- Do you- would you wear a hi-viz when on the road,when riding a bike
Myself – no. I do have relective tape all over the bike tho
Its an interesting point. Do you wear a helmet? A hi viz is probably more effective in reducing injury by reducing the number of bikes that get driven into. Edinburgh council insist you wear hi viz but leave helmets to choice if cycling on council business.Posted 6 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
I wear hi-viz on the road if its dull. Or bright. Not always when its properly dark though.
Reflective tape only works if cars have lights on, which they don’t always at dawn/dusk, which is when hi-viz really comes into its own.
Actually quite interesting to see just how bright it is on a bright sunny day too. Driving over Hartside Pass, which I do quite regularly, you see a huge variety of C2Cers with various stages of visibility. Doesn’t hurt (literally) to stand out.Posted 6 years ago
I’ve got some hi viz stuff. Never ever worn it. I’m afraid I agree with Stuart Maconi’s comment on the subject.
“If you want to become invisible on any English street, simply put on a Hi-Viz Tabbard”
I did shove my lights on this morning though. It was light but a bit hazy
Uncle Jezzer. Don’t make me come up there! Let that be the last helmet comment please? 😉Posted 6 years agodon simonMember
Its an interesting point. Do you wear a helmet?
And in a sudden and swift turn of events, we’ve moved across from the hi-viz debate to the helmet debate.Posted 6 years ago
I would say that it probably doesn’t matter, on a 45 mile road ride yesterday and wearing a fluorescent jacket I had to suffer numerous close calls. If they want you, they’ll get you. It would be feasible to say that due to the jacket I only had 5 close calls from people intent on causing problems and not 10-15 close calls had I not been wearing the fluorescent jacket.
Difficult to say if there is an advantage or not, for me it strengthens my argument of being seen.
EDIT: Nice bit of kit Binners. 😉peterwpMember
I always ride with flashing LEDS front and back on the road. Even in the middle of summer. It is then car drivers have sunglasses on, making it more difficult to see you in the shade if you are dressed in Ninja black. Also most drivers seem to give you more room if you have flashing lights.Posted 6 years agoprojectMember
I always wear a helmet, have hit a few low branches on the bike and it does save your head, also fell off and hit the dam wall at llandegla, while leaning against it and turned round to answer a question, forgot i was clipped in and fell sideways, nasty dent in helmet, but luckily i was ok.
A few years ago, a van pulled right out in front of me, i shouted the usual abuse, the driver stopped, a huge bloke, he said sorry and handed me a brand new hi viz vest, now i carry one at all times.Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Flashing lights for me as well, I use them almost all the time and cars definitely seem to give a wider berth.
I’ve got a dangly hi viz thing on my rucksack as well but obviously only use that when I’m commuting. The commuter bike has reflective tape on the wheels too which really stands out when caught in car headlights.Posted 6 years ago
Sorry – Not intending to redo the helmet debate – merely giving it at a comparison.
I think hi viz works to some extent but I cannot be bothered with an extra thing to put on. I might buy a hi viz jacket to wear for the winter commute now I am going right thru the town centre at busy times.
Reflective stuff and good lights I havePosted 6 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
Altura Night Vision jacket here in ‘how the **** didn’t you see me wearing this?’ Flouro yellow.
Pedestrians are the worst for not looking in London, closely followed by Addison Lee cars, Post Office vans, London Buses, White Vans, taxis and Boris Bike ridersPosted 6 years ago
The only time I’ve been knocked off was in broad daylight. I was wearing a bright orange top, sporting a bright orange helmet and riding a bright orange bike.
The tediously inevitable “I’m sorry! I didn’t see you!” followed. Pretty much all my riding gear is black nowadays. I do tend to believe in being lit up like a christmas tree though. I’ve normally 3 lights at the back and two at the frontPosted 6 years agosimon_gSubscriber
I keep a lightweight orange hi-viz vest in my Brompton bag from autumn to spring for dusk/dark conditions as I tend to ride in my “normal” clothes. As I usually wear dark colours, it gives some chance of being seen.
Have noticed a lot of people in London using them as a substitute for lights, which is idiotic.Posted 6 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
Reflective stuff and good lights I have
I do think reflective stuff is great, but obviously needs light to hit it to work.
I do believe that a bit of hi-vis is great for making people aware of you on their periphery – a flash of yellow or orange to make them double check – especially at dusk or in overcast conditions when not everyone is running lights.Posted 6 years agoKryton57Subscriber
kingkongsfinger – Member
Each to their own, but if you cycle on the roads when its dark and you dont wear a hi viz vest or similar IMO your a bell end. If you dont wear a helmet at all, again your a bell end.
What he said. (Although becuase I’ve recieved a warning from the mods this week already, I’d like to state formerly thats the words “bell end” were his and not mine, I am just agreeing to the general sentiment)
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