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Old 10-06-07, 05:33 AM   #1
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visible into mist/rain/overcast

what color or color combination strikes the eye, bright yellow or orange perhaps? Do you carry your lighting gear on rain rides? I've been a fool to wear faint colors in daytime rides..
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Old 10-06-07, 11:41 AM   #2
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I wear bright, reflective gear whenever I ride. Rain or shine, foggy or clear. A reflective construction vest at a minimum. All my rain gear, my gloves, and my panniers have reflective strips on them. There's nothing better than something reflective. I also use full lighting whenever I ride. This means a headlight, blinking helmet light, steady taillight, and blinking taillight.
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Old 10-06-07, 02:13 PM   #3
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For low visibility conditions, I'll use the headlight, blinking tail light and a construction vest. I'll use the vest (but not the lights) on winding highways in the daytime, just to be safe. The vest I'm using is orange with yellow reflective stripes. It's quite loud.
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I always wear HiViz yellow shirt or jacket/vest, people comment that they can really see me very well during the day no matter what the conditions. I also use a white blinking light in front and a Planet SuperFlash on the back of my helmet during the day. Reflective material on the clothing and bike..
In the dark on my commute, I have 20 watt headlight, 3 watt helmet light (ride a winding trail through the woods), Planet SuperFlash on the helmet and a 12volt yellow xenon strobe light on the rear rack..drivers tell me they see me from a mile away..friend says I can be seen from space, but the lights are angled so they don't hurt his eyes when he is behind me...

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Old 10-20-07, 07:05 PM   #5
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what color or color combination strikes the eye, bright yellow or orange perhaps? Do you carry your lighting gear on rain rides? I've been a fool to wear faint colors in daytime rides..
A couple of companies make high reflectivity vests for runners and bikers that have blinking LED's embedded in the vest. I wonder if these combined with bike lighting would be the best for low visibility conditions like fog and mist. Also, there are low level lasers designed for bike riding that work very well in snow and rain fall as the laser beam illuminates the particles. I wonder if this would also work in fog or mist.
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Old 10-21-07, 04:05 PM   #6
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I've got a vest, and three jackets, all some variation of this color. I'm not fond of screaming bright neon, but figure in rain, fog, overcast, at least this color will stand out.

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^^^ As a backpack user, I often fold in the arms for that jacket and use it as a pack cover when it's too warm or too cool for a light jacket
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