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Any of you AFRAID to wear fancy pro-type kits?

Old 07-02-09, 07:51 PM
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Any of you AFRAID to wear fancy pro-type kits?

I admit it. I purposely wear generic plain vanilla bike jerseys or even running sports shirts on bike rides partly because I feel like if I rock that "Rock Racing" pro kit, it'll be pretty embarrassing if I'm getting dropped out there.
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Then man up and don't get dropped.....
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I'm not worthy
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I don't really care one way or the other.... about wearing those pretty little outfits versus normal clothes, or whether I get dropped or not.

I don't ride to get stressed out. I ride to dump the stress.
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i wear team/club kits i for the team/club i am a member of. same flashy colors but local sponsor logos.
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Old 07-02-09, 07:58 PM
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I stopped caring about what other people think about my bike wear long ago.
If I like it and its comfortable, who cares what everyone else things? In the grand scheme of things, we all look ridiculous.
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Roadies debating this stuff is like Elvis debating fashion with Liberace.
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I just wear the jersey but not the shorts/bibs. It really doesn't matter to me because I am going to get dropped no matter what I wear at this point but at least I will look cool!!! That is motivation for me to train harder and who knows maybe I will return the favor to them one day....
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Old 07-02-09, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Roadies debating this stuff is like Elvis debating pain-killers with Michael Jackson.
Fixed.
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Old 07-02-09, 08:24 PM
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fancy pro-type kits = the definition of a Poseur
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Old 07-02-09, 08:26 PM
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this was last week. there were 1700 riders on this ride. i passed a lot of them. at the top a Belgium Family from Ohio strikes up a conversation with me. seems they are in Colorado on vaca and amazed at all the cyclist climbing a dirt road to 12,000 feet. they ask if im Belgium to which i reply no, im from Chicago. they ask to take a picture with me. sure what the heck and i strike a pose with them.

if i cared what someone else thought about my kit i would have missed out on this very odd and fun situation at 12k. ride on. later.
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I fear nothing!




But I don't much wear current pro kit. I wear my club colours and the odd company logo or pro team on my caps.
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Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
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this was last week. there were 1700 riders on this ride. i passed a lot of them. at the top a Belgium Family from Ohio strikes up a conversation with me. seems they are in Colorado on vaca and amazed at all the cyclist climbing a dirt road to 12,000 feet. they ask if im Belgium to which i reply no, im from Chicago. they ask to take a picture with me. sure what the heck and i strike a pose with them.

if i cared what someone else thought about my kit i would have missed out on this very odd and fun situation at 12k. ride on. later.
I always pictured Belgians as less, I don't know, wooden signish looking.
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I don't wear loud advertising jerseys not because I'm afraid of being dropped, but because I'm not going to pay big bucks to wear a billboard, they should pay me if they want me to wear their billboard!!! I'm weird that way. So Ijust wear plain white or red or black jerseys I get at Walmart for $12 that are made of 100% polyester just like my $80 to $125 jerseys, both fell just as comfortable, both feel just as cool, both stink just as much (couple weeks ago I bought 4 of these Walmart jerseys on sale for $5 each). The only exception is the $75 wool jerseys, their also plain, but the stink factor is less, so I use these on longer rides.

And besides most people that wear those loud wanabe racing cycling jerseys are nothing more then drugstore racers.

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Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
no.



this was last week. there were 1700 riders on this ride. i passed a lot of them. at the top a Belgium Family from Ohio strikes up a conversation with me. seems they are in Colorado on vaca and amazed at all the cyclist climbing a dirt road to 12,000 feet. they ask if im Belgium to which i reply no, im from Chicago. they ask to take a picture with me. sure what the heck and i strike a pose with them.

if i cared what someone else thought about my kit i would have missed out on this very odd and fun situation at 12k. ride on. later.
That's good stuff.
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Originally Posted by Dantebfd View Post
I always pictured Belgians as less, I don't know, wooden signish looking.

they are a slim bunch.....

it was their camera not mine. i failed to have them take one with mine. still, true story. later.
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Wear what you want, when you want. You're supporting professional cycling, your favorite team and you're on the bike riding. All positives in my book...people who view you as a poseur for wearing it, is whats wrong with cycling.
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Agree with the "wear what you want" statements. As for me, I rock the solid color jerseys from Performance Bike because they are cheap and get the job done.
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Originally Posted by froze View Post
I don't wear loud advertising jerseys not because I'm afraid of being dropped, but because I'm not going to pay big bucks to wear a billboard, they should pay me if they want me to wear their billboard!!! So Ijust wear plain white or red or black jerseys I get at Walmart for $12 that are made of 100% polyester just like my $80 to $125 jerseys, both fell just as comfortable, both feel just as cool, both stink just as much (couple weeks ago I bought 4 of these Walmart jerseys on sale for $5 each). The only exception is the $75 wool jerseys, their also plain, but the stink factor is less, so I use these on longer rides.

And besides most people that wear those loud wanabe racing cycling jerseys are nothing more then drugstore racers.
I wear the jerseys with the logos of the companies who paid for or subsidized said clothing and paid for or subsidized the races I, from time to time, ride about in.

And then I buy the Garmin GPS over the TomTom one (all else being equal) because of the positive contribution to cycling that brand has made - a contribution that even the folks cruising about town benefit from.

And no, the Walmart stuff is not the same.
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I stopped caring about what other people think about anything I do, wear, drive, ride, live in, etc long ago...life's been mo betta since.
Fixed it
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Originally Posted by agarose2000 View Post
I admit it. I purposely wear generic plain vanilla bike jerseys or even running sports shirts on bike rides partly because I feel like if I rock that "Rock Racing" pro kit, it'll be pretty embarrassing if I'm getting dropped out there.
Dude, I think they're not working you hard enough if you have time to think about all this stuff. Or too much time alone at the computer.

Maybe you need a second job?
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I wear a bright jersey so drivers can see me. I wear sleeveless in the summer 'cause they are 100 million % cooler. I can't afford team kits so I just use my trusty Performance century shorts and jerseys I find on sale on eBay. I've got a pretty awesome red Vuelta sleeveless jersey and a light yellow beer jersey I break out for special rides, otherwise it's whatever I have that's clean.

But I can't afford the full kits, and I make fun of the dudes wearing them. If a guy is wearing a local team kit I know he or she is a real racer, but the dudes wearing the Euro pro kits I know are posers so I have no problem catching their wheels at the beginning of a climb and smokin' them near the top. It's a dead giveaway
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what is a "pro-type" kit?
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I do 'gear down' when I'm with an unfamiliar group/or feeling slow... I'd rather be underestimated
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Originally Posted by froze View Post
I don't wear loud advertising jerseys not because I'm afraid of being dropped, but because I'm not going to pay big bucks to wear a billboard, they should pay me if they want me to wear their billboard!!! So Ijust wear plain white or red or black jerseys I get at Walmart for $12 that are made of 100% polyester just like my $80 to $125 jerseys, both fell just as comfortable, both feel just as cool, both stink just as much (couple weeks ago I bought 4 of these Walmart jerseys on sale for $5 each). The only exception is the $75 wool jerseys, their also plain, but the stink factor is less, so I use these on longer rides.

And besides most people that wear those loud wanabe racing cycling jerseys are nothing more then drugstore racers.
If you were good enough, they would.
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