I was cruising around the Roadie forum here on BF.net and I read over a thread talking about lycra, etc. Now I've got nothing against Roadies. As it is, most are better bikers than I am, stronger, and can go longer distances. I only use my bike to get from one place to the other or to run errands (saving up for a nice Burley Nomad... ohhh yeah).
Concerning lycra, I can't ever consider wearing the stuff. I call them superheros for a reason. I can understand the benefits of it: Padded shorts, stretchy clothes that do not chafe, bright colors to warn others of your presence, the power of wicking.
That's all well and good, but here are my issues with it:
The Superhero Look: Actually the looks in and of itself does not bother me. I hardly look cool with my helmet, shirt, shorts and road safety vest. Its the "group" look that gets me. I hate groups. I hate to associate or be identified with any group (aside from the USMC, my immediate family, and my gamer clan DGCSN . With those three groups, I take the good and the bad that are associated with it. I do not mind being lumped in with them as I understand them completely and they tend to follow a very specific set of behavioral traits (USMC = Cleanest Bodies, Dirtiest Minds, DGCSN = RL friends who are Nerdy l33t gamers with an inability to find real women, Family = the last name 'Daniel' means "Only God will judge me" and this kinda fits). For better or worse, I will associate with these three groups. But no one else. When I interact with the world I want them to interact with me and me alone. In most circumstances I will not ever mention that I am a Marine, my last name, or that my clan name's first two letters mean "Dead Girls." All of this is just a long winded way of saying that until any group is willing to fight and die for me (yes even my gamer clan is that close) then I will not cast my name in with their lot. I may speak on their behalf, work with them for a common goal, or hang out with them, but not be tied in with them.
::shrugs:: Though their are benefits to assembling, I find that I work best speaking alongside a group and not being with them. People tend to lump a group, no matter how large, as one entity, with an equal voice and any other one entity, no matter how large. A movement works best when its not just one group speaking, but with several groups (even if small in number) and several individuals speaking along the same vein
Beyond that, I cannot wear tight pants! I really cant! I even bought the tight, boxer briefs, with padding in them, to wear under my shorts. Rode once around a block and came back sick. To be vulgar, it keeps my testicles WAY to close to my body. I am a decently fit guy. I bought the right size padded underwear (actually it was a size larger than I would have expected). It hurt.
All this being considered, I wear a helmet, loose fitting shorts, normal boxers, a wicking T-shirt that fits comfortably loose (from Target at 9 dollars a pop ) and a Road Safety Vest. I wear sandals and ride my bike on the sideroads and trails when possible.
Its not really a rant and I have nothing at all against Roadies. More power to them. Infact, I have no idea why I wrote this bit. Guess I just felt like sharing. Hope you guys have a good day