12 responses

  1. ToddBS
    September 28, 2009

    That’s pretty neat stuff. I was reading a review that RUSA did a while back on various reflective items. Their conclusion was that the stuff Rivendell sells (made out of 3M and Reflexite) is quite possibly the brightest substance on earth :) Even when wet, which I never knew before that a lot of modern reflective materials lost some of their reflectiveness when wet. A pretty big deal here in FL.

  2. ToddBS
    September 28, 2009

    Sorry, should have been 3M Scotchlite and Reflexite. Here’s a link. The reflective items are at the bottom.
    http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/odds_and_ends?a=1&page=all#product=none

  3. Ken Steinhoff
    September 28, 2009

    Todd,

    Thanks for the link. That’s my SMV triangle.

    I cut the strap off it and use ID card clips to attach it to my Camelbak. I put another one on my left pannier when I’m using one.

    I’ve had lots of comment about how visible it makes me and it reinforces my message, “Treat me like a tractor.”

  4. Dottie
    September 28, 2009

    These are great! I’m tempted to buy them, but I need much warmer gloves for winter. I think I’ll buy some reflective tape and attach it to my winter gloves in the same pattern.

  5. mark S
    September 28, 2009

    Okay, I’m sold. VERY impressive.

    On another note, you had better get your buddy George over to see your bike shop friend Wayne and get that shifter adjusted. The grinding of the chain and sprocket (unless I am mistaken, could have been George is a metalsmith and was working on a very large piece while riding…) made me queasy. Usually that is the noise you hear behind you going up a steep hill as someone goes through all their gears before snapping the chain.

  6. ToddBS
    September 28, 2009

    I thought he just had a playing card in his spokes ;-)

  7. Ken Steinhoff
    September 28, 2009

    Dottie,

    They are so stretchy that they’ll fit right over your regular gloves. If you’re cold, they’ll add a little more warmth.

    That was one reason I didn’t wear them much down here at first: I didn’t need warmer hands in Florida.

  8. George P.
    September 28, 2009

    Mark, Todd:
    I’m a casual rider of my old Trek “multi-trek” bike and don’t have a clue what the sounds my bike makes mean. I wear hearing aids and can barely hear them anyway.
    Thanks for the tip. I’ll take the bike in for a checkup.

  9. Andrew Priest
    October 5, 2009

    Hi

    Thanks for the video/flagging the gloves. They look interesting for sure. I am curious but as to how well they reflect from the front. Is the red (seems the wrong colour for the front too) very effective?

    Regards
    Andrew

  10. Ken Steinhoff
    October 5, 2009

    The yellow on the top of the hand and fingers works VERY well.

    It makes your hand show up very brightly if you signal like I do, with my palm forward and the top of my hand and fingers oriented to the rear.

    The red at the near the wrist is disappointing.

    It’s not bad to signal a biker close behind you that you’re going to slow down (arm down at a 45-degree angle and palm back), but I usually rotate my with palm forward for any signal I want to convey to the rear. The yellow is so much brighter and has so much more surface area.

    If you go to the Glo Glove web site, they make some gloves with large red reflective material on the palms for people directing traffic. The first prototype I tested was similar to those, but the material was a little stiff and didn’t feel good on the bars, so they changed the design.

  11. Page
    March 15, 2010

    I think my kids would love these gloves!

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