Safety and Fashion On the Bike | Is Fluro Safer?

Safety and Fashion On the Bike | Is Fluro Safer?



hey guys welcome to today's video we are going to talk a little bit of safety today now I'm a huge advocate of running day lights we did that vlog earlier on this year with the Garmin variate check that one out up here but look what if you don't want to add that bit of clunk to your bike everyday well you can go ahead and deck yourself out head-to-toe in fluorescent gear but well your other options is to maybe accessorize with some color predominantly your shoes and your helmet but well does that actually make you any safer out on the road so what we're going to do today guys is we're going to head out on the bike and see if well that is enough if adding some accessories with some color makes you any safer on the bottom okay so what will I be comparing well I'll be comparing this laser century helmet in this yellow color against the Swami nut black and then shoe where I've got the two s fire shoes but one is a well this floral green yellow and the other being a nut black so perfect all-out black versus well all-out colorful experience what windows in step 3 situations the first in town the second and the third more of a rural situation but the variation from in front and behind and how the motorist will rent you interacted with us the town riding city riding it's all about really how visible you are but in comparison to all the other movement and colors that are going on the scenario we're gonna try and set up here is the sort of pedestrian scenario but it doesn't have to just be the pedestrian could be a motorist pulling out any of those type of things door opening how visible am i against movement against color that's going on let's find out yeah okay so yeah that was serendipitous almost perfectly timed really interesting I've done what six or seven runs up and have announced rate then and that was really quite disconcerting but I certainly noticed I felt borderline invisible there I must admit certainly God people were not in any way hesitant to just come out in front of me I wanted to test this spot all the time because this is the perfect trio right this is climb so you're going slowly the motorist is looking into the Sun and we are almost in the dark because of the tree coverage so it's a perfect scenario of almost being invisible okay so what we're gonna do it was going to do it with the black gear on and then with the colored gear on and we'll see from the motorist perspective my more visible classic situation this one car about to come out and enter traffic has a look up the hill you're coming down that hill there's a little bit of sort of variation with shade and light and Sun what's the visibility like with the colored gear with the matte black gear let's have a look so it's all good and well to go and deck yourself out and some fluorescent gear and be visible from the moon problem is then if you begin looking like a traffic light which brings me on to the most important part of any vlog the fashion element the look the aesthetic what kind of rules can we stick to here guys well the first one is very much to be consistent so if you are going to do the fluoro theme try and be consistent with the fluorophore color that you're running example of it failing is possibly what I'm doing at the moment yellow helmet floral yellow green shoes and kind of floral armaments that's a fail you're trying to emphasize the flora color that you're running full color in the accessories or full colored helmet full colored shoes really really important you know that gradient type stuff getting some flashes of that fluoro color in your bike on your kit can really lift it a perfect example of that guys is once you grow a pair the Belgian proconsi team they have always gone out in a limb with that fluorescent stuff and they nail it season in season out and look while I've got you here and where I'm on a crew surround about fashion can we talk about where we're headed ladies and gentlemen can we talk about where fashion on the bike is headed because for me the days of the gradient the days of gradually moving one color into another it's done it is done ladies and gentlemen if I see another one we are moving into the age of the color-block we want bold we want distinct colors the other thing guys that I think we might start seeing a bit more of is a matte finished in a kit sort of scenario so Silver's you might start seeing some almost like pearl white stuff appearing especially in the Blues you're seeing in like a technology that ability to build some texturing so instead of it going down the route of friggin gradient maybe we can build texturing that will show off I don't know like think think like the d-branes stuff that's being done at the moment for skins on iPhones and and that kind of thing that's adding texture I think that could be where we're headed in lycra all right god we can talk about this forever we can talk about this forever but we weren't so guys thank you very much for watching this video this is yeah I want to undo a few more this kind of test stuff so put some stuff down below about some ideas you might have what we can do click on all over the place because there's also so much good content we're running on a road I'll see you later I like house

24 Comments on "Safety and Fashion On the Bike | Is Fluro Safer?"


  1. I also ride in Sydney (also an xr4!). I’m a super safe rider (always wait in traffic, never weave through cars, always check blind spots).

    I have been hit twice. Because the drivers weren’t careful and weren’t looking.

