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Why Is Cycle Clothing So Pretty Ugly? - I suppose functional

Old 09-22-16, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Wait, which one is the conformist and which one is the non conformist?
I like not being like everyone else........just like everyone else.
ProTip: To be a noncomformist on Bikeforums, you shouldn't ride bikes and tell everyone that does that it's a terrible waste of time.
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Old 09-22-16, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
You've already received a lot of good responses. Ride what works is the long and short of it.

Personally, I look like one of the TdF wannabes with skin-tight stuff covered with shop logos and cycling shoes/cleats. I do race so it makes sense in that context, but I still wear the same stuff even if I'm just going around the neighborhood for a casual spin to get my legs moving.

I ride in that type of gear because the padded bib shorts are far more comfortable than any alternative. Being tight is a must, loose shorts allow your manly parts to move around and potentially snag on your saddle nose at very bad times. I ride with hips rotated forward and come out of the saddle a lot, so it's important to know that everything down there is squared away. If you're riding on a touring bike with a more upright position and you spend all day sitting on a comfy saddle, these things aren't going to matter as much.

I also ride with a lot of other racer-types and learned what to wear from them, so there's an obvious link between what your cycling peers find effective and what you adopt.

Plus, I'm still young and in shape, so there is a touch of vanity in going around in skin tight attire while angry overweight people yell at you from their pickups
Funny. Seriously. I am having a lot of fun. Hahaha. Enjoy. Good to know your manly bits are safe and out of the way.
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Old 09-22-16, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by johanhorak View Post
Funny. Seriously. I am having a lot of fun. Hahaha. Enjoy. Good to know your manly bits are safe and out of the way.
Hey--you're lucky we aren't talking about our taints! So count your blessings.
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Old 09-22-16, 08:43 AM
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... just like you don't wear a tux to sit at home and watch tv...
Wait. You don't? I only break mine out for the Oscars broadcast...
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Old 09-22-16, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Since others are putting their money where their mouth is:

But to answer the general question, that is how I normally dress on a bike, and I had no issue walking into any business or bar or location dressed as such.
Yes!. Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-22-16, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by osco53 View Post

And shaving really does help with wound management,,,
Goodness! Thanks for reminding me. I forgot this bit. More people would have been cracking the whip at me if I elaborated on having to cross the shaving-bridge when I asked my question initially

I hope I don't wait till the first blood before I get the courage to do it. I find it difficult to say it. Hahaha.
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Old 09-22-16, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by johanhorak View Post
Yes!. Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing.
No worries. It is what works for me!

Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
just like you don't wear a tux to sit at home and watch tv. Dress for the occasion.
Speak for yourself. Or, maybe you should try it sometime!

The real PITA is ironing the tails after getting off the couch
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Old 09-22-16, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by johanhorak View Post
Goodness! Thanks for reminding me. I forgot this bit. More people would have been cracking the whip at me if I elaborated on having to cross the shaving-bridge when I asked my question initially

I hope I don't wait till the first blood before I get the courage to do it. I find it difficult to say it. Hahaha.
You don't need to do it. Yes, it helps with bandages, but mostly it's a vanity (sometimes justified as "aero") thing. No judgement on people that do shave, I just don't bother and if the thought makes you uncomfortable you shouldn't bother either.

I'm 25,000 miles into my cycling life over the last few years, I've done probably 80 races and many more group rides, and I've wrecked 4 times during that period. Only once did I have significant road rash, and for that I was able to just shave around the wounds after the fact before I applied bandages.

If you're a pro and can reasonably expect to get daily leg massages and have a crash requiring extensive bandaging at least once a year, then it's worth it. Otherwise I go full Chewbacca.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Yes, the OP is making the point that there aren't a lot of choices if you don't like the gaudiness. The pro-gaudy people get really defensive about it with statements suggesting wear what cyclists wear or don't cycle. Sounds like motorists telling cyclists if there aren't any safe places on the road to cycle, don't cycle.

