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(Wired)   Brilliant or tremendously bad idea? Bike glows bright like the sun when headlights hit it   (wired.com) divider line 27
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2608 clicks; posted to Geek » on 18 Mar 2014 at 11:37 AM (23 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-03-18 10:54:57 AM
Brilliant, until the Mothman passes his drivers test.
 
2014-03-18 11:10:28 AM
Brilliant like a diamond.
 
2014-03-18 11:59:40 AM
Brilliant like popping up plain as day on a modern vehicles hipster targeting computer.
 
2014-03-18 12:06:53 PM
So... reflective paint?

DNRTFA

This is news? Haven't we had reflective paint for a while now? Is someone only just now putting it on a bike?
 
2014-03-18 12:10:39 PM
Meh, temporarily blinded is a better excuse then the usual.
 
2014-03-18 12:10:57 PM
Great if you happen to come up on him while he is riding sideways.
 
2014-03-18 12:13:53 PM

StokeyBob: Great if you happen to come up on him while he is riding sideways.


Why not coat the helmet and clothing instead?
 
2014-03-18 12:17:08 PM

Strik3r: StokeyBob: Great if you happen to come up on him while he is riding sideways.

Why not coat the helmet and clothing instead?


Eh, it's easier if the biker just coats the car.
 
2014-03-18 12:29:11 PM

StokeyBob: Great if you happen to come up on him while he is riding sideways.


I learned on Shark Tank that 70% of bike/automobile accidents are side impacts.  It was postulated that this was due to the poor sideways visibility of standard front and back lights/reflectors.

I do not know if what I learned was true.
 
2014-03-18 12:29:38 PM
Not just a good idea. One that should be law. Right along with reflective helmets, both motorcycle and bicycle.
 
2014-03-18 12:47:16 PM
Strik3r
2014-03-18 12:06:53 PM


So... reflective paint?

Yup. So subby doesn't know the difference between reflection and emission.
 
2014-03-18 12:56:13 PM
What happens when a car hits it? Does it burst into flames?
 
2014-03-18 01:05:26 PM
Rotating wheel and pedals seem like a good place to put reflectors.  Moving bright things attract the most attention.

oh wait ...
 
2014-03-18 01:09:40 PM
What happens when a car hits it? Does it burst into flames?

Driver gets 100 points.
 
2014-03-18 01:13:14 PM
Retro-reflectors are cool.  Calling someone putting them on [object you need to see at night] a brilliant inventor is stupid.
 
2014-03-18 02:26:55 PM
As a cyclist even I dislike the douchey level of the author.

\apply the paint to something other than "fixies" and we have a solution
 
2014-03-18 02:42:56 PM
Cyclist hate on Fark?

I'm stunned.
 
2014-03-18 02:44:31 PM
I like this.  I really, really, really don't ever want to hit a bike with my car.  My city has a lot of near-suicidal cyclists who ride busy streets at night wearing dark clothing and using no lights or very weak lights, so reflective bike frames would help a lot.
 
2014-03-18 03:13:46 PM
OMG they used reflective paint! Someone give them a nobel prize!

/lame
 
2014-03-18 03:51:53 PM
It's fixed gear because of course it is.
 
2014-03-18 04:10:03 PM
artisanal

Stopped reading there.
 
2014-03-18 04:53:53 PM
But... but... those demo bikes just weren't very bright at all, were they?  In the whole video the brightest thing is the "Night" lettering reflecting off the back of the guy's shirt towards the very end.

The effect, based on this video, is pretty farking terrible.

The various LED wheel lights and reflectors seem like MUCH MUCH better solutions to this issue.

If the coating really did glow up like the sun when hit with a headlight that might be cool.  The coating in TFA does not.
 
2014-03-18 05:02:27 PM
Nice gimmick.
 
2014-03-18 05:10:16 PM
The Apollo missions placed retro reflectors on the Moon so future missions wouldn't run into it.
 
2014-03-19 01:41:05 AM

studebaker hoch: The Apollo missions placed retro reflectors on the Moon so future missions wouldn't run into it.


And we haven't been back since.
 
2014-03-19 08:26:47 AM

Raoul Eaton: I like this.  I really, really, really don't ever want to hit a bike with my car.  My city has a lot of near-suicidal cyclists who ride busy streets at night wearing dark clothing and using no lights or very weak lights, so reflective bike frames would help a lot.


I don't want to experience it either, but there has to be some sort of leniency from the cop on scene when you point out that the idiot was traveling in the wrong direction or on a sidewalk, wearing entirely dark clothing with no lights or reflectors of any sort...

\kinda like running over a polar bear in a snow storm
 
2014-03-19 11:15:56 AM

rockymountainrider: \kinda like running over a polar bear in a snow storm


Running over?  You drive a monster truck or something?
 
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