Howdy. Do you find that motorists treat you differently depending on how you're dressed? Yesterday, I was all geeked out in Jersey and gloves and my Deuter backpack, looking like a cyclist (more mountain though because of my baggy shorts), riding through East L.A., when a passenger in a car full of teens leaned out the window and laughed at me really loudly. This has never happened before. I usually dress toned down, not in cycling specific clothing, but yesterday I was wearing a jersey and just the whole effect said "cyclist." I don't know if what I was wearing had anything to do with the incident, but it just made me think.
Do you find that motorists give you more respect if you're in full cycling gear? Do you get made fun of more when you're in full cycling gear? Does how you dress make any difference whatsoever on how motorists treat you? Just wanted to put that out for discussion.