You mean like the centuries I've done in street clothes?
We have met the enemy and they is us.
All my bikes.
I sometimes wonder how these posts really get started. When people go out for a training run very few people question the dress code mist runner seem to favor. Few people seem to find street shoes and Levis all that comfortable for a 5k or a 19k. Not a race mind you but a charity run. Not many question shorts and tennis shoes for tennis. Few question golf shoes for golf.
It isn't a question of do you have to wear wicking jerseys, cycling shorts, cycling shoes and clipless pedals it is a question of why not? If they are designed specifically to make the ride more comfortable and you enjoy riding why not get the gear that adds to the experience?
I am sure not everyone's riding style leads to chafing but if there is a hedge against it I am more than willing to use it. In most cases a wicking jersey will dry enough to not be noticeable when going into a store or Starbucks within a few minutes. A tee shirt might work as well but most people will be noticeable to others in cotton.
Cycling doesn't require anyone to wear anything they don't want to. Byt they do make cycling gear to make the experience easier on some people. If someone doesn't have a problem with a flat felt seam running down the center of their saddle they are far more fortunate than those of us that can tell the difference between a good set of bike shorts and Levis or walking shorts.
I used to feel the same way about "gear" I could take frequent 20-30 mile rides. Shorts, T-shirts, sneakers and toe clips.
Then I started touring, and riding much longer distances. I learned about chafing, I discovered my feet could get very sore, and T-shirts can rub your nipples clean off.
Now I am Carbon road shoes, loud cycling shirts and nice tight cycling shorts just full of chamois butter. Don't care what I look like, to old for that.
Let's just say this - I was test riding a few bikes and I had on a nice and expensive pair of jeans and leather boots on. I started to feel some chafing could happen.
If it's just a spin around the block, I'll wear regular clothes. If it's more than an hour, I'll don bike shorts and slimmer, wicking shirts.
I love trashing my regular clothes. Riding around in a pair of $30 jeans that lasts 1/20th the length of time as a pair of $50 bike shorts is fiscally responsible. That and the bonus chafing.
10 bonus points if you notice this post is dripping with sarcasm.
I used to ride in cut off jeans and baggy T's... then I found wool, and decades later, lycra... I wear what ever I have on for short rides, but when hills and miles come in to play... I switch to "gear" and don't bother looking back. (and my body thanks me... )
Folks, wear what you want... just don't make a big deal out of it... whether it's jeans, or cut offs or TdF jerseys... What IS the big deal?
On "gear" I've never owned any bike specific clothing except for one pair of MTB shorts... and I'm sorry I ever bought them. 5 years commuting, jeans or whatever...I generally dress according to the weather, and do the layers thing... light fabric, many layers and I've been known to make "inner" layer shirts into an "outer" layer to keep the stench down betwwen destinations.
Cotton is the sweatiest... but you learn to use what you have.
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I simply wear my black jeans and a t-shirt. I'll sometimes put in over 60km in a day like this with minimal discomfort. Though I am 100% utilitarian with my cycling and rarely ride just for fun (though it is a factor in riding over taking the bus).
BTW, I love that video series. I watched it about 2 weeks ago and found it fascinating.
Last edited by harshbarj; 09-09-10 at 04:06 PM. Reason: btw
I'm trying real hard to figure out what 'gear' is and what 'chaffing' is. I know what gears are and what clothing is but does the OP suggest not wearing clothing?
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When i was 22, i used to ride all day in street clothes with my friends.
didnt worry about that "chafing" shyt!
we was more worried about wrecking out rides then ourselves!
of course there was the beer factor too. lol
guess i just dont get the"gear thing"
There's nothing to "get" about wearing cycling-specific clothing ... we wear it because we want to wear it and like wearing it. Just like how you eat your favourite food because you want to eat it and like eating. Just like how you wear your most comfy clothes because you want to wear your comfy clothes and like wearing them. Just like how you do your favourite hobby because you want to do it and like doing it.
If some of us are really comfortable in our cycling-specific clothing and really like the way it looks ... why wouldn't we want to wear it??
I just bought a great cycling jacket today ... looks good, feels comfy ...
Every sport has sport specific clothing. At least in cycling it is optional. Good luck playing high school football with a baseball cap or running in work boots.
Me... I run in running shoes and gym shorts.
I cycle in anything from a t shirt and shorts for short rides to a full lycra kit for long rides. The best tool for the job.
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Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.
I'll wear my skin tight padded shorts under street clothes then change to regular underwear when reaching my destination. Cycling shorts strangle and smother the little guy when worn off the bike. Most of my tees and polo shirts are wicking. It makes them more versatile; good for on or off the bike.
I may have missed it, but there is one other reason to wear a cycling jersey. At least the ones I usually choose. I prefer jerseys where no one can claim they did not see me. They can claim the jersey blinded them, but not that I somehow blended in! I go with bright, be it a team jersey made to stand out or a solid (cheap) floressent under a chain shop's house brand.
Bicycling dress code anyone?