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Old 05-24-04, 09:19 PM
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Road=Lycra????

I know it shouldnt matter but if you ride road do you have to wear lycra? I want to pick up a roadie but feel that I will not be a pure cyclist if I dont wear the proper attire?

Do baggies and road go together?
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Wear whatever is comfortable. The only prerequisite for being a roadie is riding on the road.
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Originally Posted by brooklyn
I know it shouldnt matter but if you ride road do you have to wear lycra? I want to pick up a roadie but feel that I will not be a pure cyclist if I dont wear the proper attire?

Do baggies and road go together?
for a while i just wore regular shorts and a t-shirt. that's fine. after a while though, it gets annoying having your clothes flapping around in the wind. not to mention keeping cool and comfortable (the padded shorts make the saddle easier to withstand over the miles).

after some time on the bike, you'll soon realize there is a reason why people opt for the biking clothes. but for shorter rides once in a while, as long as you feel fine that's all that's important.
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Once you decide to buy some lycra shorts remember one thing, wear nothing underneath them.
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in the long run lycra/spandex is a lot more comfortable i found. i would alwayes have chafing problems with shorts, then i got some cycling shorts and havent looked back.
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I would get the lycra riding shorts for sure. I ride my Mtb for awhile in baggy shorts and I would start to chafe on rides longer than 10miles. With the riding shorts I never get chafing anymore and the padding helps alot on longer rides.
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I commute on a road bike, so I'm often in dress pants and a buttondown shirt and tie. I know I'm a roadie and that's what matters.
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On rare ocassions, I have worn baggies to work..26 miles..You get tired of the cuffs gettting caught up about the saddle's horn..Once you get good at being a roadie you will be spinning the crank..Cuffs interfere..No there are no rules you must wear cycling attire.. But, once you notice boils about your rear, you might want to try cycling shorts.
As to t shirts..Many don't wear jerseys for looks...The somewhat snug lycra, can't beat its wicking properties.
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Yeah. The thing about proper lycra cycling shorts is that they stay down. Soccer shorts, baggies, whatever, will ride up. You don't want that.
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Not only must you wear lycra, you must wear a waaaaaaaay colorful jersey . There is a practical side to colors, especially bright colors: the brighter you are, the better your chance that half-blind driver will see you.
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Just remembered a story about a cyclist's girlfriend..He was riding with her...A bee flew up the leg openings of baggies..
Need not say more. Did not ride for a couple days.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Just remembered a story about a cyclist's girlfriend..He was riding with her...A bee flew up the leg openings of baggies..
Need not say more. Did not ride for a couple days.
Was it he or she the one wearing the baggies? And was he/she able to do anything else for those same couple of days?
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Originally Posted by brooklyn
I know it shouldnt matter but if you ride road do you have to wear lycra? I want to pick up a roadie but feel that I will not be a pure cyclist if I dont wear the proper attire?

Do baggies and road go together?
Guessing from your name, we are both new yorkers. I couldn't bring myself to ever wearing spandex. Or a helmet. I have nothing against those that do though.

I always wear baggy shorts wherever I ride. I've covered almost all urban areas in greater NYC wearing baggies. The shorts that I have are the NEMA Jewel. I bought them on a whim a few years ago but they get rave reviews. See, these shorts have a very comfortable lycra lining and comfortable padding for the boys. They do not ride up as there is only about 3 inches of fabric on the bottom of the short that isn't sewn to the lycra. Very Very comfortable. Read these reviews . I have the black ones.

Basically, wear what you want. Nobody is going to say anything.

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Ride with MTB shorts they will be fine as long as you don't get them too baggy. I ride with them and I don't have any problems with them. I do wear the tights though, but I like the MTB shorts for when I rather ride casual. I use the REI MTB shorts. But the other riders are right nothing beats the lycra shorts for the least obstructive ride. But not the cheap ones they tend to get stretched out to easy, so if you ever take this route buy the more exspensive ones.
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Well, it depends on the group. If you are new, most groups will accept a new guy or gal no matter what they are wearing. You get a pass for awhile for being a rookie.

