Winter is fast approaching. The days are short and dull, wet weather is more frequent and the nights close in quickly. One of my pet hates when out on a ride is seeing a fellow cyclist dressed head to toe in black and with no lights, especially early in the morning or late in the evening!
It’s really not that difficult (or expensive) to throw a set of lights on or wear something bright. After all, how much is your safety worth to you?
There’s no need to look like a health and safety officer either. Plenty of high end cycling brands are cashing in on the hi-vis market, producing brightly coloured and reflective clothing tailored to the serious road cyclist. Just check out some of this gear from the likes of SIDI and Castelli.
A set of hi-vis overshoes can go a long way in increasing your visibility. A pair of brightly coloured feet whirring around at 90rpm will catch the attention of most drivers! Thanks to BikeSwanky I’ve got a pair of Northwave waterproof overshoes that really stand out amidst the grey scenery of November and December.
Just check out my hi-vis feet! :-) It’ll be pretty hard to miss these pistons smashing it up the road this winter…
….and enjoy those winter miles!
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Yes, like your post! Interesting yellow overshoes too. I would say reflective gear is more important than purely yellow gear in winter. But I get what you are saying.
Yes but “reflective is the new black” didn’t quite have the same ring to it, hehehe! :) Thanks for the comment!
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Uh oh… Does red and white count as “bright”? Technically, in the fall I ride with a tail light because the sunlight is so crappy this far north. On the other hand, if it isn’t red, white or black, I don’t wear it.
Almost everything else I own is red and black (to match the bike of course) but I make exceptions during this time of year to add to my safety. Got to do what you can to avoid the all too common “sorry mate I didn’t see you” incident, while still maintain that pro look!
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I gotcha, I missed the point that it was for fall… I forgot about my bright yellow vest too. My bad.