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Old 06-06-11, 12:05 PM
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Wearing your cycling clothes in public places?

Hey I am new here and I ride often so I have the shoes, shorts, shirt, and gloves that I wear on a normal basis. I was just wondering as I have to drop something off at our local high school and it is right on the 20 mile route I planned to take later. When you go into public places like such without your bike, do you throw some shorts on, or just flat out stroll around in your cycling outfit?
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Old 06-06-11, 12:19 PM
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The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle. YMMV depending on how you handle public opinion of the way you look.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle.
Well put. I usually throw on a pair of cotton shorts or wind type track pants over my bike shorts before I go into a public place. But I would agree that it depends on your own comfort level and also how "professional" the venue is.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:47 PM
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omg i'd never wear it in public mine are to tight i need to lose 3lbs i think. i only wear them when i know i'm just going to ride my bike that way i try to go real fast so people can't see me real good.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:49 PM
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If you're obviously attired for cycling, and are indeed cycling, what's the issue? And why do you care? I ride to and from work in my cycling stuff and change when I get in and before I leave. I think just about everybody at work has seen me either come or go in a cycling outfit. Stopping off somewhere if I happen to be out on a ride is even less of an issue.

Heck, I've driven home after a bike ride with my bike in the back of my SUV and stopped to do some grocery shopping in my cycling outfit. Other than a few admiring glances from the ladies in the vegetable isle, it was no issue.

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Old 06-06-11, 12:51 PM
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no i don't like people looking at me thinking things
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Old 06-06-11, 01:03 PM
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Then why do you put your picture at the bottom of every post? I'm looking at you and thinking things right now
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Old 06-06-11, 01:08 PM
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no those are normal clothes and only like my head anyways. If i wear the bike clothes I got reciently it's like skin tight and people can see all of me if i'm outside and i don't want people seeing everything and what would you be thinking.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:18 PM
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no those are normal clothes and only like my head anyways. If i wear the bike clothes I got reciently it's like skin tight and people can see all of me if i'm outside and i don't want people seeing everything and what would you be thinking.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:20 PM
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huh?
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Old 06-06-11, 01:22 PM
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have to drop something off at our local high school and it is right on the 20 mile route I planned to take later.
Dont worry about it, as you say you are just Doing a delivery, dropping things off

If you are self-concious you can ride in Mountain bike shorts, with the lycra stuff under it.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:27 PM
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shorts? i want a baggy top really
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Old 06-06-11, 01:36 PM
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Man this site has a lot of prudish and insecure people on it.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:37 PM
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When I ride my bike, it's almost always in a public place. And what I wear is what I wear. At 50+, I may not have a perfect figure anymore, but OTOH I'm not ashamed of it, either.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:40 PM
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it has nothing to do with being insecure or prudish i know the world is filled is pervy people and I don't want to be in their thoughts.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:41 PM
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The nice thing about aging is that I simply do not care what folks think of my cycling outfit. It also helps that I am a whopping 150 lbs with toned muscles. Then again I really didn't care too much when I was 210 lbs and wearing lycra.
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Old 06-06-11, 01:52 PM
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I have no problem wearing my cycling clothes into public places. Then again, cycling clothes for me typically consist of twill shorts, a t-shirt or cotton button-down shirt, and Skechers.... in other words, pretty much the same stuff I'd be wearing if I drove or walked. I started to get the cycling-specific stuff but really don't feel the need for it. I do wear cycling-specific undies- basically something like cotton briefs with legs that go down to mid-thigh.
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I typically ride with baggy mountain shorts over my lycra in case I have to stop somewhere. I don't particularly mind that my shirt is tight enough to show my belly is much less taught than it should be and my arms are too skinny, but I don't want to offend anyone by subjecting them to my junk. That and I like the pockets. On longer rides that aren't commutes and don't have a shopping trip (or donut stop - curse you dunkin donuts for being on every corner when I do my saturday morning rides), I've been thinking about going back to no baggys over the top, but those rides are much less frequent than rides that end at work or have a shopping component.
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Old 06-06-11, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
omg i'd never wear it in public mine are to tight i need to lose 3lbs i think. i only wear them when i know i'm just going to ride my bike that way i try to go real fast so people can't see me real good.
Oh, puh-leaze! I gain three pounds when I ride by a Krispy Kreme. A Pavlovian response I think.
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Old 06-06-11, 02:06 PM
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no i really think it'll fit a better if i lost 3-5 lbs i'd feel better.
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it has nothing to do with being insecure or prudish i know the world is filled is pervy people and I don't want to be in their thoughts.
This you have no control over, as the Stoics taught, thus you waste psychic and emotional energy in your concern of others' thoughts, pervy or otherwise.
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Old 06-06-11, 02:17 PM
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it's not like i'm thinking about it all the time I just KNOW so I try not do things that will draw that kind of attention.
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Old 06-06-11, 03:16 PM
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Each gender spends a large amount of time checking out the other gender (or the same gender depending). It is a fact of life.
I suppose you could wear a burka or a potato sack.
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Old 06-06-11, 04:12 PM
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ha that would be cute i have a potato sack!
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Old 06-06-11, 04:31 PM
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ha that would be cute i have a potato sack!
I swear to god that nobody and I mean nobody notices the extra three pounds only you see in the mirror and even if they did, that wouldn't stop them from checking you out. Nothing stops a man from noticing a woman...and I think that's pretty normal. Unless you want to wear a burka or hide in your house all day, people will check you out. You can think of it as flattery or pervertry, but it's a fact of life so just get over it.

As for men, it all depends on how confident you are looking foolish away from your bike. If you can rock it, then do it. If you can't, then nobody cares...really. But if you're at the uni all day needlessly wearing lycra in class and at the subway, then be prepared for mockery.
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