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  • trail_rat
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    were you riding at night ?

    simondbarnes
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    I generally leave a small rear light on my road bikes in case I get caught out by changes in weather (like yesterday afternoon/evening when it went incredibly gloomy / wet after setting off in half decent weather)

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    No, I was riding on an overcast morning, along lanes that quite often turn into gloomy tree tunnels.

    Clearly I am just over-cautious, and need to MTFU so I can finally get to post a thread about being hit by a car at a junction…..

    radoggair
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    surely if a car driver cant see a huge fella on a bike during the day then its due to driving without due care etc. Unless its dark i dont ride without lights on, its the car drivers job to be aware of obstacles. I’m sure there’s been many people taken out who have had lights on, so the idea of using lights during the day is posssibly not a concept that works

    martinxyz
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    I’m riding in stealthy colors on the road but having driven on a sunny day in and out of tree’s, I’m thinking that I need to get something a bit more colorful. It’s noticeable how much quicker you can spot folk wearing hi-viz regardless of how alert you might think you are. So it leaves me wondering how much safer it could make the roads for me.

    stevemtb
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    It doesn’t matter if its driving without due care and attention, if it gets to the stage where that’s being looked at its probably too late for the cyclist. Better it doesn’t get to that.

    Flashing rear lights last for ages, I use mine a lot of the time. If I’m on a busy road, certainly in dull conditions, low sunlight or even very bright sunlight I’ll turn it on. The front goes on too if conditions make me in any way difficult to see.

    Don’t want someone to be checking out the scenery to hit me and a flashing light can make the difference between catching their attention and not. There’s reasons why a lot of motorbikes run with lights on at all times…

    Premier Icon amplebrew
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    The only thing that isn’t black when I’m out riding is my bike and to be honest even that’s olive green.

    Helmet, jacket, tops, shorts, socks and shoes are all black.

    As long as it’s day light and not too dull car drivers should be able to see you.

    If it’s dark, very dull, foggy or misty, I do ride with front and rear lights and also have a hi-viz cover for my rucksack.

    The only near misses I’ve had with cars have been in the early hours of the morning even with my lights and hi-viz rucksack cover. Drivers just aren’t expecting to see a push bike on the road at 3am and get a bit of a fright.

    martinxyz
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    All bikes these days have the headlight on at start-up,don’t they?

    Does anyone know if motorcycle headlamp modulators are legal during the day in the u.k.?

    trail_rat
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    “There’s reasons why a lot of motorbikes run with lights on at all times… “

    very good but there was an article in one of the motorbike papers how running with their lights on is doing more damage than good as it make the drivers less alert to those that are not – and if lights on is the norm , how long till they become acclimatised to that and start not even noticing that – and they drivers start blaming the motorcyclists for not having their lights on.

    slippy slope.

    FWIW the only time ive been hit wouldnt have mattered if i had a neon sign above my head saying cyclist – stop …. the driver simply didnt look in my direction before pulling into my path. – had high vis on , several flashign and solid lights pointing forward , spoke reflectors , reflective strip all over bike , mudguards. , f + r reflectors etc etc …..

    samuri
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    I find that on Sundays there are less idiots about until about 12:00 so tend not to bother with lights but never dress in stealth.

    On my commute I always have flashing lights front and back due to the amount of blind tossers about. It makes a difference. People tell me then my lights are on.

    Premier Icon metalheart
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    I had a similar thought whilst riding out the Tarland road this morning when a ninja clad guy passed in the opposite direction. Granted I had my shades on but I didn’t really notice him straight away….

    Didn’t have any lights on but my top was half white… And my oakleys! :mrgreen:

    I have also noticed its a lot more common for people to ride with (flashing) list during the day. I just put it down to be people being ultra careful (or maybe they’d had a scare previously and decided it was the best course of action). Never felt the need to tell them it was on either though.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Out on the road bike this morning – I’m in the habit of using my Flash and Flare lights on road rides, and ride with a hi viz helmet, as much out of habit from commuting.

    At one particularly shady junction in the trees a black clad roadie on his carbon stealth bike nearly got taken out by an idiot driver who hadn’t seen him – drivers fault, but it occurred to me that the roadie hadn’t helped himself.

    A few miles further on another ninja roadie went past me and helpfully pointed out that my light was on. “It’s so car drivers can see me” I explained.

    I got the most astonishing blank look of total incomprehension that I actually laughed at him. If I could have caught him up I’d have given him a double whammy and suggested that the earth was actually round.

