|Old Reflectors Looked Like This One, Which Was Made in the USA|
|Old Reflectors Failed Like THIS|
The practical effect was that every manufacturer and every bike shop stopped selling SAE reflectors in favor of the CPSC variety. I have never seen a SAE reflector at any bike shop. It’s sort of like the Snell bike helmet standard, which has been eclipsed by the inferior CPSC standard. I can’t say that I’m happy with an inferior standard legislated for cyclists when better exists, but government DOES get influenced by industry as well as the public, and we might not always endorse the outcome. Perhaps I’ll cover this in some future post or posts.
However, things are not all bad for those that are willing to do a little extra work. SAE reflectors are readily available at auto parts stores and RV supply stores. In Ocean Shores, people also frequently buy them to stick to posts and mailboxes. Following is the story of how I adapted better reflectors for my bike. Better reflectors than you can currently buy at almost any bike store.
First off, current SAE reflectors are not configured to make them real easy to attach to a bike rack or rear fender, much less any other bike part. Fortunately, I was able to find a “Tie Plate” that was just big enough to mount two reflectors and even had holes in it that matched the spacing I needed. The only item I needed to buy that cost over $3 for two reflectors were the tin snips I needed in order to cut the tie plate to a “good for a bike” size. Interestingly, the tie plate was located for me at Ace Hardware by a clerk that caught on after he realized I did not want to attach my reflector to a car, RV, or post. Thanks, Ace! You may not have a bike rack, but your people know their stuff.
STEP 1: Cut the tie plate in two with the tin snips.
|Tie Plate is Cut into Two|
|Tie Plate Trimmed to Suit the Reflector. Excess is at Upper Right. Fasteners are at Upper Left|
Ace Hardware Part Number is on the White Tag
|Tie Plate Installed on Topeak Explorer Rear Rack Prior to Reflector Installation|
|Reflector Getting Stuck to the Tie Plate - Nails Act to Line the Holes Up|
|Finished Installation on Topeak Rear Rack. Cowabunga!|