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Old 07-14-09, 02:23 PM   #1
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A pro and his number

Can someone explain how this works? From Allen Lim:

"[Julian Dean] sticks his # to plastic wrapping film, cuts it down, and pins it. Saves his precious Pearl Izumi aero jersey. "

i don't understand what, exactly, Dean does with his number.

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tour numbers have glue/adhesive on them.
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ohhh

didn't know that

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Whats with his right leg?
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he's a cyborg
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ohhh

didn't know that

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Actually they stick by magic...shhhh don't tell anyone...
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tour numbers have glue/adhesive on them.
I once did a race where the numbers were peel-off stickers. I thought that was pretty classy. And they were oval. The sheet also had an 'I'm supporting 123' sticker for one's groupie.

But I could see how peeling those off week after week would make the jersey fabric go all fuzzy. (and much more so day after day on the tour)
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So instead of gluing it on, he pins it on?
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so by doing so he is negating some of the "precious aero"
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But I could see how peeling those off week after week would make the jersey fabric go all fuzzy. (and much more so day after day on the tour)
But wouldn't they have boxes of jerseys lying around, or does he want to stick with his "lucky" one? I would think their kits are disposable to them
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I think some riders take great pride in their equipment, especially those who are very pro, i.e. making a living racing. (as opposed to those that need to sell all their extra kits to make $500 rent each month).

Crashes, wear/tear, and minute changes all add up to lots of used up clothing. This is just one more thing to help save some gear.

Having said that, and having been told that one domestic team got 60 or 80 kits for each rider (!), I'd think they'd have a lot of kits for a special race like the Tour. I know the director that told me about the 60-80 kits he got for each rider also told me he didn't tell the riders that he got all the kits. He'd dole out 4 or 5 sets for them to train/race in at the beginning of the year, then for "important" races (ToCA, Georgia, Philly, those types), he'd give a "bonus" kit/s for those days/events, get his guys psyched up with brand new unfaded kits. Hey, it'd work on me. He did point out that if he gave everyone every kit, all but 5 or 10 would end up on eBay in a few weeks.

I try and wear my 09 kit in "big" races (i.e. Sundays), my 08 kit (I have more of them) in training races and rides. And if I'm saving my kits, I'll wear generic stuff, or stuff for folks/companies that support me personally. So yesterday I raced in Verge-logo shorts and an Interbike jersey (made by Verge too I think). I want to support both companies so I do.

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If you've spent much time with a glued number vs. a pinned number, the glued ones can get *really* hot. They're convenient and more aero, but they don't breath much at all, so you lose a lot of surface area for sweat to evaporate from. I didn't notice it when I started gluing my numbers until I started peeling them off at the end while I was still wearing the kit, and then it's a pretty dramatic difference. If it's pinned you get enough airflow underneath that that it doesn't get as hot.

The 3M 77 that I use for gluing doesn't make the fabric go all fuzzy, but it does leave a bunch of residue. People who train and race in the same kit seem to use Goo Gone to remove it, but the stuff that I glue on usually doesn't get worn without a number, so I don't worry about it.
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Sigh, Garmin and their numbers. From Competitive Cyclist's What's New:

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"In the bus on the way to the start the riders apply their numbers as they prepare for the day's racing. The techniques as I have observed them are as follows:

Dean: Having cut off the edges he smooths out numbers slowly and purposefully and uses stickiness AND safety pins. He is the ultimate zen master of race number application.
Farrar: Takes a nap. Numbers appear on shirt by magic.
Hesjedal: Sticks numbers to floor first to get rid of some of the adhesive, then cuts off the corners.
Maskaant: Once they're stuck on rolls up numbers from bottom. (Ryder does same but from the side!)
Millar: old school: only uses safety pins.
Pate: Danny doesn't seem to change numbers at all. The bus is full of new ones.
Vande Velde: Must do them in his room with a ruler: always immaculate.
Wiggins: Stealthily...see above.
Zabriskie: Cuts off the bit that says Zabriskie."
Apparently Dean has gotten even more anal since this observation.
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this is surprising to you?

roadies have all sorts of meticulous rituals they do before a race.

what? i'm the only one?
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I prefer the Farrar method.
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and that is?
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I leant a jersey to a teammate who didn't have one during a stage race and he 3M adhesive sprayed on his number.... NOT stoked, had to be soaked in paint thinner and then washed about 5 times to get the paint thinner smell out.
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I leant a jersey to a teammate who didn't have one during a stage race and he 3M adhesive sprayed on his number.... NOT stoked, had to be soaked in paint thinner and then washed about 5 times to get the paint thinner smell out.
so your teammate likes to play dress up and make believe?
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