So Menard's has been selling fairly nice fluorescent yellow t-shirts for 10$. I'm up to 3 now, the wife hates them by the way, although it's kinda cool that my son calls them "freakishly bright"
But I have a quandary, during the last month of days when I was trying to use them everyday on my commute I had strange things happen. I have always ridden on the road but I started getting people yelling at me to get off the road. Best one was by a guy in a pickup who was trying to block the painted-on-the-road bike path with his truck while he yelled at me.
Then I was having to avoid right-hooks, and even a left hook once. An older lady peering through her steering wheel almost ran me down in an intersection. I was getting paranoid, more than usual, because I could tell people were not seeing me. You know the look, you see them but they look right through you.
A co-worker, ex-LBS guy, and I were discussing this odd situation and came to conclusion that the fluorescent yellow is used on road workers and traffic signs, both of which are basically stationary compared to me on a bicycle, or an automobile. It may be that automobile drivers see fluorescent yellow and automatically think slow, easy to get around. I'm usually getting to 20+ mph between traffic controls so I don't think I'm registering correctly in their world when I'm wearing fluorescent yellow.
For the last 4 days I've switched back to my light colored t-shirts, not fluorescent, and everything seems to be back to normal. Might be to early to tell but I think I have some fluorescent yellow t-shirts for Goodwill.
And I do have blinkin lights front and back.