Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-10-09, 10:54 AM   #1
Nobodyetal
Nobody, et al.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, CO
Bikes: Surly LHT
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
best hi-vis jersey?

Tried searching the forums for this - I think the search function needs to be reworked.

Anyways:
I almost got nailed twice on the way in this morning; I think I need a good hi-vis jersey.

Caveat; I've already gotten a little spoiled when my brother-in-law got me a nice Descente jersey for Christmas. So a loose-fitting cheapo Performance one is going to be less than desirable. Highway-worker vest is not an option.

That said, Performance has one, so does Nashbar.

Anybody know of a snug-fitting hi-vis short sleeve / sleeveless jersey?

Thanks in advance!
Nobodyetal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 10:58 AM   #2
noisebeam
Al
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
Posts: 14,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
http://alertshirt.com/higvisshirfo.html

this one: http://alertshirt.com/potmanco.html I wear a M in ANSI Lime when I usually wear L and it is snug and appropriately long
noisebeam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 11:31 AM   #3
Nobodyetal
Nobody, et al.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, CO
Bikes: Surly LHT
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's a neat idea.
Never thought of hi-vis t-shirts.

Price is right, too...
Nobodyetal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 11:35 AM   #4
noisebeam
Al
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
Posts: 14,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
I realized after I posted that you asked for jerseys, not (backpocketless) tshirts. Glad you hear you are open to other options!

I and quite a few others here use these or similar tshirts. I live in the phx area and they are nice for the hot summer too - I have about 3-4 of them, but most are unused, they last a long time. I do remove the breast pocket when new by de-stitching so it doesn't get in the way of straps. (alertshirt several years ago sold a lower cost pocketless version - their prices and shipping have gone up, but still a good deal)
noisebeam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 11:39 AM   #5
Nobodyetal
Nobody, et al.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, CO
Bikes: Surly LHT
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, if it's snug and eye-searingly bright, I don't care if it's got back-pockets. I ruined a perfectly good cell phone by keeping it in my back pockets and then going over the handlebars.

So do they fit like a normal t-shirt, then? Might have to go dig through the band merch box to try some stuff on and see what size I want to get...
Nobodyetal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 11:47 AM   #6
DataJunkie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 14,280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I find jerseys by normal manufacturers in bright colors.
I have a form fitted LG jersey in bright yellow.
I also have a form fitted PI jersey in a bright green.
Something like this:
http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...duct_id=194960
or this
http://www.louisgarneau.com/catalogs...=ENG&website=2

I'm not much for the standard alert shirt or vest options for my own reasons.
I highly recommend LG's jerseys. PI is okay.
Descente is cool as well but their colors don't seem to scream visibility.
DataJunkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 02:43 PM   #7
Pinyon
Senior Member
 
Pinyon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Colorado
Bikes:
Posts: 1,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've seen a couple of guys around here starting to wear those high-visibility running belts, like the U.S. military makes them use to run with for in-town physical training. The bicyclists around here wear them over one shoulder like a bandoleer gun-belt or something.

Here is an example of one on Amazon. I've only seen them wear the yellow one around here.

http://www.amazon.com/Jogalite-High-.../dp/B000ZHCH2W


Pinyon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 02:51 PM   #8
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Posts: 6,955
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
The AlertShirt short-sleeve t-shirts fit me like a tent. All sorts of extra fabric flapping in the breeze around my middle. These are definitely for pear-shaped people. Can't stand to wear 'em.

The AlertShirt long-sleeve t-shirts fit a little better. Still some flapping, but they're not "fat-guy on a backhoe" shirts. Sleeves are long enough too. These are my default commuting shirts in cool weather.

Nashbar's Premium Jersey fits just a smidge larger than race-cut jerseys. Perfect for me. These are my default commuting jerseys in warm weather.

YMMV.
tsl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 02:53 PM   #9
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Bikes: Specialized Hardrock
Posts: 4,899
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Check out Chipcom in this thread, he's wearing the alertshirt that he likes for commuting.
no motor? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 02:53 PM   #10
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 14,201
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 129 Post(s)
my local Dick's Sporting Goods has some.

you might also consider one of these products:

http://alertshirt.com/higvisshirfo.html
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 03:06 PM   #11
noisebeam
Al
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
Posts: 14,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by tsl View Post
The AlertShirt short-sleeve t-shirts fit me like a tent. All sorts of extra fabric flapping in the breeze around my middle. These are definitely for pear-shaped people. Can't stand to wear 'em.
My alertshirt fits as tight as any jersey - nothing flapping and nothing squeezed to tight. But as I noted above I wear Medium, not L as I do for my casual shirts and jerseys. I do have one L alertshirt and it is not that loose either.

Al
noisebeam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 04:09 PM   #12
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nobodyetal View Post
Highway-worker vest is not an option.
Hmmmm........Now let me get this straight. You worry about getting hit and discount outta hand
the value of a product that saves thosands of hiway workers lives everyday?

