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Old 06-25-05, 01:07 AM
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Bicycle Fashion

I recently road from San Francisco, California, to Seattle, Washington, which was a great ride, but the first one I have done in real ‘touring’ country. I met a good number of cyclists, and they were all pretty awesome, but I noticed that everyone was wearing the spandex fashion. This confused me, as there is no point in the spandex, even the pro’s just wear them because they need the sponsor ad space, and at least I assume, would go shirtless otherwise.

As I wear my own, created and original fashion, and have done so since I started touring four years ago, I often was looked at weird. Some people didn’t believe that I was doing it just by looking at me because I wasn’t wearing the spandex. It occurs to me that someone or something has to strike the stagnate brainwashed clothing industry of cycling, and show people that they can wear breathable baggy clothes that are very comfortable, even much more so than tight spandex.

I was wondering if anyone thinks this is a good idea, or feels a desire to stick out from the rest of the cyclists? If anyone ever thought it silly to wear clothes while cycling that you wouldn’t wear just regularly? These are especially good for the cyclist with a little extra weight or weird body type.

Any ideas on this too? What would people really like to see in a fashion industry of cyclists? I never cared for fashion or anything, except cycling I see so many possibilities. Longer outer light light coats that feel like nothing until your cold with perfect length coat tails that flow behind, helmets designed not only to protect the head and breath but add something onto the regular outfit (like a large tophat, I’d just have to start working around this). Generally, I am obsessed with things that flap in the wind, and I am currently thinking about putting a pole on my bicycle with Tibetan prayer flags billowing from it.

I’ll post myself in my own style that I have used for four years now tomorrow, when I can get a good shot in the sunlight.

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Old 06-25-05, 01:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Dio Rallen
I recently road from San Francisco, California, to Seattle, Washington, which was a great ride, but the first one I have done in real ‘touring’ country. I met a good number of cyclists, and they were all pretty awesome, but I noticed that everyone was wearing the spandex fashion. This confused me, as there is no point in the spandex, even the pro’s just wear them because they need the sponsor ad space, and at least I assume, would go shirtless otherwise.

As I wear my own, created and original fashion, and have done so since I started touring four years ago, I often was looked at weird. Some people didn’t believe that I was doing it just by looking at me because I wasn’t wearing the spandex. It occurs to me that someone or something has to strike the stagnate brainwashed clothing industry of cycling, and show people that they can wear breathable baggy clothes that are very comfortable, even much more so than tight spandex.

I was wondering if anyone thinks this is a good idea, or feels a desire to stick out from the rest of the cyclists? If anyone ever thought it silly to wear clothes while cycling that you wouldn’t wear just regularly? These are especially good for the cyclist with a little extra weight or weird body type.

Any ideas on this too? What would people really like to see in a fashion industry of cyclists? I never cared for fashion or anything, except cycling I see so many possibilities. Longer outer light light coats that feel like nothing until your cold with perfect length coat tails that flow behind, helmets designed not only to protect the head and breath but add something onto the regular outfit (like a large tophat, I’d just have to start working around this). Generally, I am obsessed with things that flap in the wind, and I am currently thinking about putting a pole on my bicycle with Tibetan prayer flags billowing from it.

I’ll post myself in my own style that I have used for four years now tomorrow, when I can get a good shot in the sunlight.

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Sorry but I think you will find every Cycle Clothing Company does provide that option already, and has for a long time.
Many people here use this type for training.
Eg.
https://www.pearlizumi.co.jp/
Click on wear catalog, 2005 spring & summer catalog, Landshot.
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Old 06-25-05, 01:20 AM
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The typical cycling shorts are the end product of a long (100 years plus) evolution of function. Most gear that is successful is so because it is functional first. Jerseys are supremely functional, and shorts likewise. A snug fit prevents flapping at speed, and bunching up at contact points. They are long enough to prevent thigh-chafing against the saddle. Any number of tests have shown that spandex shorts improve leg circulation and thus give a slight boost to aerobic efficiency.
Racers are the supreme functionality freaks; if it's not working, they won't use it.
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Old 06-25-05, 02:22 AM
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That just simply not what I'm talking about. All that stuff out there is done in the same motif, this sleek metrosexual look. None of it has any character or makes any statements. I'm not saying that you need those things, but I were to pay $100 for a pair of shorts I want that thing to look good and not just like every other cyclist who's willing to spend thousands of getting off to ride.

