Bmblbzzz wrote:I guess from that you ride a recumbent?
Primary ride has been a recumbent (trike or bike) for over a decade.
I now can’t ride two wheels, am vaguely considering an upright trike, since it would be easier to tow the wheelchair with a par of wheels at the back and a flat are between to strap the footplate to.
It’s always amazed how many people have taken the trouble to say that I’m invisible, for too low, and have had to just say “oh yeah” when I point out both that I am higher than the white lines/cats eyes and more importantly, they have seen me to talk to, so I can’t be that hard to see. When I further point out that I’m the same height as a lotus Elise... you get the picture.
Anecdotally (though with consecutive years cycling the same route on upright vs ‘bent) I’d suggest that a bent (with no special clothing) is far more visible than an upright (even with high is everywhere).
That tells me that it’s not being seen that is the biggest issue, but being ignored.
I *do* have a reflective slap band in the pannier, for when I don’t have my bright yellow/RR gloves on - the increased “obviousness” of a turning/braking/wait signal at night is, in my experience, a positive move - additionally it is one that “costs” me nothing in terms of convenience/practicality.
I don’t explicitly choose black to wear on a bike, but my fashion sense is limited - and the choice is often not wide. I wouldn’t choose to wear flouro colours to anything other than an 80s disco, and I don’t cycle to many of those.