Yes I'm a Middle Aged Male In Loose sweatpants and proud of it! I enjoy the female form in Lycra, but other guys "EWWW..." ( borrowed that from my 15 year old daughter) I will say that there is a weight-point where Lycra/spandex is not attractive. Tim
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Moreover, I am not arrogant enough to speak for all women, I dare say my perceptions would clearly be different than say, that of my 18 yr. old daughter; I am merely master of my own Kentonometer.
As far as we men: thanks for the universally kind words. I clearly don't see men as you do, but for me, it's the comfort and support over a long ride, not the way I look. Besides, however my backside might look, I still have a round fuel supply in front that needs to be used up. It's a bit smaller these days, however!
But, mid-life crisis? I guess so, and Mrs. Road Fan is following me right over the cliff, on her new/old Georgina Terry!
Last edited by Road Fan; 08-15-10 at 08:58 PM.
It takes a real man to be able to rock the lycra and be a total winner. Everyday I'm eternally grateful to be married to such a man.
Congrats on your win, AJ, as well as for scoring high on the RRS.
professorbob, except for the losing 30 lb, we have had the same experiences!
Not that I really care, generally; as long as my metabolic numbers stay good, I'm fine with the weight and waistline -- it just gets tougher to find jeans that fit for a good price! My long legs complicate that.
I find myself pulling on the lycra about 1-2x per year (time's coming up soon, too!); during my fall vacation, I take longer solo rides; that's when I think about the stuff. Frankly, though, I can pull off the tights look a lot better.
Geeze, man I'm missing the boat here, I'm wearing $20 on sale bike shorts and only have a $500 bike, maybe I should just, give up and hide somewhere Naw, I'm riding, I don't give a hoot what ANYONE thinks about the way I LOOK in bike shorts and that my bike is just a nice entry level machine.
Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
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Lycra is just another one of the things in a long list of things I was wrong about when it comes to cycling. It's nice to be 58 and comfortable in a pair of lycra bibs and a sleeveless shirt in a grocery store.
It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.
Better the middle-aged men squeezed into their Lycra sausage-casings than behind the wheel of a convertible, bald heads glinting in the sun.