“Red on yellow … O, I can roll pretty fast, you insolent fellow.” *

cskTrioSha* Evolution. Four million years of it can generate some amazing, striking designs.

Take, for example, Micrurus fulvius, the North American Coral Snake. This elusive yet deadly venomous reptile, native to the southern US, displays to us an amazing array of vivid colors to ward off those who would do it harm.

The red/yellow/black pattern is one of nature’s universal KEEP AWAY signs, instantly conferring that the beast under this colorful skin is venomous and not to be trifled with.

When your warm-weather riding involves a route with a narrow shoulder, more than a few cars or pushes you into evening, we suggest you take a queue from nature and use this successful design that she has worked so hard to create, a design we’ve borrowed and applied to a new environment—the open road, and put it on a new creature—the cyclist. There is nothing subtle about this jersey. It atavistically commands the attention of both motorists and fellow cyclists. It’s construction makes good use of intense fluorescent yellow dyes, and the reflective striping on the back and sleeves also dramatically increases visibility in low-light situations.

And true to its southern roots, a full-zipper up front will keep you cool during warmer rides. You may now strike at will, and it can’t be said you didn’t warn anyone.

How can you tell its a true Coral Snake jersey not a jersey designed after the similar looking but harmless Milk Snake (or scarlet King Snake)? Simple: “Red on yellow – will kill a fellow. Red on black – you’re okay, Jack.”