    Is taking some responsibility for your own safety such an alien concept in this day and age?

    Premier Icon Bustaspoke
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    I always wear bright colours & use flashing rear light on the roadbike.
    I understand if someone’s not looking they’ll knock you off anyway,but if they’re glancing & bright clothing or the light catches their attention then surely it makes things safer?

    trail_rat
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    tbh i think road positioning(and choosing the roads you ride on carefully) has more impact on visibility than the clothes you wear.

    scotia
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    im not saying that hi-viz is necessary but to go out all in black and just think that all car drivers “should” see you is daft.

    is it really worth it? imagine being on the ground after being taken out and seeming confused..”but he/she should have seen me..”

    dont forget that not all drivers are cyclists so dont look out atall for us (not excusing it..)

    you can choose the roads all you like, but as soon as you have a car on that carefully selected road, you dont have the same control over your situation..

    mrphil
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    Rode up from Llandegla to the Pondarosa before, bought a brew and had a little rest.

    While sitting a Motorbike rider asked was it me with the flashing light on my bike, said yes and he thanked me as he could then see me before hitting the corner.

    A red flashing light works a treat! Even high viz is useless against a backdrop of young beech leaves.
    As for wearing black? Tuats, the lot of them.

    wearing full black on a bright day in sunlight is fine. You ride under some overhanging trees in full shade and you might as well be wearing an invisibilty cloak.
    Drivers with dark sunglasses are not going to be able to see you, no profile , no sillouette. Maybe once the pupils dilate ,but more often than not the car will pop back out into sunshine again before that happens.
    I was thinking even a low power flashing white light led on the back might catch peoples eyes , might be illegal?, cant imagine you would ever got stopped ….let alone fined

    warton
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    There’s reasons why a lot of motorbikes run with lights on at all times

    well, they tend to be going 5 times the speed of a road bike.

    and, ever see cars overtaking Motorbikes? not really IME, so I would suggest you’re comparing apples with oranges.

    Edric 64
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    so the idea of using lights during the day is posssibly not a concept that works

    The decent rear lights show up well lots used them on the 25 I rode this morning

    There’s reasons why a lot of motorbikes run with lights on at all times

    because its been compulsory for manufacturers to build bikes like this for >5 years? Daytime running lights are about to be compulsory for cars too.

    The only danger of using hi-viz/lights etc is complacency assuming they must have seen you.

    butcher
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    I think because you’re so hyper-alert to your surroundings with the world passing by at a sedate pace, and all of your senses working voraciously, many people just don’t realise how well they blend into the background.

    When you can see and sense so well, it’s easy to assume that every one else can do the same. But it’s also easy to forget that the traffic is travelling 4 or 5 times faster than you. Or that half of those drivers are sitting behind a dirty, grease smeared, sheet of glass. And some, a dirty, smeared, steamed up sheet of glass without an adequate set of working wipers. Visibility may be perfect for you, but not for the guy travelling 70mph, squinting to see the cars in front, scoffing a cheeseburger…

    Personally I use at least a rear light on all but the brightest of days.

    The driver might be in the wrong, but that won’t help you when you’re spread across the road in bits.

    But black is slimming.

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    I use flashing rear light during daylight – the loss of detail on sections of road before you enter a dark tree tunnel on a bright day with the sun on your dashboard reflecting on the windscreen is scary

    I tend to use a flashing front too, just because it’s there, but I’m only really scared of being hit from behind by a car I haven’t seen

    Many drivers need all the help they can get as they don’t seem to look any appreciable distance ahead of the bumper and wouldn’t have spotted a biker already in the shade

    martinxyz
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    Black is Flattening. I I II mean flattering.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    The only car/bicycle collision I’ve been involved in I was wearing a full hi-viz waterproof jacket and white helmet. I can therefore definitely conclude that darker colours are safer.

    banks
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    As long as it’s day light and not too dull car drivers should be able to see you.

    Tarmac is black, in anything but clear daylight on clear roads, without tress, hedges is black slightly noticeable.

    Should be able to see you & noticing you two different things I’d say.

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    I’d rather they noticed me from 10 yards further back. Gives them another couple of seconds to get ready for the punishment pass.

    neilm
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    I have the most flashingest and eye burningly brightest rear lights I can find on the back of my road bikes. Then, just to make sure they are seen, I angle them slightly up and towards the centre of the road.

    I really don’t care how much distress and discomfort it causes car, van and lorry drivers, my intention is to be seen.

