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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Has anyone ever heard of a case where a cyclists lack of reflectors has come into the equation ? I've not heard of it, but thats not to say it hasnt happened ? And is there any requirement for them to be clean ?
  • gabriel959gabriel959 Posts: 4,227
    cjw wrote:
    Agree, but the point is that the matter was raised - and in fact in that case is irrelevant as (I understand) the accident took place during daylight and so reflectors are not required.

    One can imagine however, that if a motorist knocks over a cyclist at night and subsequently found that the bike was not compliant with the law, he would argue that the cyclist was at fault. Would it work? Don't know, but you could make a pretty good case I reckon.

    PS... my bike has no rear reflector or pedal reflectors b(as it is SPD) :shock:

    FYI my SPD pedals have got reflectors
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  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    gabriel959 wrote:
    cjw wrote:
    Agree, but the point is that the matter was raised - and in fact in that case is irrelevant as (I understand) the accident took place during daylight and so reflectors are not required.

    One can imagine however, that if a motorist knocks over a cyclist at night and subsequently found that the bike was not compliant with the law, he would argue that the cyclist was at fault. Would it work? Don't know, but you could make a pretty good case I reckon.

    PS... my bike has no rear reflector or pedal reflectors b(as it is SPD) :shock:

    FYI my SPD pedals have got reflectors

    Which ones are they?
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  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,844
    In the absence of pedal reflectors, could reflective bits in shoes or reflective leg bands be claimed to do the same job??? I know pedal reflectors are widely thought of as effective because they are moving, but they are also easily obscured by the large amounts of foot and trousers!

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    Only if the reflective 'bits' meet the required British Standard.
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  • I'm curious if anyone's ever checked the visibility of wheel reflectors from an angle. they certainly show up if you're directly in front of a light source. By which time, if the driver hasn't seen you, s/he's already setting off and is about to collide with you :roll:

    However, I can find no BSI requirement which requires them to reflect [/b]at an angle which would allow a driver to see you before you cross his ahead field of vision.

    Since I'm an idle so-and-so, I leave it up to the tech enthusiasts to carry out such a check
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