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Old 10-20-13, 06:47 PM
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I just turned into a bike snob

When I started riding this year biking shorts and moisture wicking tee shirt were just fine. I told myself I would never be one of those bike snobs who wore their kits every time they rode. In September I rode my first organized ride and wore jersey for the first time and I wore a jersey at another organized ride the following week. I told myself when I ride my rode bike I will wear the jersey and when using my hybrid tee shirts would be just fine. Today, I went for a 30 mile ride on the MUP and put the jersey on. Those 3 pockets in the back of the jersey are just to convenient to ignore.
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Old 10-20-13, 07:22 PM
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Yeah those jersey pockets are just handier than MTB shorts pockets aren't they ?
I suspect that you've gotten into decent shape and, like myself, don't actually mind
wearing tight fitting jerseys when your belly doesn't stick out so much in them.

I'm becoming a little snobbish myself and might hafta get my tight cotton shorts back out next spring again after getting my '83 Trek 970 built. Riding a 970 in touring shorts just ain't right. I used to wear a red and yellow Cannondale cotton jersey when I had my first 970 but I gave it away as I'd outgrown it. So I might hafta get an xtra long red and yellow merino one made just to go with my Trek. No team kit for me while I'm still being passed by the ladies though.

And for what it's worth I still hate nylon wear even though I wear it sometimes.

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Old 10-20-13, 08:09 PM
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Old 10-20-13, 11:52 PM
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Bike snob or practical dresser? What is snobbish about wearing what works?
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Old 10-21-13, 03:55 AM
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It's OK so long as the jersey doesn't match the shorts.
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I don't see it as being snobby at all. Snobby is when you look down on those who choose to wear something else. I wear bike-specific stuff because it's what works best for me. If you're worried about looking 'kitted out,' just get a jersey or two in plain colors. They're relatively cheep at places like Performance.

"Wear what you want" applies to fancy duds as well as plain ones.
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Old 10-21-13, 06:14 AM
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flip it and slam it, and your training will be complete.
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Old 10-21-13, 06:24 AM
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My sister gave me two MTB jerseys last Christmas. They look just like heavy athletic t-shirts but have two zippered pockets that ride about where the two outside pockets on a road jersey would. With a pair of jean or MTB shorts and my lace-up MTB shoes, nobody would think "cyclist" as I blend into crowd.

I'm quite Fred most days and only wear full kit on organized group or charity rides.
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Old 10-21-13, 06:42 AM
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I like to collect jerseys as souvenirs of rides I've done - centuries, ACA routes, etc. I also like to collect jerseys that appeal to me for whatever reason. Now I've got so many it's kind of ridiculous. The things never seem to wear out!
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I feel more recreational with regular athletic gear instead of bike gear. I'm wanting to get bike gear but not quite in my budget yet.

You raise a good point when referring to snobby.

I wonder if cyclists who are all geared up and look at me if they think I'm more rec than serious. I don't train but I ride about 80+ miles a week. Getting ready to head out on a 25+ mile ride here shortly.

There are some things I won't get any time soon like clipless pedals and shoes. I ride a lot to racquetball practice and don't want to take too much weight on my back so having bike shoes and having to carry extra shoes is not ideal right now for me.

I don't think it's a snobby thing but if you are thinking "snobby" maybe there are actually people who look down on others.

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Wear what ever works for you. Regular bike jerseys dont work for me since I ride bents. Pockets in back are useless for me. Lately I have been wearing wicking t-shirts our club give out for our main two rides. I also wear inexpensive rugby shorts, since I dont have to wear shorts that protect me from a bike seat.

BTW dont worry what other people think, as they probably dont anyway.
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Old 10-21-13, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by CoachManny View Post
I wonder if cyclists who are all geared up and look at me if they think I'm more rec than serious. I don't think it's a snobby thing but if you are thinking "snobby" maybe there are actually people who look down on others.

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They may look at you as being seriously rec.

Cycling jerseys are both utilitarian and fun. On group rides it's cool to see the different types people wear.

They can also be ironic. I love to wear my Team Barloworld jersey on my bent. Google the team from years past. They had some serious hitters.
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Old 10-21-13, 09:15 AM
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Clothing is an important part of comfort and endurance on the bike. The reason roadies wear what they wear is because it works best. That's just how it is. Our clothing has evolved over many decades. I don't care what it looks like. I just care that it works.
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Old 10-21-13, 09:32 AM
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Here where I live every single cyclist either wear club kit or pro team kit . Life is too short to worry about thing like this . Wear what you want .
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I don't think comfort is a "snob" issue at all. Note photo taken on last Sunday's (Oct. 20th) local ride.

