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Chrome is far more common on cruisers than touring bikes, and maybe it sparkles under the sun or in the glare of headlights.

Is this a safety benefit? Does it improve visibility, conspicuity, shininess?

I'm guessing not, since it's out of style on so many bikes which seem to prefer black, red, or silver paint.

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Anything that allows a bike and its rider to stand out in the sea of traffic is good.

I doubt chrome offers that visibility though.
 

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Sometimes I wonder if flares burning and shooting off my bike would be hi-vis.

Chrome is probably more visible than flat black.
 

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I would hardly consider chrome to be a visibility upgrade...
 

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Nothing really counts as hi-viz. I agree that the yellow-lime jackets are helpful - but only for the cages who are actually using their eyes and looking through the windshield. Most drivers don't do both those things ... these days.
 

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dT is right about so-called hi-viz; I've spoken with many a rider who had flashing lights and bright paint and clothes, and still felt invisible.

On the technical side, chrome is not hi-viz because its reflections are what is called 'specular', IOW, you only see a light reflected as a small dot, not over a large area. True hi-viz reflects light over a large area, so it increases the apparent size of the reflector.
 

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On the technical side, chrome is not hi-viz because its reflections are what is called 'specular', IOW, you only see a light reflected as a small dot, not over a large area. True hi-viz reflects light over a large area, so it increases the apparent size of the reflector.
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Not to mention that chrome can be blinding if the sun hits it at the right angle
 
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