Except for the visual, cycling clothes are designed to be aerodynamic and quick-drying. I like jerseys with a full front zipper for easy removal. Ever tried to pull a sweaty T-shirt off your back? I do have cyclist shorts but I have a pair of normal loose nylon shorts that I wear all the time. The soft smooth feel doesn't cause any chafing.

Flat coloured jerseys are hard to find but they are out there. Some people choose to dress is ugly. The industry caters to them. They get very offended when there's a person who just wants to go No-Logo.
I have terramar and merino, and they both retain the exact same amount of water wetted between the fibers - the terramar just doesn't show it like the merino

Ultralight merino dries just as fast, if not faster, and you keep the fibers themselves from getting wet by washing in Kookaburra.
Merino also doesn't smell - it's naturally antibiotic - otherwise, sheep would mold.

ps - Kookaburra will also seal your cotton fibers - I have a couple of super light Egyptian cotton tees that wear just like merino or terramar

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Old 09-22-16, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Wait, which one is the conformist and which one is the non conformist?
I like not being like everyone else........just like everyone else.
Yes

Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
If you're a pro and can reasonably expect to get daily leg massages and have a crash requiring extensive bandaging at least once a year, then it's worth it. Otherwise I go full Chewbacca.
Full Chewbacca first time I heard that expression thats awesome

I guess I was full Chewbacca at one point - I used to have hair down to my waist 10 years ago, but I at least trim up the stuff on my head/face somewhat now.

I'll have to dig up some pics of me full kit vs non cycling clothes. I don't think I look too bad in the kit but honestly prefer cargo shorts and a running shirt.
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Old 09-22-16, 10:20 AM
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if it gets caught in the spokes, that's a problem
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Old 09-22-16, 10:29 AM
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I love how these threads go full circle about 12 times.

As others have said...just have fun and wear what you want and what is comfortable.

And if someone looks down on someone else because of what they're wearing or what they're riding, then they're the ones with the problem. We're riding bikes, the whole point is to be enjoying ourselves.
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Old 09-22-16, 10:35 AM
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it's still not what the thread was about - the OP was asking for alternate sources and more choices, and it lasted until the be just like me folks arrived

the word conformist was being used as a synonym for "perceived serious cyclist" - the OP and his wife wanted functional clothes that looked different from that image

and those clothes do exist, as demonstrated on the first two pages of the thread

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Old 09-22-16, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Scarbo View Post
Hey--you're lucky we aren't talking about our taints! So count your blessings.
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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
it's still not what the thread was about - the OP was asking for alternate sources and more choices, and it lasted until the be just like me folks arrived

the word conformist was being used as a synonym for "perceived serious cyclist" - the OP and his wife wanted functional clothes that looked different from that image
Maybe we need a new category. How bout a "not-so-non-conforming-conformist"?
I meant a "not-so-conforming-non-conformist"
I'm bound to fit in somewhere.

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nope, Edit ignore list is all we need
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Old 09-22-16, 10:56 AM
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Oh, Gawd--yet another retreat into the old echo chamber where you get to read/listen only to opinions that happen to agree with YOU. Ignore lists are for the puerile and pusillanimous.

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The OP wrote the title tongue-in-cheek and had a list of specific questions - I don't think he intended to roust the peanut gallery, though that is the effect of the title.
I love ignore list.


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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
he's not alone in wanting cycling clothes that don't look like TdF wannabe (or don't, but can't find anything else)
Those so called rolling billboard might just save your life on the road . People talking about hi vis clothes to make them more visible to the motorists . Get one of those kit from the tour teams and for sure you will be very visible on the road . `
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I paid $30 for this Tech-Lite Icebreaker merino tee at sierratradingpost - they're also a great source for merino socks and other layers

I bought it because of the price, weight and visibility.
I get a compliment every time I wear it in a group ride, and that's not why I bought it.
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Those so called rolling billboard might just save your life on the road . People talking about hi vis clothes to make them more visible to the motorists . Get one of those kit from the tour teams and for sure you will be very visible on the road . `
Good point.
I just wear a safety colored orange or a red shirt when I think I'll need it the most (after 3 o'clock). Btw, years ago I read an article in a cycling magazine that said a test proved that more than any other color, pink garnered the most attention from motorists.
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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
it's still not what the thread was about - the OP was asking for alternate sources and more choices, and it lasted until the be just like me folks arrived

the word conformist was being used as a synonym for "perceived serious cyclist" - the OP and his wife wanted functional clothes that looked different from that image

and those clothes do exist, as demonstrated on the first two pages of the thread
To be fair, the only question asked in the original post (after all the *****ing about cycling clothes) is why they would need to dress like that. And people are simply saying, they don't need to, or giving reasons why there are advantages of wearing such clothing.

