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Old 05-12-11, 12:33 PM   #1
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Respect the Suit and Tie

So I had a conference to go to this morning and all my business casual clothes were dirty. So I put on a tan summer suit and tie and hopped on my very dignified 1974 Raleigh Sports. Throughout my 4-mile ride, motorists went out of their way to clear a path for me. One guy tilted in his mirror, another car stopped in traffic scooted over so I could pass and several cars yielded to me as I negotiated the 4-lane trafic circle around city hall. A cab even stopped turning and waved me by as we both prepared to make a left turn against traffic. It has to be the suit and tie, right? You think it is because they saw me as an inexperienced cyclist who might crash into them, or what?
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Old 05-12-11, 12:41 PM   #2
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In general I've noticed that people treat you better when you wear a suit and tie. Lycra probably has the opposite effect unless you are in an actual race.
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Old 05-12-11, 12:52 PM   #3
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Sounds like time for an experiment .. change sample clothes every day (e.g. something like Day1: Armani Suit d2: Reg.suit d3: Sports coat/jeans d4: jeans/t-shirt d5: Dirty homeless-looking-outfit d6: potato sack) and see what results you get.
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Somebody should come up with a cycling blazer.
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Old 05-12-11, 12:56 PM   #5
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d6: potato sack
And you can get 12 of them for cheaper than one jersey!

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Old 05-12-11, 12:57 PM   #6
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Sounds like time for an experiment .. change sample clothes every day (e.g. something like Day1: Armani Suit d2: Reg.suit d3: Sports coat/jeans d4: jeans/t-shirt d5: Dirty homeless-looking-outfit d6: potato sack) and see what results you get.
Or save time and energy and use your powers of extrapolation. But if you are going to experiment, do the thing right and get different races (and genders) of rider to see what effect these variables might have on the conclusions.

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I rode to a job interview wearing a suit and jacket. The jacket was flapping in the wind behind me. I imagine I looked silly, but nobody treated me differently.

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Old 05-12-11, 01:55 PM   #8
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Somebody should come up with a cycling blazer.
In lycra? Probably be less tacky to fart in the Board meeting...
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Old 05-12-11, 02:28 PM   #9
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In lycra? Probably be less tacky to fart in the Board meeting...
Around here you need blue jeans, a tweed sportcoat with patches on the elbows, and a two day beard to fart in board meetings...

to the OP - a 1974 Raleigh sounds like the PERFECT bike to ride with a suit on ! Nice!
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In lycra? Probably be less tacky to fart in the Board meeting...
That is now considered an obscene gesture.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...on-smells.html
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That is now considered an obscene gesture.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...on-smells.html
Funny stuff! How did they know who did it? Fingerprints?
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So I put on a tan summer suit and tie and hopped on my very dignified 1974 Raleigh Sports.
pics or it didn't happen, you classy bastard
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Same pheromone is experienced in Boston. Wear shirt and tie, and EVERYBODY treats you like a saint.

The next is grocery shopping items. If you have a bunch of celery / carrots sticking out of your backpack, EVERYBODY treat you like a saint.
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Funny stuff! How did they know who did it? Fingerprints?
Likely he who smelt it - dealt it.....
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... Lycra probably has the opposite effect unless you are in an actual race.
Unless you're a voluptuous woman in said lycra.

I agree that when I'm dressed even only somewhat respectable, like business casual, people tend to be more courteous.
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[QUOTE=JimJimex;12634278]Same pheromone is experienced in Boston. [QUOTE]

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That is now considered an obscene gesture.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...on-smells.html

If you can't laugh at a kid farting on the bus, why be a bus driver?
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Farting on the bus... one more reason to commute by bike!
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I personally think suits and commuter bikes mix well. http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl...&aqi=&aql=&oq=
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I generally wear a button up and tie, generally leaving my jacket at work. I seem to never get honked at... no idea if it plays a part. A fellow cyclist seemed to think so. I sometimes wear a short-sleeve dress shirt and tie... perhaps they think I'm a cycling missionary and are afraid of being struck down by God if they hit me. Better safe than sorry, right?
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I always like seeing suit + tie cyclists, as it makes me think that more professionals will commute, and people don't have to gear up too much to ride. My work is fairly casual anyway and none of my seniors wear suit/tie so I don't have cause for it.

One time I flew internationally (Sydney to London) in a suit and tie because I had to go straight to work on arrival, and I was definitely treated better by the cabin crew.
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When I put on the suit & tie it's like a super hero suit. People treat me way differently. Maybe they are afraid I'll steal their 401ks or something if they're not nice to me.
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Somebody should come up with a cycling blazer.
Rapha already has it. It's a bit pricey, though.
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Rapha already has it. It's a bit pricey, though.
Looks good but I don't think I'll be dumping 6 grand ... plus, I don't look good in pink.
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You could always wear something like this:
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