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  1. #1
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    Apr 2011

    Choosing a jersey color

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    So I'm finding that I could easily spend a fortune on cycling jereseys--there are so many that look so cute!

    Financially speaking, that's not an option, so how do you choose? Do you stay with bright, loud colors so that you're more visible to cars? Or do you try to match helmet, bike, etc...or, do you just go with what's affordable?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Beautiful NW or Left Coast
    well, of course a lot of us have more than one jersey.
    how do i choose? favorite colors, I like to find colors that match my (orange) bike and of course, bright colors for visibility. But we're all different.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Uncanny Valley
    Hi-viz yellow.

    We've had a number of conversations about that here, and I can go into more detail if you want, but there's one more reason I've added to my list.

    Recently a trial near my hometown ended in a hung jury. The defendant had struck and killed a local cyclist - a trained ride leader and very experienced rider - at about 6 a.m. on the defendant's way home in his car from a night of drinking and partying. One of his defenses was that the cyclist wasn't wearing bright clothing. This was summer, just a few days from the solstice, and just about 15 minutes before sunrise, so there would have been plenty of ambient light.

    As I've said many times, my jersey won't protect me from someone who just doesn't care. But I don't want my family to see my killer go free because I was wearing the wrong clothes. And when the killer gets on the witness stand and swears they didn't see me, I want that to be exactly as credible as the ones who don't see garbage trucks before rear-ending them.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    If I could only afford one- and planned to ride in high-traffic areas- I would buy a hi-viz green or yellow for safety.

    After that... I give a lot of consideration quality of the fabric and fit. I don't like them skin tight, but I don't like the really relaxed fit either. I have a couple of jerseys that are really good for hot weather (I live in the desert!) like one with a mesh back.

    I look at color - no black for summer riding, and avoid colors that look awful on me. I am partial to blue, because it's my favorite color and matches both my old and new bikes. I bought a couple of really inexpensive jerseys at first, but don't like the feel and fit. My current favorites are made by Terry, Twin Six and Pearl Izumi.

    And last but not least- given all those things, I'm a serious bargain hunter and look for close-outs and sales.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    I just saw a news piece featuring these hi-viz jerseys.

    Not bad looking, and I do like that he gives his profits to Rails to Trails.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Traveling Nomad
    Quote Originally Posted by NbyNW View Post
    I just saw a news piece featuring these hi-viz jerseys.

    Not bad looking, and I do like that he gives his profits to Rails to Trails.
    Too bad he doesn't offer a women's model, yet. The video is extremely convincing, not that I need convincing. I see so many bike commuters near where I work wearing black and navy, and they are nearly invisible! Most of my jerseys are yellow or red, and I have one shocking orange one as well. I do have a few in more muted colors, but I'll only wear them on bike paths or other places where there won't be cars. It really does make a difference -- safety before fashion.

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  7. #7
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    Apr 2007
    Hi-viz 99% of the time.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Melbourne Oz
    Depends entirely on features and how it looks and the weather and where I'm going. Black is slimming and I like it but I have colours as well. I even wear a vile vomit pattern if all the other full-zip jerseys (rare in women's) are in the wash and I'm wearing bibs. If you're worried about visibility, use lights (batteries are cheaper than a taxi home from hospital) and look for reflective trim (there's some research around saying that, certainly for night, reflectivity is more important than colour). Lots of drivers will look but not see, whether you're dressed like a praying mantis or a ninja.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Riding my Luna & Rivendell in the Hudson Valley, NY
    This threade reminded me I had to order some more screaming yellow Brooks Nightlife bike wear. My policy is to always wear something screaming yellow on me when i ride more than a mile or so.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Concord, MA
    I like bold prints in bright colors. I tend to match my jerseys a little bit with my bike. I don't have too many blue ones anymore, since my bike is red and black.
    I buy Voler jerseys or Terry mostly, which have a well fitting x small size. Voler makes full zip jerseys for women, as do several other companies. I gave up trying to buy Shebeest jerseys. They are huge on me and received a few with all kinds of defects. I like their shorts, though!
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  11. #11
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Little Egypt
    I prefer bright colors with bold patterns. I have several jerseys and find that I leave the muted, more subdued colors in the closet and choose the brighter more vibrant ones over and over. I want to be sure that I am seen and while that is foremost in my mind, I also think it's fun to wear something colorful. I also have a hi-viz vest I will throw on occasionally.

    I see riders in gray or black jackets that really blend in with the landscape on a cloudy day and want to stop and say something to them. I don't know if they don't own anything else or just don't realize how invisible they are.

    Oak, you make a very good point.
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  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Edge of Colorado Plateau
    When I first started to ride, I was into collecting the the jersey of the season or something to that effect. Then I stumbled onto TE and joined a jersey conversation like this and was quickly convinced that I needed to be wearing the hi-vis stuff. So that was on my mind until I had enough to last a few rides. My husband thought I was nuts by wearing that color but I would rather be seen than dead. My only problem now is finding it in long sleeves for winter riding.

    Thanks to TE for converting me to the Hi-vis side.

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  13. #13
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Western Canada-prairies, mountain & ocean
    Never thought of wearing jerseys matching my bike colour (which one? ).

    Anyway, I will never buy/wear an all black, navy, dark brown or grey jersey or jacket when biking.

    About 85% of my jerseys are hi vi or bright colours of red, aqua bright blue, yellow, orange. Bright colours look good on me anyway.

    I have 4 jerseys and jackets that are hi vi-- for different times of the year.
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  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    It's fun to have a variety of colors and all. But I have found the hi vis really makes in difference in visibility, especially when around cars, cloudy days, or early morning rides.


  15. #15
    Join Date
    May 2010
    I wear a screaming yellow backpack when I ride to work so I'm not as picky as some people about bright jerseys. Nearly any color I choose would be invisible against some portion of the scenery here. So I buy what I like, usually paired with black shorts or tights (and sometimes bright snowboard socks if its cold but not too cold) and pretty much match nothing.

    (I like green. My bike is green. Many of my jerseys are green. My favorite jacket is green. None of them match the color of the bike.)

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