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Pin Ups: Reflective Velo Pins from CycleAware

Pin Ups Reflective Velo Pins from CycleAware

Reflective Velo Pins

You’ve probably heard someone say, “There’s no such thing as being too good-looking or too rich.” We need to add one more thing: for a cyclist, there is no such thing as being too visible. I ride a lot at night and in low-light situations—this means I also own several headlights and taillights for my bikes. Unfortunately, batteries run out of juice, light bulbs die and mounting brackets break. Therefore, I also own a lot of reflective gear so motorists can see me even if my lights kick the bucket.

The good folks at CycleAware recently sent me a package of Pin Ups: Reflective Velo Pins for review purposes. This is a package of 1″ diameter pins with a highly reflective surface. You can attach these pins to your jersey (they’re great for the back pockets), jacket, socks, gloves, backpack, or messenger bag.

A really good place for these pins is on the back of your gloves! I wish every pair of cycling gloves had reflective piping, but most do not. However, you can easily fasten one of these pins to the back of your gloves so motorists can see you hands when you signal a turn. Another useful place for these pins is on the back of your cycling tights, just above the heel of your shoes (or on your socks in warmer weather). Reflective material is great, but moving reflective material is awesome—as you pedal these reflective pins move up and down and make it easier for motorists to see you.

These reflective pins have several different designs. Two of the pins have small circles on them, one has the Spanish word for care or careful, and another has the Portuguese word for look out. In my opinion the most interesting pin is the one that has the Mandarin word for look out (OK, I had to ask CycleAware for the translation).

A package of five Pin Ups retails for only $5. You should be able to get this product at your local bike shop, but if they don’t have it you can order it online from CycleAware’s Website.

CycleAware has been around for 20 years and they specialize in making products to keep cyclists safe. If you really want to add some reflective power to your bike, you need to check out the CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag—a saddle bag that is made entirely from highly reflective material.

 

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CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag

The CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag has something I’ve always though other bags should have, i.e., a highly reflective case. I have several saddle bags with small reflective strips, but this bag is made entirely from reflective material.

CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag

CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag

I put the CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag on the road bike I use for night rides and riding in the rain. The bag is small (6″ X 3 1/4″ X 2 1/2″) and is just big enough to hold a spare road tube, patch kit, two tire levers, a CO2 inflator nozzle with two cartridges, and a Topeak 9 Mini Pro tool. This bag attaches under the saddle itself with a sturdy strap, but is not attached to the seat post with Velcro straps like most saddle bags.

While this bag is perfect for a road bike it would be too small for a mountain bikes because there would not be enough room for the larger mountain bike tube (I tried). I really wish CycleAware offered a slightly larger bag. My only complaint with this bag is that it does not have a loop so you can clip on a reflector or flasher. However, since this bag fits tightly under the saddle you should have room to attach a flasher on your seat post.

The CycleAware Beamer Reflective Saddle Bag has a retail price of around $25. If your local bike shop does hot carry it you can always find one at Amazon.com.

 

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CycleAware Reflex Flexible Helmet Mirror

Cycling snobs beware: I ride with a helmet mirror. Yes, I know they look dorky, but I have finally reached that point in life where I value my life more than I fear the disdain of bike snobs. I’ve purchased several different brands of helmet mirrors, but my favorite is the CycleAware Reflex Flexible Helmet Mirror.

CycleAware Reflex Helmet Mirror

CycleAware Reflex Helmet Mirror

This mirror mounts securely to your helmet with double-sided tape (included with the mirror). I own four cycling helmets and I use this mirror on three of them. There is no way to mount a mirror on my winter cycling helmet since my snow goggles have to slide up on top of the helmet when not in use. My oldest helmet is four years old and is about to be replaced, but the CycleAware Reflex Flexible Helmet Mirror has hung on for every mile, both on the road and on the trails.

When riding into a headwind of over 30 MPH you might see the mirror vibrating a bit, but other than that it is very stable. CycleAware claims the mirror is removable, but I have never even tried. It is much easier to just buy a mirror for every helmet you own. The flexible shaft between the mount and the mirror itself is very easy to adjust. The large oval shape of the mirror provides a great field of view with a fantastic depth of field.

I have purchased several of these mirrors from a nearby Performance Bicycle store for around $20.00 each. You can also buy the mirror from CycleAware’s Website or Amazon.com.

 

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