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    Is neon yellow finally becoming cool?

    Neon-yellow jerseys and gear used to one of the hallmarks of commuters, tourers and Freds. It took me a while to warm to the color as it is rather jarring, but I have become convinced that it really works and I've now got neon jerseys, jackets, vests and socks for commuting. What convinced me was being able to spot neon-clad joggers a half-mile or more in the distance, compared to the ninjas that you almost run over.

    All of the sudden, however, neon yellow-green seems to have become very fashionable. Several college basketball and football teams sported neon gear last season, and at least one of the pro cycling teams (Liqui Gas) has worn neon kit for a while. I was at a department store last night and even saw some rather expensive neon yellow polo and golf shirts. Who knows, maybe even the racer wannabes and weekend warriors will start wearing it.

    Anyone else noticing this trend?

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    how old are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    how old are you?
    58. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    58. Why?
    Hahaha!

    I think Acidfast was suggesting that once you get to be of a certain age, "cool" isn't really applicable no matter what you're wearing!

    In all seriousness, though, yes, I agree it looks like we're in a "day-glo" revival period right now.

    That said, I don't think the safety vest will ever be considered cool when used for it's intended purpose. If Lady Gaga sports a tailored one over her bare breasts during a concert, well, that may be something different...!
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    I heard Grant Riv is coming out with a hip, urban day glo fashion line. Apparently tweed is not selling that well anymore.

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    Dayglo was fashionable in the early 90's too. We'll be fashionable to a while and then fashion will change and we'll be even more unhip.

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    Neon yellow is so in.

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    Neon Lime Carhartt parka is my winter coat, wide reflective bands, etc.

    but when it starts raining I whip out my Cycling rain cape.
    No gloves short of seamless rubber ones would keep my hands dry.
    But they are when tucked under the skirt of the rain cape.

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    I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confederate View Post
    I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
    Where is the thumbs up button? Gotta fully agree.

    Check out my "cool" wardrobe for cycle commuting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    ...and at least one of the pro cycling teams (Liqui Gas) has worn neon kit for a while...
    Team LeakyGas has nothing on Farnese Vini. These are a real eyestab of full-on hi-vis yellow. Complete with hi-vis yellow helmets. And shoes. Matchy-matchy much?
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    Its true. Neon colors are back in style - like in the 80s. I have a 13 and 10 yr old, so I know these things.

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    Eye searing lime yellow is hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    Where is the thumbs up button? Gotta fully agree.

    Check out my "cool" wardrobe for cycle commuting.


    IMG_0207_web.jpg
    +1 would have sufficed.
    I take great pride in my humility.

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    I swear the cars give me a wider berth when I wear the fugly neon yellow vest. They probablyncant stand the sight of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confederate View Post
    I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
    +1 I don't give a hoot what anyone else thinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confederate View Post
    I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
    +2 - ugly vs. visible to cars. I'm going with visible for the win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    58. Why?
    I thought you may be really young because the neons were super-cool in the 80s that you may not have been alive yet.

    there not "finally becoming cool" ... they're "becoming cool again."

    in some parts of Europe (Eurotrash sneakers, for example), the neons never left

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    The least cool thing anyone can wear is a casket. Wear what makes you visible and be done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    I thought you may be really young because the neons were super-cool in the 80s that you may not have been alive yet.

    there not "finally becoming cool" ... they're "becoming cool again."

    in some parts of Europe (Eurotrash sneakers, for example), the neons never left
    It was cool in the mid 60's too, remember the Merry Pranksters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    It was cool in the mid 60's too, remember the Merry Pranksters?
    sorry, man, i'm not that old ... even the 70s is really pushing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    sorry, man, i'm not that old ... even the 70s is really pushing it!
    I bet you remember the Partridge Family - and they got the idea for the bus from the Pranksters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I bet you remember the Partridge Family - and they got the idea for the bus from the Pranksters.
    Nope, didn't really have any TV until I was 5 (1982.)

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    I'm just not sure, personally, that the colour of my shirt can make a driver better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
    I'm just not sure, personally, that the colour of my shirt can make a driver better.
    It might not make a driver better, but it will make my lawyer's job easier.
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