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Breaking down to buy bike clothing, but I dont want to blind people.

Old 04-02-09, 08:45 PM
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Breaking down to buy bike clothing, but I dont want to blind people.

After a horrible experience of underwear constricting the snake, I decided that there may actually be a reason for bicycling clothing. The thing is, I dont want to be seen in spandex. I dont have an image problem, I just dont want people to go blind.

Now I dont some reading and it appears that I can perserve people eyes by wearing the bicycle clothing underneath street clothes, is this true? If so, what do you all recommend?
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Old 04-02-09, 09:09 PM
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You could also buy mountain biking cycling shorts. They have the padding like regular cycling shorts but are baggy. Check out Fox Racing's mid-ranger shorts.
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Old 04-02-09, 09:20 PM
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Wearing the lycra/spandex shorts under longer pants works just fine, it's what I do in the winter when it's cold. The rest of the time I wear a "baggy short", these look like regular shorts but have an inner chamois/bike short built into them. Something like this: https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...200275_200479\
Cannondale and Zoic are two brands that I have used and are happy with, but try to find them on sale, they are expensive at full retail.
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Old 04-03-09, 06:52 AM
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Actually, if you ride on streets in traffic, you DO want to blind people. So you are seen. Less accidents. I always wear bright green, orange, etc.
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Aside from a helmet, the only cycling-specific garb I wear is a bright yellow/green, fluorescent jersey. And then, and only then, if I'll be riding on busy roadways.

I don't want to look like an insect.
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Old 04-03-09, 08:59 AM
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I dont mean blinding people with bright colors. I wear bright colors on and off the bike.

I mean blinding people with my body in spandex.
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Lycra/Spandex shorts under baggy shorts are the best. Board shorts are not too baggy, are tough and dry quickly. I am not a fan of MTB shorts.
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Originally Posted by gascostalot View Post
I dont mean blinding people with bright colors. I wear bright colors on and off the bike.

I mean blinding people with my body in spandex.

Spandex- lycra or any other form of cycling specific clothing works- Especially on comfort. And let your inhibitions go. Not many riders look that bad in Riding clothes. And if you do- who cares?
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This thread about lycra/spandex and the look is being going on for a few days in the commuting forum. Quite hilarious

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=522588
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Old 04-03-09, 03:13 PM
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My psychotic former neighbor wore lycra-spandex bicycling clothes all the time. Even in the dead of winter here in northern Vermont. She was hideously ugly. Viewed from the back - it looked like someone had poured several tubs of cottage-cheese down her backside & legs. From the front it looked like she had a truck tire around the mid-section and a couple of traffic cones. And all her teeth were wired into place with stainless-steel. And she had a beard. Her personality matched her appearance. She was Mrs. Jaws meets the Bride of Frankenstein.

I can't ever look at lycra-spandex the same way again.
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You are not forced to wear lycra- there are alternatives.
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Regular shorts over bike shorts. No problem. I do this all the time and it does work to keep the boys organized.
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