I thought I couldn't go wrong. Well I did go wrong in that I should have ordered four sheets straight off.
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I have now applied the bulk of the stickers to said bikes and they really do catch the headlights. I used one sheet of red to rear facing surfaces and three of silver to the side and front facing surfaces. I may be laughed at by some but no one with legally permitted vision for driving will be able to claim they couldn't see me!
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