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Brian ([personal profile] memnus) wrote2012-10-23 10:38 pm

Project "don't fuck around with visibility" continues apace.

Bicycle helmet and motorcycle helmet on a cat tree
No flash. The reflective tape works too well.

Frances and I went shopping for motorcycle gear this weekend. It turns out there is exactly one helmet manufacturer that makes anything approximating the shape of my head, so I didn't have a lot of options — black it is. In jacket and gloves, however, I'm a much more common size, and those are available is "high-visibility". Think of the greenish yellow that's supplanted boring yellow on crosswalk signs, brighten it up a couple shades, and you have the color of my new clothing. (Not to leave the helmet out of the fun, I got some darker green retro-reflective tape for accents.) The jacket is pretty much single-purpose, but the gloves are quite a bit more waterproof than my old gloves so I've also adopted them for bicycling. They're almost overkill, but I'm much more confident about my hand signals actually being seen.

I also tried to find a new biking jacket, to replace my ten-year-old rain jacket, but had much less luck with that. You'd think it'd be a much more common thing in this town, but maybe my timing is off? I only had lunch to look, but tomorrow I'll cast a wider net. If I still don't find anything, I'll go back to the generic rain jacket I almost bought.

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