    I have realised that it doesn’t matter how safe you, or your gears, or your lights are – you can be the safest person in the world but it takes one negligent moment of one driver to kill you.

    I don’t ride on the roads anymore 🙁

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  2. Two points-

    1. I was sitting in Il Locale having a coffee that day when the fluro helmet caught my eye and I looked up and saw you.

    2. Berry during school holidays is probably a bad representation of Australian drivers. #tourists

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  3. Loved all of this. Was surprised how much the Fluoro worked. I think lights needed to be added to both scenarios for a true apples for apples comparison (I believe it would reduce the disparity which I understand is provably why you didn’t run them).

    Miss the kit chat. Where did that go? Nero presentation is a massive strength and obvious passion. Keep running that theme, interested in what and why you think certain elements do/don’t work across all bits of cycling (kit, bikes, wheels, tape, parts, tools, travel, parkups, club racing, NRS racing, etc).

    Always awesome, thank you Chris

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  4. Was told a long time ago by old motorcyclist if they can see you some will hit you if they don't see you they don't aim at you..Got to meet Alistair down at Geelong on the weekend was a great help and a good ambassador for the team

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  5. Great work with these scenarios and locations you've chosen to test the variable outfits. I think that day lights are essential no matter the clothing and I'm so glad you went as far as demonstrating how lighting conditions affect the visibility of cyclists to drivers..scary to see how those winter shadows blot out any details on the road.

    From my experience riding in Europe and NA, no cyclist faces quite as many dangers as they do here in Australia – poor road conditions, skinny/non existent verge lanes on rural roads, Dry sclerophyll vegetation causes way more roadside debris which means we quite often veer into the lane, Kangaroos/Wallabis….I could go on…thanks for this experiment!

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  6. If people can’t see me in the day with a red helmet, white socks/shoes and daytime running lights they shouldn’t be driving because there is an obvious problem with their eyesight! It’s not even about colour so much as concentration and in some cases drivers just don’t care about cyclists!

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  7. In the UK they have a very common accident called a 'SMIDSY' (Sorry mate I didn't see you)
    All car drivers will default to the position that they couldn't see a cyclist after an accident, but wearing fluro and running lights helps blunt their silly little excuses.

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  8. Definitely day lights. I also think that fluro gloves are also an advantage, rather than arm warmers. I would consider getting bright shoes next time.

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  9. The fluro is definitely more visible. Especially on the shoes which are moving up and down.

    Funny story… dbrand skins bought my Facebook username a few years ago.

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  10. There's so much conflicting research on this topic, but the consensus seems to be at the moment that high vis vests and clothing may make the cyclist a bit more visible but may not affect passing distances.

    there is some solid research looking at high vis/reflective ankle bands/footwear being better, as the motion of pedaling makes it more obvious. Daytime running lights as well have been shown to have a big effect on crash rates (47% fewer collisions).

    However, I'd argue that there is a large onus on us as cyclists to be better at using the road in a way that minimises our crash risk. Things like not filtering on the left (in countries where we drive on the left), not filtering past trucks/vans with bad visibility, using the primary position properly, checking behind before adjusting road positioning or turning, making eye contact with drivers etc can all make a big difference too.

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  11. Here using fluoro vest or daylight/taillght is mandatory. But I doubt anything will help you from drunk or idiot drivers who texting while driving or overtaking other cars in blind corner over solid white line and coming head-on on you…

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  12. You can be lit up like a xmas tree and still get hit cos people/drivers don't look. But bright colours can't hurt.

    People forcing their opinions on colours and styles in kit is what is wrong with the sport. It shouldn't matter what the fashion is.

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  13. Fluro the way to go if you ride solo and in group rides were ninja style!
    I like Maap/Rapha kits but I won't wear it cuz is too sexy and dark, chance of getting killed cuz you look sexy AF. Maap/Rapha need to lift their game and add more Bright colours in there range, nuff said.

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  14. I think the answer is that, only in some circumstances does fluro/neon work. In one of those clips in the dabble light, your yellow helmet was actually less visible then the black one. So I don’t buy into the ‘commuter craig’ look. But as a general rule, I try to avoid wearing full black kit.
    As far as kit fashion, you’ll see more unique ‘off key’ solid colours. I’m down for a burgundy or mint coloured kit. Navy and black are getting boring.

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