Neon

13 Oct

While out riding today, I noticed a few of my fellow cyclists were riding in dark clothing and consequently, were very difficult to see. To make it worse they didn’t have any type of rear blinky light. Not smart.

I hope you weren’t one of them.

Always ride in bright clothing, preferably Hi Viz orange or green but any color that is neon bright will work. You know the kind of thing, the color that hurts your eyes if you look at it too long.

While I’m playing mom, would you also ride with a blinking taillight?

Here’s a great article to read to help you choose:  The Best Bicycle Taillights of 2013

Hi Viz clothing is easy to find. You can find it at your local bike shop, or Performance Bike, REI or Amazon, just to name a few. A great solution is to buy a Hi Viz vest that you can wear over your jersey or shirt. Hi Viz is important, especially this time of year. Do yourself a favor and pick up a rear blinky light and the BRIGHTEST jersey or vest you can find. It’s more important than riding with a helmet in my opinion. Helmets protect you if you’re hit, lights and Hi Viz clothing helps to keep you from being hit.

Presently, I ride with the Planet Bike Super Flash taillight and clothing wise I own the versatile Pearl Izumi Hi Viz Barrier Convertible Jacket/Vest. Besides being great for visibility it also is a great piece of clothing that can take you from spring to fall as a jacket, and use the vest during the summer or over your warmer layers in the winter.

Repeat after me: Cyclists cannot be too  VISIBLE!

 

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