October 21, 2014
by Jason Sumner / RoadBikeReview
When it comes to riding in low light conditions, neon bright clothes alone just aren’t enough. At least that’s the theory being put forth by an Australian study, which purports that cyclists are putting themselves at greater risk if they rely solely on high-visibility apparel when riding in close proximity to traffic during times of low light or at night. Along with a set of good bike lights, adding reflectivity to the equation decreases your odds of getting squashed by a bus, say researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
“We found that crashes disproportionately occurred during low-light conditions such as at dawn, dusk or at night,” said Dr. Philippe Lacherez, a post-doctoral fellow in the university’s school of optometry and vision science, who surveyed 184 cyclists who had been involved in collisions with cars about the conditions surrounding the collision. “Only 34 percent of cyclists in these low-light crashes were wearing reflective clothing and 19 percent of them said they weren’t using bicycle lights at the time of the crash.”
Pactimo is doing its best to right this wrong with its new line-up of fall riding gear, which mixes dashes of hard-to-miss neon yellow with accents of pixel fabric, an innovative material that has reflective elements impregnated directly into the cloth. The fabric is similar to that used in the Sugoi Zap jacket. During daylight it looks like any other piece of cycling wear. But at night when it’s hit by the headlights of a car, the fabric illuminates, making cyclists easier to spot — and presumably safer.
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April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017
One of our UK 2017 Brand Ambassadors, Dan Smith, has shared a blog with us about riding in the Paris Roubaix. See what he experienced below!
"Now that I have had time, to let last weekends adventure sink in, I thought I would share what riding Paris Roubaix Challenge is like. I have ridden bikes for over 20 years before I traveled to France, in all disciplines MTB, Road, cyclocross and track, but i have not ever ridden on the ‘french’ cobble stones..."
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