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Old 05-21-17, 10:44 PM
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hi-vis, reflective safety t-shirts?

Does anyone wear a hi-vis yellow or orange safety t-shirt often worn by workers in various industries? I've thought about getting a couple made from wicking mesh with long sleeves since I live in Phoenix.
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Originally Posted by kjmillig View Post
Does anyone wear a hi-vis yellow or orange safety t-shirt often worn by workers in various industries? I've thought about getting a couple made from wicking mesh with long sleeves since I live in Phoenix.
On open roads, they are visible and catcht the attention from further away than even ligths. They are a good addition to good lights. I got a cheap, plain sleevless hi-vis "shirt", and wear it over a t-shirt.

Something like this for the ankles, moves up-down, draws attention:
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content...gc=0;orderby=2

Something like this when it's not summer:
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content...gc=0;orderby=2

For the summer (mine's a lot cheaper):
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content...ge=4;orderby=2
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I found a couple of them at Goodwill (one long, one short sleeved) and wear them if I'm riding at night but don't need my rain jacket.
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Sometimes I wonder if it's a good idea to mount a white light at the back of the bike but aim it at your back. Not all drivers turn their lights on at night.
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Fluorescence is good. I almost hit a bike once because he was lane splitting and wearing black. I just didn't see him until the last minute.

Still, Bright LED lights or strobes is probably the best. a bike with mute colors and no lights is near invisible
People literally do not see what they do not expect to see if it doesn't stand out.

I wear a fluorescent yellow bike jersey, socks, and shoes, along with daytime running lights.

I do have a vest like you mention that I got for $4 at 5-below. Hansens makes some running and bicycling vests (but they are incredibly geeking looking).
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https://www.hi-vizsafetywear.com/t-s...8145-8146.html

If you want to get them made, by all means, but you'll probably spend more.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Sometimes I wonder if it's a good idea to mount a white light at the back of the bike but aim it at your back. Not all drivers turn their lights on at night.
the reflective material only works to reflect light back towards the light source. Light at an angle doesn't reflect very well.

I do mount my rear light down by the drop out, so that it lights up the wheel, providing side visibility as well as rear visibility.
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If you're not sure, buy one Champion long sleeve hi-vis shirt. Champion calls their hi-vis yellow "safety green", but it looks very yellow to me. I've had their "safety green" and orange long sleeve shirts for a few months and they're great for the money, around $15.

The poly fabric is warm in cool weather, even soaking wet -- I've been caught in the rain a few times. And comfortable so far in temps into the 80s (and up to 91F Thursday afternoon). Doesn't smell funky after getting soaked with sweat, wicks properly. Washes well. Fabric resists snagging. Great values.

Besides the hi-vis colors the Champion shirts include a couple of reflective touches -- logos on the back of the neck and left sleeve near the wrist.

These aren't cycling jerseys -- no rear pockets, no collar zippers. But they are long enough in the tails and sleeves to prevent riding up, while still fitting properly off the bike.

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Old 05-25-17, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post

Something like this for the ankles, moves up-down, draws attention:
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content...gc=0;orderby=2
I started using ankle bands after coming up behind a cyclist at night while driving. His ankle bands were way more noticeable than his rear light just because they were always moving up and down.
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I've gotten several shirts from this company and have been satisfied:

Safety shirts, safety clothing, safety vests , reflective shirts, safety jackets, Traffic Safety Gloves
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hi-viz construction shirts are like 3/$10 at the local supply shop. Check out that kind of place.
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I have a couple of those hardware store poly fabric hi-vis shirts too, about $5/ea. Not bad, but not as comfortable as the Champions. Not sure what the difference is. Maybe the weave. Who knows. But the Champion shirts are better quality, more comfortable in cold and hot weather and wash better -- no problems getting the collars clean, while the cheaper shirts retain sweat stains.
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
the reflective material only works to reflect light back towards the light source. Light at an angle doesn't reflect very well.

I do mount my rear light down by the drop out, so that it lights up the wheel, providing side visibility as well as rear visibility.
You're correct about the light being reflected straight back to the source with the older styles of safety shirts/vests.

Be on the lookout for the newest version of safety wear with 'retroreflective'. It lights up with light from any angle.

I work in highway construction and the new material is now mandatory, at least for us inspectors.
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Originally Posted by Rotten View Post
You're correct about the light being reflected straight back to the source with the older styles of safety shirts/vests.

Be on the lookout for the newest version of safety wear with 'retroreflective'. It lights up with light from any angle.

I work in highway construction and the new material is now mandatory, at least for us inspectors.
As for lights, I'd place at least one rear light higher up, for better visibility. A high vehicle, like a bus, or a lorry riding close to me should be able to see my light. Even some cars use that:


Reflectors are a great addition to good lights, but by no means a replacement, nor something lighting position should be compromised for.

My thoughts on bicycle lighting and being seen:
Bicycle lights
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I own a couple, but I never use them. It's yet another thing to remember and do. It's a good idea to wear, but honestly, but I just don't. I have reflective material and lights and a rear view mirror, and not everyone has those. Choose safety gear and procedures that suit you. I'm willing to do many things, but I'm not willing to do everything.
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