Adding reflective stickers to the treadmill belt.

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    Erin Eskew

    Great advice Jason!

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  • Peter Schriver

    My biggest issue is I sweat, a lot. The reflective stickers stick fine initially but after a week or two, they lift off. I read on another site how someone used the "enclosed template" and painted them on with white-out. I'm not sure if it works because mine did not come with a template. I am probably going to try and make a template this weekend and try it out.

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  • Erin Eskew

    Hi Peter - The link to the template is on our Help Center, here is the link: https://npe-inc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038382092-What-if-I-need-more-Runn-sensor-strips- 

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  • Wayne Brissette

    So far, I've been lucky with the reflective tape I picked up at the hardware store. It's designed for outdoor things like mailboxes, trailers, etc. The adhesive is obviously better than that of the 3M stickers. I tried using the template and painting my tread, but the readings in Zwift went from very consistent with the stickers to very inconsistent with the paint. In the end, I spray painted flat black on the belt and went with the reflective tape cut the same size as the template.

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  • Peter Schriver

    Wayne, that sounds like a great idea. White-out didn't seem to work very well. Better reflectors from the vendor is probably a good answer. I have found OEM stickers all over my house. The originals just don't seem to stay on the treadmill

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  • Ralph Hutton

    I have a textured treadmill surface so I used clear fingernail polish.  This seems to work pretty well now after about 5 runs of about 30 to 60 minutes each.  The original stickers didn't last but for a couple runs.  Made sure the stickers were pressed into the textured track and then brushed clear nail polish on, let it dry, and off I went.  I tried the whiteout, aluminized tape, using duct tape, and putting the reflective stickers on top, etc. With everything I tried, the reflective stickers would come off in just a few belt rotations.  Keeping fingers crossed the nail polish works.  I might have to reapply from time to time, but so far so good.

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  • John Mattison

    Hi, What I ended up doing was using a Dremel to remove the textured surface a little bit larger than the stickers. This left a flat surface, but didn't go down into the fabric of the belt. It also seems to have taken off the shiny aspect of the belt and exposed a matt finish. Works ok for now. We'll see over time. 

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  • Mdacheetham

    I like all these suggestions above but the point is as customers we shouldn't have to be using dremels or nail polish to get the thing to work!

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  • Tim Eskew

    Hello Everyone,

    Thank you for the feedback on the issue of textured belts creating issues with the sticker adhesion. We have found a good alternative sticker material from a company called Gear Aid. It is linked here: https://www.gearaid.com/products/tenacious-tape-reflective?variant=28044145937

    I have personally used this tape on highly textured belts and it adheres very well.

    If you have issues with the included stickers adhering, please send a support request to support@npe-inc.com and we will work with you on a solution.

    Kind regards,

    Tim Eskew

    Vice President - Marketing

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  • Mdacheetham

    Thanks Tim sounds like a good solution.

    I think I am nearly there with my unit now....I first tried paint using a stencil which bled on the textured surface and created white blobs which didn't trigger the sensors.

    To cover these unsightly blobs up I used black Gorilla All weather tape ( https://uk.gorillaglue.com/gorilla-tape-all-weather-extreme/ ), with a bit of super glue. This then gave me a smooth surface which your stickers seem to adhere to pretty well.

    The LEDs on the unit are now toggling back and forth each time a sticker passed under it so I am a now a happy bunny.

    Might be an idea for future iterations of the RUNN to include some gearaid tape or additional instructions around textured treadmill belts to improve the customer journey and reduce customer frustration?

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  • Tim Eskew

    That's a great solution! Very ingenious.

    We are indeed considering the possibility of including some GearAid tape for those that need it.

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  • Yeoh0425

    I've been using the Gear Aid tape for a couple of weeks now, and it seems to be a very solid solution. I cleaned the area under each piece of tape with alcohol, let it dry thoroughly and pressed each piece of tape down firmly. I also cut each piece with rounded corners, to reduce the opportunity for corners to come undone. So far, none of the pieces of tape are showing any sign of coming unstuck. 

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