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Fluorescent yellow is taking over the bike world - you heard it here first

We’ve seen the future, and it’s fluorescent yellow. Here at Road.cc we’ve received so much fluoro yellow kit lately that it’s getting like the 1980s in here.

We’re not talking about Tour de France yellow although, in the wake of Wiggo’s win, that’s everywhere at the moment.

Pinarello have various yellow paint schemes on their 2013 bikes, not surprisingly, including this yellowed up Graal. And Prendas, for example, have produced commemorative socks and caps.

We’re not even talking about the yellow that Mavic use – although that is certainly very bright. You can damage your eyesight if you stare at their podium shoes for long without protective eyewear*.

No, we’re talking about super-vivid, highlighter pen yellow. Of course, bright yellow has been used for cycling safety products forever. Look at the ranges from brands like Respro, Altura and Proviz and there’s yellow as far as the eye can see. But lately it has started to appear on non-safety products too, as a fashion choice.

Take a look at these Bont Vaypor shoes, for example. We’ve reviewed the leather version on Road.cc before and we absolutely loved their performance. These neon yellow ones, available for the first time now, come with microfibre uppers and are priced £225.

Giro are going big on bright yellow shoes too. The Factors are available in highlight yellow/black while a version of the top-level ProLight SLX (above, £249.99) will come with a highlight yellow instep. 

Giro will be doing shoe covers next year too. The yellow ones above are the Stopwatch Aeros which are made from water-resistant polyurethane-coated Lycra. They'll cost £29.99 when they become available in the spring.

Although not new for 2013, Giro do a bunch of their helmets in the same colour – the Reverb urban helmet (£49.99), for instance.

Abus are getting in on the act with their new uGrip range of locks. You'll not lose this uGrip Plus 501 thanks to a bright silicone cover that'll prevent damage to your bike's paintwork. It has a Sold Secure Gold rating and will cost somewhere between £79 and £89 when it becomes available in February or March.

We’ve had a lot of bright yellow clothing arrive at Road.cc HQ lately too. Castelli always send us clothing in black, white and red. Occasionally we’ll get something with some blue on. This year, though, we have some Sorpasso bibtights (£150) with a bright yellow stripe down the outside and there are loads more yellow options in the range.

Check out this new version of the Castelli Mortirolo Due Jacket (£175) too. It's unlike anything we've seen from Castelli before. If the Space Invaders-esque design doesn’t do it for you, it’s available in red, black/white and black/grey. We reviewed a red version last year although the Windstopper front fabric has been upgraded since then.

Rapha have got more into the bright yellow thing lately too. We reported last week, for example, on their new autumn/winter range which contains plenty of chartreuse clothing, such as this Hardshell Jacket (£240). Rapha go with chartreuse because, they tell us, it’s the colour your eye can see best at the lowest light levels – so it’s as much a safety decision as a fashion one.

If the weather’s not that cold, Defeet’s Armskins (£19.99) are available in neon – and these really are super-bright. You can get their Dura gloves (£14.99) in the same colour.

You couldn’t say that neon yellow is taking over as far as bike finishes are concerned, but we saw a few out at Eurobike - certainly more than last year. Style-conscious De Rosa, for example, are offering several of their bikes in fluoro finishes. One of the options for this R838 is a blinding ‘giallo sole’ – that’s sun-yellow.

Fellow Italians Wilier are doing their Cento Uno (frameset £3,600) in a fluoro yellow option too.

And yet another Italian brand, Cinelli, have a yellow and grey Zydeco cyclo-cross bike. It’s made from Columbus Zonal alloy tubing with a carbon monocoque fork up front (£719.99 www.chickencycles.co.uk).

So, there’s the evidence. The future's bright, the future's... yellow. If you want to get on trend, you need to get some fluoro in your life for 2013.

 

 

* Possibly not true.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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JohnS [198 posts] 3 years ago
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Yellow.

Yech.

Worse than orange or turquoise.

Even worse than the purple-and-green combo I sported when it was fashionable n years ago.

Disclaimer: Colour choice is a matter of personal taste. Or lack thereof.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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There are some cool items there, in awful colours.

That Due Jacket is like something done at a nursery, put some paint on one side of the paper and fold it in half.  3

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Mountainboy [95 posts] 3 years ago
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This is good news!

Now I can wear my minging hi-viz kit and still be cool, awesomeness.

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antonio [1119 posts] 3 years ago
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How illuminating !!

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onlyonediane [156 posts] 3 years ago
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Like the Bont yellow shoes, my red ones don't match the new Kuota KOM bike or the Kask Mojito both in white. Considering new white bont shoes for Sunday best! Fashion victim me thinks?

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pjay [248 posts] 3 years ago
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I hate hi-viz, it is so ugly. Let's hope this is passing trend.

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colinth [191 posts] 3 years ago
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All helps to be seen I suppose, one less excuse for the "sorry mate didn't see" you defence

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Marky Legs [124 posts] 3 years ago
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If you want to be visible, then yes, otherwise NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

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phax71 [287 posts] 3 years ago
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NASTY!!!!

That Castelli jacket is possibly the worst thing I've ever seen ...

AAACCCCIIIIIIIEEEEDDDDD  1

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JonD [395 posts] 3 years ago
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Bloody hell, the clock's been wound back 20 years  2 I still have a pair of pink fluoro shades from the early 90's - and a yellow thermal top that I really ought to lob at freecycle

I think we need a 'puke' smiley..

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Benjamin Hall [59 posts] 3 years ago
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hmmm, Whereas I would rather ride naked than in that Castelli jacket.... I love the look of the cinelli cross frame. That might be my bike for next season...or perhaps this season...

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fatbeggaronabike [803 posts] 3 years ago
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Re the pro viz helmets, there not UV protected my one's faded and I'm jaded.

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ElNino [5 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone else disgusted at those Mavic podium shoes?

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monty dog [455 posts] 3 years ago
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As many experienced cyclist knows, wearing hi-viz has little impact on whether a motorist "sees you" or not and besides, anything that appears to endorse the flappy, hi-viz nylon brigade gets a big zilch from me.
It was passe is 1991, so we don't need it regurgitating 22 years later.

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workhard [397 posts] 3 years ago
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Hi-viz doth offend mine eye

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yenrod [106 posts] 3 years ago
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Sidi have a pair of yellow shoes out - ride this year by that ride who came second. Wonder if they are available too ?

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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Id avoid. I like my Bonts as they are and won't be going neon.