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    What do you wear ...

    ... when riding your CX bike on a mtn bike trail in the "off season"?
    I started riding my CX bike to supplement my winter road riding. All my jerseys, vests and arm warmers are for road riding - bright, colorful, logos, etc. Not at all like typical mtn bike clothing. I feel kinda strange wearing these bright colors and bibs.
    Should I break the bank and buy some mtn bike shorts and drab jerseys or just get over it?
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    Speaking as a mountain biker, I think a guy on a cross bike in baggy shorts would look even stranger.

    But if you're looking for an excuse to buy a new cycling wardrobe, don't let me hold you back.

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    I really don't think anyone on a MTB would care in my neck of the woods.

    Bib tights for me.

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    I think your mistake is imagining that mountain bikers are as catty and fashion-conscious as roadies.

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    bibs underneath ben davis pants, leg warmers, arm warmers, cyclingcap that covers my ears and a windbreaker. camelbak, too, since i only have one water bottle mount on my frame and I like water. if im not wearing some variant of this, its usually shorts (and when i say shorts i mean lycra with a chamois) that go a little past my knees and a wool jersey...

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    Worry more about comfort than how you look. I wear the same kit wether I'm on the road, cross, mtb or tandem.

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    I wear the same things. Usually I wear less in the woods since there is less wind and you are going slower.

    I wear a camelbak when I ride mountain bikes though.

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    I've yet to actually get a cycling jersey. Bright orange Under Armour for me. Though, I have been pondering one of those mystery bags from Velowear.com... I'm not picky.

    I've seen all kinds of clothing on the local singletrack, though. Everything from topless to full kit. Really, as long as you can carry everything you need and you're comfortable in it, go for it.

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    I mainly wear some cycling jersey stuffed with my tools, tubes, eats, and water bottle. Some shorts( w/chamois) and leg warmers/armwarmers on a cold day. I also have a few wool jerseys that I wear. I prefer wearing some type of sunglasses or clear lenses.Giro Atmos helmet. A cycling cap under my helmet to block the sun and soak up the sweat. I do have a camelbak that I use for longer trail rides in the local mtns. but I like to travel light so I try an stuff what I need in my jersey or jacket pockets. I use the Sidi Dominator which is what I also use for MTB. I don't think anyone really cares whos wearing what, at least I dont. On the local trails where I live there are a few streams shallow enough to ride through so whatever I wear usually gets mud splashed on it.
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    I don't get it. If you are at all concerned why not just wear a t-shirt and an old pair of shorts over you regular cx gear? No extra money spent, unless of course you don't own a t-shirt and a pair of shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flargle View Post
    I think your mistake is imagining that mountain bikers are as catty and fashion-conscious as roadies.


    wear a big fat grin like you're having a good time. self consciousness looks TERRIBLE on you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
    Because when fashion conflicts with function, I vote for function.

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    I wear what is comfortable. When on the bike that means I typically wear bibs/tights, jersey, etc. I don't care if I'm on mountain bike trails or on a training ride in the middle of nowhere. Now especially I'm wearing multiple layers to keep warm in the middle of a typical midwestern winter.

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    I wear my team kits and road helmet for every kind of riding because they feel great and they work for the task. Plus, our team's sponsors put up some real dough to buy us those clothes. So....anyone who does not like it can shove off, I guess. I personally like the look of team clothes, though.

    I pretty much have a rule.....anyone who wants to make fun of my clothes or gear has to be able to ride faster or better than me to warrant my ear....and even then, I pretty much think they can shove off unless they can teach me something
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    its not that big of a deal just wear what you got if you don't wanna spend any more money.

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