BikeWrappers: Reflective and Removable System For Your Bike

28
Aug
2012

The BikeWrappers reflective system is neat alternative to making your bike more visible for night rides and commuting.  Brent Thomas has been an avid cyclist for years and in an effort to keep himself and other riders safe, he created BikeWrappers.  He’s also giving a couple sets away, so check the bottom of this post for details.

I try to limit reviews to products that I feel a need for trying out myself and that will provide value for our readers.  I presently don’t do a lot of riding in dark conditions so at first I wasnt’ so sure about giving BikeWrappers a try.  But I’m glad that Brent sent me some because they’re actually quite neat and can easily be taken on and off.

As the name implies, BikeWrappers wrap around the frame of your bike making it reflective from every angle.  I see the value in this because having lights will make you visible from the front and back….but not the side.  Including the Wrappers to your safety mix enables you and your bike to be seen no matter where a car is coming from.

The BikeWrappers come in a bunch of different colors and styles so they can be left on if you want to jazz up your bike, or taken off and only used when necessary.  Because they are fabric, a commuter can toss them in their backpack and put them on whenever they find themselves riding home at dusk or in the dark.

There are a ton of small business out there making products and accessories for bikes, but I think Brent has something valid here.  He’s even caught the attention of CNN and was featured on their “Start Small, Think Big” series.

Win a Set of BikeWrappers

This giveaway is now over.  Congratulations to Sean Wilson and Mark Beaconsfield who were randomly chosen as the winners.  They both receive a set of BikeWrapper.  Thanks to everyone who entered, we appreciate your support.

If you think this is a cool product and would like to try it out for yourself, leave us a comment explaining why you need BikeWrappers for your bike and you’re in to win a set.  We’ll randomly select a winner on Thursday, so enter now.

For more information on BikeWrappers, go to www.bikewrappers.com.

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38 Responses to “ BikeWrappers: Reflective and Removable System For Your Bike ”

  1. Belizean TCR on September 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    This is an excellent idea! I’ve started to ride at nights since that’s the only time I have and I’ve been looking for something like this. I was considering reflective tape but didn’t want something permanent on my bike. This looks excellent

  2. Sean Willson on August 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I’m planning on commuting to work 20 miles each way this fall in Chicago combined with my current riding around town in the morning at low light times. I’d love a set to make me more visible and upgrade my boring bike paint job.

  3. Ashley Hill on August 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I would love to win a set for commuting. With my new job a mile from my house, I really want to focus on commuting year-round, including using the bike to get groceries, etc. A set of these would really go a long way in making sure folks can see me on my early morning and late night rides.

  4. Angela Crabtree on August 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Cos they sparkle like me!

  5. Mark Beaconsfield on August 30, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I am a light night commuter and am often riding after midnight. I usually wear a hi-vis vest, but sometimes find it does not always provide adequate safety if I am wearing a back pack. I would love to win a set of these.

    • Mark Beaconsfield on August 30, 2012 at 1:58 am

      Oops. Thate should say “late night”. Although, lights at night are essential.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on August 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Congratulations, Mark. You’re one of the winners and will receive a set of BikeWrappers. Send me your contact information to darryl@lovingthebike.com and we’ll get it off to you.

      • Mark Beaconsfield on August 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Thank you Darryl and Brent. I will feel a lot more safer when I have these on my bike.

  6. skiandbikemoore on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I’m a morning rider, and it’s getting darker every day. My main route to access good riding is on a road that goes between a cement plant and a couple quarries, so I’m constantly barraged by speeding trucks during my departure and return. I’m always looking for ways to be seen! I’m currently using lights on my bike and helmet, reflective tape on my shoes, and bright colored clothes. These wrappers would be a great way to keep me visible!

  7. jdm843 on August 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I use my bicycle as my main form of transportation and commute in an urban environment. I leave for work before dawn and often run errands after sunset. I have plenty of lights pointing forward and back, and the wrappers would be a terrific complement to my “night-bike” set-up!

  8. Rico T on August 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Every Thursday night in Austin Tx., I ride with about 200 – 300 other cyclists (depending on the weather) around the city and end up at a friendly bar for adult bevs.
    Wrapping my bike with reflective material would be sweet and I would stand less a chance of getting hit by another cyclist. And I could advertise for you. Think of the possibilities. :)

  9. Melinda on August 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I would love to win a set of these for my husband. He’s commuting to work on his bike, and he’s leaving when it’s still REALLY dark outside. I want him to be safe. These sound like exactly what he needs. (Well, and a better lamp, so he can see the road more clearly.) I wouldn’t use them, because right now, I’m riding a trail, and don’t need them as much.

  10. Mark Steven Mangus on August 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I bicycle 24/7/365 and would really like a set of these for riding Hwy 34 at night!!! Being a thrifty person (although girlfriends say I am cheap), I would much prefer to have a free set!

