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Old 01-17-18, 08:12 AM
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My wife does a good job of suppressing a laugh.
Fact is, I do look funny in cycling clothes. Sort of like a day-glo bean stalk with a mushroom cap.
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Old 01-17-18, 10:14 AM
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My wife thinks I'm hot.
That about sums it up.
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Old 01-17-18, 10:20 AM
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One thing that has me laughing these days.

After I lock up my bike, while I am walking the last half block to the wherever my errand is taking me, I'm getting stopped by people asking for help.

My wind/rain jacket is yellow, I have dark pants, I carry a yellow messenger bag. If I check my phone (it's in a red case) anywhere near parking meters, people ask me about the parking meters.

Uh, sorry, no badge, I'm not parking enforcement.

At least nobody has yelled at me about giving them a ticket.

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Old 01-17-18, 10:28 AM
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I started cycling again at the age of 63. It took me a few years before I could get around my own feelings that the lycra outfits do look a bit silly, even on athletes, by realising that their form actually does work very well, especially on road bikes.

So now I am happy to ride in lycra, not worrying about the good humoured laughs from my wife.

One thing I cannot make myself do however is wear a jersey in team design or covered in writing, that I am not entitled to by merit.
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Old 01-17-18, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
My wind/rain jacket is yellow, I have dark pants
Heh. One night, while wearing a yellow rain jacket and black rain pants, I got an "I'm sorry, officer." from an errant motorist. He apparently thought I was a bike cop.
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Old 01-17-18, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
One thing I cannot make myself do however is wear a jersey in team design or covered in writing, that I am not entitled to by merit.
It's funny, I see people in sports jerseys all the time, most of whom have never played the sport.

Two cross sports dressing stories.

Years ago, our team of geeks were given proper hockey jerseys, because, well, our company was based in Toronto? On the back of mine it said "MR. BILL" Wore it on my bicycle just once. Just about every time I passed someone I'd hear "Oh Nooooooo!" in a high pitched voice. (Hockey jerseys are the opposite of athletic fit. Lots of room if you aren't wearing pads.)

And I was in Amsterdam for Kings Day, so picked up a wonderful Clockwork Orange jersey. Wore it on my bicycle once on a hot sunny day. Didn't need sun sleeves. I swear the reason they lost that July was those jerseys are HOT. Not as bad as wearing Polartec, but close.

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Old 01-17-18, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
It's funny, I see people in sports jerseys all the time, most of whom have never played the sport.

Two cross sports dressing stories.

Years ago, our team of geeks were given proper hockey jerseys, because, well, our company was based in Toronto? On the back of mine it said "MR. BILL" Wore it on my bicycle just once. Just about every time I passed someone I'd hear "Oh Nooooooo!" in a high pitched voice. (Hockey jerseys are the opposite of athletic fit. Lots of room if you aren't wearing pads.)

And I was in Amsterdam for Kings Day, so picked up a wonderful Clockwork Orange jersey. Wore it on my bicycle once on a hot sunny day. Didn't need sun sleeves. I swear the reason they lost that July was those jerseys are HOT. Not as bad as wearing Polartec, but close.

-mr. bill
I loved the look of that kit. Absolute classic.
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Old 01-17-18, 02:28 PM
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I'm not married but out riding last weekend in Castelli bib tights, flouro shoe covers, 7Mesh jacket etc., and a lady in the convenience store told me I look nice.


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Old 01-19-18, 01:20 PM
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My wife laughs. She's constantly trying to talk me out of wearing anything.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
My wife thinks I'm hot.
no one has ever thought of me as being hot, so you got me there.
my life motto has always been "if the woman don't find me handsome at least they can find me handy"
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Old 01-19-18, 04:50 PM
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no one has ever thought of me as being hot, so you got me there.
my life motto has always been "if the woman don't find me handsome at least they can find me handy"
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My motto lately is, "If the women don't think I am a predator, I am ahead of the game." Better to be thought a clown than to be scaring the young ladies.

It didn't used to be a problem, but now with cell phones .... they might dial 911 before I can explain that i am not a dangerous kind of freak.
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Old 01-19-18, 09:26 PM
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Timothy's story reminded me of my past post in another thread:

My partner and I were looking for a bike shop in Nijmegan, Netherlands, and thought we found one when we rode up to the "Velorama". What we didn't realize until we could get close enough to read the fine print, that it actually was the Velorama National Bicycle Museum. We soon forgot about the bike shop as we wondered through an extraordinary display of bicycle history. Even though the museum was very memorable, it is only part of the story.

