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Old 05-14-08, 05:35 PM   #1
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Another reason for proper lycra shorts

I have cycling shorts, but I don't always wear them. Yesterday, I'm out on my road bike, stopped at an intersection, waiting for a break in traffic. I'm wearing regular baggy civilian shorts. There are two girls on mountain bikes just behind me also waiting.

So, there's enough of a break that I think I can scoot through, and look very professional while doing it (even at 54, my instinct is still to impress girls with my prowess, I guess - like young women would really care or even notice!). I start out to go with my relatively fancy-looking road bike and its SPD pedals. But instead of going, my pant leg gets caught in the saddle somehow as I'm remounting, or maybe it was on my pump mounted on the seat tube, I'm not sure at this point. I end up not moving forward at all, because as I was trying to execute this maneuver quickly, the pant leg problem ends up making my foot miss the pedal entirely and instead of going forward, I half fall over to the pavement. What a dork!

This is why, even a somewhat pot-bellied 50 year old Fred should cycle with the proper cycling gear unless riding a beach cruiser.
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Old 05-14-08, 06:19 PM   #2
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instead of going forward, I half fall over to the pavement. What a dork!
Proper cycling shorts are no barrier to dorkdom. Years of experience have enabled me to execute this maneuver while wearing full cycling regalia.
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Old 05-14-08, 06:23 PM   #3
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Think how bad you would have looked in full kit
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Hmmmm. By any chance, were clipless pedals involved?
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Old 05-14-08, 07:07 PM   #5
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No, the clipless pedals were not involved, because I never even had the opportunity to clip in.

By the way, I forgot to mention that I wasn't going very fast that day because I had had a fast ride the previous day. You know, it can take we 50-plus guys a bit more time to recover. So I also had to endure the embarrassment of having the two girls suddenly pass me a few hundred meters later.

Today, I regained some of my manhood by getting mad and voicing my opinion to a numbskull bicycle rider who ran his red light while I was riding through my green one. I realized after that I was probably taking out my previous day's frustration on him. Normally, I would just have ignored him as the cost of doing business as a cyclist in a modern city.
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Old 05-14-08, 11:28 PM   #6
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Sounds like an out-take from the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "The Cycling Tour". Every day it's "...fell off. Pump got caught in trouser leg."

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Old 05-15-08, 12:03 AM   #7
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Think of it this way, at least you did not have your shorts get caught on the saddle in such a way that they fail to accompany your butt onto the saddle....

(Yes, I have come ALL TOO CLOSE to pants-ing myself in this way... and yes, I bought Lycra the next day )
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Old 05-15-08, 05:33 AM   #8
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I know how you feel. I was riding the other day and women passes me in a car and is looking quite close at me. I am coming up to a light and I was riding no handed drinking from my bottle, looking very pro. The light is red and as I glide up effortlessly I realize it is not going to turn green, I did not down shift so my gearing is too high. So I am trying to shift running out of time realize I need to unclip, can't get my left foot out proceed to yank both feet out of the clips right at the light. While I didn't fall over I sure looked like a crash ready to happen. Sheepishly I continued my ride. So even with the correct attire you can make a fool of yourself.
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Old 05-15-08, 05:57 AM   #9
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I'm in baggy shorts when my wife and I take a ride together. I sometimes encounter a problem with the shorts getting caught in the saddle during a dismount. It's irritating to look so clumsy.
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These posts would be so much better if they were accompanied with pictures or video

I have a pair of baggy cycling shorts that have been hanging in my closet for several years as I had the same problem with them
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Old 05-15-08, 06:36 AM   #11
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or maybe it was on my pump mounted on the seat tube, I'm not sure at this point.
Girls probably wondered if that was a pump in your shorts or were you excited to see them.
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Yet another reason for "Tight" lycra.
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Hopefully they were not giggling??
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baggy civilian shorts.

two girls

fancy-looking road bike

all over to the pavement

What a dork!

This is why, even a somewhat pot-bellied 50 year old Fred should cycle with the proper cycling gear unless riding a beach cruiser.
Your shorts, bike, fall, etc. have nothing to do with dorkiness. According to my teenaged daughters' spoken and unspoken comments, it is inevitable, no matter what you do, it is your essence. Might as well embrace it.
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Old 05-15-08, 02:34 PM   #15
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Glad to know I'm not alone with such problems. Funny thing is though, I don't remember that ever happening to me before. By the way, that Monty Python cyclotourist sketch is one of my favourites.

My daughter often rides with me during her summer break off from teaching. I thought she was always way behind because I was fast, but now I'm thinking maybe she just doesn't want to be seen with me :-)
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No, the clipless pedals were not involved, because I never even had the opportunity to clip in.
What say ye Maddmaxx? Be he a Tombay or not? Although not clipped-in his steed was attired with the proper accoutriments, the forward progress was naught and the required witness present.
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Old 05-15-08, 05:56 PM   #17
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Glad to know I'm not alone with such problems. Funny thing is though, I don't remember that ever happening to me before. By the way, that Monty Python cyclotourist sketch is one of my favourites.

My daughter often rides with me during her summer break off from teaching. I thought she was always way behind because I was fast, but now I'm thinking maybe she just doesn't want to be seen with me :-)
Ya THINK?

Seriously - she wouldn't even go out if that was the case... plus, she's not a teenaged girl. Huge difference, even when they turn 20!
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Gee, even tight lycra can get caught by the nose of the saddle when remounting, especially when damp.
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Some people shouldn't wear lycra shorts

Some people should
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