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Old 10-11-01, 12:18 PM
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Ohmigosh, ya'll! I think I have the potential to be a road warrior. After months of resistance I finally started wearing padded shorts, then plain solid-color Coolmax jerseys, and, or course, road shoes and Look pedals. Each step taken after much hesitation and continued because they are just so comfortable. Then I bought a Panaria team jersey (as yet unworn) because the price was just too good to pass up.

THEN, I noticed that one of the regular correspondents on the Louisiana racing email list is a member of the LSU (my alma mater, thank you very much) cycling team. On a whim, I emailed him to ask whether one could buy an LSU team jersey. Turns out they were just about to send out a message that their supplier was putting together an order and anyone interest could buy jerseys, shorts, vest, socks, etc. ... the whole kit if desired. So I ordered 2 jerseys, shorts, and 2 pair of socks. Of course, I won't have the nerve to wear any of it until I lose 30 more pounds and add 4-5 mph to my average speed. AND I'll probably have to sign an agreement NEVER to wear any team clothing when I am riding my dorky full-dress commuter battle wagon.
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You've described my path to lycra-dom exactly. When I first got the bike I thought I'd just wear regular shorts and T shirts, no need to look like a poof!
Then of course after saddle chafing thighs and sore arse I bought some padded shorts - magic. Had to get 2 or 3 pairs. But none of those bib shorts mind. And then a plain red loose cycling jersey.
But when riding 5 days in a row, you need a change of clothes, so I found some cheap team replica shirts (www.probikekit.com).
The the company I was working with sponsored a pro team and had their kit cheap. It included bib shorts - magic.
Winter came and I discovered neoprene overshoes and armwarmers - more magic.
A cycling colleague persuaded me to try SPD pedals - bought some budget shoes - MAGIC!!
This winter I've even sprung for long bib tights - 2 pairs. I've become Lycra Fetish Boy!!
I suspect some people think I have delusions of cycling grandeur - that I'm just a wannabe road racer. well there's some truth in that but more accurately the reason all this kind of kit is offered to and used by cyclists - pro and am - is that its the right stuff for the job.

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Originally posted by stewartp
You've described my path to lycra-dom exactly. When I first got the bike I thought I'd just wear regular shorts and T shirts, no need to look like a poof!
Ya' know what they say about homophobia!

Actually, I wear the lycra shorts and the jersey too (only on rides of 40km+ though, I don't bother for anything less), and to be honest I couldn't care less what people think of me. If it bothers people, it's their problem, not mine.
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Ok Rainman and Stewart, we want pictures of you in "full dress".
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Originally posted by Chris L


Ya' know what they say about homophobia!

Right, that's it! Step outside for a virtual slapping!

What I hate is when another cyclist comes towards you and he's wearing the same team shirt. I don't know whether to smile and acknowledge we both admire the same cycling team or feel embarrased because obviously neither of us rides for iBanesto or Mapei and we're a bit like little boys dressing up.

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Originally posted by stewartp
What I hate is when another cyclist comes towards you and he's wearing the same team shirt. I don't know whether to smile and acknowledge we both admire the same cycling team or feel embarrased because obviously neither of us rides for iBanesto or Mapei and we're a bit like little boys dressing up.
I don't know whether he admires the team or found the same discount on that particular jersey as I did!
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Not to knock anyone, cuz I am an avid fan of cycling shorts, but what's the deal with bibs? As an ex-mountain bike racer, I never wore them or saw anyone else doing it. So it must be a roadie thing. Are they significantly better than regular cycling shorts?
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Originally posted by RonH
Ok Rainman and Stewart, we want pictures of you in "full dress".
Ron, my man, I don't think the world is quite ready. At least on my bike I pass in a blur at the blinding speed or 15-16 mph so no one gets a good look.

Climbin'Foo, bibs are supposed to be more comfortable because they don't have the tight waste band. I haven't tried any yet, but they are on my list. I initially ordered LSU bibs, but they decided to go with just shorts to make sure they had enough for a large order.

Stew, you an' me bro'. You an' me.

