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View Poll Results: Fashion Sense or Lack Thereof?
Charmingly chic
10
12.35%
Fashion faux pas
3
3.70%
Critics be damned
17
20.99%
Pragmatic
15
18.52%
Dogmatic
2
2.47%
On sale
24
29.63%
New tech is the bomb
2
2.47%
I am to please
2
2.47%
Function only, leave me alone
26
32.10%
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Fashion sense or lack thereof.....

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Old 02-05-19, 03:06 PM
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I vote with critics be damned.

You are who you are, and you look good when you feel good, and if Lycra makes you feel good, who am I to criticize.

You won't catch me in that stuff, but that's another matter.
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That's @calamarichris , west coast legend....

My son Chris used to browse BF, and insisted on trying calamari the first time he saw it on a menu, because of @calamarichris .
Haha. Please apologize to Chris for me. I loath calamari. Every girlfriend I've ever had all say the same thing: "Oh, you just haven't had good calamari like this place!"
And every time I try it: "Well, the sauce on these bland, chewy rubber bands is indeed buttery..."

"Squid" is a common epithet among motorcyclists, usually denoting one who rides irresponsibly while wearing shorts and sandals. Calamari = chopped & fried squid.
(Hopefully Chris' experience with calamari was enough to dissuade him from becoming an irresponsible motorcyclist.)


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I voted "I am to please" because that has a sexy ring to it. However, I think the thread is skewed the wrong way. Fashion is so subjective that it makes more sense, I think, to poll the other way round. In other words, post photos of your outfits and poll the opinions on fashionability. It is so very hard to see oneself clearly.

PS I dig the jersey in the first photo and think pink is pretty rad.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I tend to lean towards wearing earth tones, but I've been complimented when wearing garish colors. ...Garish colors on a bike might make us more visible, so embrace them.
Even if it's obnoxious, nothing's more fashionable than stark, garish visibility in the era of texting drivers. If it still isn't enough to keep you alive, at least it will give your surviving relatives a tighter case.



I really, really don't get this trend toward black kits, earth-tones and unpainted, flat-black carbon frames. As a devout Darwinist, I feel inclined to approve of asphalt-camouflage, but that only removes the wrong people from the gene pool.

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I like solid colors or geometric patterns. I have been wearing brighter colors to be more visible. I don't like looking like a billboard, so I tend to stay away from team kit or event jerseys. My daughter gives me feedback on my color coordination, i.e. jersey, bike and water bottle have to match or coordinate. For some reason she hates white socks with black shoes.
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I wear army surplus, but like, Italian mountain knickers and breeches. Wool blends, Earth tones, wear like iron.
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I wear army surplus, but like, Italian mountain knickers and breeches. Wool blends, Earth tones, wear like iron.
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My fashion statements tend toward gibberish.
Poetry in motion?
Words tumbling over each other?
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Even if it's obnoxious, nothing's more fashionable than stark, garish visibility in the era of texting drivers. If it still isn't enough to keep you alive, at least it will give your surviving relatives a tighter case.

I really, really don't get this trend toward black kits, earth-tones and unpainted, flat-black carbon frames. As a devout Darwinist, I feel inclined to approve of asphalt-camouflage, but that only removes the wrong people from the gene pool.
Actually, one of the riders at Sunday's 'Cafe Cycle' ride (a glorified coffee run on 2 wheels, but fun!) had on a set of these babies. You could get a seizure if you rode behind him long enough. But there is no doubt in my mind he was visible to motorists... Made by Aerotech Designs - I asked. And no, I'm not buying a set - they don't amuse me. Well, not in the right way anyway...

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There's a fine line somewhere between the eye-catching form of obnoxious that alerts drivers, and the kind that tempts them to commit vehicular manslaughter.
Perhaps if those were available in shorts, they might dial the response back to man's laughter?

