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Why do racing jerseys for us FREDs still have a million ads?

Old 06-25-09, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
I wonder why anyone would give me as much money as they do to get a little space on my jersey displayed in a Cat 4 race, mostly watched by friends and relatives.
That's why back when i raced in the dark ages, the club asked that team jerseys be worn at all times or as often as possible while riding.

Considering how many riders I see around my area wearing local team jerseys, I'd say that rule/request still exists.
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Old 06-25-09, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post

I remain a skeptic (you get a pass, of course). Kind of like how every guy claims he's in terrible shape, not been riding enough, recovery pace, injury, et al. That's usually code for "here come the 400 watt pulls." No one wants to admit to being in shape or dreaming about being pro, but in reality, racing is a haven for the hyper-competitive. It requires lots of time, lots of money, lots of suffering, and is full of guys absolutely starving for athletic glory. It's just really embarassing to admit because a lot of hyper competitive people are serious tools.

So comitting to a sport, getting in shape, working very hard, exercising discipline to achieve a goal is a bad thing and makes you a tool?

Anyone who dedicates themselves to doing something they like as well as they can possibly do it has my respect, whether it's cycling or playing the piano, even if they will never race in the Tour de France or play Carnegie Hall.

Perhaps if more people actually tried to accomplish something, they would be happier, and just perhaps, society in general would be better off.
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Old 06-25-09, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
I may be a competitive a-hole, but at least I'm not self-deluded.
What you mean by this remains unclear. Do you really think you've figured something out that most of us haven't?
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Old 06-25-09, 10:23 AM
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Maybe this jersey to go with my shoes.




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Originally Posted by DaveSSS View Post
Arrogant ******* Ale is my fave.
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I hate beer, but not only is "Arrogant ******* Ale" a completely awesome name, that jersey rocks my world!
You should move to San Diego and join the team: http://www.pistapalace.com/ppab.html.
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Old 06-25-09, 10:49 AM
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because cycling is an activity that anyone/everyone can engage in I suspect those that are wearing pro team replica jerseys wear them so as not to be seen as a fredling. i absolutely will not
wear anything with advertising-i'm not a billboard, if you want me to be a billboard, then send me a check.
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My little six rider team has a number of sponsors' logos on our jerseys, from a huge multinational firm (one of our riders works there) to the LBS to our masseur to a couple well-known bike and component companies to my wife's own one-woman small business.

I wear the kit as much as hygenically possible, especially on the local hammerfest. All of our sponsors deserve that much.
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Uh, paid advertising .... you pay, they advertise.
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I am not a fan of the pro-like jerseys myself. If I was on a team that was sponsored, then yes I would wear their jersey proudly. Since I am not on a team (yet?) I prefer plain jerseys, specifically the cheap ones from nashbar. They make you look like a sleeper, and some one pulls up along side of you in a pro jersey, gives you a smirk, and then you leave them looking silly at the light. Well, that is my fantasy as I am a sleeper.

I have a thing about providing advertisement for a company when they didn't either give me the shirt at cost or for free. If I pay for a shirt, there will be 0 advertisement on it. If a shirt has advertisement and it is given to me for free and I believe in the company behind the advertising, then I will wear it.

EDIT: Yes I know I am wearing a Cinelli hat in my avatar, it was free
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Colorado Cyclist Closeouts...

Unfortunately at this time of year, most of the Closeouts are sold. However, they usually have Sugoi, Pearl Izumi and others that have no advertisements, save for the occasional manufacturer's logo. While I do have a few one or two color jerseys, most of mine are from Campagnolo.
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Originally Posted by nixternal View Post
I am not a fan of the pro-like jerseys myself. If I was on a team that was sponsored, then yes I would wear their jersey proudly. Since I am not on a team (yet?) I prefer plain jerseys, specifically the cheap ones from nashbar. They make you look like a sleeper, and some one pulls up along side of you in a pro jersey, gives you a smirk, and then you leave them looking silly at the light. Well, that is my fantasy as I am a sleeper.
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