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Old 05-25-09, 05:14 PM
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Commuting

If you are a bike commuter, do you get in full gear when riding?

So many people do, and it looks tremendously ridiculous.
I don't get it.
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Old 05-25-09, 05:15 PM
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Who gives a rats butt what you think.
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Old 05-25-09, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Who gives a rats butt what you think.


10 Wheels, you rock.

For the record, I don't usually get in full gear when I commute. Mostly mountain bike stuff. In the summer though, I might
"gear up" from time to time because it helps keep me cooler here in the Texas summer.

But I don't care what others think anyway.

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Old 05-25-09, 05:24 PM
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What would you suggest for attire? I wear a plain workout shirt (still wicking material though) and everything else from my normal cycling attire. It's about an hour ride each way; I'd like to be comfy.
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What would you suggest for attire?
Girls pants, Vans and a white belt.
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Old 05-25-09, 05:34 PM
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Also, by "full gear", do you mean a pro team kit?

For me, it's just a pair of black bib shorts and a random jersey, not matching team gear.
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Ask the folks on the commuter forum.
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Originally Posted by GP View Post
Girls pants, Vans and a white belt.
Oh, no. This could be trouble if the members from the Commuting forum, SS/FG forum, and the Road Cycling forums all get together on this thread.

Maybe I was jumping to conclusions when I instantly associated Girl pants, Vans, and white belts with fixed gear hipsters.

My apologies.

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Old 05-25-09, 05:40 PM
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On recovery days I'll ride in "street clothes" but otherwise my commute is also my training and I will wear my team clothes.

I wear what is functional for what I am doing; I'm with 10 wheels, I don't really care what you think either.
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I occasionally wear the full kit while riding my FG bike to work. I hate myself three ways.
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Old 05-25-09, 05:44 PM
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10 wheels rules.

One would wonder why it matters to the OP what others are wearing?
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Old 05-25-09, 05:54 PM
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Girls pants, Vans and a white belt.
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Girls pants, Vans and a white belt.
I hope you don't wear this after Labor Day. White after Labor day is just tacky.
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Knowing that people think I look ridiculous is part of the fun.
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I do bibs, a jersey, and arm coolers. People don't mess with a heavily tattooed guy in spandex

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When I commute to work I tend to get into the mountain biking shorts and loose fitting MB jerseys. It's more low key and still performs many of the same functions.
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Who really cares? I did have another commuter give me the stink eye and say "wow, you must ride a long way to change clothes" as he got on his bike with his dress pants rolled up.

Where I work we have a locker room and shower so I prefer commuting in more comfortable aerodynamic gear. I have a North/South commute of 15 miles and often the ride home consists of a 20+ mph headwind. If you want to be out in that with your huffy and baggy shorts and shirts then have it. Meanwhile I'll be in home in 45 minutes.

I also commute in all weather (except snow/ice). In the summer it's over 100 degrees in the afternoon. No way am I wearing some sweating soaking hot clothes in that just so that you'll accept me.
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or if I am in the moood....
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
If you are a bike commuter, do you get in full gear when riding?

So many people do, and it looks tremendously ridiculous.
I don't get it.
Of course I wear full cycling gear when I commute. It would look tremendously ridiculous for me to ride to work in a dress. Not to mention that I'd have to wear the same dress I cycled to work in all day at work. That would be really attractive.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
If you are a bike commuter, do you get in full gear when riding?

So many people do, and it looks tremendously ridiculous.
I don't get it.
I like surgical scrub shirts for cycling. They are cheap, with pockets, and fairly areodynamic.
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Old 05-25-09, 07:47 PM
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When I lived less than a mile off-campus, I rode in street clothes, 'cause why bother? When I lived 5-6 miles off campus, I usually wore street clothes when I rode, because I seldom had the opportunity to change and didn't want to go to class in my spandex without a compelling reason. Anytime that I was going to be in the lab all day and didn't have too much other crap taking up space in my bag, I wore my gear because it's just a hell of a lot more comfortable, and even a relatively short commute (6.5 miles each way) makes it totally worth it.

When I start my grad program in August, I hope to live close enough to campus that changing is not necessary, but I might get myself a couple pairs of MTB shorts for those humid Tennessee summers.

Like 10wheels and urbanknight said, function first.
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I ride in my work clothes. It's less than 5 miles, so no biggie. I only break out the lycra for longer rides.

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I commute on a road bike. Why should I dress differently for my commute than my other rides? I am going to shower and change at work anyway.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
If you are a bike commuter, do you get in full gear when riding?

So many people do, and it looks tremendously ridiculous.
I don't get it.

What looks ridiculous about wearing cycling gear when you're....ummm....cycling?



Originally Posted by jay0k View Post
Who really cares? I did have another commuter give me the stink eye and say "wow, you must ride a long way to change clothes" as he got on his bike with his dress pants rolled up.
Where I work we have a locker room and shower so I prefer commuting in more comfortable aerodynamic gear. I have a North/South commute of 15 miles and often the ride home consists of a 20+ mph headwind. If you want to be out in that with your huffy and baggy shorts and shirts then have it. Meanwhile I'll be in home in 45 minutes.
I also commute in all weather (except snow/ice). In the summer it's over 100 degrees in the afternoon. No way am I wearing some sweating soaking hot clothes in that just so that you'll accept me.
I use commuting as training rides so I get pretty sweaty and I don't think my coworkers would appreciate me wearing smelly clothes all day so I wear my riding gear and change in the office. If you have a short commute and don't ride hard then regular clothes are fine, but for anything else riding gear makes more sense.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
If you are a bike commuter, do you get in full gear when riding?

So many people do, and it looks tremendously ridiculous.
I don't get it.
When I first started, I used to. It was a huge inconvenience, since I had to allocate at least 10 minutes to change. It was more appropriate for my second job, which was a good distance (and lots of sweat) away.

I started dabbling with riding in "regular" gear in the winter, and it feels so much better. No changing, no remarks...nothing. People don't even know that I rode to work (unless they notice the Sidis, which look hot with any good pair of jeans or pants). Considering that I got a new bike for racing (then), it put my old, but still nice, bike to good use. I think it even makes my serious riding a bit more subtle.
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