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Old 05-16-08, 06:26 AM   #1
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My wife keeps asking me to go out the back door when I go on my rides so I don't scare the neighbor kids...
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My wife keeps asking me to go out the back door when I go on my rides so I don't scare the neighbor kids...
When I ride to work, I wear a pair of gym or running shorts over my bibs. I draw enough stares walking into the building at 12:50 PM in bike gear without the additional problem of drawing anti-Lycra comments.
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When I ride to work, I wear a pair of gym or running shorts over my bibs. I draw enough stares walking into the building at 12:50 PM in bike gear without the additional problem of drawing anti-Lycra comments.
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I generally wear either gym shorts, or lately some cargo shorts above my lycra pretty much everywhere. While I certainly don't care about the opinion of others, and even though I generally arrive at work well before anyone else, I don't think an exec should be prancing around the office in lycra, before hours or not . Might kind of hamper my credibility, I think...
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I generally wear either gym shorts, or lately some cargo shorts above my lycra pretty much everywhere. While I certainly don't care about the opinion of others, and even though I generally arrive at work well before anyone else, I don't think an exec should be prancing around the office in lycra, before hours or not . Might kind of hamper my credibility, I think...
I work for an excessively politically correct company. I can see one of my coworkers complaining to HR about my creating a hostile work environment were I to show up with uncovered Lycra. I don't care what they think of me, but I'd rather not have to deal with the professional PC types.
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I work for an excessively politically correct company. I can see one of my coworkers complaining to HR about my creating a hostile work environment were I to show up with uncovered Lycra. I don't care what they think of me, but I'd rather not have to deal with the professional PC types.
Well you could counter with thier cars are making you life more perilous. if it really is that sktchey at your work.
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LMAO!!!!! okay that's funny! But I don't wear spandex...
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I work for an excessively politically correct company. I can see one of my coworkers complaining to HR about my creating a hostile work environment were I to show up with uncovered Lycra. I don't care what they think of me, but I'd rather not have to deal with the professional PC types.
Ahh yes, I know the type. Such a sad thing to have to deal with those types, as it seems they have nothing better to do than criticize others' choices. Thankfully I don't have to deal with that particular problem here, in fact my supervisor (who also happens to be the CEO) was admiring my LHT yesterday and today. We've been talking quite a bit about bikes lately as his wife is becoming an avid roadie, and he's looking to upgrade her from a Trek 7000 series hybrid to something a little more speedy. He also is a fit man, and I'd predict sooner rather than later he'll get on a bike.

So really, I just do it out of "okay, I can't really assert myself to them if they've seen my butt in spandex" more than anything . Overall I have a very bike-friendly workplace, everyone thinks it's "cool" that I bike to work, rather than it being some sort of weird thing .
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Well I have no problem with my Athena ride partner in spandex. The benefits seem to outweigh the,...the...uhh. Heck, it's a win win situation for me!


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Anti-spandex issues only come up around here when you need to step into a place 30+ miles out into farm country, a bank, an automobile mechanic shop, or a museum full of school-age kids that think that it is funny. As long as you are not wearing it into your cubicle at work, it is okay just about everywhere else. Well...maybe not in places like churches, synagogues, or non fast-food restaurants either.

There are lots of bcyclists here, and I see spandex just about everywhere else. Factory/IT/university/retail/business-office employees regularly show up to work after a 1-2 hour jaunt before work. As long as you are only wearing it on your bike, it is accepted. The more attractive you are in spandex, the more it is accepted too, as Mr. Beanz indicated.
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Old 05-16-08, 11:35 AM   #13
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The only problem I've had with Lycra is feeling like telling some women "My eyes are up here......"
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The more attractive you are in spandex, the more it is accepted too, as Mr. Beanz indicated.
Don't be mistaken, I'm sure there are the stereotypical 'want a skinny girl' rider guys that would NOT find her attractive. But I do and being a clyde, not many guys are going to walk up and complain about it!
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I just bought a new pair of bibs. I've been wearing Performance Century Gel bibs, which are not the most form fitting of garments. Bulky gel pad, heavier weight fabric, good for fall through spring when it's cold. Well, summer's here and I got some Performance Ultra bibs yesterday: Lightweight wicking fabric, light chamois pad, etc... but they're also a bit on the obscene side with how form fitting they are. Friends on another site have used the term "junkhuggers" to describe other shorts they've got which are the same fit.
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Girls in lycra.... Great!!!! I like, curvey girls are even better


I just don't like wearing spandex!

now back to your post.. lol
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The only problem I've had with Lycra is feeling like telling some women "My eyes are up here......"
Outstanding Tom. I have noticed that since I have been losing weight that I am getting more and more look ups, especially in my bike shorts. Kind of nice.
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The only problem I've had with Lycra is feeling like telling some women "My eyes are up here......"
Or you could embrace that "problem" by wearing red lycra shorts with a blinkie light attached to each thigh.
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I got some Performance Ultra bibs yesterday: Lightweight wicking fabric, light chamois pad, etc... but they're also a bit on the obscene side with how form fitting they are. Friends on another site have used the term "junkhuggers" to describe other shorts they've got which are the same fit.
Just got some myself a few weeks ago. Junkhuggers? Um, yeah, that's about right... Not sure I like 'em yet - nothing wrong with the fit, but I'm having an issue with hotspots/chafing/saddle sores (not sure which or if there's a difference) in a couple places that just won't seem to go away.
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I work for an excessively politically correct company. I can see one of my coworkers complaining to HR about my creating a hostile work environment were I to show up with uncovered Lycra. I don't care what they think of me, but I'd rather not have to deal with the professional PC types.
I'm guessing the ladies wouldn't care too much, it's probably the guys who would be upset because you've got a bigger moose knuckle than they have.
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Just got some myself a few weeks ago. Junkhuggers? Um, yeah, that's about right... Not sure I like 'em yet - nothing wrong with the fit, but I'm having an issue with hotspots/chafing/saddle sores (not sure which or if there's a difference) in a couple places that just won't seem to go away.

Hotspots are pressure pains from a pinched or compressed nerve
Chafing is rubbing the skin raw from friction with the fabric
Saddle sores would be an actual open sore that develops from excessive chafing or re-broken blistering/bruising, typically at a contact point from the saddle. (Ischial contact, or in the case of people who ride incorrectly; perineum)

Are the problems right at your ischial contact points, or other spots?
Do you use chamois creme for long rides?
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i have started taking off the gym shorts (I call them modesty shorts) and barring the lycra for solo rides (always for group rides). It would be quite a while before i did it to work though.
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I work at a VERY PC company and no one minds if you show up in spandex as long as you change.
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