Make It Reflective Workshop

Chicago bike commuters are gearing up for Bike Winter with a “Make It Reflective Workshop” this upcoming Monday, December 5.

As posted on the event listing:

Have Fun While Making You and Your Bike More Visible!

Join us for our annual Make It Reflective Workshop:
Learn about passive vs. active visibility, get tips on what to use and where to place it, update your favorite coat or bag with extra-sparkly visibility.

Who: Experienced cyclists who sew will help make both you and your bike the most obvious moving vehicle on the road.

What: Bring what you want modified (bikes, clothing, bags, outerwear, helmets, etc.)

Where: Active Transportation Alliance at 9 W. Hubbard St. (4th floor)

When: Dec. 5th from 5:00 pm until 9 pm (stay as long as you like, but plan on at least 15 minutes per item being modified).

Cost: $5 (donations are greatly appreciated to help defray the costs of materials).

For more information, contact Jane Healy at repto at aol dot com.

This workshop is the second one this season; I missed the first one held on November 6 – just in time for the time change and onset of more darkness.

And such an event is just one of many events already on the Bike Winter calendar.

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  1. Chris November 30, 2011 10:35 am 

    Sounds cool. I ride my folding bike a lot in the winter, but it’s dark blue, and I think kind of hard to see. I know how to add reflective gear to my clothing, but I’d love some tips on what to do for this bike!

  2. Iron_Man November 30, 2011 11:14 am 

    @Chris, 3M makes reflective tape that helps add accents to the bike. I cut up a roll into small pieces and then wrapped those around every third or so spoke. That really helped make me more visible from the sides—particularly since they were on moving parts.

  3. Elizabeth November 30, 2011 11:56 am 

    Have you ever heard of the stickers of the brand Lightweights. The company was actually founded by a Chicago guy. :-)

    I have a package … but I have yet to use ’em! Go figure. There are kinds specifically for wheel spokes and others to stick to fabrics and then others for anything.

    Also – have you tried these reflective spoke accessories from Cyclelogical?

  4. Ghost Rider November 30, 2011 2:31 pm 

    The very best reflective tape on the market is called “DOT conspicuity tape”…used on the backs and sides of big rigs. It’s available at most autoparts stores. Thick, super-reflective, strong adhesive and durable as can be.

  5. Raiyn December 1, 2011 3:19 am 

    @ Elizabeth

    Those Chopspokes are on my stocking stuffer list.

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