Black Rain Jacket, is it visible enough?
Dark coloured rain jackets seem fairly popular with manufacturers but I’m wondering if they are not a danger even with reflective stripes. What are rider’s opinons on this?
I’ve got a reflective yellow jacket but some people say that in winter they are not that visible in daylight due to autumn leaves and low sun.
I don’t cycle much at night and have some megawattage lights if I do.Posted 4 years agomartymacSubscriber
im a bus driver, i do about 130,000 miles a year, the colour i find easiest to notice is hi viz yellow, it stands out the most against almost any background.Posted 4 years ago
if it was twilight/dark id like to see some reflective element there to work with my headlights. along with a rear light with a fairly bright irregular flashing pattern.
thats my 2 bobs worth, based on my own experience, ymmv.ircSubscriber
Yellow for daytime with reflective strips and good lights for night.
In some conditions though it doesn’t matter what you wear people won’t see you. I used to add an extra 3 miles on to a 9 mile commute when the short route involved sections of rural A road towards a low rising sun.
For road riding I try and be visible and also watch traffic in my mirror. So if they don’t see me I’ve got a chance to avoid them. I’ve once had to ride off the road to avoid a 60mph hit.Posted 4 years agosicklilpuppyMember
I always notice the dayglo colours over any others while out, eothet driving, riding or walking. Imo it depends on the background colours as to what stands out, so blues and reds are great on a moorland, but blend into the background in an urban environment. For this reason the only coloured jackets id wear for road work or commuting ie bright orange or bright yellow.I might look a prat but id rather be seen than be the most colour coordinated guy in the morgue.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
Pretty much all my riding gear is black. But I tend to light myself up like a Christmas tree. The only time I’ve been knocked off was in broad daylight, sporting a flouro top, a bright orange helmet, on a bright orange bike. “Sorry mate, i didn’t see you!”
Since then, I’ve not felt the need to dress like a lollipop ladyPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’d sooner have a black jacket with high quality, well placed reflectives, than a yellow jacket with poor ones- which sadly seems to be true of most bike jackets. Yellow is better in daytime for sure but it doesn’t make that much difference at night, reflectives do.Posted 4 years agolarge418Member
If you don’t do much night riding, colour is important for daytime riding.
Next time you’re out in the car, try to make a note of when you notice pedestrians and cyclists down country lanes etc – if you see them as soon as you have line of sight, even if they are 0.5 miles away, what colour are they wearing (I will bet it isn’t dark colours). If you see them at 100metres, what colour are they wearing?Posted 4 years ago
Dark colours blend in well to hedges and trees, especially with the autumn colours of browns and greens. Brighter colours (yellow, white, red,orange) stand out. Adding reflective bits will help with night riding if you do any.abducteeMember
Reflectives need to be low down to get picked up by dipped headlights. I’ve just fitted coloured refective tape to the lower tubes of my commuter bike but the BS pedal and spoke reflectors are brighter. Reflectives on the tyres spokes ankles shoes and pedals work well.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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Why does nobody complain about black cars being invisible?
Because cars are the size of a car, and move at the speed of a car. But vehicles that don’t move at the speed of a car, like bin trucks, breakdown trucks, etc do carry hiviz, flashing lights, etc etc.
The day I can ride my commute at the speed limit the whole way, I’ll worry a lot less about visibility.Posted 4 years ago
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