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Those would cause a crash due to being a distraction!
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There's a fine line somewhere between the eye-catching form of obnoxious that alerts drivers, and the kind that tempts them to commit vehicular manslaughter.
Perhaps if those were available in shorts, they might dial the response back to man's laughter?
I gotta admit it was difficult riding behind the wearer. That he is rather rotund didn't help one bit, things were moving in ways that were, quite frankly, nightmare-inducing... The group gave him plenty of carp over it (that was the amusing part) and one motorist passing by laid down on the horn while passing him. This is Memphis with 4WD beer jockeys on steroids - this kind of attire is not wise here, if it is anywhere.
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Just pulled a week's worth of kit out the washer, hung it to dry where all will be serviceable in the AM.
Modern kit materials and design ( with whatever fashion statement you please, for me a blank logo-less visible one ) are one of the real technical improvements for cycling in my era.
Woolen kit was more like having sickly, finicky expensive pets than clothing. One temperature mistake in care and "the Betta died", only it was $$$ team kit that now only would fit a toddler.
Hand washing in the sink and having the hanging-to-dry space in the home divided like post-WWII Germany between "her unmentionables" and "my kit" is as dear a memory as living with the Berlin wall.

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My contribution, I'm not a member but it's a great conversation starter.

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I prefer color-block or stripes to epic graphics and such. I also buy my cycling apparel the same way I buy bikes and parts: used on CL and ebay. Except shoes, and caps; those I buy new.
Anyway, I picked "On Sale" and "Pragmatic." Because it turns out you can go with more than one selection in this-here poll.
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I really don't give it any thought. If I see a jersey that matches one of the bikes I'll grab it. Otherwise it's just quality stuff I pick up a good prices.

Some of my "matching" stuff. The pink gets a lot of laughs from passing drivers but who cares? I make sure to work extra hard when sporting the pink. The red/white/blue kit get's me the most thumbs up.





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None of the above I'm afraid.
My cycling apparel choices are made largely on the basis of sentiment and tradition. I've been riding with the same small local club, the Forest Knolls Freewheelers, for twenty-five years, so I usually just wear the club colors.




I race cyclocross for a team sponsored by an old friend so I wear the team colors a lot too.




Then there are the special-occasion jerseys that come out once a year for special annual rides:



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No specific fashion sense. Mostly just grab whatever seems convenient and weather consideration. I don't stop nor care to be disrupted on my 30 mile loop workout. Not posing or out to impress anyone. Who wants to be near or see some stinking sweaty cyclist? Not me ;-))

Though one of the most frightening sights was at some organized century ride, where Bibendum appeared at a rest stop. It was 90 degrees and sunny. This ain't no race BiG boy with your ALL white (strategic spots of yellow) FULL speed skinsuit.
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I'm not sure I've ever had a team or club jersey or anything with fancy graphics. Thinking back to the 1970s it's always been solid colors, maybe with a gratuitous stripe or logo that I tried to ignore because the jersey or shorts were comfortable and in my budget.

But I gotta admit, I have a hankering for that Mondrian graphics '85 retro jersey. Makes me wanna go all Badger and punch a protestor.



That jersey just makes ya wanna punch a fool.

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Summer 2018 group ride. It was well over 100F even after 6 pm. That green Garneau jersey is a nice tech fabric update on my 1970s green merino wool jersey.
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None of the above I'm afraid.
My cycling apparel choices are made largely on the basis of sentiment and tradition. I've been riding with the same small local club, the Forest Knolls Freewheelers, for twenty-five years, so I usually just wear the club colors.




I race cyclocross for a team sponsored by an old friend so I wear the team colors a lot too.




Then there are the special-occasion jerseys that come out once a year for special annual rides:



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Julbo glacier glasses?
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Even if it's obnoxious, nothing's more fashionable than stark, garish visibility in the era of texting drivers. If it still isn't enough to keep you alive, at least it will give your surviving relatives a tighter case.
Is it a bad sign one of our club sponsors is a funeral home Actually the owner is a cyclist & member



In case I forget where I am (usually)


This is about as busy as I get above the waist, and more often than not use optic yellow T's & sweatshirts because I don't like the constraint of most jerseys; however just today I received a real bargain solid blue long sleeve jersey in 4XL and 2 pair of bib shorts from Love2Pedal - all roomy and on closeout for $12.95 each. They're Falconi brand which I assume is on the cheapo end of cycling wear, but maybe not? I'll have to see how they do. I heard about Love2Pedal here on BF's as a good place for the petitely challenged.

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Julbo glacier glasses?
....maybe updated for night vision??? - you know distance, Heroic events!
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