Jersey colour

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by PaulSB, 29 Nov 2018.

  1. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    My cycle club are considering a new shirt design. I seem to recall reading that block or solid colour is more visible than patterned designs. In other words a single colour shirt will stand out more than a striped one as the contrast against the background surroundings is more pronounced.

    I can't find anything on the web but feel sure I've read this before.

    The debate is not about our colours but about whether the front and back should be one colour or a mix of two. The upper half being one and the lower another.
  2. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    What does the membership think looks best, that is all that matters. Perceived visibility is a red herring.
  3. Threevok

    Threevok Purveyor of Quality Meets

    South Wales
    Surly it would depend on your surroundings at the time ?

    Lions are basically all one colour, but blend very well into their natural surroundings, as do tigers who are not one colour

    As long as everyone likes it and it doesn't go against velominati rules....
  4. OP

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    At our AGM the membership voted to simplify and tidy up the existing design which is very busy. Our committee is looking at how best to do this. The tidy up has proved to be quite easy and debate has moved on to the block of colour issue.

    The membership will vote to chose the final design but there has to be a limit on choices.

    Could you expand on why perceived visibility is a red herring? I "think" I find solid colour easier to pick out but can't prove it.
  5. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    My opinion is it really does not matter what you are wearing, if they don't look they won't see you, how anyone can miss 10 riders in formation escapes me. I would go for aesthetics as a primary concern for a club kit. Personally I prefer blocky colours and horizontal stripes do nothing for me.
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Nothing before or since has stood out like this -

    Toshiba Boy, dave r, Threevok and 2 others like this.
  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    But only if you ride one :smile:.
    PaulSB and Threevok like this.
  8. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

    It's less of an issue now that most people are using bright flashing LEDs in daytime.
  9. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    From the conspicuity PoV, have a look at this site:
    Acknowledge link to @Smokin Joe 's post.
  10. OP

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    Thanks for the contributions which have stimulated some thoughts which hadn't previously occurred to me.
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