Oil slick cycling jacket makes night riding safer

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Boring in the day. Bright at night. This is the latest in cycling visibility wear (Photo: ProBikeShop)
Boring in the day. Bright at night. This is the latest in cycling visibility wear (Photo: ProBikeShop)

If you are a committed cycling commuter, the risk of riding home from a meeting or social outing, is always an issue.

As day turns to night, most riders hope their bicycle lights will provide adequate visibility to other road users.

Some riders wear reflective bibs or cycling jerseys To increase overall visibility. And the latest trend among these is a riding jacket with an oil slick finish.

As with most things in fashion, cycling’s obsession with oil slick colourways does not lack irony.

The original oil slick trend comes from steel and titanium custom frame manufacturing. Specific welding techniques would scorch seams, leaving the oil slick colour on metal.

For the last few seasons, from hubs to valves and handlebar stems, the oil slick colourway has been a strong trend in cycling. And now, it has transitioned to the sphere of rider safety and fashion.

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When lit, this cycling jacket can't be missed (Photo: ProBikeShop)

Be seen in your oil slick sheen

If you want to be trendy and safe when riding in the dark, the Ale Bike Guscio iridescent reflective cycling jacket is your latest bit of must-have gear.

Designed to be vividly reflective at night, when vehicle lights illuminate it, the Ale Bike Guscio jacket features a fabric covered in glass micro-spheres. The result is a fantastical oil slick look at night, when it comes in contact with a beam of light.

Beyond its night riding safety benefits, the Ale Bike Guscio jacket has breathable mesh side panels and armpit inserts. Thse garment features help keep you temperature-regulated on that ride home.

If you aren’t keen on using those lurid yellow cycling bibs with reflective bands, the Ale Bike Guscio iridescent jacket will keep you warm on that night ride back home, from any social occasion. And you could probably upcycle it in future as a winterwear clothing accessory for Afrika Burn.

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