Lightweights reflective dots  £4.99

7/10

Versatile safety stickers but rider imagination helps too

Weight 2g   Contact  www.raleigh.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   September 18, 2010  

Lightweights reflective dots

Lightweights reflective dots not only make the perfect tertiary compliment to winter lighting but reasonable abrasion resistance means they double as frame protectors, safeguarding against the dreaded cable rub or simply concealing unsightly scratches. However, the most effective results require several packs and a peaceful morning while decent adhesives rule out dry runs.

Sold in packs of seven and available in a choice of black, white, green, red, yellow, orange and lime they’re comprised of tiny 3Mdots that project the chosen colour when caught in the gaze of car headlamps. Set aside a couple of hours and start by giving the bike and/or accessories a good wash using a soft brush and citrus-based cleaner to remove any wax, dirt, grease or similar contaminant that might interfere with their adhesion.

Preferring an uncluttered look to my frames, the Univega’s wide, full-length chrome plastic guards proved the perfect canvas for a polka dot/ floral medley. Not the most obvious, or indeed manly theme but one justified on the grounds of serendipity and an existing arrangement of circular decals adorning the front. Applied at room temperature, they stick effortlessly but aren’t tolerant of transplant so position carefully. Large dots applied sequentially are particularly efficient on oversized down/head tubes, tagalongs and trailers or alternatively, cut in half and placed either side of the head tube protects against paint and tubing damage to boot.

It’s temping to use the old mantra seen one, seen ‘em all when it comes to describing their performance but used creatively and in conjunction with decent primary lighting, friends advise we were instantly recognisable from a few hundred yards along unlit lanes while casual observation suggests these properties are accentuated by street lighting round town, compensating for an unexpectedly dimming rear LED on one occasion. Experience suggests all sticker sets ultimately lift after a few seasons but they’ve stuck fast in the face of regular washing, polishing and heavy rain.

Verdict

Versatile safety stickers but rider imagination helps too.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lightweights reflective dots

Size tested: various

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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: 36  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

1 user comments

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At the end of the day you can do all you like to make your self visible, but you can make other road users look. If other road users don't look they won't see you, no matter how visible you are, herein lays the central problem.

If you really want to be seen at night use bright lights, make other road users think you are something bigger, something which might do them damage, then they will look for you.

posted by Kim [131 posts]
22nd September 2010 - 9:49

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