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  • Roadie* Pertex shell, HiVis YAY or NAY?
  • eyerideit
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    As the title asks really, I know it makes sense, but I do like black clothing.

    If it’s bad weather I’ll have my rear lamp to irritate drivers and jackets have reflective strip as standard no matter the colour. SO STW Help me decide, my head says yes but my inner stealth lover says no.

    *Sorry about starting another roadie related thread.

    druidh
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    High viz works for me.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    I wouldn’t, not for a road jacket.

    I think it’s a lot harder to spot a rider in a black jacket than a bright one in most circumstances, but you may value fashion far more highly than I do. 🙂

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    Nowt reflective on the black one?

    carbon337
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    I just can’t buy high viz for roading although that yellowy coloured Rapha jacket looks nice.

    High viz screams sports direct even though I know it makes sense.

    sputnik
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    Go for the black.
    You got a light and reflective strip, shoes usually have reflective bits too.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I commute in High-Viz in winter / dull days. Didn’t used to, but it just makes so much more sense, you can spot Altura Night Vision riders miles away.

    oldgit
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    Or orange or red or blue. Black does look cool though. I chose red as it’s for poor weather, mist, fog, rain, snow etc.

    eyerideit
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    BTW this jacket is for training/longer road rides and not commuting, on dull days I’ll take my rear light

    cynic-al – both jackets have the same amount of reflective stuff.


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    eyerideit
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    Oldgit, it’s not available in other bright colours – just yellow.

    jonba
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    I actually have both as I didn’t like wearing the black one on the road.

    If the weather gets bad on a ride reflective might not help as cars might not have lights on.

    It does look a little bit sports direct but I decided I’d rather be seen than run over.

    I ride a lot on my own so not a huge number of people see me and I don’t have a group of riders around me making me more obvious to cars.

    Premier Icon spooky_b329
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    HiVis yellow/orange for daytime.

    Reflectives/scotchlite for after dark.

    A black top with reflectives is next to useless in the daytime, and hi vis yellow without reflectives is useless after dark.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    The closest I’ve ever come to killing someone was (almost) running over a cyclist at night, all in black on a black bike with no lights. If the passenger hadn’t spotted them at the last minute, they’d be dead.

    I wear a white gillet/windshell…. still quite visible, more stylish than hi viz imho

    Do you rather be a fashion victim or alive

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    I go for red or blue on road usually although if the weather is even slightly grey, I’ll usually have my Exposure Flare rear light on as well. I prefer to rely on the light than the clothing to be honest.

    eyerideit
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    White, now that’s an idea 😀

    But I don’t think I’d keep it pristine for long on these dirty Essex roads.

    ballsofcottonwool – Member
    Do you rather be a fashion victim or alive

    That’s my conundrum, cool and dead or ‘Sports Direct’ and alive. I’m leaning towards the latter – even though it pains me.

    Premier Icon Bez
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    Face it, if you’re wearing it it’s raining so you’re going to be wet and wearing a load of lycra – about as stylish as a crusty arse pimple no matter what colour you’re in. Hi-vis wins for foul-weather road kit.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Jesus, the vanity of some people knows no bounds. 🙂

    A few years ago I bet the same people were paying over the odds specifically for brightly coloured kit.
    Of course, then it was ‘flouro’ and highly fashionable………

    yunki
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    High viz screams sports direct even though I know it makes sense.

    I love this comment.. it’s just so… errr, what’s the word that I’m looking for here..?

    EDIT: vacuous

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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    Hi-viz for me to, as others have said it’s the dull daytime/evening conditions (where chances are you won’t have a light on) that wearing black/grey is dodgy (and cars won’t have lights on so reflectives are pointless). Black/grey looks just as cheap as hi-viz to me anyway…

    rewski
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    I just can’t buy high viz Rapha for roading although that yellowy coloured Rapha sports direct jacket looks nice.

    High viz black screams sports direct Rapha even though I know it makes sense.

    I’m sure we all drive, next time have a look at which cyclists you can spot easily.

    Premier Icon iainc
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    I went for a bright yellow Endura Pakajak – sod fashion, I wanna be seen !

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