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Old 09-29-08, 08:38 PM
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What is the proper etiquette when...

Ok, so I'm on this group ride tonight that I do most Mondays and there's about 20 of us. Most of the guys/gals I know from this and other rides but there's a few I just don't know that well. We're starting our ride and I start near the back just to kinda be by myself for the first half mile or so (I don't know why) and then I start moving up. As I'm moving up I get beside smoe friends to talk to them along the way. As I slow to talk to my old boss, he says "man, that is a view only a mother could love" and I look ahead. The guy in front of us has the most worn out shorts I've ever seen and his ass is clearly visible through the shorts. I mean, he might as well have been wearing assless chaps with nothing underneath. I didn't know the guy and couldn't stand the view anymore so I moved ahead without saying anything to him about it. As I'm pulling away, my old boss tells me that if he ever does anything like that, to let him know. So, should I have told this guy he was mooning everybody or not? What would you do? Should I have gotten in front of him and pulled my shorts down to send a message?

BTW, I didn't manage to snap any pics of it...sorry.
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Me personally, i would laugh at him throughout the ride, being sure to point it out to everyone else on the ride.

Once you finish you could just say something like - Hey buddy heck of a ride wasn't it. Hey I noticed you had a little tear in your shorts, not sure if you noticed it. It might be time for you to take up sewing (hoping he instead goes to buy a new pair of shorts)
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I've encountered something similar, but in spin class, not out on the road. The guy on the bike in front of me had about a 3" hole in his upper inseam, and when he stood up I could see much more that I cared to. This was easily solved by notifying the instructor and having them make a general announcement for everyone to check their shorts for wear. If there is a leader in your group, perhaps they could make a similar announcement? If that doesn't work you might mention to the guy that Performance is having a sale on shorts, and perhaps he should check it out.
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It's a permanent vertical smile. We've all got one. nothing spectacular there....

I would have let it go. I don't care.
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If it bothered you how about, after the ride, telling him his shorts are getting thin and are pretty much see through? Most likely, he doesn't know it and would appreciate the info.
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Originally Posted by Copperhed51 View Post
...BTW, I didn't manage to snap any pics of it...sorry....
Thanks for that.

I'd let it go unless I knew the guy.

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Old 09-29-08, 08:56 PM
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ignore it and ride your ride. unless, like beth said, you are buddies and can rip (no pun intended) on him for it later.
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Old 09-29-08, 09:07 PM
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I would be a little disgusted by it, but wouldn't make an example of him in front of the whole group.
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Originally Posted by RoadToNowhere View Post
Thanks for that.

I'd let it go unless I knew the guy.

Beth
I feel the exact opposite. I find it's easier to tell someone I don't know:

"Hey man, sorry but I think it might be time for some new shorts. Yours seem pretty worn out and while I am sure there are some that appreciate the show you're putting on I am afriad that others might not find it in good taste. Don't shoot the messenger."

We ride with one guy who is super nice that rode with really worn out shorts all last year to the point where they were actually torn at every stitch...providing tiny skin patch portholes all around the chamois stitching...

I never had the heart to tell him.
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Embarassment is the best tool for learning. It's the same reason why I feed fat kids barbeque sauce until they puke.
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Old 09-29-08, 09:13 PM
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i'll answer your question with another one:

there is a 20 person group ride in overland park?
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
i'll answer your question with another one:

there is a 20 person group ride in overland park?
Well, technically we were in Olathe but close enough. Sometimes the turnout is more than 20, sometimes less. I can tell you that the 75th Street Brewery ride I do on Tuesday nights has had probably a little over 50 people there the past 2 weeks. I imagine as the weather gets colder, the groups will get smaller and smaller.
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Wow, that was you behind me laughing yesterday?
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I'd want to know, but that's because I have grown to cherish honesty and ignore shame.

My wife recently had the same dilemma at the gym. After some thought, she decided to inform a girl that you could see everything through her tight white pants, including the fact that she was not wearing underwear! The girl wordlessly got off the elliptical machine and walked out of the gym. After that, my wife went upstairs where I was working out to ask if she did something wrong. I told her yes, she should have said nothing and invited me to come downstairs and take the elliptical machine behind her
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Originally Posted by Copperhed51 View Post
Well, technically we were in Olathe but close enough. Sometimes the turnout is more than 20, sometimes less. I can tell you that the 75th Street Brewery ride I do on Tuesday nights has had probably a little over 50 people there the past 2 weeks. I imagine as the weather gets colder, the groups will get smaller and smaller.
Actually, that's one ride that stays pretty strong throughout the winter. I've been on it with around 30 people when it's in the 30s.

To the original point: first, I'd want to know; second, I'm an a**h*** so I would make sure I told him and make sure he could hear me above all of the "wind" and "traffic noise". We're not covering up very much under the best of circumstances...it's not too much to ask to make sure your cycling clothes are in good condition.
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Actually, that's one ride that stays pretty strong throughout the winter. I've been on it with around 30 people when it's in the 30s.
Awesome. That's one of my favorite group rides around here so that's good to news.
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Recently experienced the same thing, 'cept it was a female. Mysteriously enough, no one said a word.
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Recently experienced the same thing, 'cept it was a female. Mysteriously enough, no one said a word.
Well, taking the advice of some of the people in this thread, I feel it is my duty to say something. You have a booger hanging out on the left side of your post.
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i'm surprised no one's said this yet, but HTFU. it's slightly embarrassing that this was the most post-worthy part of your ride. cycling involves lycra-clad sweaty people. it's not going to be pretty, and when it is, people complain about how she's riding her cervelo in sandals. get over yourself.
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i bet if it was a girl you woulda ridden in the back the whole trip.

imo go up to him/her after the ride, tap them on the shoulder, lean towards their ear and whisper that their shorts are really wearing out and its showing everyone. don't make them self conscious of it during the ride, cause they probably won't enjoy the rest of the ride.

tonight during a dance class my teacher had large red cricles on her back. she had cupping done, its glass bowls they put on the back that suck out poisions, ect. anyways i know and i know she pulled a muscle in her back. she took of her jacket during class and it looked like she had two hickies in the small of her back and i told her after the frist dance song. if i didn't know her on a personal level i would of mentioned it after class.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Embarassment is the best tool for learning. It's the same reason why I feed fat kids barbeque sauce until they puke.
Hah!
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