Cyclelogical Chopspokes

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

A part of the mission of Cyclelogical, a small bike-products company based in Ogden, Utah, is to keep “the world we live in safe for bicycle commuting everywhere.” The company’s Chopspokes cost just $7 and align with that mission by adding visibility to a biker at night.

Chopspokes are essentially small reflectors. But unlike a common plastic wheel reflector, the Chopspokes are unobtrusive and not noticeable in daylight. The small cylindrical sticks, which come in packs of 10, have a slot on one side. They clip onto spokes and stay put as the wheel spins.

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Chopspokes in action

But when light hits the Chopspokes, they ignite like tiny L.E.D. lights. The secret ingredient is 3M’s reflective Scotchlite coating. Light seems drawn to the material, which glows when car high beams bounce off your wheel.

Chopspokes won’t give much visibility from the front or back. But from the side, the spinning reflector sticks add a glowing substantiality to a bike rider whizzing down a road through the night.

I attached a few Chopspokes to my commuter bike. Along with a handlebar-mounted white L.E.D. in front and a red blinker light on back, my bike is now visible from any angle in the dark.

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Cyclelogical Chopspokes come in packs of 10

At first I just put a couple Chopspokes on each wheel. But the reflective property of a single Chopspoke is small. I would recommend adding at least five to each wheel for the best glowing effect. The company recommends 10 per wheel, meaning you need to buy a couple packs to make it work at top potential.

But at such a low price — essentially 70 cents per stick — Cyclelogical’s Chopspokes are an easy and pain free way to add more reflectivity to your bike. As a frequent rider of the night myself, I can testify that any extra visibility after the sun goes down is appreciated. To me, Chopspokes add some peace of mind on the dark road at night. www.cyclelogicalgear.com

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

Posted by dynaryder - 06/21/2010 10:40 AM

You could get the same results by putting reflective tape on the spokes or rims(as well as other locations). You can get the tape in many colors,even black,to match your bike.

Also,many companies offer reflective sidewalls on their tires(Vittoria Randonneurs are a good example).

Posted by Willie Wilmette - 06/23/2010 11:11 AM

Does anyone make reflective tires?

Posted by HJ Schmidt - 06/23/2010 11:18 AM

There’s a bit of “what’s wrong with this picture” going on. A photo demonstrating a bicycle “safety” product by a rider without a helmet.

Posted by Willie Wilmette - 06/23/2010 11:18 AM

Has anyone tried reflective tires? Meyers has some for $14.99.

Posted by Doug - 06/23/2010 11:27 AM

Willie, Most Schwalbe tires have a reflective strip around the tire sidewall. I use Marathon Plus. They light up very bright. They’re not cheap, but also provide the best flat protection available.

Posted by dynaryder - 06/23/2010 01:17 PM

Schwalbe,Continental,Specialized,Vittoria,Panaracer,Serfas,and Michelin all make tires with reflective sidewalls. There are surely others I’ve missed. I’ve used models from all the above companies and they really do stand out when the light hits them. There is also a company that makes tires with colored,reflective treads,but can’t remember the name.

Posted by Kenny Rando - 06/23/2010 10:17 PM

these work great, i have had them on my bike, and they have saved my ass a couple times.

Posted by Eli Friedman - 06/23/2010 10:52 PM

The problem with all reflectors is that they only work when a light source is directed at them.
For overtaking and opposing traffic, a cyclist is traveling parallel to the cars and the bike’s reflectors are illuminated by the headlight beam for a respectable distance.
However, in the case of crossing traffic, the bike’s side reflectors aren’t illuminated until the bike’s already in front of the car, leaving the motorist very little time to react.
Having a light source on your bike is superior to reflectors because they’re visible independently from the other road users’ headlights (or lack thereof – e.g. Ninja cyclists).
A product I have seen rave reviews for years about are Hokey Spokes . They’re LEDs that attach to your spokes and make cool, bright patterns or even text based on the principle of the persistence of vision.

I’m not saying this product is not useful, just pointing out its inherent limitations and that there’s a superior product for side visibility.

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