Brighten up on the bike

Cycling Weekly - - THE BIG QUESTION - Martin. J. Napier, email

Fur­ther to Mal­colm Har­g­reaves's let­ter (CW Nov 29) may I add my sup­port for his views on the all-per­vad­ing black or dark coloured kit now be­ing seen so of­ten?

I sup­port Mal­colm’s views to­tally, but I am sad­dened to note the ed­i­tor’s view that “Black is the most prac­ti­cal colour for win­ter rid­ing...”

The sug­gested use of LED lights is a 'ob­vi­ous', but does not take away the fact that, at this time of year, with of­ten poor vis­i­bil­ity and dark back­grounds, black or dark grey up­per cloth­ing can and does merge into the back­ground. This cam­ou­flages a rider very well to the ob­vi­ous detri­ment of safety!

Why can’t cloth­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers not pro­duce brighter colours? The po­ten­tial to ‘kill off’ their cus­tomers by only of­fer­ing such dark colours seems sense­less to me.

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