'polite' hi viz jackets

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by DLB, 6 Feb 2008.

  1. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Got one. First impressions were that drivers held back, possibly a little uncertain at what was on the back, POLITE as opposed to POLICE.

    Main difference being that the one your looking at is stitching, not the same as the POLITE or POLICE vest.
  3. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    Thanks Classic.Pity it's not quite the same.
  4. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    It was padbeat who was selling the Polite jackets. He hasn't been around for a while, but you can find his details in "members". Maybe send him a PM and ask if he has any? He spends a great deal of time away from home due to his job (submariner) so you may have to wait a while...
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I've found that mine has started a lot of friendly conversations with people when I'm off the bike - mainly they say "oh! I thought that said Police!" (and it's funny, they often say it to me as if I wouldn't have realised unless they mentioned it - like they don't get that it's deliberate or something) Not entirely sure of reaction on the road - there still seem to be a fair few people who pass closely - either they read it and see quickly that it's not 'real', or they just don't care anyway, which is kind of worrying.

    It's hard to evaluate for me, my cycle trips are generally quite sort and at various times, so it's been hard to measure any change in behaviour. When someone gives me a good wide berth, it's hard to day whether it's because of the vest - and York drivers, while by no means perfect, are fairly used to higher than average numbers of cyclists on the road.
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member


    ...wouldn't one have to be careful of getting nicked for impersonating an officer of de looer?
  7. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    They've never seemed bothered - I share a train journey with several and start the bicycle leg outside a major London nick, and no-one's said a word.
  8. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Think I read that Padbeat was underwater somewhere.
  9. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    so where do you get one from then?
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I don't know that they exist as such, beyond the ones we few currently own - Padbeat only had 15 or so made up. I would have thought it would be fairly straightforward to get a batch done - I can't remember where he had them done, but it might have been Screwfix, or a building supplies company like that. You supply the logo, they print in colours of choice...
  11. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    That's hilarious! :evil: I guess they were just being polite.
  12. This is, I believe, the company Padbeat used. I just got two long-sleeved hi-viz jackets from them.

    Didn't quite have the nerve to have POLITE on them, so they just say TRAFFIC on the back. Which is true. I am traffic.
  13. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    This is me in mine. There is a discernible extra berth I get especially on the 70 dual carriageways on my commute. Never had any grief from the real boyzinbloo and I've seen loads of them, including on their bikes. I also notice that big delivery vans etc hang back where they might otherwise try and squeeze past (possibly due to them not paying attention to the road...checking delivery addresses, shuffling paperwork or too busy chatting to their mate to notice the 'misspelling').
    Anyway, it works for me, but I only wear it occasionally, otherwise the effect would diminish.

  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I'm not sure whether to be amused or outraged by the blonde bimbos doing their pouty poses in hi-vis vests...

    Amused is probably better for the blood pressure:biggrin:. But it's so daft, when you see these models modelling say, steel toe capped boots, and one glance at their nails shows they're never been near a warehouse, let alone a buidling site....
  15. "Hello, Bloggs model agency, how can I help you?"

    "Hello, I'd like to hire a model, please."

    "Certainly. Blonde or brunette, sir?"

    "Well, I really want a really ugly bloke with dirty fingernails, bruised knuckles, a broken nose and not much hair. Someone who looks like he should be driving a forklift truck after a bad night out in Glasgow."

    "I'm sorry, sir, we don't have anyone like that. We can send you a nice pouty blonde..."

    "Ah well, if I've got to look at someone through a camera in a succession of yellow jackets, I suppose I could do worse."
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