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Old 08-24-04, 08:30 AM   #1
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Fashion Question

I'm a roadie and yes I wear the "standard issue" road kit. I've seen the pix of all you hard core fixed gear types and the kit includes baggy shorts. Do you wear a cycling short or chamios under short. Cause if I road any amount in those baggy shorts my boys would be in pretty bad shape.
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for any ride over 20 miles i almost always wear a pair of biking shorts under a pair of regular shorts. i actually like the additional padding that two pairs of shorts gives me. i do this on my road bike as well.
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Old 08-24-04, 08:41 AM   #3
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Pretty much what timmhaan said. Whenever I ride for more than an about an hour I wear Pearl Izumi Ultrasensors under a pair of socially acceptable shorts. Probably if I was planning on doing a century or more, I'd lose the baggy shorts though.
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I wear shorts under my Carharts. They don't get in too bad of shape. The main problem I've had is with jeans ripping out in the crotch because they ride lower on my hips than they would normally (that lycra is some slippery sh*t) and I tend to clear jams out of my machines at work near the floor or if I need to work on them. I sit kind of weird when I want to be that low - pretty much both ankles at my hips sitting with the bottom of my leg out. I dunno why, but a lot of other people can't sit down like that. But I've ripped the crotch out of two pairs of jeans so far since I started wearing the shorts and they started slipping. (I don't bother to take them of for work BTW - we have uncomfortable chairs).

As far as the boys go, by ass is in worse shape sooner. But I made sure I've got a good angle on my seat so my boys don't have difficulty. The damn seat I bought when I was drunk doesn't help that (Kiddies - never buy a carbon fiber 135gm saddle that you have never sat on when you are drunk. It is not a good idea, and may lead to bounced rent checks)...

The ride I went on sat had a fair amount of people in bike garb, a couple even with tights and jereseys... Or jerseys and cut-off pants that probably had bike shorts underneath.

It really doesn't matter at all what you wear. (except maybe a dress, that would be way to easy to catch in the chain unless it was a miniskirt) Just wear what is comfortable to you, and ride how you want to ride. I'd give props to someone I saw that I was able to identify as a roadie by outfit that was riding a bike that I knew was a sweet fixie....

That could just be me though...

BTW - Glad to see we didn't completely scare you off. Riding fixed is something that will help you out in every aspect, not just riding your bike. If you drive a car, I can pretty much guarantee that within a few months you will have a much better understanding of traffic, and how to predict it's movements...

It's all faster slower, never stop, not fast to the light, then stop. Not a re-incarnation of the car where you are the engine, but a way of thinking about motion that trancends everything you ever thought.

If the standard issue is what works for you, keep wearing it.

As long as you ride we (or at least I) don't care....
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It really doesn't matter at all what you wear. (except maybe a dress, that would be way to easy to catch in the chain unless it was a miniskirt)
I have yet to catch a dress in the chain.
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And yet you look so good in a dress... Only the on I saw you in didn't come anywhere near your feet...

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if standard issue is what works for you; continue with standard issue (though personally, dont understand how plastic clothing can work for anyone).

never do anything soley for the sake of fashion.
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if standard issue is what works for you; continue with standard issue (though personally, dont understand how plastic clothing can work for anyone).
keeps your skin dry. especially usefull in the winter when yuo sweat a lot.
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And yet you look so good in a dress... Only the on I saw you in didn't come anywhere near your feet...

Let me know if I should delete this
Yeah, I like the short ones 'cause they show off all my bruises.
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If I am going to change anyway (particularly commuting) I wear road bike shorts and a jersey. If I am riding more than 10 or 15 miles I wear bike shorts. If I am tooling around town I just wear street clothes.

Cycling clothes make a whole lot of sense -- they are comfortable and help you ride better. They deal with all the sweat and keep you cool. I love modern fiber technology, even though I ride a 30-year-old bike. I have a real weakness, however, for vintage cycling clothes, especially wool jerseys.
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Old 08-24-04, 10:00 AM   #11
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I have yet to catch a dress in the chain.
same goes for my kilt
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"keeps your skin dry. especially usefull in the winter when yuo sweat a lot"

keeps my skin wet...and stinky. Wool for me.
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"keeps your skin dry. especially usefull in the winter when yuo sweat a lot"

keeps my skin wet...and stinky. Wool for me.
maybe you should come out of the seventies. not many left there except some acidheads and
crankdrillers.
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Wool is for socks.
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"Wool is for socks"

socks are for people who wear synthetic shoes...

(oh yeah, and for the office; in that case wool's fine)
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BTW - Glad to see we didn't completely scare you off. Riding fixed is something that will help you out in every aspect, not just riding your bike. If you drive a car, I can pretty much guarantee that within a few months you will have a much better understanding of traffic, and how to predict it's movements..



Actually the biggest thing I've noticed, and only after a week, is that my "circles" are better on my road bike. I've probably picked up 1mph just because of smoother pedal stroke! I am going to add one day a week fixed as part of my training program. I'm adding some things to the bike, everything should be here by the middle of next week. Bullhorns, different seat and the rear brake. I'll post some pix when it's done.

As for the fashion question I wear my road kit. I was just wondering about all of you guys who are riding in street clothes cause I would be really uncomfortable if it were me. Right now I'm a stay at home dad but my wife really is missing the kids. If she decides she want's to swap "job" I'll be using the fixie as commuter bike and that will most likely get me into wearing street clothes with a cycling specific under-short.
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Both ways, depending on the length of the ride.
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As for the fashion question I wear my road kit. I was just wondering about all of you guys who are riding in street clothes cause I would be really uncomfortable if it were me. ...
I only ride in relatively loose fitting street clothes, whether it's for the 3-km commute, 10-km rides or 100 km tours. I find it comfortable (with a good Brooks leather saddle) and also convenient for when I'm off the bike.

Apart from not being interested in cycling-specific clothes, I don't like at all the idea of close-fitting clothing. As they say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!". Besides, I don't like how they look.

I do use a helmet, cycling gloves and SPD shoes, so I use those pieces I find worthwile for me.

In terms of fashion, I mostly ride solo, but if/when I ride with others, I couldn't care less how they dress up.
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I just wear lightweight military pants, cut off and rolled up to just under the knee...nothing under them. But this could be all because of the fact that I've found THE saddle for me (too bad they don't make it anymore). In the winter, I wear lined lycra (no padding) for the warmth and keep the pants just above the chainline. Tha boyz ain't complaining, either!
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I'm a roadie and yes I wear the "standard issue" road kit. I've seen the pix of all you hard core fixed gear types and the kit includes baggy shorts. Do you wear a cycling short or chamios under short. Cause if I road any amount in those baggy shorts my boys would be in pretty bad shape.
yeah, 3/4 lenght Castelli bibs.
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I just wear lightweight military pants, cut off and rolled up to just under the knee...nothing under them. But this could be all because of the fact that I've found THE saddle for me (too bad they don't make it anymore). In the winter, I wear lined lycra (no padding) for the warmth and keep the pants just above the chainline. Tha boyz ain't complaining, either!


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hahaha... 'the only way to go'
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what are bike shorts like anyways?
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Leotard with Maxi-pads?
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