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Old 06-02-06, 06:07 AM   #1
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The Cycling Short Gods Have Spoken!!

No doubt as cosmic punishment for my aesthetic complaints about bike shorts....

Had a flat last night (rear wheel, of course) on the way home. My wife essentially dared me to see how fast I could fix it. Patched it and pumped it up and put it back on the bike. This morning, with rain forcast, put on cycling shorts.

Must have patched the tube too fast as it was flat again this morning. So I swapped tubes. I was in a rush, trying to get to work for an office breakfast. After getting to work and changing, I needed to stop at the supermarket next door to bring something to the breakfast. In my haste swapping the tube and pumping it up, I left my keys in our car (which I needed for the pump). Without keys, I can get in our building, but not into my office to get my clothes. So I have to go walking through the supermarket in bike shorts.

What was I assigned to bring for the breakfast?.....fruit salad.
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Old 06-02-06, 06:43 AM   #2
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So I have to go walking through the supermarket in bike shorts.
When are you guys going to get over this? BFD!
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Old 06-02-06, 06:48 AM   #3
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When are you guys going to get over this? BFD!
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Old 06-02-06, 06:57 AM   #4
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This whole post went zoom over my head. Anybody got the cliff notes for it?
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This whole post went zoom over my head. Anybody got the cliff notes for it?
newbojeff is concerned people think he's gay.
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This whole post went zoom over my head. Anybody got the cliff notes for it?
Something about two cyclists who find friendship and love. Brokeback Tandem, I think.
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Old 06-02-06, 07:31 AM   #7
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You guys crack me up!

Spandex in the check out line? Not a problem for me.

My boss makes me laugh on this subject. Couple weeks ago, I got to work in my usual black spandex and neon jersey. Board meeting about to start in our part of the building. Boss "hurry up and get changed"

The ones that kill me are the girls with ample thigh/butt combo, wearing spandex shorts, for no apparent reason. You would think their best friend, or sister, or mom would tell them just how bad they look. I guess not.

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Old 06-02-06, 08:03 AM   #8
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I'm with OP on this one. Bike shorts are like a skin tight bathing suite - good during the specific activity, not for running around town. Is it that much trouble to get dressed?

Thanks for the a.m. chuckle.
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Old 06-02-06, 08:20 AM   #9
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newbojeff is concerned people think he's gay.
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Old 06-02-06, 08:25 AM   #10
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It's not like walking around in a supermarket is akin to riding a bike to a saturday night car race. Then walking around in spandex in front of all the pickup driving, shotgun carrying, chew spitting, and no tooth folks.

Let the anti redneck reponses come forth!
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Old 06-02-06, 08:30 AM   #11
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you have unresolved issues with your mamma
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what? gay cicyling jokes! NO WAY!!
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Old 06-02-06, 09:49 AM   #13
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OoOooOOoOOooO! that reminds me of the most common word yelled at me from pickup trucks in the burbs.
Um........tip? no that's not it. um.......fat? no that not it either. Um......I think it starts with a f. I wonder what one I mean?
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Old 06-02-06, 10:18 AM   #14
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It's not like walking around in a supermarket is akin to riding a bike to a saturday night car race. Then walking around in spandex in front of all the pickup driving, shotgun carrying, chew spitting, and no tooth folks.

Let the anti redneck reponses come forth!
You mean those F-ing bundles of sticks aren't? You gotta be kidding! Who else would dress that way in public and think they look good? Except for people who don't give a darn what they look like.
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Old 06-02-06, 10:25 AM   #15
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Living in SoCal I am constantly forced to see fat people walking around everywhere looking like they lubed up to fit into their swim suits...they can look at me in my kit for awhile and I don't feel bad about it.
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Old 06-02-06, 10:37 AM   #16
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I stopped at the grocery store in the next town over for some gatorade on a hot ride the other day.. I think the fact I was pushing my bike through the store got more looks than my shorts. That "Can he bring that bike into the store?" look. Yes I can. Now if I keep riding maybe they'll start checking out my shorts. Actually as long as my wife keeps checking them out, I'm happy!
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I'm a cyclist and appreciate the function of a good pair of bike shorts, but I really DO NOT appreciate seeing them out of context. Sorry. Nothing to do with fear of being gay or anything like that. Just don't think they look appropriate on the fat, hairy, old guy in line next to me when I'm trying to get my breakfast.
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Now if I keep riding maybe they'll start checking out my shorts
What type of people, who check out men in lycra, do you think the "they" comprise? Or should I not ask?
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I think the fact I was pushing my bike through the store got more looks than my shorts. That "Can he bring that bike into the store?" look. Yes I can.
That is priceless...did they try and charge you for the bike at check-out?
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You mean those F-ing bundles of sticks aren't? You gotta be kidding! Who else would dress that way in public and think they look good? Except for people who don't give a darn what they look like.
LOL
Someone who actually knows what the true definition of that word is.

How I feel about wearing lycra and looking good can be summed up with a post I read sometime ago.

Bike clothes off the bike?

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Old 06-02-06, 11:11 AM   #21
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Gay?! Me?! No!! I'm not gay! No way could I be gay!

That's impossible.

I'm not gay. Really.
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I'm not sure what garners more stares. When I am at the grocery store in my lycra shorts and jersey or when I am in Home Depot with my purse, house slippers and Barney t-shirt (SUPER-DEE-DUPER!).

I think I just figured out why my wife and kids won't go shopping with me.
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Most of the gay men I know wouldn't be caught dead in anything like typical cycling attire.
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So I have to go walking through the supermarket in bike shorts.
My bank has branches in supermarkets and I stopped at the store near my house last night to deposit my paycheck. Let's see. I was wearing a yellow jersey, mtn bike shoes, and BIKE SHORTS. Actually they were bibs but who can tell with the jersey.
I do this all the time. I think the teller was more concerned about me sweating on her counter, so I just handed her everything, then took the deposit slip and left. No puddles.
I've seen a few other cyclists shopping in this store after work - in their bike clothes.
What's "worse"? Bike shorts and jersey or fat people wearing shorts?
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Wear the helmet too... then folks will look at your head and wonder... instead of your shorts.
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