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Old 09-14-11, 09:29 PM
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Do Your Clothes Match Your Bike?

Last weekend, while I was sitting at a stoplight (in my car), there was a cyclist dressed from head to toe in a full cycling kit. Everything matched almost perfectly, including his helmet, bike and shoes. While I thought it was pretty cool at first, seeing him casually pedal off in front of me, something told me he only looked fast and his gear wasn't a reflection of his strength as a rider.

So, i was just wondering how many of you buy clothes that match your bike, or full kits, etc. Personally, I buy whatever fits well and is relatively inexpensive - it's not like i'm training for the Tour de France...
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Old 09-14-11, 09:43 PM
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I don't care about my clothes but the bike and helmet color has to match.
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Old 09-14-11, 10:10 PM
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It's more important to match the socks to the jersey. Orange jersey with orange smiley face socks.

Color coordination, I suck. Orange jersey, blue bike with yellow lettering, white helmet, white long sleeve cotton t-shirt and orange socks.

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Old 09-14-11, 10:10 PM
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I wonder if roadies go around admiring fancy cars, then later doubt that the driver can take advantage of its capabilities?
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If you mean, old, out dated and well worn, yes, they match!
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Old 09-14-11, 10:16 PM
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I don't match my clothes, helmet or anything else to my bike frame color.

I live in an area with quite a few high-caliber triathlete cyclists. Generally if I see a rider with a coordinated helmet, bike, and kit with a lot of logos on it, I figure they're getting paid to have matching stuff.
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Old 09-14-11, 11:05 PM
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I wear matchy clothes when I race or I'm on a group ride. (The nice people who give us discounts and swag in return for wearing their logos really appreciate it.) But, I ride pretty much every day and laundry just can't keep up, so on solo rides or commutes, I'm whatever's clean, usually a mishmash of prior seasons' kits.

But you bring up a good point: you can usually tell a rider's ability from a few pedal strokes. Is he balanced? Are his elbows and shoulders loose? Can he look back or take a drink without swerving? Nice easy spin? Stuff like that.
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Old 09-14-11, 11:22 PM
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Looking a little worn, very unfashionable but definitely functional, could use a bit of maintenance and maybe a wash.... yep, they sure do.
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I own several suits, they're all either black or dark blue. I own over fifty dress shirts, they're all either white, black, or light blue. I own over twenty T-shirts. All of my T-shirts are either white or black. I own over thirty pair of trousers (a few are jeans). They're all either black or dark blue.
All of my socks are either dark blue or black. I own over ten pair of shoes. All of my shoes are black.

My problem is that I usually can't really tell the difference between dark blue and black!

Sometimes, upon occasion, someone will say, "You almost match!"

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So to answer the question:

Yes! All my clothes are a very close match to my black bikes.

Oh yeah...All of my bikes are black, too!

Ah...Can you guess my helmet's color?

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BTW- All of my dark blue stuff was purchased by mistake...I thought it was another color!

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Old 09-15-11, 01:04 AM
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Hell, no. i have no Metal flake clothes.
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Old 09-15-11, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TrekmanDan View Post
Last weekend, while I was sitting at a stoplight (in my car), there was a cyclist dressed from head to toe in a full cycling kit. Everything matched almost perfectly, including his helmet, bike and shoes. While I thought it was pretty cool at first, seeing him casually pedal off in front of me, something told me he only looked fast and his gear wasn't a reflection of his strength as a rider.
I don't get it .... Why does someone who is dressed in matching attire have to be fast or strong? And if that person happens to be fast or strong, why does that person have to display it every minute of the ride?


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So, i was just wondering how many of you buy clothes that match your bike, or full kits, etc. Personally, I buy whatever fits well and is relatively inexpensive - it's not like i'm training for the Tour de France...
Do you think that the step for qualifying for the TDF are ... 1) Get matching cycling clothing. 2) Get bicycle to match clothing. 3) Ride bicycle???

You don't have to race in order to be able to buy whatever clothing you like.

Personally ... sometimes my clothing matches my bicycle. Sometimes it doesn't. Depends on what bicycle I'm riding and what clothing is appropriate for the weather. I don't quite have a full set of colours in my cool weather clothing. However, I do wear my titanium helmet with my titanium bicycle (and I want a green helmet to match the green trim on that bicycle). And I wear my blue helmet when we ride the blue tandem.
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Old 09-15-11, 05:19 AM
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My 2 bikes are both red and black (my newest with a splash of white too) and I was lucky to win a full set of kit from https://www.cervorosso.com/ costing around £240 which just happend to be in black, red and white to go with my red helmet. I was like a kid at Xmas when I opened the package.
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Old 09-15-11, 05:23 AM
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I match my clothes to my bike to the same degree I match my clothes to my car. But then I both ride and drive in regular clothes. I guess if you wear cycling 'kit', the mentality is similar to matching your helmet/leathers to your motorcycle.
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Old 09-15-11, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by TrekmanDan View Post
So, i was just wondering how many of you buy clothes that match your bike, or full kits, etc.
Which bike would I match? I have more than one. Instead, I pride myself on presenting clashing array of garish antistyle that no kit-rider would want to be caught dead riding next to.

Really, I lack the funds and the inclination, mostly I lack the inclination, to worry about making anything match.
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Old 09-15-11, 05:42 AM
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I try not to blend in with my surroundings.
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Old 09-15-11, 06:17 AM
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No way, my bikes are way nicer than my clothes. Except my old Repco roadie, that looks pretty rough too.
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My bike is grey. I don't have much choice other than to "match".
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I have this thing for the red, black, and white color combination. Thus, at times I match my bike but at others I do not.
Deliberately matching 100% of the time is silly.
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I like "cool" colors on my rides. My bikes have been blue, black, grey, silver combinations. I tend to buy cycling clothes than coordinate with that. It would seem strange to me to wear a red jersey.
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On some days. Recently I change my bartape and it matches my helmet color because either that or it's black again.
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I tried make an effort to not match anything and then tried the opposite. It is a lot harder than not caring.
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Old 09-15-11, 11:04 AM
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I don't match much of anything when I ride, and I like being more visible that way.
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I don't believe we can judge a rider by what they wear be it matching kit or just normal wear. But some of it may also be attributed to how long a person has been riding and what they like to wear. Not that I believe everyone needs bike specific clothes but because I prefer bike shorts/Bibs to flat felt seamed Levis or other shorts I bought black Bibs. Black goes with most things so once I started to buy jerseys they went well. After a while I would get a deal on both bibs and jersey so naturally they matched. So on days when I wear that combination it may look matching.

When I built my first bike I might use Shimano, SRAM, and Microshift components and as I acquire them switch to one group. Doesn’t make me a poser does it?

But is that any different that playing non professional basket ball with matching shorts and jersey? Do we complain because our local weekend soft ball teams wear matching uniforms? Maybe not complain but question the ability of the players because they don’t get paid to play.

When I attend weddings, parties, or going out to dinner with friends I tend to wear clothes that match I would wonder more if while attending such functions if I saw someone that wore clothes that didn’t.
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Black goes with everything.
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Black goes with everything.
Exactly. All my kit, bikes and accessories match by virtue of being black.
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