    I was convinced that flashing lights work, when on a long stretch of A road early one morning while driving to work, I was able to spot a cyclist the best part of half a mile ahead. If that’s not enough time for a driver to see me, then I’m dead meat, regardless of what I do.

    As for clothes, I have come to the conclusion that my riding gear is neither dark enough, nor bright enough for me to consider myself a ‘serious’ roadie!

    I’ve got decent flashing lights on my bike. They throw out a poweful beam and are really bright in the dark. In normal daylight I can’t tell if they are on or not.

    What I don’t understand is why red rear reflectors seem so unfashionable. (and as far as i know they are still a legal requirement).

    In certain circumsatances they work a lot better than LEDS as they are very efficient at throwing a cars headlights back towards the drivers eyes.

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    I have the most flashingest and eye burningly brightest rear lights I can find on the back of my road bikes. Then, just to make sure they are seen, I angle them slightly up and towards the centre of the road.
    I really don’t care how much distress and discomfort it causes car, van and lorry drivers, my intention is to be seen.

    Fine in daylight, counterproductive in the dark, IMO (as a driver)

    I was convinced that flashing lights work, when on a long stretch of A road early one morning while driving to work, I was able to spot a cyclist the best part of half a mile ahead. If that’s not enough time for a driver to see me, then I’m dead meat, regardless of what I do.

    your light is angled upwards; at half a mile the “beam” will be probably 50 yards above the ground

    rudebwoy
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    its pretty irrelevant what we do, its still down to the motorised party to avoid us — instead of an air bag, a spikked missile might concentrate the mind….the risk compensation that making cars ‘safer’ works against others , cocooned in their nest, oblivious to others dangers….

    Premier Icon dmorts
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    I’ve noticed this all black trend and it seems to be more the older roadie* doing it, conservative dress sense not doing them any favours?

    *Actually maybe not even a proper roadie, just someone who has hit mid life crisis age and spent life savings on a carbon road bike

    neilm
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    Fine in daylight, counterproductive in the dark, IMO (as a driver)

    If it gets me seen and slows the approaching vehicle down, then it has done the job, day or night.

    As for the half a mile thing, I have a LED light, not a laboratory grade laser.

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    Hi-vis or at least bright coloured jersey/jacket for me on the road bike every time, especially when riding solo.

    As has been pointed out, car drivers should see you, but it’s no bad thing to help them.

    If its a bit dull, i’ll turn lights on too as they’re permanantly mounted on the bike (Exposure Revo/Flare). The Revo is bright enough for 50mph descent in the pitch dark, so ought to be spotted by drivers…

    klumpy
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    There’s reasons why a lot of motorbikes run with lights on at all times…

    My motorbike lights can’t actually be turned off. But I shall smash them immediately, as it’s up to other people to see me!

    Premier Icon imnotverygood
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    Can I just point out that the safest place in the world to ride is the Netherlands & I’m sure we have all seen pictures of all the cyclists there wearing Hi Viz

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    Can I just point out that the safest place in the world to ride is the Nerherlands & I’m sure we have all seen pictures of all the cyclist there wearing Hi Viz

    Its been said often enough. The difference is: on the continent, cycling is much more acceptable and on the whole, drivers are more aware of cyclists and what to do when they see them. So the cyclists don’t need the hi-vis.

    Sadly this is not the case here. What’s needed is better road awareness for all road users, but I don’t think re-education is going to help existing road users, and there’re too many with bad habits that will be passed down to new road users.

    The only thing i can think of is to make an example of bad-driving, with longer/more bans, bigger fines and longer prison sentances for those guilty, and publicise them more. That mightgo some way towards it as a deterrent.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    When I was about 18, I don’t know if I’d even passed my driving test, I cycled up to a small flat roundabout on a bright sunny day. The roundabout had a small tree on it. No cars in sight, plenty of visibility, so I didn’t brake and prepared to roll through the roundabout. Only the second time I looked up a car had materialised on the roundabout. I braked in time and there was no near miss, but the fact I hadn’t seen it at all shocked me and taught me a major lesson. Had I pulled out I’d have been flattened.

    The car was dark grey and had been in the shadow of the tree when I’d looked. I’d been out in the sunshine so my eyes were adjusted to that, and the tree’s shadow was like a black hole to my eyes. It’s not that I wasn’t watching, it’s that I had looked, and just not seen it.

    So – don’t wear dark colours on the road bike, even in sunshine. ESPEICALLY in sunshine, I think. If you really want to be noiticed, wear a colour that’s not part of the normal roadside landscape – like red, maybe yellow, blue, or hi viz.

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