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Old 08-11-07, 03:21 PM   #1
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Spandex as the Fixed Gear Fashion Antichrist



I ride with bike shorts on my road bike but I can't bring myself to ride my fixed gear with tights.

Is spandex the "oh-no-you-didn't" fashion no-no for fixed gear poseurs? Discuss.
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Old 08-11-07, 03:25 PM   #2
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I'll ride in spandex from time-to-time. It generally involves pants/cut-offs over cycling shorts and a jersey.
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whats a fixed gear poseur
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First of all, it is lycra.... but whatever...

Secondly, there is good reason most bibs are in black. Without even considering the sharing your wares perspective, light colors easily are discolored in the ass region from all the road grime that gets ground in from sitting on the saddle.

My question to you--- do you like riding 80 miles on your fixed gear wearing jeans? Your ass must look like a pizza. How well does your cotton wick your sweat away? Like your padded cut-off Dickies on your rock-hard Brooks? Just asking.... Just saying lycra has its place.

But that place is not walking around the grocery store or hanging out at the coffee shop.
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I ride in it if I'm going out for a longer ride or a ride that is just a ride and not a ride with an end destination that would make it unfit to be in spandex.
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I ride lycra when my rides are over 40 miles on the fixed gear. Any longer and I don't care what I look like. But there's just something goofy about wearing bike shorts (tights) with a fixed gear.

For shorter rides, I wear regular shorts over the lycra.
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this thread is secretly about how mass culture induces conformity
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If I'm just fscking around doing "stupid fixie tricks", I just wear regular shorts. If I'm going on a longer ride, I wear mountain-bike shorts... because... I dunno. There is something odd feeling -- for me -- about wearing my bibs on my fixie.

I guess it kinda feels like wearing a full pro football getup to a game of touch or flag football with the guys at the park.

*shrug*

But I do see the wicking value in specific riding clothes, thus the MTB shorts and a loose-fitting jersey.
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this thread is secretly about how mass culture induces conformity
OH MAN...BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I ride my fixed gear with an XXL slipknot shirt and big ass JNCOs that double as sails for when I get stranded out at sea.
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eeeww....

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this thread is secretly about how mass culture induces conformity
Call me assimilated and vain.
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*friend as he walks past at work* "wow that second guy is small"


3/4 pants and (if its over 40km) bike shorts under wickaway 3/4 shorts... i just cant bring my self to go all out with the spandex/lycra
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swrve knickers. good compromise. great material, keeps you cool, stays tight so you don't get balloon pants but no chamois pad.

i've got two pairs, scholler dynamic for hot days, cotton for not so hot days. i'd like to get a pair of wools for the winter as well as some lycra for rides where i don't want to look too good.
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my lycra brings all the boys to the yard
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But that place is not walking around the grocery store or hanging out at the coffee shop.
I absolutely hate wearing street clothes any time I'm riding my bike and the temp is over about 20C/70F. Now that I live in a city where it's always hot in the summer, even just running to the store and stuff the outer layer of my poor Flite is wearing off from sweating like a pig in cotton shorts or pants; when I have to go more than a couple miles round trip to run an errand, I'll probably start throwing on shorts. I already throw on a jersey anytime I'll have a bag on my back.

When I had a commute, I went for rides or trained after work, and usually got groceries on the way home. After a couple of stops in at the grocery store in bike shorts and a road jersey, the default awkwardness wears off and you just don't care, especially if you're bonking. If they're just a titch on the small side though, well, that's a little embarrassing.

And I like wearing tights when it's cool out; in the winter the only reason I wore pants or shorts over them was because it was too cold for the old junk on a 25 or 30 minute commute.

Hanging out at the coffee shop, well, maybe not.

Those youngsters in jeans and work pants on their bikes, I just don't get it.
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i just got back from a 60 miler in 85 F Heat. you bet your ***** i was fully kitted up with lycra + jersey.
and i did it fixed.
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I hillclimb a lot and prefer to do it in my lycra, because anything with an inelastic waistband starts to make my gut cramp up when Im really going for it. The crew I am riding with more these days are all semi serious roadies so there's no feeling out of place. I can see where it might feel funny if none of your friends were doing it but that goes for most get-ups.
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f*ckkkkkkkk that. if i'm going to be on my bike - fixed or not - anywhere - city or suburbs - for any extended period of time, i'm wearing something comfortable....like full spandex! same goes for alleycat races. if i were a messenger i'd be delivering packages in full spandex as well since 8 hours on a bike in jeans and a t-shirt isn't that comfortable.
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but, when you wear lycra, do you have a large red circle around your junk, pointing it out to the world, like these lovely polska men?...


couldn't they have put some writing over that.. it would make it so much better/funnier, hehe
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I think the guy in the red helmet is flicking me off
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yeah I was just about to say he is the best of the bunch..
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take it to the road forum gawkers
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give me cuffed Levi's or give me hipster death
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