tarmac grey...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Maz, 7 Dec 2007.

  1. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Forgot to put my hi-viz on this morning. I realised I was wearing various shades of tarmac grey from top to toe. Made me feel like I was camouflaged against the road (all I really needed to complete the look would be a dashed white stripe down my back) - especially nervy when I was on the 70 dual-carriageway.

    Which got me thinking...Is there a 'best' colour to wear for riding in daylight? Any studies been done?
  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I was told once that the best colour for a car was yellow. Stands out against grey tarmac, and against white snow. I suppose you might disappear against a field of Oil-seed rape though...

    Personally I think yellow or orange is the best, but a lot depends on the angle of the sun etc - if you're in sillouette against a low dazzling sun, no colour is going to work much better than another.
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    the red PI top I last bought is good for days and even night, it's quite a eerie shade of red that catches the light

    anything bright for the day that's different to the general background

    red, blue or yellow I suppose, the colours tops tend to be
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Yeah, that's the idea. And if it's a fluorescent colour, all the better to catch any sunlight and stand out.

    I suppose lime green as well, not a grass green, but the sort of vicious lime green that makes people say "good god, who'd wear that!";)
  5. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    I actually wear all black kit, and don't have a problem in daylight. I bring out the hi-viz at dusk, because it really stands out, and me dressed in black from head to toe on a black bike really doesn't! At night I usually just rely on lights.
  6. biking_fox

    biking_fox Veteran

    The worst is the yellow sodium lights at night. They seem the bleach the colour out of any clothing so that nothing really stands out. Reflective strips help a lot, but manufactureres always seem very stingy with them.

    Any Day-Glo colour will probably be good at day. Always assuming people actually try and look where they are going.
  7. OP

    Maz Legendary Member

    I see what you mean...I just read your thread. I'm glad you're OK.
  8. Yeah Hi-Viz is bloody useless if they dont look.:tongue:
  9. col

    col Veteran

    When doing my training,we were told yellow is the last colour we see when our eyesight goes downhill,thats why step edges are sometimes edged with yellow,so it seems yellow is the best colour to be noticed in.
  10. I tend to notice cyclists more when I am walking down the road if they are wearing Hi-Viz.
  11. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    I seem to recall reaidng somewhere that blue was the best for day time and yellow for low light conditions.

    I suppose there aren't many natural things that are blue for you blend in with?

    I wear mostly blue anyway due to years of wearing blue to Everton games. I can use yellow as a change strip!
  12. I remember reading about a survey conducted into this very subject twenty years ago which suggested that flouro pink is the best colour. Barbie GoreTex anyone?
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