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How to stay visible riding through the day

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Author: Dan Kogan

Staying illuminated at night is a given, but with the longer days coming, staying seen through those early morning dawn rides, dreary dark days and dusk spin is a must. Using lights and highly visible clothing in daylight may not seem 'cool' but the statistics regarding accidents between using them and not make for fascinating reading.

Daylight lights


The clocks may spring forward but that doesn't mean the days are bathed in wall to wall sunshine. For those overcast days, the right clothing and lights could make a significant difference to on-road visibility.

Clothing

Shoe Covers

Moving parts of your body are a great place to add a splash of colour. Your feet are the fastest moving part of your body on the bike. So a pair of reflective booties or bright overshoes are ideal for attracting the attention of fellow motorists.

Overshoes
 

Gloves and Mitts

Whether you're signalling or you're just holding the bars, your hands are always visible on the bike and with very little effort, can transform your presence on the road with a pair of gloves or mitts with reflective detailing or bright colours.

Gloves
 

Jackets and Jerseys

A bright yellow jersey may attract attention but it might not attract style points. Many of the biggest brands now produce jerseys and jackets with subtle reflective detailing to catch the eye of passersby without making you stand out like a sore thumb.

Jersey
 

     

Lights

You may not need a full 2000 lumen light set at this time of the year but a set of urban/commuter lights are ideal for adding a little brightness to your ride. Brands such as Bontrager and Exposure Lights now have daylight-specific models and modes to optimise the beam and visibility.

Front Light


An effective daytime light uses a direct beam, which is intensified to extend its range. Range is key here, with day time specific lights brighter than a traditional night time light. These two factors, when combined with a flashing or pulsating pattern, create an eye-catching spectacle.

Rear Light


Research has found a bright flashing front and rear light is the best combination, with a rear light allowing you to appear 2.4 times more noticeable than those not using any lights and 1.4 times more than those using a light with a steady beam.

 

About the Author

  • Dan Kogan
  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 64kg
  • About Dan Kogan: After racing in Britain and France, Dan can now be found tackling gran fondos and riding around Dorset, Surrey and Essex.

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