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I currently have not enough room on my seat post for a saddle bag, rear reflector and a rear light.

My question is if replacing the rear reflector with reflective tape on the saddle bag would be enough to satisfy the law here? The law states: "a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 m from the rear of the bicycle when a vehicle's headlights on low beam shine on it".

Note: My current rear light is a Lezyne Micro Drive Rear which doesn't act as a reflector.

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Many saddle bags have a rear reflective patch and a loop that a light can be clipped to. Another option to consider: attach a reflector to each stay instead of to the seat post. –  freiheit Jan 14 '13 at 23:15
    
I have the Topeak Aero Wedge Pack which has a loop but the Lezyne light doesn't fit securely through it. Also I am unable to find a reflector that can clip through the loop. Hence my question about using tape! –  Drew Freyling Jan 14 '13 at 23:17
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Do you have a rear rack? There are lights that can be attached to that. –  Kibbee Jan 15 '13 at 1:21
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You can also attach lights and reflectors to your seat stays. –  jimirings Jan 17 '13 at 2:18
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OK, so:

  • I called Queensland Transport, who put me through to main roads
  • I then called main roads back (since the first call got disconnected). They told me to call my local main roads office, as their central number doesn't answer questions about compliance.
  • I called the local main roads office. The inspector there told me this was an issue of legislation under the traffic act, and hence I had to call the Police instead.
  • I called the police central number; they told me I needed to call the local Police Traffic Branch.

Finally, I spoke to a very nice lad at the traffic branch, and asked him about this question.

He said that the only time you need the reflector is at night, and as such, if you instead have a front and rear taillight, and they're both turned on, then you're compliant. You will not be "pulled over" for not having a reflector on during the daytime when you are perfectly visible.

His thoughts on the tape were that it sounded good - anything that makes you more visible is a bonus - but it wouldn't be any "more compliant" than the light itself.

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It may be possible to use some red reflective spray paint on the rear of your Topeak Aero Wedge Pack. If you don't wish to spray the Wedge Pack itself, you could spray some cloth and then sew it to your Wedge Pack at the corners using some heavy duty denim thread. Just a few stiches at each corner should secure the material. Here's a link to an example of the refective red paint. ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dupli-Color-Nite-Lites-Reflective-Paint-RED-7-OZ-CAN-SPRAY-PAINT-NEW-/130774347169 ) This area would likely be larger than the normal sized plastic reflector. Nitize also makes a plastic red light that has heavy duty wire like twist ties to secure it on unusual surfaces. I've seen them at Walmart in the bike department. The lamp can be a steady light or a flashing light. You may be able to attach something like this to the seat rails. Just throwing out some ideas for you to check into.

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Reading the link and interpetting it in the strictest sense I would say no. My reasoning is that the law states "a reflector" that is clearly visible. It does not say a reflective material that is clearly visible. My other thought is that since reflective tape is cheaper and easier to install, if bike manufacturers could get away with reflective tape they would have used it.

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Then if you go by the definition of reflector (google.com.au/…) "A piece of glass, metal, or other material for reflecting light in a required direction" I would assume that the material would suffice? –  Drew Freyling Jan 15 '13 at 1:36
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