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Bibs are more comfortable because you don't get bisected by a tight drawstring and the straps hold them snug enough that they don't ride down and give your boys too much room to move around. The drawback is that it can be difficult to make a pitstop without wetting yourself.
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Originally posted by velocipedio
Bibs are more comfortable because you don't get bisected by a tight drawstring and the straps hold them snug enough that they don't ride down and give your boys too much room to move around. The drawback is that it can be difficult to make a pitstop without wetting yourself.
Technique question: Do you pull the top down or a leg up? :confused:
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Originally posted by RainmanP
Technique question: Do you pull the top down or a leg up? :confused:
The hassle with bibs is that the come halfway up your torso, have shoulder straps and are UNDER your jersey. So to pull bib down involves removing jersey. So with bibshorts its definitely pull leg up.

With bib tights on the other hand . . .

just make sure you have a pee before you put the darn things on.


ps: best reason to stick with black or dark blue shorts - the pale team colours will show any drips. (way too much info!!)

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...Also, if you use a leather saddle, the leather dye may stain your shorts.
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Having read the above posts, I can categorically say that I will no longer be considering bib shorts. On longer rides, I follow the piss often, piss clear modus operandi in order to ensure that I an consuming sufficient fluids.
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Originally posted by RainmanP


Technique question: Do you pull the top down or a leg up? :confused:
Off the bike: Top down...
On the bike: Leg up...
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Sitting here thinking about bikes (hey I'm sure the boss doesn't mind ) I've realised despite riding an MTB with semi-slicks I'm definitely leaning to the roadie way of thinking. With my bib-knickers and Italian Jersey's I've decided I'm not a 'dirt-bag' Mountain-biker I'm just a rather grubby roadie.

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Bib shorts, I find to be not only more comfortable about the waist but it is winter here now. Gaul, have to go out and ride in the 40's early in the morning. Bib's keep you significantly warmer.
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Chris,
Now that I have been wearing bib shorts exclusively for a few weeks, I don't want to go back. Pulling up the leg is no big deal.
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Ray, what kind did you get?
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Raymond,
I now have an ENTIRE dresser, 1 drawer of another and part of my closet devoted to cycle clothing and you're concerned about going overboard? I don't give a S**t what people think of what I'm wearing. As a rule, I don't wear team clothing unless I'm on it or the team is defunct.
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Dave, the ones I have are Aussie brand. I was lucky enough to pick up several pair from a semi-pro racer who used to live here. He had accumulated so many sets of team kit over the years (several sets per year X uniform changes every year) he was running out of room. Luckily I wore his size so I picked up quite a few pair used but in very good condition for almost nothing. The kind of deal that you don't luck into often. Interestingly, though they are the same brand and mostly the same team some have different padding, though all are full-size pro quality pads. I bought a few jerseys, too, but mainly I just wear solid color jerseys.

Pat, I am gradually moving to that point of view. I have eased into wearing cycling apparel because it is COMFORTABLE. Period. Now if I could just get the BODY inside the clothes to look more like a cyclist's body...
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Pretty much while on the bike, don't care what someone I do not know thinks. Usually carry a pair of soccer shorts, for if I go into a store, where I think for some reason I have to cover up.
But to the point. Cycling clothes are functional. Besides chamois and its abrasion effect; recently a fellow cyslists crashed. His thigh was pretty bloody. noticed lycra must have a secondary absorbion ability. The wounds were non- existant under the lycra; even if the lycra was pretty messed up. Also, lycra is supposed to support the muscles as they contract. I can feel that effect. Also, when I wear regular shorts they get stuck on the horn, become torn, and interfere with my pedaling. So wear what you want. Also, on a large tour, I am told women are attracted to men in lycra. That is more important than what the non-cylcing public thinks. Remember stopping at a outdoor coffee shop frequented by cyclists. I was wearing cycling short with soccer shorts over them Got accussed of not being fit enough so I was covering up- or words to that effect. That is my peer group, that matters to me.
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Non-cyclists think we are pretty much crazy anyway so it doesn't really matter what we wear.
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Non-cyclists think we are pretty much crazy...
I've taken to calling them pedestrians.
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I also don't care what other people think of me when I ride. Mind you, I pretty much feel that way in general life, too.
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Rainman,
I hear ya on both points, I ride the stuff for comfort too. (I couldn't resist teasing a bit).
By the way I'm an "old fat guy" too!
Ride more get skinny ( I wish)
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