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Old 02-26-24, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Gravel bike ride with LOTS of steep climbing. 5000' of vert in the first 20 miles of the ride. The suffering was somewhat tempered by some really excellent singletrack descents between brutal climbs. Thankfully, I was wearing bike clothing that kept my body temp comfortable the whole time, and was easy to make adjustments to suit the changing conditions.
Unpaved + steep = something I don't like

Suffering up steep grades is one thing. Suffering up steep grades while fighting to maintain rear wheel traction is a "no thank you".

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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Unpaved + steep = something I don't like

Suffering up steep grades is one thing. Suffering up steep grades while fighting to maintain rear wheel traction is a "no thank you".

Better you then me.
Traction wasn't an issue. It was dirt, but not loose. It was mostly just a slow, grinding battle with gravity.
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I pointed to this hill on a recent ride with mrs t2p - told her Eric F would ride up that hill (so she took the pic)




picture of the hill in the distance (taken last May)

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The best part of being an old chubster, is not caring if you look stupid.


The Mondrian is my usual staple. It's kinda fun when strangers roll to me and say "Sup, calamari?"

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had some great looking jerseys back in the day (road riding days)

plain jerseys for the short rides - better jerseys for most of the better / longer rides

many in our group had similar jerseys - including the older guys in their 70’s

they convinced me the jerseys were good for an extra 2 mph on the flats - and an extra 20 miles distance …

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Originally Posted by t2p

had some great looking jerseys back in the day (road riding days)

plain jerseys for the short rides - better jerseys for most of the better / longer rides

many in our group had similar jerseys - including the older guys in their 70ís

they convinced me the jerseys were good for an extra 2 mph on the flats - and an extra 20 miles distance Ö
Friends had most of those. Did you ever have a Fat Chance bike? Friend had a Yo Betty. She was a tiny person and the bike was super light for a steel bike of the time.
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Old 02-27-24, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
Friends had most of those. Did you ever have a Fat Chance bike? Friend had a Yo Betty. She was a tiny person and the bike was super light for a steel bike of the time.
no - I did not have a Fat Chance bike - the jersey was / is as close as I probably will get

I obtained some of the jerseys at the Philadelphia Interbike shows - would inquire / purchase late in the day when the vendors were packing to leave

but can’t recall if I got the Fat Chance jersey at Interbike though

littlest t2p sold most of my jerseys on eBay during the covid lockdown period
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What looks stupid to me are cyclists with dark tops and black helmets on the open road who are blissfully unaware of how their attire increases their chance of being hit by a motorist on their cell phone. Few riders seem to realize that bright clothing makes them more quickly visible to motorists any time of the day.
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Originally Posted by Calsun
What looks stupid to me are cyclists with dark tops and black helmets on the open road who are blissfully unaware of how their attire increases their chance of being hit by a motorist on their cell phone. Few riders seem to realize that bright clothing makes them more quickly visible to motorists any time of the day.
Get it out of your system if possible.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Get it out of your system if possible.
Cell Phone Phobia is a beetch, those afflicted can't stop their beetching about it.
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Old 02-27-24, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Cell Phone Phobia is a beetch, those afflicted can't stop their beetching about it.
As one who's been struck by two texting drivers (once on a bicycle in the bike lane, and rear-ended at stoplight on my motorcycle), dislike.

Both clearly had their phones in their hand. Oh yeah, just remembered, got doored by an Uber passenger who also had his phone in his hand.
Texting drivers have changed the game.

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Originally Posted by calamarichris
As one who's been struck by two texting drivers (once on a bicycle in the bike lane, and rear-ended at stoplight on my motorcycle), dislike.
You didn't get the context, which is understandable if you didn't read all the posts in the thread. It was the second off-topic "What looks stupid to me...." post by Calsun in this thread. I am familiar with his M.O. He often simply tries to get a rise out of people.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I am familiar with his M.O. He often simply tries to get a rise out of people.
So trolling.
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Originally Posted by big john
I have not tried bibs. I just let my aerobelly fly free.
aerobelly for the win ! superior aerodynamics !
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike
If you like lycra shorts you will LOVE bibs. I have never heard a contrary opinion from anyone who has tried both. Imagine your lycra shorts without that danged waistband. Especially if you are at all on the heavy side of the "perfect" physique. I've never tried them but many friends have. They all rave about them.
hereís your one contrary opinion, I hate bibs. love Lycra/spandex/whatever cycling shorts. so comfy, no horrible straps over the chest and shoulders. easier to take on and off, more comfortable for me, simpler, etc. i use three sets of the Rapha cargo ones with mesh pockets on rotation.
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When the straps are the correct length for my torso, I prefer bibs for overall comfort.
If the straps are short and they press tightly on my shoulders, I will only wear that specific bibshort for shorter rides.
If I have a choice to purchase longer inseam bibshorts for taller men, I will purchase them even though I am only 6'2" just for a better strap fitment.

