Preparing for my first bicycle tour, my initial assumption was that high visibility is always good for safety, and therefore, I should purchase items in colors that would increase my overall visibility when possible. However, after perusing online pictures of successful bicycle tourists and their gear (e.g., Tim and Cindie at DownTheRoad.org
), I have noticed that most of their visible gear, such as the panniers, tend to be in neutral colors such as black or blue.
This has led me to the following conclusion which I would like your feedback on:Visibility is good on your person, but bad on your bike and gear.
This approach allows you to be seen when biking, but can help hide your expensive equipment from possible thieves when off the bike.
What do you all think? Is this logic sound? Since I lack experience, I'd love to hear others' thoughts on visibility of gear. Thanks!