Road riders wearing black – why?
Pretty much all the riding gear I own is black. Why? Well… it might be my subconscious desire to look like Oswald Mosely. Or because I like it, and if I was head to toe in fluorescent stuff I’d look like a bouncy castle.
I do however light myself, and the bike up like Blackpool illuminations when its anywhere near dark.
In my experience if someones daft/careless enough to drive into you in broad daylight, then they’re going to do it whatever you’re wearing.Posted 4 years agobuck53Subscriber
Think it’s more to do with the uninspired range of cycle clothing available, isn’t it? Look in any mainstream cycle chop and you’ll see swathes of black with the occasional bit of fluro thrown in. Very hard to buy light/coloured kit somewhere you can try it on before buying, IME.Posted 4 years ago
this bright enough?Posted 4 years ago
– first link fail follow the link for the mad colours
only problem is it’s just for the ladies and mail order – I have some of the last of the mens stuff and the missus has loads of the womens (she is sponsored/ambassador) but it’s great kit 🙂
Think it’s more to do with the uninspired range of cycle clothing available, isn’t it?
Pretty much this for me. Choices seem to be stealth black, 80’s look, TDF-wannabe or classic railway worker flouro.
Fortunately I’m Scottish so my legs glow a splendid blueish-white allowing me to be seen in the thickest of fogs 😀Posted 4 years agospxxkySubscriber
Can never understand why manufacturers still produce black cycling gear, though there must be a demand as they still make it! Some pro teams don’t help either… I’d wear pink and white polka dots before I’d put on black clothing on the roads… and I love the girls top above 😀Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
what Buck said, possibly thanks to Sky/Rapha half the stuff in shops is black. I have 3 black road jerseys, all different brands, not because I was after that third reich chic but because they were all that was available that fitted at the time.
I have a couple of brighter jerseys and tend to wear those when riding solo, and keep the black stuff for group riding when I’m surrounded in fluoro. Commuting I use a fluoro yellow rucksack and have an orange Howies Dfyi jacket when the weather justifies it.
At least while you lie in intensive care you can laugh at the smidsy joke
I was brought up with “no point being in the right when youre also in hospital”.Posted 4 years ago
and I love the girls top above
They are great, I have the manly versions, need to speak to the NYC hipsters about getting the mens range back up and running 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Riding gear that isn’t “murdered out” or 80’s fluro 🙂 (shameless plug)FunkyDuncMember
Vond – if you hadn’t noticed now cars a sold with lights that you cant turn off so that you can be seen.
There was an interesting thing on Radio 4 a few weeks back about cycling accidents in London. Apparently the Boris bikes have fewer accidents than expected purely because they have lights on them.
To be honest I wear blue or red tops commuting, no it probably looks crap to the roadie pro fashion Police, but if it helps reduce my chances of getting hit by a car then I really don’t care.Posted 4 years agoMarkiMarkMember
Been cycling 20 miles daily through winter and summer for as long as I can remember. In winter car drivers go insane, but I’ve worn mostly black all my life. In my opinion, in daylight the colour you’re wearing makes no difference to visibility, and in winter (or dark) lights are the only reliable solution to visibility.
Nobody has mentioned the most important elements of being seen, which are skill and experience on a bike along with making yourself prominent so people have no choice but to see you (and your bright flashing lights of course).Posted 4 years agoswankyMember
Looking at the bigger picture, I’m sure that wearing black clothes on a road bike is very helpful to the insurance companies.
It would help them no end to reduce their liabilities as they could easily apportion blame to the clothing the victim was wearing.
Has anyone actually experienced this kind of thing?
On a more gruesome note, black and blood red have always set each other off very well as a colour combination.Posted 4 years agotimcMember
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i just dont see why we have to dress like batman or robin, to cycle to work, or to cycle for transport.
have you ever been to holland or denmark?
people ride far more than we do, and get along fine wearing normal day to day clothes.
Cycling in the Uk is not like cycling in Holland or Denmark though is it?
Anyway whats the point in taking an idealogical view point, deal with the here & now, its safer, simple as that…Posted 4 years agoGary_MMember
I blame Rupert Murdoch.
I’d never wear flouro, it’s hideous. I don’t always wear black, I have lots of other colours, red, blue, etc. It makes naff all difference to the amount of room I’m given.
Whats the point of lights in bright sunshine?
I was riding home last week along a cycle path which runs along side the road but is totally segregated from the road, cars can’t access the path or stray onto it. There was a guy coming towards me with a very bright light in strobe mode, this was broad daylight, all he was doing was blinding oncoming riders. Idiot.Posted 4 years agoPeyoteMember
Nearly always dark colours here too, easier to keep clean and less embarassing when wet!
There’s also the arms-race argument, a bit like the lumen-wars. The brighter you are the less likley you’ll be hit*, but the more likley the focus is taken away from other things! There’s a reason that flouro yellow is called “urban camoflage” these days, leave it for the people who work on the roads and in dangerous places, don’t use it for commuting it lessens the impact for those who need it…
*Although I’d argue that positioning yourself is far more important than what you wear. It’s easier to move into a drivers field of vision than to move their field of vision to you.Posted 4 years ago
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