With the rise of the fashion conscious cyclist, visibility devises for cycling have come a long way, we’re no longer stuck picking between one hi-vis vest after another.
If you want to be safe and seen on your bicycle but don’t want to compromise on style, check out our rather quirky selection of fashionable visibility aids.
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First up, you’d be forgiven for thinking this chic bag from Michaux Club is just a standard handbag. Look closer and you’ll notice the dots incorporated in to the trim are made from 3M reflective material, that shines brightly in motorists headlights.
It doesn’t stop there, this cycle specific satchel comes with a detachable anti-swing strap, that prevents it from swinging forward and restricting your leg movement when pedalling.
HELLO JOE with its range of fluorescent T-shirts was launched in 2010, offering both men and women a fashionable, comfortable alternative to what’s currently available in the high visibility clothing market for cycling.
The T-shirts are ethically sourced and the women’s designs include designs called ‘Geisha’, ‘Dolly’, ‘Poppies’ and ‘Cycle Queen’ as featured above. Only problem, you may have to wait for summer before sporting one of these on your bike.
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: RRP £12.99
Colours: Red, blue, black, white, pink, fuschia and gingham.
More information: onetwothreespeed
We know this waistcoat from Vespertine won’t be to everyones taste, it’s probably one of the most eye-popping piece of cycle visibility clothing you’ll ever see.
It’s not only ‘outrageous’ (there words not ours) but surprisingly practical too, incorporating that all important highly reflective 3M material in stripes and on a waistband.
Vespertine offer a range of highly visible, alternative clothing options, from reflective corselets, ostrich-trimmed jackets, vests, sashes and belts.
These Leggits from Georgia In Dublin are visibility overshoes with style! Simply pop the Leggits over your shoes, boots, flats or heels and say Hi! to visibility and bye to sodden jeans and spoiled shoes.
The toe soles are made from recycled inner tubes and are hand harvested and painstakingly filleted by Georgia.
This is a new safety product from Aura Cycle Systems and works by utilising the latest LED technology, an Illuminion strip, combined with a hardwearing, ballistic nylon to create a stylish, easy to wear and highly visible belt.
The belt has three flash modes, and can be seen from over 300 metres, it’s also water resistant to withstand the worse of the British weather!
These silver, reflective PVC clips wrap around your trouser hem to keep them from getting sucked into your chain. Channel the inner goddess in you and pedal like the wind!
A cheap addition to your cycling wardrobe and should raise a couple of smiles as you cycle past people in style!
Chopspokes are essentially small reflectors that slot over your spokes. Unlike a common plastic wheel reflector, the Chopspokes are unobtrusive and not noticeable in daylight.
The small cylindrical reflective sticks, which come in packs of 10, have a slot on one side and they clip onto spokes and stay put as the wheel spins. A great way to pimp your steed and be visible side-on when passing junctions to stop cars pulling out, claiming they’ve not seen you.
SpotMe badges are made using high tech retro-reflective fabric, so are a great way for cyclists out on the roads in the dark to increase their visibility.
They are embellished with a range of quirky designs by Katie Barton in her studio in London using her freehand embroidery machine. Affix them to your cycling jacket, bag, or helmet for a fun, unique way to stay visible on your bike.
Price: £10 (set of three)
More information: SpotMe