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    Skinsuits worth it?

    Are skinsuits just for TT's or are they often used for just regular riding as well? I hear that most of them don't have rear pockets so what do you usually do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNHBiker
    Are skinsuits just for TT's or are they often used for just regular riding as well? I hear that most of them don't have rear pockets so what do you usually do?
    Think you're called a poseur for showing up in full team kit? Just wait 'til you ride up in a skinsuit.
    No they're never used for "just plain riding" at least not by anyone I know of.

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    Skinsuits are for TT.

    What I usually do is this: Don't wear a skinsuit. The only advantage I could think of is if your a hermit and greatly despise human contact then wear one. The other cyclists will avoid you like they avoid wal-mart bikes.

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    Unless you're really fond of the feel of full-body lycra (and if you are, ain't nothing wrong with that), I'd say just save the skinsuits for high-level TT events. Yeah, I'll admit that they're theoretically pretty cool, but I'm not about to do weekend rides in one. From both practical and ęsthetic standpoints, my personal inclination would be to stick to shorts and jerseys.

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    its alright to wear a skinsuit in a crit, too. just not on regular day to day riding.

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    Can see no reason to suspect anything could be more comfortable than a bib combination and properly fitting jersey..
    Aerodynamics, they are for TT's. But, are they super comfortable, regardless of function?

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    yes, they are quite comfy, but no rear pockets so not very functionable.

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    what do rear pockets have to do with anything?
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    Forum..With winter coming on suspect I need knickers, so I am not intereted in skinsuits; but Performance makes Skinsuits with one pocket in what would be the jersey area.

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    I am not a fashion nazi, but some people should not wear a skinsuit.

    I'm just sayin',,,

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    i notice cyclocross racers wearing them sometime. wonder if it's too keep mud out or something.

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    RIders think skinsuits look much different from regular cycling clothes..? From 10 feet away, with the elastic in the waists of the jersey's really wonder how one knows, as a rider passes by at 17 mph.?
    No elastic in the waist, seems they might feel like bibs in terms of comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    what do rear pockets have to do with anything?
    You need rear pockets to put stuff in (tools, spare tube, mini pump, food, etc.).
    You could use an under-seat pouch for that stuff but that would spoil the "lines" of
    your bike.

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    i have a friend who runs a skin suit for DH. Unfortunatly he is chunky, says it makes him think he's faster though.
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    I can see wearing them for racing or TT, but not for just riding.

    Speaking of which, someone in my building is getting rid of a skin suit. They left a bunch of stuff out in the lobby for people to take, maybe they're moving. Among the items was a skinsuit! I was surprised since I have never seen anyone else in my building with a road bike, just a couple who ride beatup old mountain bikes. THe suit is red, blue and yellow and says, "COSMIC" and "Cueva custom cycles" with several other logos. Of course, I am not too keen on wearing someone else's used skinsuit. If they could guarantee it was unused, maybe, but no way to be sure. It looks like maybe it would fit me and I could use it for spinning class or indoor training. But someone else's used skinsuit, ewwww....
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    ultimately, nothing is wrong with wearing a skinsuit when you're normally riding. it won't make you ride any differently. It really is just personal preference. If you go to a group ride with a skinsuit, there will most likely be a few wiseasses who will make fun of you, but if it's what you wanna wear, then don't worry about it. The pockets thing could be a big problems though, but a saddle bag could fix that pretty easily, at least for the most part. There are also a hondful of skinsuits without team logos and crap all over them too, so from any further than 15 feet, most people probablly couldn't even tell you had one on. Some even let you tan through them to avoid tan lines, which is pretty cool. So there are some advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately, it is personal preference.

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