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Old 08-09-09, 08:21 AM   #1
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aerobars and a t-shirt?

Saw a guy when I was riding yesterday. He was really moving but something was wrong with what I saw. He had aerobars mounted on his handlebars. Ok so far. He was wearing regular cycling shorts and road shoes. Still ok. But rather than a jersey he was wearing a t-shirt. It looked to be one or two sizes too large because it was really flapping in the wind.
Is this a new style?
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He was out riding . . . that's good enough, isn't it? There's no requirements that you ahve to wear a cycling-specific jersey. I wear t-shirts here in Southern California because I find cycling-specific shirts are not really comfortable. They're either made with open weave fabric that lets the sunshine through, giving me a nice sunburn, or made of tight-weave poly fabric that gets a little too 'muggy'. A t-shirt seems to collect the warm sweat, the 15-20mph breeze I create while riding cools it off, and it cools me down. I'll wear the tight weave one in the winter, but summetime is t-shirt time. It works for me.
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I wear T shirts half the time riding too.
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If he was actually racing in a TT wearing a t-shirt, that'd be stoopid. As it is, he was just out there for a ride, so whatever floats his boat.
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Who cares what people wear when they ride, as long as they are out there having fun and getting some exercise. Since I started frequenting these forums I am amazed at how much stock some people (most?) put into the "look" of a bike or what a rider wears.

When I used to train for bodybuliding competitions the LAST thing we cared about is what someone wore. Who cares if they were wearing fancy sweatsuits (few to none were) or threadbare sweatshirts and old sweat pants if they are pushing 8 reps with 300 - 400# benchpressing or squating 600+ lbs. Half of the talk on these forums is how well someone's jersey fits their body or if their stem is flipped or not.

I suppose cycling is a "different" world.

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When I ride my road bike with aerobars I can be spotted riding in cycling shorts, t-shirt and keen commuter sandals. I don't do the stereotypical road bike rider get up. I wear whatever is available. Same with running and swimming. Heck, I sometimes trained for a HIM in a bikini and Vibram five finger shoes. It is all about me and no one else.
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Horrors! Did you call the bicycle fashion police to report him? 1-800 WTF-MYOB
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Saw a guy when I was riding yesterday. He was really moving but something was wrong with what I saw. He had aerobars mounted on his handlebars. Ok so far. He was wearing regular cycling shorts and road shoes. Still ok. But rather than a jersey he was wearing a t-shirt. It looked to be one or two sizes too large because it was really flapping in the wind.
Is this a new style?
Typical Lance thinking. I will never wear lycra. I wear regular shorts and a tee shirt when I bike. I can ride just as far and fast as anyone else and have been doing so for 16 years.

It seems funny to me if I am not dressed right that I am not considered a bike rider by the Lance crowd out there. Heck they can not even say wave back when I wave to them because I am not dressed right. Makes me laugh. They dress the dress but can they ride the ride. \

They take more time dressing the part then they do riding. I thought riding was what its all about. Get over the fact that someone riding a bike was not dressed right. What makes you so perfect of a bike rider.
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Who cares what people wear when they ride, as long as they are out there having fun and getting some exercise. Since I started frequenting these forums I am amazed at how much stock some people (most?) put into the "look" of a bike or what a rider wears.

When I used to train for bodybuliding competitions the LAST thing we cared about is what someone wore. Who cares if they were wearing fancy sweatsuits (few to none were) or threadbare sweatshirts and old sweat pants if they are pushing 8 reps with 300 - 400# benchpressing or squating 600+ lbs. Half of the talk on these forums is how well someone's jersey fits their body or if their stem is flipped or not.

I suppose cycling is a "different" world.
You got that right.
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Typical Lance thinking. I will never wear lycra. I wear regular shorts and a tee shirt when I bike. I can ride just as far and fast as anyone else and have been doing so for 16 years.

It seems funny to me if I am not dressed right that I am not considered a bike rider by the Lance crowd out there. Heck they can not even say wave back when I wave to them because I am not dressed right. Makes me laugh. They dress the dress but can they ride the ride. \

They take more time dressing the part then they do riding. I thought riding was what its all about. Get over the fact that someone riding a bike was not dressed right. What makes you so perfect of a bike rider.
I agree!

I ride in a t-shirt and BMX shorts 99% of the time unless I'm in a race. No offense to those who wear it, but I am uncomfortable and feel like a fruit on the street or bike path in full lycra, I'm just not comfortable. That stuffs expensive too! The BMX shorts provide what I need for padding, and I feel more than comfortable in shirts that cost me next to nothing half the time (I use "event" t-shirts for cycling shirts cause they get all nasty sweaty), plus I can stop at the store if need be and not feel like everyone is checking out my ass. And yep I'm usually on my aerobars, and always "moving".
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i wear a tshirt cause i'm getting into cycling, he may be getting into it and don't want to spend more money on something that they may have no use for in a month or two. NEWS FLASH. I know some can't think of people not liking cycling but there are just some people in this world who don't
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I wear T shirts when I ride. I figure if I'm going to look like a doofus anyway, I might as well look like a doofus in cheap clothes rather than expensive. Extra drag = extra exercise.
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I concur on what everyone had said. Ride your bike, wear what you like and enjoy!
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Thinking like this is some of what keeps people away from cycling. Too many people think that putting on a kit instantly makes them fast. I wear whatever I want and sometimes this is a kit, sometimes it's a pair of gym shorts and t-shirt. If you don't like it, who gives a flying crap.
Good on him for not being so caught up in this elitist cycling garbage.
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If the op saw me riding, he would have a processor overload. Seriously you don't want to know what besides aerobars are on my bike.
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If you're interested in maximum aerodynamic efficiency, then don't wear a flapping t-shirt.

If the point of your ride is not maximum aerodynamic efficiency, then wear what you want.
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too much emphasis by some people on appearance. Just ride!
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I find the most critical clothing for cycling is the shorts. I had a bunch of old cycling bib shorts from a decade ago, all have chamois like cloth in the crotch, so no rubbing raw. Very stretchy but OK because they could be a tad small. I usually put a tank top over the shorts.
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If you're interested in maximum aerodynamic efficiency, then don't wear anything.
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atleast he was wearing a shirt! was he wearing a helmet? that would be more inportant than a jersey
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'm not fast, just old, but I wear a mish-mash of cycling clothing from old bibs (comfortable) to regular shorts and on top everything from "genuine" cycling jerseys to old tank tops. When I'm full "decked out" I'm no faster than when in shorts and tank tops. When I rode my totally custom Mondonico I wouldn't ride in anything but, as the brits would say, full kit but I out grew that idea.
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I love dusting elitist snobs when I'm out training. (My floppy shirts are my training aid.)
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i blew fart dust all over an lycra-clad roadie w/ my super fixor gear bike while wearing a flapping tshirt 3 sizes to big once.
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i blew fart dust all over an lycra-clad roadie w/ my super fixor gear bike while wearing a flapping tshirt 3 sizes to big once.
I like the cut of your jib. I couldn't find T-shirt floppy enough to enhance my training, so I mounted a sail on the back of my bike--really knots-up the lycra panties of the guys I pass wearing TdF TT helmets.
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Aerobars have a practical side, too. They let you take your weight off your hands. You don't need to be racing to use them.
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