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Verdict: 
Useful low key extra side visibility when riding in the dark
Weight: 
10g
Contact: 
www.raleigh.co.uk
Lightweights reflective tape
7 10

Who remembers that Get yourself seen public information ad from the '70s? I'm not sure I want to 'take a brush to my bike' and paint it with white emulsion but I don't mind adding some tape, especially if it's nigh-on invisible in the daylight, like this black tape from Lightweights.

The Lightweights tape comes in a range of colours, all of which are reflective to various degrees. I've been trying the Stealth tape, which is black in the daylight but surprisingly reflective when you train a car headlight on it. On my Equlibrium frame it's barely noticeable, but adds a good deal of side visibility for car drivers after dark. You need to give your frame a good clean beforehand – an alcohol wipe from the first aid kit is ideal for getting rid of any grease on the paint – but once stuck the tape is very tenacious and pretty hard wearing. One reel is enough to give both sides of your bike a decent dose.

The stealth tape isn't quite as reflective as grey scotchlite but it's a lot better than I thought it would be. The other colours I had to try were a mixed bag, with blue and white also good and red a bit less so in our unscientific tests in the basement with a torch. You can have green, orange and lime too, so you should be able to get something to blend in with your steed.

Verdict

If you ride after dark then this tape gives useful and low-key extra side visibility for your bike.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lightweights reflective tape

Size tested: black, silver

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 190cm  Weight: 96kg

I usually ride: whatever I\\\'m testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with Ultegra 6700

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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cat1commuter [1418 posts] 5 years ago
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How long and how wide is this tape? I have bought some of this tape (25 mm wide, 4.5 metres long for £5) which is very good.

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dave atkinson [6147 posts] 5 years ago
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apologies - should have mentioned that. It's 1cm wide and 2.5m long

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CrispyDuck [30 posts] 5 years ago
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how could you put tape on that gorgeous Genesis frame...  13

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dave atkinson [6147 posts] 5 years ago
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get yourself seen! HONK HONK

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G-bitch [321 posts] 5 years ago
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CrispyDuck wrote:

how could you put tape on that gorgeous Genesis frame...  13

I guess that's one of the flipsides to testing gear - when it's not £3k+ road bikes or bling wheel sets, it's a roll of tape which has to go on somewhere.... I have no sympathy  31

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dave atkinson [6147 posts] 5 years ago
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heh. on the plus side you really can barely see it, and the genesis gets used quite a bit after dark

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dave atkinson [6147 posts] 5 years ago
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here it is in daylight...