Sounds like you worry 'bout fashion to much.
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 04:43 PM   #13
Matt1972
Fairweather Bike Commuter
 
Matt1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Falmouth, MA
Bikes: 2008 Jamis Satellite
Posts: 233
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reflective belts can be found at http://www.reflect-a-life.com

Last edited by Matt1972; 03-10-09 at 04:46 PM.
Matt1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 04:54 PM   #14
dirty tiger
Mostly Harmless
 
dirty tiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: COLORADO
Bikes:
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Have any of you tried the Alert Shirt polo shirt?

It's got that so-bad-it's-good thing goin' for it!

http://alertshirt.com/poposh.html
dirty tiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 05:03 PM   #15
Grim
Senior Member
 
Grim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Atlanta
Bikes: Cannondale T700s and a few others
Posts: 2,992
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
Hmmmm........Now let me get this straight. You worry about getting hit and discount outta hand
the value of a product that saves thosands of hiway workers lives everyday?

Sounds like you worry 'bout fashion to much.
Truth! I love my $5 Ansi vests. 10x better then the $30 Nathan vest I have. I have an XL for wearing over my winter jacket and a L Mesh for the mornings for the rest of the year.
Grim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 05:18 PM   #16
dirty tiger
Mostly Harmless
 
dirty tiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: COLORADO
Bikes:
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which hi-vis color is better, Orange or Yellow/Lime?

Does it really matter?
dirty tiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 05:23 PM   #17
squirtdad
Senior Member
 
squirtdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
Bikes: '89 Miyata 1400, '82 nishiski (current utilty/commuter project)
Posts: 4,118
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
Have any of you tried the Alert Shirt polo shirt?

It's got that so-bad-it's-good thing goin' for it!

http://alertshirt.com/poposh.html
I have to get one of these if for no other reason than to irritate the the fashion police in my household
squirtdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 05:30 PM   #18
referee54
Senior Member
 
referee54's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Columbia Station, Ohio
Bikes: Just a Raleigh C-200 with many upgrades
Posts: 249
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grim View Post
Truth! I love my $5 Ansi vests. 10x better then the $30 Nathan vest I have. I have an XL for wearing over my winter jacket and a L Mesh for the mornings for the rest of the year.

I have a couple of high-vis jersies (and one high-vis under armorI got cheap---but I also wear an ANS vest, as well. Nver have too much reflective stuff...

Tim C.
referee54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 06:00 PM   #19
Schwinnrider
Mirror slap survivor
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Sunny Florida
Bikes: Gunnar Sport, Surly Pacer, Access MTB, Ibex Corrida, one day a Simple City
Posts: 1,297
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nobodyetal View Post
That's a neat idea.
Never thought of hi-vis t-shirts.

Price is right, too...
So a "loose fitting cheapo Performance jersey" doesn't work for you, but a t-shirt does?

OK....
Schwinnrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 06:28 PM   #20
dirty tiger
Mostly Harmless
 
dirty tiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: COLORADO
Bikes:
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
I have to get one of these if for no other reason than to irritate the the fashion police in my household
Fight the power!
dirty tiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 07:26 PM   #21
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Posts: 6,955
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
Which hi-vis color is better, Orange or Yellow/Lime?

Does it really matter?
Yes.

Ten to twenty percent of the population is some extent of colorblindness. Very few can see only black and white. Most colorblind people can see the yellow/lime.
tsl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 07:55 PM   #22
daredevil
cyclepath
 
daredevil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: "The Last Best Place"
Bikes: 2005 Trek Pilot 5.0, 2001 Specialized Sirrus Pro, Kona Lava Dome, Raleigh hardtail converted to commuter, 87 Takara steel road bike, 2008 Trek Soho
Posts: 3,550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
Which hi-vis color is better, Orange or Yellow/Lime?

Does it really matter?
Neon lime green is way more effective than yellow or orange in my opinion. Of course you could always run a Dinotte tail light to help the visibility factor.
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
daredevil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 08:02 PM   #23
tarwheel 
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 8,479
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Neon green is the most visible color. Google it and you will see. Lots of studies have been done.
tarwheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 08:18 PM   #24
Nobodyetal
Nobody, et al.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Longmont, CO
Bikes: Surly LHT
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm not discounting the value of the Hi-vis vest - I'm discounting the idea that I can't have my cake and eat it too. I said in the first post I was spoiled.

It needs to be form-fitting and it needs to be hi-vis.
If a $10 t-shirt can fit those criteria, why wouldn't I consider it?

Good suggestions thus far. Thanks for the input!
Further ideas are welcome.
Nobodyetal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-09, 10:34 PM   #25
dirty tiger
Mostly Harmless
 
dirty tiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: COLORADO
Bikes:
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
OK, Lime it is then.

I'm gonna pick up a safety vest.
dirty tiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:02 AM.