If you have ever seen my bike on a winter morning, you may have guessed that one of my ambitions is to be as visible as possible. This ambition is closely connected to my ambition of one day being the oldest cyclist alive.
I have had a few close calls on dark winter mornings, and I am fighting back by being incredibly visible – some might say, insanely visible.
I have three taillights, three front lights, and 32 LED MonkeyLectric lights on each wheel of my commuter bike. That’s a total of 70 lights! At this time of the year I program my MonkeyLectric lights to merrily flash red and green, so I look a lot like an iridescent, moving Christmas tree. Yesterday I even had a conversation with a cyclist who admitted that she was following me because she was “mesmerized” by my lights. I should have thought of this when I was single!
In any event, I have now added a bold new addition to my arsenal of extreme visibility: Bike Wrappers.
Bike Wrappers are one of those concepts that are so simple yet so clever that you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” They are soft wrappers that you can wrap around the tubes of your bike. They are reversible, with one side featuring a cool color or pattern, and the other side featuring reflective material. This means that in summer you can use them to make your bike look good, and in winter you can use them to dramatically increase your visibility. And all year around, Bike Wrappers protect your bike from scratches and dents caused by parking or falling. And of course, they require no batteries or other power – you simply wrap them around and sit back while they do their thing.
The bright lights of cars will reflect off your Bike Wrappers, making you extremely visible to the people who drive the big old cars that could kill you if their drivers fail to see you.
My wife Maggie has a set of Bike Wrappers in a really cool zebra fashion, while I opted for plain red to make up for the fact that my road bike is (sadly) not red. But it’s not just about looking good. More importantly, it’s a safety issue. It’s about being SEEN at night. As you can see from the photos at the top of this post.
To make my point, here is a night-time photo of Maggie’s 2012 Giant Avail WITHOUT Bike Wrappers:
And here is is a night-time photo of Maggie’s 2012 Giant Avail WITH Bike Wrappers:
I like the way Bike Wrappers protect my bike, but I especially love the way they make me EVEN MORE VISIBLE.
With the combination of 70 lights AND my Bike Wrappers, no motorist has any excuse not to see me. If I am ever killed by one, Maggie will be suing them for every thing they have, because there is no longer ANY EXCUSE WHATSOEVER not to see me. In order to miss me, you’d have to be legally blind, or else have your eyes closed and be wearing eye patches over both eyes, OR perhaps simply be texting while wearing sunglasses at night. In any of these cases, a person should of course not be driving.
I highly recommend that you invest in a set of Bike Wrappers – they just might save your life. In case you want to give yourself (or someone you love) a set for Christmas, I’ve just noticed they’re offering free shipping until Christmas – check it out!