Tell me your Hi-Viz stories...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by docwyte, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    So tell me how wearing Hi-Viz has been beneficial to you personally.

    I get how it's more more visible, but I wanna hear from people who were wearing it and personally saw the benefit...
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  2. gbmaz

    gbmaz Power Newb

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    Chicks dig that I wear hi-viz. It allows them to realize I am a dork from a distance and avoid me.:D

    Motorist in general seem to respond the same way.
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  3. udoggie

    udoggie Top Dog

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    I use to wear all black gear.

    When I switched to a red aerostitch (with black "trim"), the number of times folks have pulled out in front of me has dropped at least by half. It's still nowhere near "zero", but anything to help the odds seems to be worth it.

    I didn't go neon-glow yellow, but the change from black made a noticeable difference.

    UD
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  4. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    I'm debating between silver/grey gear and a hi viz jacket/black pants combo
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  5. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Are there and hi-viz that combine like a blue/black color on the forearms with high viz shoulders?
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  6. Krazyjohnny

    Krazyjohnny Been here awhile

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    It is sometimes like they part the seas for you. I wear a Hi-viz Aerostitch suit with black ballastics.
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  7. SouthernCruizer

    SouthernCruizer Just Ride!!

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    i bought this Olympia jacket in "toxic" color scheme.
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    The first day i had it on, with a hi viz Shoei full face helmet on a 2013 FJR 1300 with great lighting, i took off down the road, and within 1 mile, a lady in a mini van pulled out in front of me. Not 3 miles later, a dude in a pick up truck pulled out in front of me.

    Safety is an illusion.

    Superior brakes , acceleration, maneuverability and horns and flashing lights are the only tools we have to avoid collisions.:muutt
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  8. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave blame Reaver...

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    I tried wearing a hi-vis vest over my black jacket and was astounded by how often I was being cut off. I honestly think it was worse than when I was wearing all black. :eek1 I'm coming to the conclusion that if one is wearing enough hi-vis that you look like a highway construction worker, or a tow truck driver, motorists will intuitively think that you are standing still, and probably leaning on a shovel.

    I have put the vest away and changed helmets from all black to an aggressive patterned black / white / silver / orange / yellow / hi-vis / reflective white. The difference is astounding. Motorists notice the helmet and often do a double take. At a 4-way intersection, they will often wave me through the intersection ahead of my turn. Heck, even pedestrians with little children notice me, and often the kids wave at me. The only thing I can think is that the pattern on the helmet stands out, catches their attention, and doesn't look 'threatening' like an all black (Darth Vader?) helmet.
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  9. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    This - actually, superior situational awareness is the only tool to avoid collisions. Everything else is just making you feel safer.
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  10. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Bingo. I regularly wear all black and black and grey. I never have all these "close calls" that the Cult of Hi-Vis goes on and on about. It makes me wonder just how much due regard are you guys using when riding surface streets.

    Ridiculously bright lights facing forward and motion will do more than a hi-viz vest sitting behind a windscreen, obscured by the glare of your headlight ever thought it could.
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  11. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    I have notice that with my Hi-Viz mohwak people actually point and signal me, sometimes take pictures of just the thumbs up. I don't care, but knowing that they are looking and seeing me, makes me feel better.

    Damasovi
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  12. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    I prefer something a bit more subtle to get folks to notice me :lol3

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  13. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    I have the High Vis Olympia Vest. I like the heavy material and the cut of it. I have it in the trunk of my car when I'm travelling and not on the bike. Helps with roadside repair.

    I feel you shouldn't "put all your eggs in the Hi Vis basket." Just get the Vest and wear it when you want. I put it on during rainy times and darkness, usually. (by the way, Hi Vis yellow neon gets nasty looking really quick!)

    I HAVE noticed that the Red Blinking LED light (that bicycles use) that I have facing rearward, attatched to my passenger peg mount, and the Lightman STROBE XENON (used for landing lights for helicopters) attached to the crash guards on the side, get EVERYONE'S attention.

    I only turn these on in "iffy" conditions.....definitely when it's raining!

    I have had many comments as to the noticeability of these lights. And people give me better consideration.
    The Vest DOES give sort of a "preferential consideration" to the people wearing it, with law enforcement. I know this since that was my job.
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  14. jbc1200

    jbc1200 Busy Living

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    What kind of stories? I didn't get run over on my morning commute so i suppose that counts.

    I don't think it helps when seen from the front since I run high beams during the day. I think it helps give me a little better visibility when I'm stopped at a light and someone is approaching from behind while texting or something since my bike is all black.

    It certainly isn't causing me any problems.
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  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    ^^ This. +

    The highlighted part is the problem with seeing anything hi-viz.

    I will say that on a group ride, the white and silver helmets show up more readily to the eye in a sea of moving bodies or when filtering through traffic. That said, I really don't need the guy 5 cars back to see me - just the idiot that's about to run me over.

    My solution is to ride like I am invisible to the other drivers, constantly moving through and past all vehicles, leaving an out for an evasive move if required.
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  16. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    That was certainly my experience when I went to a mostly bright red jacket from grey/black gear.

    Cheers
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  17. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    I do have a hi viz vest, have to wear it when I ride on base. Suppose I could throw it over the jacket in low light/rain conditions


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  18. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Hi-viz works so well that I am astounded that anyone would post that it doesn't work? Makes me think that said posters are just not paying attention well enough to notice? Granted, hi-viz is not theeee answer, But it really effing helps.

    Ok, phone-dead cagers are just phone-dead and nothing short of rockets is going to help that.
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  19. Nnordsman

    Nnordsman Nnordsman

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    I don't know if it has ever "saved" me but I do feel safer when riding in low-light conditions especially twilight or the rain.
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  20. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    It gets dirty quickly.

    With a white helmet and bags on a GS some folks think you are the law.
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