2 years ago
JonPatrickHyde
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THE INSIDE LANE - Riding Tips - Rim Reflector Decals
I start my daily cycling routine each morning before work at around 5:30am. I ride for an hour - sometimes for two hours - then I shower, put on a suit and start my day. Because many days I am ending my ride just as the sun is rising, I've discovered the extreme importance of being "seen" by early morning auto commuters - many of which are still in a slight fog from having to get up so early. I ride with 4 lights - two powerful flashers to the rear - one on the back of my helmet and the other on the seat post - and one powerful flasher to the front - mounted on my bars - and a 250 lumen Cree LED spotlight on my helmet - which helps me see whatever I am looking at. My cycling jersey, bib, shoes, socks, and gloves all have reflectors built into their design. But I still felt I needed more. Being a weight-weenie and aerodynamic nut - I hate the idea of large clunky bits of plastic mounted to my spokes and hung on my bike at different points. I looked around and found Fiks (Ride With Fiks is the website) wheel decals. OMG! My bike looks like something out of the movie Tron now! You cannot miss it. From hundreds of yards away any light that hits my rims reflects back in a big way. I was told recently my bike looks like an "Alien Spaceship" at night. LOL. SWEET! One thing is for sure - I'm much less concerned about being seen now. Now I'm just worried about being a distraction. :D
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Congrats on commuting! I've been doing it for awhile now, and I must say it's better at waking me up than a cup of coffee! That being said I totally empathize with the feeling of wanting to be seen. I think the most dangerous time to ride is in the morning or at night when people are commuting to and from work. The decals look great! Is it visible from a good distance? (Also P.S. I can't tell from the pictures, but if the decals cover the braking surface I might be worried that it would effect stopping power!)
Congrats on commuting! I've been doing it for awhile now, and I must say it's better at waking me up than a cup of coffee! That being said I totally empathize with the feeling of wanting to be seen. I think the most dangerous time to ride is in the morning or at night when people are commuting to and from work. The decals look great! Is it visible from a good distance? (Also P.S. I can't tell from the pictures, but if the decals cover the braking surface I might be worried that it would effect stopping power!)
Getting up and cycling so early is truly the best way to wake me up and get my day started. Yes, I did place decals over what would normally be the breaking surface of the rims, but my rims have no surface for brakes there. The rims are Xero Elements- specifically designed as road rims with disc brakes. Fiks, who makes the decals offers 3 types... 7mm for normal rims, 14mm for deeper aero rims and 10mm for rims with no breaking surface - disc brake rims. I ordered a white set of 7mm decals and a red set of 10mm. decals. they both sit side by side and fit fine.