Quest for Reflectivity

Days Verse:
He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 21:23

On Thursday night a car turning left from a side street almost hit me because I have no reflectivity or illumination on the sides of my bike. Front and rear I have impressively bright lights, but drivers turning from side streets have nothing to cue them that I even exist. My solution:

Reflective Rim

3M Scotch Reflective Tape, applied to the unused rim of the front wheel, makes a huge difference in visibilty. Compare that to the un-taped (except for one little piece) rear wheel. It works. The tape came in a 40-inch roll, which happened to also be the last roll at the hardware store. One side of one wheel used 78 inches (!!!!), which worked because I cut the roll in half first. Applying the two-inch long rectangular pieces to the round rim, all I could think of was calculus and fitting the area under the curve. Continue Reading >>