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Bike to match team kits?

Old 05-27-18, 01:55 PM
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Bike to match team kits?

For those of you with team kits, do you try to match your bike colors to the team's kit or do you buy whichever bike you like best without regard to your team's colors? In other words, how important is it for your clothing to match your bike?
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Old 05-27-18, 03:02 PM
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Pretty important if you're racing pro and maybe cat 1. Otherwise, nobody even cares/notices.
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Old 05-27-18, 03:07 PM
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Only when I'm droping 400watts
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Old 05-29-18, 02:25 PM
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Get a black bike... that way you can change tape and cages to match whatever you want to wear
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Old 05-29-18, 02:28 PM
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Why do you want to be so matchy-matchy anyways? As if you do all the research, find the bike that has the best fit, feel, and geometry for you, but oops nope, they don't have it in the blue, green, and hot pink my current team is currently using! Almost all the teams in my area change their entire "colorway" (a stupid made up bikespeak term) every few years, or the sponsor changes, which means a complete redesign and new color scheme. Is this a serious question?
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For years and years my team had orange either as a main color or as an accent because of a sponsor. This season we got a new sponsor and changed our color to a blue-green that's not quite Celeste, but close enough. I've been trying to convince my wife that's why I need a new Bianchi.
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Old 05-29-18, 02:49 PM
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I match my kit choices with whatever is on sale and the amount of discount.
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Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
Almost all the teams in my area change their entire "colorway" (a stupid made up bikespeak term) every few years, or the sponsor changes, which means a complete redesign and new color scheme. Is this a serious question?
Bikespeak? You've lived a sheltered life, never to have heard the term 'colorway' outside of cycling.... Funny you mention it though, as I've heard it from decorators and product reps often enough, but don't recall ever hearing it in the context of bikes. Evidently it's a serious question with members of your local teams!
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Only when I'm droping 400watts

Classic. lol
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Old 05-30-18, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by harrisonk View Post
For those of you with team kits, do you try to match your bike colors to the team's kit or do you buy whichever bike you like best without regard to your team's colors? In other words, how important is it for your clothing to match your bike?
You will look like a hubbard if you are riding a team kit without the bike brand to match. The only exception to the rules is wearing kits of defunct (non-existent) retro bike teams. If you are wearing a Sky kit so must you own a Pinarello. That's the rules of the game of wearing team colours. The only other rule of team colours is to NEVER wear a green, white, red, yellow, pink, polka dot, tricolor or rainbow jersey unless you've earned it unless you want to be castigated from the gruppeto you're riding in. You didn't earn that jersey. Wearing a tour winning, national champions or world champions jersey is disgraceful and disrespectful. Only the current champion of that country gets to wear a tricolor only the champion of the world gets to wear the rainbow stripes.

The amount of "world champions" I see on the road every day though makes my eyes bleed.

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Old 05-30-18, 07:23 AM
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I'm a painting contractor. There's some decorating thing with carpet matching drapes. Bikes and kit I dont know.
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Speaking of Bianchi...Team Lotto NL - Jumbo kit colors always bug me, because it doesn't match their Bianchi celeste bikes.
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Is that photoshopped? Because, I'd totally rock that if it's real!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by c0urt View Post
any more information on this frame?

Love Poseur on the chain stay.
That matching stem is a plus!
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
Speaking of Bianchi...Team Lotto NL - Jumbo kit colors always bug me, because it doesn't match their Bianchi celeste bikes.
His rear Quick Release skewer isn't even angled in an aero position. What is this amateur hour?
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Iíve never tried to color match with my bike but one of the clubs I happen to be a part of has a kit that basically matches my bikeís paint job. I may look like an Easter Egg, but think that I can now be deemed the most colorful cyclist in the valley!

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any more information on this frame?

Love Poseur on the chain stay.
That matching stem is a plus!
there is a coffee table book named "there is always someone faster" it is based on the cover art


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Old 05-30-18, 04:24 PM
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Bikespeak? You've lived a sheltered life, never to have heard the term 'colorway' outside of cycling.... Funny you mention it though, as I've heard it from decorators and product reps often enough, but don't recall ever hearing it in the context of bikes. Evidently it's a serious question with members of your local teams!
You got me. Never heard of the term before I started seeing in on bike websites.
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Iíve never tried to color match with my bike but one of the clubs I happen to be a part of has a kit that basically matches my bikeís paint job. I may look like an Easter Egg, but think that I can now be deemed the most colorful cyclist in the valley!

You just wanted to post that Speedvagen! LOL nice bike tho.
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I liked to be "matchy matchy" but not all the time.
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You just wanted to post that Speedvagen! LOL nice bike tho.
true enough!
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Pretty important if you're racing pro and maybe cat 1. Otherwise, nobody even cares/notices.
Absolutely zero importance. Besides, clashing colors stand out more, which is the most important thing about being a cat 1...
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Old 05-31-18, 01:08 AM
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Fortunately for me, my favorite team happens to currently ride my preferred bike, so that works out well. I tend to agree with this, personally:

You will look like a hubbard if you are riding a team kit without the bike brand to match.
However at the end of the day, wear whatever you want that makes you happy. Although I agree with the thought that you shouldn't wear champion/stage jerseys unless you earn them.

For me, when I go out to break Rule 17, I shatter that sucker and quite enjoy myself doing so.

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Old 05-31-18, 02:18 AM
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Originally Posted by 1500SLR View Post
You will look like a hubbard if you are riding a team kit without the bike brand to match.
I'd say you look like even more of a hubbard (or at least a bit of a tryhard) if you ride around in full kit, jersey, shorts, socks, bike, helmet, the lot, when you aren't on the team. With these people, it's often painfully obvious that they aren't pros too...
I don't mind people wearing just a team jersey too much, it's basically the same thing as wearing your favourite football team's shirt. And I love my retro Mapei jersey .
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