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Old 10-31-14, 05:00 PM
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Today on the way home from work, a lady stopped me and wanted to say she saw me all the time riding. With all the Hi-Vis gear I wear, she said she could see me from a great distance. She went on to say, "Thanks" for being so safe. Has anyone done something like that to you?
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Old 10-31-14, 05:09 PM
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I have had neighbors, cyclists, a pedestrian and several drivers all comment on some aspect of my outfit or lighting or visibility in general.

I really appreciate it and thank them for letting me know.
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I often have people in automobiles pull really close, honk their horn, and scream "makaj akfjaj; auaoave" at me. I think they are saying "Good Job!" or "You Rock!" Sometimes they even give me the "fist of solidarity."
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Riding home tonight in dark with high visibility vest worn over a backpack and fluttering behind me like a cape, a trick or treater said she liked my costume.
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A friend of mine said that he could see my hi-viz green backpack from a lot farther away than he could see my tail light.
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Nearly all of my jerseys and jackets are bright yellow with no patterns. Since I started doing this, I have had motorists thank me in broad daylight for being visible. At night I wear an orange riding vest. My latest backpack is a coal colored Black Diamond that I decorated with 3" silver Scotchlight reflecting tape on the back, sides and bottom. (I would have bought any other bolor of that back if I had seen a choice.) My workhorse winter/city/commuter is currrently painted with skyblue powdercoat so I decorated it with about 10' of blue Scotchlight tape. Almost a perfect color match! My panniers are yellow and my fenders are yellow or white when available. (And why manufacturers don't make these colors readily available for road tire sizes is beyond me.) White helmets.

Proof that this stuff works? Well, only that I am still here.

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Nearly all of my jerseys and jackets are bright yellow with no patterns. Since I started doing this, I have had motorists thank me in broad daylight for being visible. At night I wear an orange riding vest. My latest backpack is a coal colored Black Diamond that I decorated with 3" silver Scotchlight reflecting tape on the back, sides and bottom. (I would have bought any other bolor of that back if I had seen a choice.) My workhorse winter/city/commuter is currrently painted with skyblue powdercoat so I decorated it with about 10' of blue Scotchlight tape. Almost a perfect color match! My panniers are yellow and my fenders are yellow or white when available. (And why manufacturers don't make these colors readily available for road tire sizes is beyond me.) White helmets.

Proof that this stuff works? Well, only that I am still here.

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I have red ones that are nice and durable.
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The closest I've gotten to that is one of the rest stop volunteers commented that she could see my lime green jersey from a mile away at a charity ride. I need more fans
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Bicycle Driving/Cycling Savvy proponents would say that lane position makes you more visible than high-viz. But I ride with a highly visible lane position (center or left of center by default) AND wear high-viz, AND use 2 Hotshot rear flashing lights. I can see in my mirror people changing lanes as much as 1/4 mile back.
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I was riding in the bike lane on a 4 lane road (2 each way). It's one of the main roads on our town, and has bike lanes on the sides going in both directions. It also had red lights. Generally if I get caught at a red light I'll pull out into the lane to prevent people from giving me the right hook. I did exactly that one day and a guy honked and rolled down his window and thanked me for riding in the bike lane instead of the sidewalk and for being safe. I guess I have one fan!
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