Slowly working my way down the aisles lined with dozens of beautiful bikes, I approached a young woman sitting on a bench. As I approached her she smiled, and said in "British" English, " you have beautiful legs". When I thanked her in English she got all embarrassed and a little flustered. The brief encounter was one of my most memorable experiences on a tour filled with great memories. I though my wife, who was just around the corner and in earshot of the interchange, was going to bust a gut laughing. She still kids me about it today That is the "rest of the story".
My wife does not usually laugh, because she is usually getting into her cycling duds at the same time.

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Old 01-20-18, 04:20 AM
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If that happened to me my wife would laugh ........ hysterically, as she murdered both the girl and I.

That is the reason i don't have "beautiful legs." Safety.
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Old 01-20-18, 05:43 AM
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Does your significant other laugh at you when you dress for your ride? as an over 50 I guess I've lost my boyish body and when I put on my cycling gear my wife chuckles at me, I can hear her lol'ing. a friend of mine gave me a one piece skin suit to use in winter as a base layer and I put it on and modeled it for her and she lol'ed I asked what's so funny and she said I caught her off guard and thought my onesy looked cute.
any of you get this kind of reaction?


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Most of the riding I did before my wife passed away was done in "Jorts" and t-shirts in the warmer months and sweatpants and sweatshirts in cooler months, so since nothing was skintight, there was really nothing to laugh at.

In the last couple of years, I have switched to MTB shorts and somewhat loose fit jerseys, but since I've dropped around 55 pounds in that time, cycling specific clothing doesn't look too bad on me. As far as I know, no one has laughed or pointed at me while out on my bike and even if someone would, my attitude would be "screw 'em!"




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Old 01-20-18, 01:42 PM
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My wife doesn't laugh at me - she is supportive. My 29 y/o daughter breaks out in hysterical laughing if she is visiting when I leave for a ride, though.

Her dad might be a dork, but he's a COOL dork... ha!


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Old 01-21-18, 01:19 PM
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No, not my wife. But if I stop in at a back-woods general store, clicking across the floor in my cleats, I might get an odd look from the locals. but that's probably more out of unexpected curiosity than anything.
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Honestly, I've been wearing cycling kit for so many years that I don't think twice about it. There's nothing embarrassing about being an athlete, no matter what your shape.
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Only positive comments from my wife
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Old 01-21-18, 05:10 PM
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I don't wear 'kit' when I ride. I had a bunch of jerseys that I never wore, so they were given away or sold (unworn!). I have two pairs of spandex shorts with a liner that I'll only wear UNDER my hiking shorts if I intend to ride more than 50 miles, otherwise it is plain old shorts.

I wear a neon-color moisture-wicking t-shirt.

I still use my old Specialized touring shoes from the '80s with toe clips and straps, and not anything with cleats.



And yes, I wear my helmet, and use both a front and rear blinky.
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They're cheaper and less judgmental.

That's what you think on both counts. And she has kidney problems.
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
I don't wear 'kit' when I ride. I had a bunch of jerseys that I never wore, so they were given away or sold (unworn!). I have two pairs of spandex shorts with a liner that I'll only wear UNDER my hiking shorts if I intend to ride more than 50 miles, otherwise it is plain old shorts.

I wear a neon-color moisture-wicking t-shirt.

I still use my old Specialized touring shoes from the '80s with toe clips and straps, and not anything with cleats.



And yes, I wear my helmet, and use both a front and rear blinky.

I have one half of a blinky set left, moving on to vintage and Delta.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:34 AM
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My wife thinks I'm hot.
Mine, too.
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Old 01-22-18, 11:50 AM
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Mine, too.
I wonder who else's wife thinks TakingMyTime is hot?
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
I don't have a wife, but I'm not too thrilled that the cyclewear industry seems to be phasing out touring shorts (shorts with pockets, a little bit of looseness, and a simple chamois liner inside). The only thing I'm seeing anymore is form fitting lycra/spandex shorts for roadies and ultra baggy shorts for MTBr's (which I'm not), neither having pockets. I've got two more pairs or old touring shorts left to wear out, after that I'll have to think of something else. Currently investigating using roadie shorts and taking a pair of regular walking shorts to use over them when off the bike on multiday rides.
Check out the Zoic "Ether" shorts. I got a couple pairs of these at REI and they're my faves for my casual riding. They are not as baggy as many are these days and have a separate inner short with chamois, which are easily replaceable on their own with similar items. The shorts have a couple of regular and a couple of zip pockets and are made from a durable fabric. I like them because I can just jump on the bike with my regular wallet and smartphone in my pockets and go.
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Nope, hides her face and expresses embarassment!

At least I got rid of the belly bump after riding for several years!
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