|I grabbed this photo sometime back, I think from Trek's Website. I also did about six of these, but I will spare you.|
I like being visible, but I don't want to be the dude wrapped in flashing Christmas lights and LEDs from head to toe that doesn't even both to turn them off on the train and blinds the other passengers. I have lights, but years of collecting road signs has taught me a thing or two about reflectivity. Those things pack a reflective punch, which is something my bike currently lacks from a side angle.
So I decided to change that.
|Ruler, scissors, knife, coffee, and a nice comfy floor to work on.|
|First strip in normal light. Everything was mirrored on the other side of the frame as I went along.|
|Working on the rear reflective logo thingy that I made up as I went along.|
|This was as far as I got today - can you spot the imposter stripes?|
The results so far are great - came out a lot better than I thought it would, and this stuff clings to the frame like nothing else.
|Close up of the rear triangle. Still deciding what else to do here, if anything.|
|Purely by accident the fork decals are also visible from the front, giving me +5 in Reflectiveness.|
|I have nowhere in my house where I can take a photo without a roadsign reflecting everything into oblivion.|
|Since this is as close to a Lightcycle as I will ever get, just humor me.|
|Downtube and a rather out of focus rear.|
|It looks like a spaceship. We'll go with that.|
If you're interested in doing this, I got more vinyl than I will ever possibly need from this super nice guy at a really reasonable price, and shipped really, really fast. It doesn't seem like it, but it's near impossible to peel off the frame once it's stuck on, and it seems pretty high quality. It also comes in lots of colors.
Just remember to clean the frame anywhere you plan to apply vinyl, and you can cut this stuff with a knife, scissors, or a Cricut if you're snazzy enough to have one (and one that cuts vinyl, at that).
Or, you can opt for something equally as cool and much easier.