With my recent weight loss comes a new found confidence. I recently took the plunge and bought a couple pairs of spandex shorts and cycling jerseys. Had I known how much easier you can move in these and comfortable they are, I'd have ditched the baggy mtb shorts and t-shirts long ago. Now begins the expensive process of buying more stuff, particularly winter attire.
What I have noticed now are the droves of people staring at me which I never saw before. Before I was just some dude on a "ten speed." Now, people really seem to gawk. My favorite was the young couple in the 80s Camaro. The young lady was really looking me over as her guy was pulling into the left turn lane beside me. I can't help but think he had to notice and took the opportunity to refocus her attention by peeling out as they made a u- turn.
The group of people who also seem to treat me different are other cyclists, roadies in particular. The majority seemed to either look at me funny or fail to acknowledge me at all when they saw a fat due in baggy clothes rolling down the road. Now, I think they see me as one of them and I suppose maybe I am.