I'll just have to show what I'm talking about tomorow with a picture.

And yes, the shorts are wonderful, I wear them under my baggy shorts. I've never had a problem with flapping, or bunching up even with riding all day. Racers definately do not have any more use for supreme functionality than a tourist who rides 10 hours a day.

I'll wait till I have the pictures I need before expanding more on the subject.
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There are plenty of cyclists that don't wear the spandex and are perfectly ok with it.

Personally, I like the spandex. It IS functional for me. I absolutely HATE wearing shorts that are riding up my inner thighs and eventually pushing into my crotch. I also don't like wearing clothes that are baggy that feel 1) like I'm wearing diapers or 2) like they're falling down. Not to say that baggy clothes are falling down, but I don't like the feeling of having it so loose on me when I'm riding. I'm constantly having to feel like I have to slow down and hitch up my shorts, even though they aren't falling. It's uncomfortable for me, so I don't bother. I don't like skirts (or skorts, or whatever the heck else they're called). They just don't look natural on a roadie, and I think dudes are too lecherous in general to leave a chick be if she's riding around in a short skirt on a road bike (not all, but enough to irritate me).

The spandex works for me. I wouldn't wear them for anything else. I started out riding with regular clothes, but migrated into cycling clothes once I figured out what works for me.

This comes from being a tourist, recreational rider, roadie, etc...

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Spandex is sexy and more functional for reasons stated by Bikewer: wicks sweat, padded ass in the shorts, no chaffing or flapping in the wing. I wear regular clothes though, because im too poor.
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Old 06-25-05, 01:26 PM
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You do what you think's best for you and I'll do what I think's best for me. I assume that other cyclists will do the same based upon whatever criteria they choose to use and ultimately the market will sort itself out.
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Old 06-25-05, 02:50 PM
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Wearing "spandex" has nothing to do with fashion, it's what suits the purpose. You think cyclists started wearing it because they thought "gee, I bet I'd look great in spandex" or because you can't print sponsor logos on something else? These synthetics are best suited for the purpose. They wick moisture away from your body and allow it to evaporate, allowing you to be cooler. They support your muscles. I wouldn't want to even consider riding 50 miles in khaki shorts and briefs, with a soggy t-shirt hanging on my back. Ew?

The fashion slaves are the ones wearing baggy cycling shorts with spandex linings. They don't want to be seen as wearing spandex, they want to hide it. Sort of like closet *****exuals. Some are just very self-conscious because they are large, and if that helps them ride, it's a fantastic benefit. But really, who are the slaves of fashion? The people wearing clothing made to fit the activity, or people that don't want to be seen in spandex?
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Old 06-25-05, 02:58 PM
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this explains it all:

https://www.nyvelocity.com/content.php?id=102
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Originally Posted by islenska
Oh man do I want a Kraftwerk Tour de France jersey.
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Can we have a "cycling fashion" forum that can serve as a dumping ground for the endless debates over lycra versus baggies versus jeans versus camos and the "is it posing if I wear..." threads? That would be nice.
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I used to wear baggy clothes when I toured 20 years ago but now wear stretchy stuff.
Riding around town I still wear my every day clothes, but on long day rides or touring I wear form fitting clothes - I got tired of the flapping and the seriously wet ass issues wearing non bike specific clothing. They make cycle specific clothes for a reason, just like running clothes or kayaking gear. Of course you can wear a cotton shirt while sea kayaking...

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