The threads/clothing to make sure you are seen on the road!!

Moonshine

Member
Anybody here invest in visibility clothing? LED shirts? Reflective jackets? Kevlar Jeans? o_O

What do you guys use that make you more comfortable about being seen? What do you have, to protect that precious thing you call your body other than the helmet?
 

E-Wheels

Well-Known Member
Anybody here invest in visibility clothing? LED shirts? Reflective jackets? Kevlar Jeans? o_O

What do you guys use that make you more comfortable about being seen? What do you have, to protect that precious thing you call your body other than the helmet?
Clothing that contrasts with the background in your riding environment (not necessarily Hi Viz clothing as sometimes this is inconvenient or impractical), static and dynamic lighting front and rear
 

mrgold35

Well-Known Member
I did Mens Coolflo Long Sleeve Jersy, in Hi-Viz Yellow/Grey, Amazon, $20, in long and short sleeves: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ZQYMA8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1

Very comfy (I have the 5XL size) and highly visible out the corner of your eye (what I was looking for with distracted drivers). My helmet, bike and shorts are black and the Hi-Vis shirt really helps.

I also use a black Osprey commuter back pack when work commuting. This backpack comes with a built-in attached yellow Hi-vis rain cover located in the bottom pouch. I leave the rain cover on 24/7 since it so bright and also has reflective Ospry symbol on the back for night riding.

Osprey Radial 34 Daypack, large, with Hi-Vis yellow rain cover, Amazon, $111: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AVSEVG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I use 2 Light and Motion Vis 180 Bike light located on the rear rack and back of my helmet. It is bright enough to be seen in the day and has an option of a less intense yellow follow light if you are riding in a pack at night. A USB charge usually last me all week.

Light and Motion Vis 180, Amazon/$80 OR eBay for %55-$65: https://www.amazon.com/Light-Motion...2615&sr=1-1&keywords=light+and+motion+vis+180

I also use Brightz Ltd. Color Morphing Go Brightz LED bike light for side illumination, Amazon, $20: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZY52LF8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It only takes 2 AAA batteries (I use rechargeable and top off on the weekend). You can select from 5 different colors or rotate the colors.

I also use Niterider 2200 for my helmet and 3600 light for my bike. Extremely bright at highest setting where someone will think you are a motorcycle with Hi-beams on. Daylight strobe is also very bright to be seen and get any distracted driver's attention.

-Fox helmet with Niterider 2200 and Vis 180 light on the rear
- Side illumination lights
- Niterider 3600 (only need the lowest setting for both helmet and bike for road commuting. Save high for trail riding)
fox helmet side.jpg Brightz lights.jpg Niterider 3600.jpg
 

Moonshine

Member
I did Mens Coolflo Long Sleeve Jersy, in Hi-Viz Yellow/Grey, Amazon, $20, in long and short sleeves: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ZQYMA8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1

Very comfy (I have the 5XL size) and highly visible out the corner of your eye (what I was looking for with distracted drivers). My helmet, bike and shorts are black and the Hi-Vis shirt really helps.

I also use a black Osprey commuter back pack when work commuting. This backpack comes with a built-in attached yellow Hi-vis rain cover located in the bottom pouch. I leave the rain cover on 24/7 since it so bright and also has reflective Ospry symbol on the back for night riding.

Osprey Radial 34 Daypack, large, with Hi-Vis yellow rain cover, Amazon, $111: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AVSEVG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I use 2 Light and Motion Vis 180 Bike light located on the rear rack and back of my helmet. It is bright enough to be seen in the day and has an option of a less intense yellow follow light if you are riding in a pack at night. A USB charge usually last me all week.

Light and Motion Vis 180, Amazon/$80 OR eBay for %55-$65: https://www.amazon.com/Light-Motion...2615&sr=1-1&keywords=light+and+motion+vis+180

I also use Brightz Ltd. Color Morphing Go Brightz LED bike light for side illumination, Amazon, $20: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZY52LF8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It only takes 2 AAA batteries (I use rechargeable and top off on the weekend). You can select from 5 different colors or rotate the colors.

I also use Niterider 2200 for my helmet and 3600 light for my bike. Extremely bright at highest setting where someone will think you are a motorcycle with Hi-beams on. Daylight strobe is also very bright to be seen and get any distracted driver's attention.

-Fox helmet with Niterider 2200 and Vis 180 light on the rear
- Side illumination lights
- Niterider 3600 (only need the lowest setting for both helmet and bike for road commuting. Save high for trail riding)
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You are truly Mr. Gold. You may have saved some lives with those recommendations. That nightrider 2200 is absolutely sick. So bright. And you even got it mounted on your helmet. Nice! Your setup is like a Christmas tree. Safe and Fun.

I saw a local rider ride one night with what I suspect is the flectr from Europe. It was attention grabbing for sure.

I think I'm going to get myself one of those Coolflo jersey's. Thanks
 

mrgold35

Well-Known Member
I got lucky with the Niterider Pro 2200 for my helmet because someone was just selling the light for $52 on eBay (usually $225 for just the head). I also got the Niterider Pro 3600 on eBay for $315 compared to normal $550 price. Either one will turn a moonless night into day if you like to trail-ride. I'm a little under 7 foot tall with my helmet+light sitting on my Radrover. Having a helmet light helps illuminate and avoid low branches during a night trail ride. An added bonus is I only re-charge to top off once a week because the 8-cell battery pack last around 16 hours on the lowest 450lm setting I use for regular work commuting. I had to re-charge my old 400lm light everyday and still had to take a spare battery just in-case I rode for more than an hour.

I also switch this light between other bikes and it has a head attachment for night hiking or camping I've used a few times.

I also use a riding jacket from Aerotech design. They have big and tall stuff that looks real stylish. I did a high Vis yellow winter riding jacket that fits my 6'3" +270lb frame perfectly and it is made for sub-freezing temps for about $100: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/big-and-tall-cycling-apparel.html
 
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Camac

Active Member
We encourage all the riders (60 to 70 on any day) in our groups to wear Hi-viz yellow. Some wear the Hi-viz orange with the reflective panels.
 

Over50

Well-Known Member
I'm often commuting in the dark. So almost all of my attire is reflective. As well my helmets have a rear light clip as does my back pack and trunk bags (Blackburn Super Flea light works the best). I've had more luck finding adequate reflective windshirts and shells etc from companies that market to runners (Brooks, Under Armour...) vs cycling specific clothing. Cooler weather I wear the Rogue pants from Shower's Pass but warmer weather I am wearing shorts from Mountain Hardwear. I always add ankle flashers from Planet Bike:

And arm band flashers that I buy off of Amazon
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I like the long sleeve reflective runner's windshirts because they are light enough that i can also wear in the sun to prevent sun exposure. And reflective for the early morning commute in the dark:


Brooks:
 

Nick S

New Member
My bike came with integrated lights, but the rear light is a fixed red light. I added a Planetbike Superflash on the seat-post on my e-bike, and generally run it in the animation setting (it's very attention grabbing). That said, I have to admit I frequently forget to turn my lights on when it's not pitch black. :( I'd love a setting on my Yamaha-powered Haibike Sduro Trekking RC to have the lights either come on automatically, or during certain hours (it does have a clock built-in, after all!).

My rack-mounted panniers (Ortlieb) also have a reflective triangle type design on the side panel, which faces to the rear. When riding in drizzle, I use a high-viz yellow cycling rain jacket. It's worth looking for cycling specific tops and jackets, because they tend to be longer in the back and sleeves to accommodate for a cycling seating position and lean. Less of an issue with an upright riding position, of course, compared to a road bike equipped with drop bars.