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Old 07-29-09, 11:08 AM   #1
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Do you guys wear reflective vests?

Just wondering how many of you here wear vests like this.


I think it is more important when it's dark once summer solstice vanes. However is it fashion faux pax in to you? especially those in them lycra suits? I think the vest may be bad for aero though.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:11 AM   #2
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I wear a lime green ANSI II vest made out of athletic mesh (like a sports jersey or something). I find it very practical: It provides a lot of visibility for a little hassle. It's easy to take off and throw in a bag, unlike a cycling specific top or bottom.
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I don't wear one, but fashion (or lack thereof) isn't the reason. It's just not necessary given my riding conditions. As for "aero", I don't give a damn, and I don't think that many commuters do. I'm in a city in stop-and-start traffic. If I were commuting 20 miles each way over the prairie, I might care.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:12 AM   #4
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I wear one when it's dark out, i.e. most of the year except during the summer.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:17 AM   #5
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I wear a lighted reflective vest, but at least half my riding is after dark.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:25 AM   #6
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No vest needed.

1) I wear a hi vis yellow jersey (Pearl Izumi calls it "Screaming Yellow")
2) Lots of reflective tape on my bike (hint, white SOLAS tape the white or aluminum parts of a frame are invisible during the day and weight nothing)
3) Cateye LD1000 tail lamp.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:29 AM   #7
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I have one should it be totally dark. Often does not seem necessary. But, remember on those late afternoon rides that have a way of turning into night rides.. Here, it is the law...
Still, does not seem necessary.. I have a flashing blinkie on my helmet on the rear of my trunk racks.. When needed I have reflective tape about my wrists, ankles and strung around my helmet. And my Cannondale shorts have reflective stripes about my rear.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:38 AM   #8
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If it's dark or twilight, yes. These days I just rely on the Dinotte 140L taillight, fair amount of reflective stuff on my bike including reflective sidewalls, and an alertshirt.

The power of the reflective vest is impressive though; it's probably as good as the Dinotte, and costs $5 at harbor freight, versus $150 for the taillight. It beats the tar out of any normal blinkie for visibility in normal conditions, even the Superflash.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:41 AM   #9
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I have one that I keep in my bag for after-dark and poor weather riding.
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Old 07-29-09, 11:55 AM   #10
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Nope.

I ride with two Dinotte 140L taillights, and two NR Newt 2.0s AND my backup Trailrat 2.0 light with a white jersey.

Neon doesn't work at night well, and anything that adds weight to me (even if it's 12 oz.) is a pain in the ass on my 25 mile one way ride (50 each way) lately.
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Wear one, except in the rain and winter, then I switch to my HiViz jacket.
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Old 07-29-09, 12:07 PM   #12
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I think that the vests are a good idea for night commutes. The problem is that they prevent opening an overcoat to vent heat. I use a simple reflective sash and like it much more than the vests.

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No vest here, but I don't wear black either
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i'd much rather wear a similarly colored purpose built garment.

i'm pretty sure my decision has to do with 50% fashion and 50% not wanting a completely seperate piece of clothing with a relatively low utility... and i already have bright lights.
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Old 07-29-09, 01:05 PM   #15
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I wear one when it's dark out, i.e. most of the year except during the summer.
This. Unless it's a really rainy and crappy day, i'll put one on then as well.
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Old 07-29-09, 01:09 PM   #16
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It's difficult to beat the quality of reflective clothing form www.alertshirt.com. I wear a vest in the summer and a flannel windbreaker jacket in the winter.
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I came across a high-vis. Chrome messenger bag on sale, so I jumped on that deal. I'm gonna go to a hardware store and buy some reflective tape to put on the bag and maybe on the bike if I can do it tastefully.
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My morning commute is a tree covered mountain climb on narrow two lane roads. I feel safer in the am wearing my Pearl Izumi “human highlighter” color vest due to the blind turns, the dark shadows and slow speeds for me on some of the steeper walls on the road.

I don’t use it on the way home or on most of my other rides unless visibility is limited due to things like heavy fog, etc.
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I wear one when it's dark out, i.e. most of the year except during the summer.
me too
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Just wondering how many of you here wear vests like this.


I think it is more important when it's dark once summer solstice vanes. However is it fashion faux pax in to you? especially those in them lycra suits? I think the vest may be bad for aero though.
I wear a lime-green version of that vest. I also have reflective tape on the bike, reflective sidewalls on the tires, a Dinotte 140L tail light and 600L headlight. My trunk bag and panniers also have reflective bits.

I run the lights during the day also.

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Old 07-29-09, 01:37 PM   #21
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I have a neon lime jersey for those cold dark mornings. I have a reflective sash, and an Amphipod reflective harness which I wear more often. When it's dark, I've got a solid pattern wired tail light at dead center, and 2 PBSF lights blinking on my seat stays. There's a reflective triangle hanging off the back of my saddlebag, and reflective tape on my fenders, mudflaps, and every tube of my bike. I have an E3 headlight and a Princeton Tec helmet light. I wear the neon lime jersey, 2 ankle bands, and the reflective sash.
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No, don't wear one, but as some others have stated, it's due to conditions. 75% of my 7 mile commute is on MUP. The rest is on roads with 25 mph speed limits and clearly marked sharrows and bike route signs. I run a blinky on the back and will be getting a headlight (and maybe another blinky for my helmet?) when the days are shorter and I'm more likely to be riding at night...

Given the types of commutes I see described here, though, I certainly understand the attraction of some riders to the high-vis vests!
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Old 07-29-09, 01:43 PM   #23
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I have a Race face high vis jacket with Scotchlite that is highly reflective and often ride a bike that would make one think they were watching Tron that also has a few watts of active lighting on it.
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on second thought, i think i'll wear black and try to not be noticed by crazy ******** like this:

http://www.wyff4.com/news/20187786/detail.html
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I often wear an illuminite vest that looks light grey/dirty white in the daytime, but that is extremely bright at night. That, plus two PB superflashes, and I feel pretty good.
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