The Pactimo Summit fit about perfect for me in the XL long inseam size.
The Endura Pro SL XL also have a bit longer straps that work for me.

Because of shoulder/rotator cuff injuries, I now ride more upright and rarely ride in the drops.

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Originally Posted by Eric F
What is the required minimum speed for wearing high-end cycling kit without logos?
I would say when the logo on your kit matches the logo on your bike and on your paycheck, then you need logos of sponsors who are paying you to wear them. Otherwise....

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Originally Posted by Eric F
I just want to make sure I understand your rules. Should I send you a pic of my kit before I leave for a ride, to make sure it meets your approval?
Oh please don't! I love surprises!

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Originally Posted by JoeyBike
I would say when the logo on your kit matches the logo on your bike and on your paycheck, then you need logos of sponsors who are paying you to wear them. Otherwise....

poseur

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Where do amateur racers who wear the kit of the local club/team they ride for fit in? Frequently those team kits are adorned with the names and logos of local bike shops or other local businesses who contribute to the team in some way (sometimes it's just a discount to club members). Those riders aren't wearing the jersey of a team they don't belong to, and they're not pretending to be someone they're not. Are they poseurs, too?
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This thread reminds me of a story one of my "more mature" riding buddies told me.

There's The Morning Ride every Tuesday and Thursday that starts early in Palo Alto. Fairly short ride, pretty fast pace.

My Buddy notices another "more mature" rider in the group, riding a Merckx bike and wearing a matching full Merckx kit. Buddy rolls up next to him and says, "I'm glad I'm not the only old guy on the ride today." Merckx kit guy just grunts at him, so Buddy just rides back to ride with one of the regular riders.

Buddy: What's the deal with that grumpy guy who think's he's Eddy Merckx?
Regular Rider: That's Eddy Merckx.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse

Buddy: What's the deal with that grumpy guy who think's he's Eddy Merckx?
Regular Rider: That's Eddy Merckx.
Thats a great story!
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Thats a great story!
Reminds me of this scene in a great movie:
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[QUOTE=calamarichris;23168118]The best part of being an old chubster, is not caring if you look stupid.


The Mondrian is my usual staple. It's kinda fun when strangers roll to me and say "Sup, calamari?"
QUOTE]

Makes me wish I hadn’t tossed my old Mapei jersey.

Now you need a mini-jersey for your friend.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
When the straps are the correct length for my torso, I prefer bibs for overall comfort.
If the straps are short and they press tightly on my shoulders, I will only wear that specific bibshort for shorter rides.
If I have a choice to purchase longer inseam bibshorts for taller men, I will purchase them even though I am only 6'2" just for a better strap fitment.

The Pactimo Summit fit about perfect for me in the XL long inseam size.
The Endura Pro SL XL also have a bit longer straps that work for me.

Because of shoulder/rotator cuff injuries, I now ride more upright and rarely ride in the drops.
I guess I got lucky. I ordered a pair of black bibs and they fit perfectly and are comfortable. I donít notice the straps.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Where do amateur racers who wear the kit of the local club/team they ride for fit in? Frequently those team kits are adorned with the names and logos of local bike shops or other local businesses who contribute to the team in some way (sometimes it's just a discount to club members). Those riders aren't wearing the jersey of a team they don't belong to, and they're not pretending to be someone they're not. Are they poseurs, too?
If they are getting paid directly, special treatment (discounts), or adorned with the artwork of the bicycle club of which they are an active member, then they don't fit the definition of a poseur. I can't promise they won't look funny, but not poseurs according to Webster.
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Does anybody really check out what other cyclists wear?
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