OldLimey wrote:Although motorcycling is a different world, I took the experienced rider course three times in ten years, and it was always emphasized to wear bright clothing.
Respectfully, it's not really a surprise if a motorcycling trainer teaches the established orthodoxy, is it? Plus, it's far from certain that motorcycling research applies to cycling at about a fifth of the speed.
I had a yellow fluorescent over jacket (with sleeves) and it had white reflective strips around the arms, across the back and down the front. I've quit motorcycles, now, but in the twenty-seven years that I rode (in every kind of weather, winter included), I never had a car cross my path to make a turn.
And yet, I suffered that far more "right crosses" when I was cycling wearing fluo than since I quit, including two minor collisions - and they were only minor because I turned alongside the crossing vehicle.
You mention the rear mudguard being partially white. That may help with cars coming from behind, but what about those coming the other way in the dark? The driver is hardly likely to see pedal reflectors, so all you have is a front light, and it had better be a good, bright one.
Whataboutery! Yes, my light is a good one, with a wide rectangle of 40 lux up to 10m, plus a "scatter" sufficient to be visible (and illuminate road signs) a claimed 100 times that, but I admit, I've not walked half a mile in front of my ridden bike to check that. An oncoming driver won't be sure until they're pretty close whether I'm a bicycle or a slow-moving motorcycle which is far more likely to damage them.
Ever had your battery suddenly go low a mile or two from home?
Nope. Dynamo. I carry emergency lights to cover for wiring faults and so on, but they're tiny legal minimum things. Battery lights are only good for people who rarely ride in the dark IMO.
Reflective tires are good but not much help when a car is coming the other way and decides to turn across your path. So it still comes back to wearing something bright. Your life may depend on it.
No, it won't: your clothing is irrelevant in that situation if your front light is good enough.
And, for now, the car isn't deciding to turn. The driver is. Hopefully once the cars are deciding, we could be riding unlit and naked and it'd still not run us down.