It never ceases to amaze me when I see what appear to be fairly intelligent people riding bikes in Seattle at night wearing dark cloths. To each their own I suppose, but I have been have been hit by a car at a high rate of speed. I feels like shit and takes functional years away from your life even it doesn't kill you.
I get the whole hip European thing about jaunting around on your your bike from one fabulous engagement to the next dressed in business casual with no helmet, and don't get me wrong I would love for Seattle to look much more like Coppenhagen. But hell Man, this ain't even Portland. It is my opinion that in Seattle a fellow needs to be visible and on his toes if he wants to live long and prosper as a cyclist.
I am not here to take sides on any issue and whole-heartly wish my bicycling ninja friends well, I hope your strategy proves efficacious. I however, very much like to be seen when I am riding by drivers and other cyclist alike. I have a really great wife, a growing family, wonderful friends and some big plans in the future that don't involve colliding with tons of metal and plastic at any rate of speed; I enjoy being alive and highly functional. With this in mind, Skookum Jacket recently got a little high visibility upgrade. Unquestionably a bit rough, but for my first go I am not ashamed of the work.
I also must say that the really nice thing about having old gear is that it gives you the courage to experiment with modifications and have little fear of ruining the garment. At the end of he day if project really goes south, the piece is more than recycle worthy already and Mom has been telling me to quit dressing like and an orphan for most of my life anyhow.