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Old 03-21-07, 04:32 PM   #1
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Your team kit

Do those of you on teams wear your kit whenever you're on the bike, just on team rides/races, or just whenever you feel like it?
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Old 03-21-07, 04:41 PM   #2
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Do those of you on teams wear your kit whenever you're on the bike, just on team rides/races, or just whenever you feel like it?
I wear my team kit whenever I'm on the bike outdoors. I don't when I'm on the trainer. I have 5 sets plus two ls jerseys so it's not big issue.
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Old 03-21-07, 05:02 PM   #3
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I wear it whenever I ride outdoors. Makes the sponsors happy.
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Always on team rides/races. I rotate the kit in with my other cycling clothes other wise.
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When I found out how little our team's main sponsors had to pay to get their names on the jersey I could not believe it! I seriously considered just getting a few guys together to pony up the money so we wouldn't have to expend so much effort on sponsorship and order new kits every single year. I'm not the treasurer but I'll bet our club brings in more money during its popular Metric Century rides than it does from sponsors.

To answer your question, since I'm new to the team and our 2007 kits are not in yet (it took so long to get sponsorship squared away that we didn't order kits until February--I mean for CRYING OUT LOUD), I only have two of last year's kits that I was able to scrounge up. I wear them each once a week--and always on group rides or races.

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Not to be contrary (to bdcheung's post), but....
I'll bet if you polled the sponsors of local clubs, 98% of them wouldn't give two whits about whether or not you wore your team kits.

Very few are standing along the road watching races, let alone training rides.

The ones who truly care are the ones who ride on the team themselves. And I can't even say that 100% of them really care.
We had a physician on our team as a rider and sponsor, and she didn't have a strong opinion about it either way.
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Not to be contrary (to bdcheung's post), but....
I'll bet if you polled the sponsors of local clubs, 98% of them wouldn't give two whits about whether or not you wore your team kits.

Very few are standing along the road watching races, let alone training rides.

The ones who truly care are the ones who ride on the team themselves. And I can't even say that 100% of them really care.
We had a physician on our team as a rider and sponsor, and she didn't have a strong opinion about it either way.
We are sponsored primarily by a local bike shop, he likes it when we wear his kit.
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Not to be contrary (to bdcheung's post), but....
I'll bet if you polled the sponsors of local clubs, 98% of them wouldn't give two whits about whether or not you wore your team kits.

Very few are standing along the road watching races, let alone training rides.

The ones who truly care are the ones who ride on the team themselves. And I can't even say that 100% of them really care.
We had a physician on our team as a rider and sponsor, and she didn't have a strong opinion about it either way.
I was being sarcastic, but I guess that didn't get through the internet
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Old 03-21-07, 05:23 PM   #9
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I would tend to agree with EventServices. Unless your race is covered on national TV I don't think the sponors care or get to much(locally nothing) out of it. Look how many post riding pictures on here, can you make out any of the sponsors, maybe the club/team name.
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Old 03-21-07, 05:27 PM   #10
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I wear mine in races and on large local group prides. Our sponsors do care, as many of them are local businesses.
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Well considering how many of our sponsors are local small businesses, and how much positive attention our kit gets (seriously I have people compliment me on my kit all the time) I think it's nothing but a positive for me to wear it. Besides I get a lot from my main sponsor and it's not like it's an inconvenience for me to wear it. Our kits are made by Squadra Castelli with the Ypro3 chamios, so it's good kit as well as good looking kit.
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I think my club's kit looks freaking cool (see avatar) So I wear it a lot.

We changed kits this year, and I'm not totally in love with it, but I ordered a set to race in.
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Old 03-21-07, 05:46 PM   #13
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I wear mine any time I'm on the bike outdoors. Our situation is very similar to EDR's. People like the kit, most sponsors are local businesses, and they're good quality (Squadra Castelli). Our bike shop sponsor takes VERY good care of us so I will always wear the kit and use his water bottles.
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I have two different kits now since we just got new sponsors, so I now wear the old kit whenever outdoors when the weather allows and my new kit during races only.
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Well considering how many of our sponsors are local small businesses, and how much positive attention our kit gets (seriously I have people compliment me on my kit all the time) I think it's nothing but a positive for me to wear it. Besides I get a lot from my main sponsor and it's not like it's an inconvenience for me to wear it. Our kits are made by Squadra Castelli with the Ypro3 chamios, so it's good kit as well as good looking kit.
Someone yelling "Nice shorts" and then whistling from thier pick up truck is not a compliment on your kit.
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Old 03-21-07, 06:23 PM   #16
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Someone yelling "Nice shorts" and then whistling from thier pick up truck is not a compliment on your kit.
A boy can dream...It is funny how many soccer moms comment on our kit when we stop a the Wallgreens after the unofficial town line sprint finish.
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Old 03-21-07, 09:50 PM   #17
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We just had a major overhaul of kits last year, so I tend to wear the older ones more now. I generally wear the new ones at all races, and will sometimes rotate them in on my training rides if needed.
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Well considering how many of our sponsors are local small businesses, and how much positive attention our kit gets (seriously I have people compliment me on my kit all the time) I think it's nothing but a positive for me to wear it. Besides I get a lot from my main sponsor and it's not like it's an inconvenience for me to wear it. Our kits are made by Squadra Castelli with the Ypro3 chamios, so it's good kit as well as good looking kit.
Do you ride with team Brain and Spine? I noticed their kit changed this year and it does look great...a different blue/black that stands out.
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We are sponsored primarily by a local bike shop, he likes it when we wear his kit.
Same here. They're a title sponsor. I'll also usually take the time to help stranded riders, fix flats, etc. because it reflects well on them. The shop owner is a great guy and really supports us, so it's the least I can do.

I usually wear the kit whenever I ride as well.
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I wear team kit on group and weekend rides. During the daily commute I wear non-team jerseys a couple of days a week and "vintage" team kit 1-2 times per week depending on the number commute days. (I usually commute 2-4 times a week)
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I've always wondered if some clubs require it --sort of ambassador-ish (like DrPete mentions). 'Round here, guys are wearing kits all the time. (I'm unattached, and so far, a non-racer. But I'd wear my club's kit proudly)
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Usually ride with my club members twice a week. An official club rides, I would not dream of being the only member not to look like a club member . One benefit of wearing club colors, they are the areas' regional colors. Red/ yellow. Gets a good reaction from local merchants. Still, after two club rides per week, I am ready to show off my various jersey's from my various organized rides. Snuffle's kit looks really snazzy, colorful, -patriotic. Can guest riders in Fayettenam buy that gear?

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I wear the kit whenever I can, except on rides where I might be going embarrassingly slow.
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I do a lot of commuting so I wear different stuff.

But normally I wear the kit. I'll have a new one very soon so I'll be wearing them more often.
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Do you ride with team Brain and Spine? I noticed their kit changed this year and it does look great...a different blue/black that stands out.
No I ride for 360 Cycleworks, B&S has picked up AT&T as their title sponsor this year and that is what prompted the change in kit. Their elite team has really changed as well, with Robbie Robinette, Sol Frost and Eric Benz and few others they are the team to beat this year. Unfortunately Robbie and Sol had a bad crash at Fayetteville, Robbie got a shattered collar bone and Sol's got a broken wrist.
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