Lidl are currently (from 19th April 2012, usually for a week or two or until it runs out) carrying a range of cycling “sports essentials”. Apparently they’re all fairly useful for the price, but in particular I picked up a chain cleaning device and some SUPER DISCO SPOKE REFLECTORS!
(apologies for the rubbish video quality, but it was taken on a cameraphone with the lights out so that the flash would pick up the reflectors)
Fitting them is amazingly easy – they just pop over the spokes and grip onto them strongly – and as you can see, when they catch the light they are proper bright. And as I’m sure you’ve guessed as they’re from Lidl, they were pretty cheap too at just £4 per pack. One on each spoke uses just under a full pack per wheel and gives an almost solid disc look at even low speeds but I’m sure that creative patterns could mean that a single pack could easily cover a whole bike or even a trike.
In particular, I’ve bought and fitted so many for the comedy overkill factor at Critical Mass London next Friday, but depending on how “disco” they look in real circumstances I may take a few off for my FNRttC ride to Southend the week after.