At night time when driving I sometimes find modern bike lights too bright, in that it takes me longer to realise it's a bike that's quite close, delaying me slowing down , something that is potentially needed on the narrow and lanes round here.
If there's clearly something there, and you're not sure what it is, I think it might be a Cunning Plan to slow down straight away.
hoogerbooger wrote:I agree on the contrast issue during the day......but I struggle to see how often black will contrast with much in the countryside or in town at day time. Hence my surprize at how much reaction this post has received. I just thought all those cyclist in black kit were vain or hadn't thought about it ! ....( but I see views differ & I must be presumptious)
Black is much darker than most things, so it contrasts well with a lot. Have a look out the window and I think you'll find that a mid-to-dark grey would blend in a lot better, but black attracts far more ire.
The actuality is that most of the furore is a self reinforcing feedback loop: hi viz must be important because everyone goes on about it. Everyone goes on about it because they think it's important. What is actually important is people using roads, particularly in fast, heavy vehicles look where they're going and drive so that they can stop in the space they are aware of
Often seen riding a bike around Dundee...