Commuting Accessories

10 Fun Alternatives to Builder Style High Vis Vests

Ditch the unflattering high vis vest for one of these chic high vis options

Fibre Flare

The Fibre Flare emits light from 180 degrees, and can be attached to any part of your frame, bag or jersey. It’s got a flexible solid core with a fibre optic element contained within two electronic housing ends that each hold a high-intensity LED. This beam of light is visible from over 300 metres.

Price:£24, available from FibreFlare.

Knog Frog Strobe Lights

Fun, funky and easy to pop on and off your bike, Knog Frog Strobes are fantastic for those evening commutes.

The latest version of the Frog light improve on the original by adding in two extra light settings, taking the total to four. They’ve also been given a bit more welly and are available in a myriad of colours, so whatever your bike/jacket/hair colour is, the Frogs can match it.

For more information on lights, why not check out our top ten bike lights.

Price: £21.49, available from Knog. Or if you’re more or a high street shopper, you can pop into Everyone Bikes!

Reflective Bike Helmet Bow

Stylish and safe, the reflective bow is a great alternative to traditional high-vis options

Attach this bow to the back of your helmet to stay stylishly safe. The bows fit most helmets and can be adjusted to fit, just cut off the extra velcro, and you’re ready to go!

Although it’s great to have the box at head height, as it offers maximum visibility, they also work just as well on your basket, pannier or rucksack.

Price: £12.99 available from onetwothreespeed

Georgia in Dublin D1 High Visibility Vest

The high vis vest is a whole lot more flattering than traditional builder’s vests

A nice alternative to the traditional builders vest, the D1 vest from Georgia in Dublin is not only a more flattering fit but has is eye catching too.

The vest comes in an A Line version which is great for wearing bulky clothes underneath and a straight version. Both have velcro fastenings down the front, silver reflective detailing on the front, sides and back and a breast pocket. In addition to that, the D1 high visibility vest kicks ass when it comes to keeping wind at bay and is waterproof too. 

Price: €40, available from Georgia in Dublin

Miss Bobbin Reflective Sash

Available in an array of colours the Miss Bobbin Reflective Sash is a brilliant high vis solution

These uber cute sashes come in an array of patterns and can easily popped on over your top or jacket to give yourself and extra pop of visibility on dark nights.

The reflective sash is not only super stylish, it was also take up virtually no room in your handbag so no excuse not to have it with you at all times just in case!

Price: £22.50 available from Cycle Chic

Pure Fix Glow in the Dark Wheels

If you ride a fixie or singlespeed then why not pimp it out for winter with a brand new set of wheels. This set from Pure Fix Cycles are perfect for winter as they glow in the dark!

The double-walled aluminum wheelsets are size 700C with a 50mm rim depth, front and rear. The rear wheels include flip-flop hubs with a pre-attached 16T fixed cog along with a 16T freewheel cog for single-speed riding. The front and rear wheels are 32 spokes each. All wheelsets include nylon rim-strips to protect against sharp edges and prevent tube puncture.

Price: £220 available from Pure Fix Cycles 

MonkeyLectric Bike Lights

Liven up your bike for winter with these fun MonkeyLectric lights

If you want to be seen, and we mean really seen this winter then get your hands on these MonkeyLectric lights. They are awesome and so much fun coming in a really wide range of colours and patterns!

But they do more than just look good. Fully waterproof, the lights offer approximately 40 hours of battery life and wide angled visibility. There’s even a stainless steel anti theft strap.

Price: £32 available from Amazon

Reflect All Spray

Reflect-All™ is a light-reflective spray paint/coating that can be applied to virtually any surface. Thousands of reflective microbeads capture, intensify and reflect light back to the source resulting in amazing nighttime visibility. Perfect for your bike as we head into winter.

Reflect All sprays on semi-transparent and dries in 10 minutes.

Price: $20 available from Amazon

Ridesafe Decals Modular

Get creative with the rydesafe stickers

Yet another great way to customize your bike combing style and function. These funky stickers contain fine glass beads which reflect light back to its source.

This particular set contains 34 stickers so there’s plenty of scope to get creative. They are available in four different colours.

Price: £11.50 available from CycleChic

Lflect Cycle Scarf

It’s pretty pricey but the Lflect brings reflective chic to a whole new level

This may be a little pricey, but it is so divine, it seemed a shame not to include it. And anyway we should all spoil ourselves from time to time.

The Llfect cycle scarf is as the name suggests reflective, making you pop out after dark. But even better than that, it looks really fab so it will not look out of place on the city street on a cold winter’s day.

Price: £87.99 available from CycleChic

Also worth a read: 

10 of the cheapest bike lights on the market

Buying a second hand bike: everything you need to know

8 Fantastic reasons to cycle to work


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