Note 50+ guys in cycling shorts and lycra jerseys. I'm on the left in OCRR club kit (then Mike, the SAG driver not dressed for cycling - driving his Mini instead). In the middle (sort of) is Victor (Biker395 to you) who maybe is kind of a snob in his World Champion replica jersey (w/Cervelo advert even though he was riding his Schwinn), and Vertical Bob, far right.

All 50+ and no snobbery! Note: Taken at the maintenence shed on Glendora Mountain Road by Ken Mathis, for any SoCal locals.

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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
When I started riding this year biking shorts and moisture wicking tee shirt were just fine. I told myself I would never be one of those bike snobs who wore their kits every time they rode. In September I rode my first organized ride and wore jersey for the first time and I wore a jersey at another organized ride the following week. I told myself when I ride my rode bike I will wear the jersey and when using my hybrid tee shirts would be just fine. Today, I went for a 30 mile ride on the MUP and put the jersey on. Those 3 pockets in the back of the jersey are just to convenient to ignore.
I trust your "those bike snobs" comment was just a bit of sarcasm? You like to push people's buttons, huh!? Please tell me that you really weren't thinking that way towards other people who enjoy riding bikes, were you?
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When I did my first half marathon with the wife a few years ago, it was a cold morning. I put on a long-sleeved bicycling jersey. During the half marathon a bunch of people asked where they could get such a great jersey. I said "at any bicycle shop". They were impressed with the pockets and the front zipper.

I also noticed back then most runners wore cotton t-shirts and on the warmer runs they would be dripping with sweat. In the last few years they've finally migrated to technical materials. Cyclist are way ahead there.

Yesterday I did a century ride that started at 40 F but got up to the 70s before the end. I had those back pockets filled with a wind vest, balaclava, and long fingered gloves by the end.
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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
When I started riding this year biking shorts and moisture wicking tee shirt were just fine. I told myself I would never be one of those bike snobs who wore their kits every time they rode. In September I rode my first organized ride and wore jersey for the first time and I wore a jersey at another organized ride the following week. I told myself when I ride my rode bike I will wear the jersey and when using my hybrid tee shirts would be just fine. Today, I went for a 30 mile ride on the MUP and put the jersey on. Those 3 pockets in the back of the jersey are just to convenient to ignore.
You're not being a snob, you're being smart.
A bike snob (IMHO) is someone who doesn't wave or nod or say hello or somehow acknowledge another cyclist.
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I don't think "bike snob" is so much about what you wear as how you look at and treat others who have different preferences in clothing, bikes, accessories, etc.

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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
It's OK so long as the jersey doesn't match the shorts.
Can you have a different brand on your jersey to your bike?
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
I like to collect jerseys as souvenirs of rides I've done - centuries, ACA routes, etc. I also like to collect jerseys that appeal to me for whatever reason. Now I've got so many it's kind of ridiculous. The things never seem to wear out!
Likewise, but the big issue for me is that they seem to have had a tendency to shrink.
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Can you have a different brand on your jersey to your bike?
You - Philistine!

Actually I guess it's OK, as long as your not being paid to ride/wear it, in which case it would be in poor taste.
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Originally Posted by CoachManny View Post
I feel more recreational with regular athletic gear instead of bike gear. I'm wanting to get bike gear but not quite in my budget yet.

You raise a good point when referring to snobby.

I wonder if cyclists who are all geared up and look at me if they think I'm more rec than serious. I don't train but I ride about 80+ miles a week. Getting ready to head out on a 25+ mile ride here shortly.

There are some things I won't get any time soon like clipless pedals and shoes. I ride a lot to racquetball practice and don't want to take too much weight on my back so having bike shoes and having to carry extra shoes is not ideal right now for me.

I don't think it's a snobby thing but if you are thinking "snobby" maybe there are actually people who look down on others.

Manny
I am with everyone else on wear what you want. However I might point out there was a reason Bike jerseys and shorts got so popular and are no different than any other sporting equipment. I doubt if you are using a very old school racquet with cat gut strings and all leather shoes like the old days. https://www.racquetballmuseum.com/rac...-flipbook.html
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I trust your "those bike snobs" comment was just a bit of sarcasm? You like to push people's buttons, huh!? Please tell me that you really weren't thinking that way towards other people who enjoy riding bikes, were you?
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I trust your "those bike snobs" comment was just a bit of sarcasm? You like to push people's buttons, huh!? Please tell me that you really weren't thinking that way towards other people who enjoy riding bikes, were you?
Just pushing buttons. I had no idea how functional a jersey was until I tried one.
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