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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.
Versatile safety stickers but rider imagination helps too.
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Make and model: Lightweights reflective dots
Size tested: various
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)