Then once you have ridden with the group for awhile, people get to know you and what you can do and they pretty much accept the variations you have from the normal.

So, I wouldn't worry about it. I wear lycra shorts to prevent chaffing. But I could care if other people wear other kinds of shorts or not.
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Lycra is great, every girl you walk past stares strait at your crotch (if you are a guy). It took me a while to just wear lycra, but once I did it was amazing how much easier everything was.

Especially if you are bigger, you don't have as much surface area to your volume, so you can't dissipate as much heat. So if you switch to lycra you'll go faster not only because of the decreased wind resistance but I found that I cooled down so much better than it added at least a couple mph.
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My husband rides in baggies. They have the lycra liner and some padding in them, although not as much padding as lycra. He's really thin, and he's been complaining about his butt hurting. He tells me "you have more padding there" thinking it's the amount of fat difference, and I want to tell him "it's the shorts." Good padding makes all the difference.
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I wore baggy shorts at first....then switched to biking shorts with padding....I think the fact that they are also compression shorts is overlooked....big difference for me.....they are also more areodynamic.

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I used baggy shorts for a few years until i got up the guts to ware lycra. Wish i would have started with it. Dont worry about that pure cyclist crap. Just ride.
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Originally Posted by BeTheChange
Lycra is great, every girl you walk past stares strait at your crotch (if you are a guy).
. . .

I reeeeely think this is paranoia on your part. And besides I'm not staring at your crotch, I'm checking out your legs... And unless you can tell me that you have never checked out a nice "racK", get used to it!

Anyway, ride in whatever, but basically the lycra is for comfort and ease of use. It stays where put and in shorts, keeps padding where it needs to be and also can offer muscular supportto your thigh muscles.

I guess you won't be arrested by the Roadie-Clothing Police!
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Originally Posted by khuon
Was it he or she the one wearing the baggies? And was he/she able to do anything else for those same couple of days?
Khuon..It was Alan's girlfriend..She....Guess it could have been worse, got stung on the fringes of her arse..Flew up the backside of the baggies.. Again, could have been worse.
I misquoted what happened..It was actually a yellow jacket...Ouch. Don't they have the worst stings. Carol normally wears lycra..Not that day.
I don't think any normal cyclists gives a hoot what one wears.. I find lycra prevents bee stings on your arse, compression feels good on muscles, wicking properties are the best...Cuffs don't get caught up on the horn..That has annoyed the hell out of me... I have a pair of baggies with an lycra liner...
Some have fasteners about the legs.Sort of helps. But still find them clumsy.
I suggest want to be modest, put a pair of nylon shorts in your handlebar bag..Cover up for when off the bike...
What I wear while riding...People don't like it, they can kiss my arse.
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Caloso, I also commute but normally bring a change of clothes (which is a pain). Could you tell how what you do? How you keep the cuffs from getting chain grease, how you keep from dripping sweat when you get to work, etc... Thanks
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For Foehn..To each his own..On the two group bike tours I went on...One 35 other 50 people...Heah, when you get into shape; from what I found the guys liked the gals oggling their crotch..
The women all day in the saddle , having to follow fit guys..
That made for the second most important aspect of the trip..The night life..They said the Tour of Oregon is well known for being a source of male/female introductions...Think like 700 cyclists go on that trip.. Lots of inter-gender staring going on from what I heard..
That is why many sign up...On one of my tours, one couple ended up getting married..She was such a flirt, don't know if I would trust her. And gaul, the jersey she wore.. I did not know Fredericks' of Hollywood made bike jerseys for women.. For those who want to be modest, guess one can tour seperate from the other sex. Just keep your distance. And probably some men, by the way, they acted like they liked being objects of the other sex's attention. Cycling..We do hope to eventually get fit right.?

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Originally Posted by Pat
Well, it depends on the group. If you are new, most groups will accept a new guy or gal no matter what they are wearing. You get a pass for awhile for being a rookie.

Then once you have ridden with the group for awhile, people get to know you and what you can do and they pretty much accept the variations you have from the normal.

So, I wouldn't worry about it.
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