But if you insist on answering the OPs comments specifically, here we go...

Originally Posted by johanhorak View Post
Hi

I have not cycled for 30 years. My wife and I are buying touring bikes and intent to ride locally and then when we take longer breaks in Europe.

Ok, great!

Nothing too far or too hilly as the wife is excited by traffic and hills change her personality.

So we are not going to race anywhere.

Gotcha!

Looking at other cyclists dress it's obvious they know something we don't.

To wear such ugly clothes must be important function wise.

Yes, function weighs in quite a bit when looking at cycling clothing.

I suppose our assess will get sore. The saddle is important and how we distribute our weight over ass, arms, and legs.

I see cycle pants come with a soft clot where ass meets saddle.

But none of this explains why wearing such tight fitting ball pitchers.

Blah blah blah, making fun of people in cycling clothes, we've heard it all before.

And the tight fitting feminine psychedelic shirts? I have nothing against feminine.

Well that's a bit misogynistic...

The helmet I understand.

One could argue against the helmet, but that's another time and place.

The clip in shoes?

So you can pull up and pedal all the way around the pedal stroke, but yes, clip-in pedals/shoes aren't for everyone...

Over the top. Even pedal clips can stay at home. As they will not work with my flip flops. Okay. I will not always be in flip flops. But most of the time. As we are not going fast.

...flip flops make poor cycling shoes, been there done that, but if you're just cruising around town then fine.

So. It boils down to a sore ass needing comfort.

Really, the chamois in cycling shorts is there to wick away moisture.

Any other reasonable explanation why I need to dress like so, would be of great value.

Try reading the thread...or ya know what, just wear what's comfortable.

Have fun.

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wow, an immoderator.
He actually was trying to be funny.
I live and ride in Texas hill country summers, 100-150 mi/wk, and just got off the bike this morning (glorious dry fall morning - didn't last).
One answer to sweat and chaffing is a hammock leather saddle (Brooks, Rivet, etc.) - they're all about cooling. Hard to see sitting on a soggy blanket as a solution - that may be an approach if you don't like the weight of a Brooks saddle.

I tried to answer about modern platform pedals, too, but I think it got lost in the drone.
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wow, an immoderator.
He actually was trying to be funny.
I live and ride in Texas hill country summers, 100-150 mi/wk, and just got off the bike this morning (glorious dry fall morning - didn't last).
One answer to sweat and chaffing is a hammock leather saddle (Brooks, Rivet, etc.) - they're all about cooling. Hard to see sitting on a soggy blanket as a solution - that may be an approach if you don't like the weight of a Brooks saddle.

I tried to answer about modern platform pedals, too, but I think it got lost in the drone.
Yes yes...the point is, people saying "wear what you want and be comfortable" are answering the person's question while you're saying they're running the post off topic.

I'm not going to argue about chamois. I have a Brooks saddle on 3 of my bikes and they're great, but again, different saddles for different functions. A carbon race saddle on my townie makes about as much sense as wearing full kit on my townie. Different bikes, different functions.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
Yes yes...the point is, people saying "wear what you want and be comfortable" are answering the person's question while you're saying they're running the post off topic.

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it's still not what the thread was about - the OP was asking for alternate sources and more choices, and it lasted until the be just like me folks arrived
this is exactly what I said - I speak for myself just fine, thank you
Every time I open this forum, I have 3 more quotes to answer from this thread, and majority of them are unintelligible.
You trying to make me the topic of the thread is in fact running it off topic.
I will not be the topic of this thread.
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