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Gear • Reflective tape

Gear • Reflective tape

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3M reflective tape

What • Tape that can make you more visible to motor vehicles and help ensure that you live through fall and winter outdoor exercising.

How much • $10 for an expensive type. Look for lime green, orange or yellow.

Where to buy • Sporting goods stores for fancy tape; hardware departments near the duct tape for basic.

Why buy it • Time change is this weekend, so dark arrives as early as 5 p.m. But that shouldn’t stop you from running, bicycling and walking. Put tape on your back, on your handlebars, your knees across your chest, around your hat. Some designs can be fancy with Velcro; other varieties can be as basic as duct tape. The least expensive, with the highest volume on a roll, is made for road workers; find it in hardware stores.

— Harry Jackson Jr.

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Harry Jackson is a health reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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