  11. B Johnston on August 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I have seen those and thought of getting a set for myself. Now if I could win some that would be even better.

  12. Joe Runs for Dom on August 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Darryl – what an awesome product and great idea Brent put together. Training for a 70.3 Fall race with a 2-year old in TX makes things pretty challenging. The only time the weather is cool and the baby is asleep is early morning for those longer mid-week rides. 30-40 miles on the trainer while safe – is not very safe for my sanity – so I’m out at 4:30 a.m. riding. Just this week a car decided to not stop at a 4-way stop sign to my right and I know he couldn’t see me as I was already in the intersection and he was looking at me broadside.
    These wrappers would be a great solution to that problem. Thanks for all you do Darryl (and Brent!)

  13. hometownnerd on August 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I would love to try these out, our winters get pretty dark and crappy around here and this will make it so I would not be an invisible target for motorists. These seem very cool!

  14. Erin on August 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I’m a year-round, all-weather commuter and would love these for dark winter evenings and gloomy rainy days!

  15. Kimstrong on August 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I would love a set of bike wrappers to keep me visible on my commutes.

  16. Heather H on August 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    that looks pretty cool! I commute in the dark a fair amount of the time especially in the winter, so it seems like a bike wrapper would help my visibility that much more. I agree with Brandon, you just can’t overdo visibility!

  17. Ajonesin on August 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I need bike wrappers because soon my bike commute will be in the dark in both directions (living in the north and having long summer days does have its winter trade off). Plus, the paint on my bike is starting to look a little sketch…

  18. Brandon Eason on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Most of my rides are early morning rides at around 5:30, so I ride in the dark a lot. I have lights for the front and back and a screaming yellow jersey with reflective highlights, but at that time of the morning, you really can’t overdo visibility. I’d love a set of these.

  19. Stephen Gilbert on August 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

    With the school year back in session, and my commute moving earlier, I’ll be riding in the dark before long. These wrappers look pretty cool.

  20. George L on August 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I’m not sure about this product but I would like to test it out for myself. With the reflectors I have on my pedals and front and back of bike along with my front and rear lights I think I’m about as visible as I can be. However, you can never be too visible so I’m interested in this product.

  21. Randy on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    This would come in handy for me on days when I’m commuting home later in the day. It only happens occasionally but something like this would suit me well.

  22. Eric Hansen on August 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

    My commuting MUT is knocked out for construction of a bridge that passes over it. Consequently, I have to ride a four lane divided highway for about a mile. It’s definitely the hairiest part of my commute.

  23. Marjolein Schat on August 29, 2012 at 6:54 am

    A great idea! I commute year round. I have not once seen another commuter on my route, and the lack of bikes seen regularly along there shows in how the drivers react. Many of them don’t seem to register my presence at all. Anything to be more visible makes me feel a bit safer. I also like the idea of something that can be removed and switched between bikes – I am loathe to put stickers on my bikes – even reflective stickers.

  24. Malachi on August 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Survey is the first in and the last out. So I come and go from the office in the dark and with fall and winter coming it’ll only happen more. Anything to be more visible while being less obtrusive on my ride would be great!

  25. Sam on August 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    These look awesome! I live in Phoenix and often get on the road before the sun is up and it gets too hot. These would be great to keep any of us safe!

  26. David Fletcher on August 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    These look great! It won’t be long before I’m commuting in the dark again and these would be a great compliment to my lights.

  27. Anthony Lussier on August 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Oh these would be slick on my Cervelo cruising to work at O’dark thirty!! Plus most my gear and bike are all black so I would look super fly with some neon :)

  28. Matt in Orlando on August 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Darryl,
    They have arm warmers too!! I lead several EARLY group rides on the3 weekends and even though we may be a group of 5 to 25 on any morning – any way to “light” us up is a great idea as we always roll early to “beat the heat”.

  29. Dave from Essex UK on August 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    When you commute as often as I do on my bike you need all the help you can get for the car drivers to see me. These may help me to stay alive in the dark winter months here in the UK. Even if I don’t win a set I will definitely buy a set.

  30. Mike on August 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve been commuting and randonneurring for 4 years now. Most hi viz clothing for cyclists sucks. If it meets my visibility expectations it’s uncomfortable or if it’s light and comfy then it easily covered when a belt slips or I slip on my hydration pack. Would love to try this out.

  31. Rick on August 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Consider me entered. I would like a bike wrapper so that I can have the reflectives on there when needed and taken off when I don’t

  32. Evan on August 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Pick me. I just started riding to work and its getting dark now on my way home. Please keep me safe.

  33. Dan on August 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    That looks neat. I’d like to have some because I sometimes get caught away from home when it’s getting dark and could have these with me. I took a look at their website and there is some cool color options.

  34. Kate on August 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I spend a good amount of time riding in the dark & would love this system!

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