What is the most hi vis colour on a jersey?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 22 May 2008.

  1. Red

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  2. Blue

    1 vote(s)
  3. Yellow

    1 vote(s)
  4. White

    1 vote(s)
  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    apart from the hi vis 'roadworker' vests colour, which colour jersey is best from a safty point of view and still looks cool?
  2. Any single colour is good. Patterns are effectively camouflage - they help to break up recognisable shapes, thereby genuinely making it more difficult for drivers to see us. I'd have said red or yellow were best - I've always found them pretty visible.
  3. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Greater Manchester
    When I got my Motorbike kit I went for a yellow jacket, with a few reflective bits on, and a red helmet to maximise visibility. Sort of defeated the object of getting an all black bike with black leathers.
  4. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    It depends on the time of day/night.
  5. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I have just bought a bright red (scarlett) jacket from Decathlon. I hav ebeen wearing it recently in place of a hi vis vest over a black night vis jacket on colder days.
    To be honest I think the red jacket is easier to see, well it seems the cars are giving me just a little more respect.

    I need to buy a new jersey (again:biggrin:) and though about getting a scarlet one because then I wont have to wear the jacket on warmer days just to be seen. I have seen a lot of cyclists wearing Blue...which seems to stand out well to me...so i just wondered which to go for to maximise my life expectancy around here...I think I'll get both:biggrin:
  6. I guess it depends on the background (city streets or leafy country lanes ?) and amount of daylight.

    I remember reading something scientific, based on the number of rods&cones firing in the eye, etc, and it said that red was not at all obvious, despite what most people think, and that blue was useless.

    So it's fluro-yellow or fluro-pink...
  7. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    North Lanarkshire
    I remember years ago seeing insurance company statistics saying that yellow cars were in less crashes than other coloured cars. By contrast, black cars were in more.
  8. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Whats wrong with a CC Whippet 1?? Shows up just fine...
  9. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Its supposedly YELLOW in the day WHITE at night - but I've seen a whole lot of riders with black/blue: and thats a no-no !
  10. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Depends where you cycle and if the oil-seed rape is in bloom. I wear red with a white lid. M/cyclists are advised to wear white helmets.

    I had also heard that yellow was best but I don't know under what conditions the comparison was made.
  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Doesn't it change with age, with yellow being one of the colours that remains better? (That may be totally wrong).
  12. Wobbly John

    Wobbly John Veteran

    Yes, but there's thousands out there that you didn't see.
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    I wear blue a lot so there, in daylight I think anything bright is fine, yes to patterns but contrast works too, I'm wearing a couple of very bright black and red tops at the moment and they feel eye catching

    hi viz always catches me eye, always, plain black the opposite, had one this week where I saw a bike wearing hi viz and a second bike next to it in black a second later,
  14. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    Now that it is acceptable to drive around as if you are Superman or Knight Rider it doesn't matter what colours you wear.

    Why aren't all cars yellow?
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