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Old 01-24-23, 03:19 PM
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Building up a Vintage bike can be fun, Fun, FUN!

Even if ya don't ride it...
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Originally Posted by daka View Post
I usually ride in whatever I have on that day. This notion that you have to dress up like an Easter Egg before taking your bike out floors me. Especially among the C&V crowd.
For some of us, the cosplay factor is half the fun. I don't have to dress up like an Easter egg, I get to dress up like an Easter egg.

As with about 98% of what we talk about here, YMMV.
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Easter egg sounds fun. Spandex with Chinese bike brands printed on it not so much.
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Old 01-25-23, 08:50 AM
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Q: What's the difference between Lycra and Spandex?

A: Cyclists wear Lycra. Hair-band rockers wear Spandex.
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Old 01-25-23, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
For some of us, the cosplay factor is half the fun. I don't have to dress up like an Easter egg, I get to dress up like an Easter egg.

As with about 98% of what we talk about here, YMMV.
I briefly entertained the possibility of going to Eroica CA at one point. I have an appropriate bike. However, the expense of the outfit for the Cosplay aspect of the event was prohibitive. People want a lot of $$$$ for those vintage jerseys and shoes.
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Old 01-25-23, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by daka View Post
I briefly entertained the possibility of going to Eroica CA at one point. I have an appropriate bike. However, the expense of the outfit for the Cosplay aspect of the event was prohibitive. People want a lot of $$$$ for those vintage jerseys and shoes.
I always get a chuckle out of the photos depicting the cosplay, with a bunch of riders at rest stops using smart phones.
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Old 01-25-23, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by MooneyBloke View Post
Oddly, I had the shorts portion of sublimated skinsuits die where the printed top remained sound. Also, some of the got-up-and-died togs were plain black bibs which I don't think were poly based. Also, the elastane itself seems to have been what gave up the ghost. I suspect something in its manufacture isn't up to the old standards. These days, I try to conventionally launder warm, but I air dry the stuff. The recent stuff that has lasted best for me is some misprinted custom Castelli things I got from a no-longer-extant surplus shop. It's not as though I'm taking out another license, so I really don't particularly care what my clothing says. I do care if it holds up in routine use.

By the bye, I am interested in how fabric manufacturing has changed especially towards the worse. There maybe some clues how not to get burned here.
Issue with Lycra, what was DuPont’s patented version of elastane, is two fold: patents ran out, and then when spandex became a fashion item, DuPont couldn’t keep up with demand. Everyone started making elastane, and using it with spandex( which oddly, is the trademark of a sign company), and since there are at least three ways to spin elastane into yarn, a lot of cheaper stuff ended up on the market. And then DuPont sold off the nylon division to private equity, so no one protected the product. In short, they stopped making it like they used to.
To answer your question on how to get a good fabric: buy it from a company that makes high end cycling clothing, and has not gone through changes in ownership. That limits your choices to just a couple. Before buying, Turn the garment the garment inside out, and stretch it. If you see a lot of translucent threads, it’s one of the cheaper ways to make spandex. Once you’ve bought it, follow in care instructions to the T but never, never let the item get close to a dryer.
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I always get a chuckle out of the photos depicting the cosplay, with a bunch of riders at rest stops using smart phones.
Rotary phones don't fit into jersey pockets.
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Rotary phones don't fit into jersey pockets.
Oh you are so wrong.

https://skysedge.com/unsmartphones/RUSP/index.html

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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni View Post
Issue with Lycra...
was it got infected with beancounters.
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Old 01-26-23, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
Sent to me by a friend, I made it C/V appropriate:

Needs toe clips & straps!
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Old 01-26-23, 05:53 AM
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Needs toe clips & straps!
This old man uses flats and comfy shoes.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
I always get a chuckle out of the photos depicting the cosplay, with a bunch of riders at rest stops using smart phones.
Guilty as charged!

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Originally Posted by albrt View Post
The brass ringer is just icing on the cake.
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I ordered my un-smartphone quite a while back. The creator ran into some supply chain issues and some bugs, but it is finally expected to ship in March. I'll update here when I get it.
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