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I think there is a case to be made that you will be less visible in dark colours. Anecdotally whenever I look down the road at a group of cyclists, it's the ones in large blocks of bold colours (not necessarily fluorescent) whom I can spot first. Bright but mixed patterns of colour are also less visible from a distance. I'm not saying anyone should be ...


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Is it a bad idea to cycle in full black clothes because of visibility? Yes. Totally. Completely. As Darwin said, it's survival of the fittest. Or in this case survival of the cyclists who get seen. But you knew that already. This is about making a choice about safety, that is, staying alive. This is not about will I have to wash it? The statistics are ...


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Specific product recommendations are off topic on this site as they tend to become obsolete quickly. There are plenty of breathable windproof, cycling specific jackets available and reviews are easy to look up. Wearing a wind-permeable fleece on a bicycle in cold weather is less than optimum because cycling always involves wind (although you are moving ...


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Short answer, yes black is not as visible during the day, night or dawn or dusk. Distracted drivers are way more likely to notice you if you stand out and most of the time Black does not stand out (neither do earth tones). Visibility colors like fluorescent orange, fluorescent yellow, and bright red are your best visibility colors. White is a not a bad color ...


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If you are riding during the day time then black is fine. If you are riding during dawn/dusk a bright orange jacket makes you much more visible. If you are riding in the dark then you need lights and reflectives. Colour (black/white/orange) doesn't matter. In my opinion brightly coloured orange clothing does nothing to improve your visibility in daylight ...


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We are very fortunate that over the last 10 years there has been a lot of progress with technical fabrics, and now as riders we have a massive range of clothing to choose from. Windproof materials come in a massive variety from very thin single layers of densely woven fabric to complex 3 layer fabrics containing a membrane, and often with water repellent ...


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Another option is to block the wind inside the fleece. It does reduce the insulation of the fleece, but not by much. I'm not saying you need to go to the lengths of cyclists in the old days putting newspaper up their jerseys, but any windproof layer would do it. In the past I've seen some (not specifically cycling) fleece gilets with soft shell or ...


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The answer to your question is no. Whether in day or at night, wearing all white vs. all black alone is simply not going to have a meaningful impact on your visibility. Rather than the color of your clothing, the presence of reflective elements built in to the garment should be what you are looking for. As someone mentioned, it looks like you have ...


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Full black is just fine. Just make sure you wear a high-visibility vest at all times (if cycling with a backpack - over the backpack). They are actually compulsory in my country for a couple of years. During the night, you would add a reflective ankle strap, pedal reflectors and spoke reflectors.


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It's probably a bad idea to wear all black, but you can wear a vest which will definitely improve the visibility at night while wearing all dark. This YouTube video shows how it works. It is a vest designed by RoadNoise, a USA based company, and I've bought one to use for cycling while it is dark and safety is a concern. The reflective strips is 3M Brand ...


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Did you try BetaBrand. They are costly but these are the only cloths that I've found that meet that criteria. THey have a whole line of "bike to work" clothes https://www.betabrand.com/collections/bike-to-work.html


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