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Old 08-30-12, 07:18 AM
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Pro Team Jerseys

I read in here that some people have problems with people riding with Pro Teams Jerseys, why is that? I can understand during a race not wearing a Garmin jersey but I don't understand the problem during training rides with a club or by yourself. Again I understand if your wearing the whole kit that's just a little to much but a jersey come on..... It brings great exposure to the teams and the sport esp in the USA where no one knows half the teams. Please explain the hate

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No matter what you do someone is going to object to it. To hell with them.

Anyhow, I like team Garmin but I ride where they frequently train so I will not pick up a Garmin jersey. I am part of a local club \ team and prefer our kit anyhow.
If you want to wear a pro jersey go for it. It isn't anything different than football fans wearing the jersey of their favorite player.
In regards to the haters I believe they think it is for poseurs.
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wear what you like....its riding a bike, not high school.
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I agree with data.

I think the reason people disagree with it is, you look like a poser. Its not like you are a football fan walking around the store just sportin a team jersey. You are out riding in a full team kit, making it look like you are trying to fool someone or something. I bought a couple team kits when I first started because I wanted to look sporty and not so bland and boring. finally found some jersey kits that looked "team'ish" without any sponsored team names logo'd across everything. now my group just makes our own. we will buy a jersey/bib set that everyone likes and then screen print (not the thick vinyl crap, but the stuff that looks like it came factory) our team name and personal name on them. They turn out really nice and we get compliments on them all the time. Its a fun project (since I am in charge of doing it all) and it is 1 of a kind. I PERSONALLY wouldn't wear a team kit anymore, but thats me. When I see someone on the streets wearing a team kit, I do think to myself that he looks like a poser. but where whatever you want. you are gonna get judged no matter what you wear. you wouldn't be a cyclist if you didn't. ;-)

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Originally Posted by bianchi10
Its not like you are a football fan walking around the store just sportin a team jersey. You are out riding in a full team kit, making it look like you are trying to fool someone or something.
Opinions vary. IMO it's exactly like buying a football team jersey & then going out with some friends & tossing a ball. When you're out cycling alone or with a group of friends no rational person should think that you are trying to fool anyone that you are on Team Radio Shack. So the problem, if there is one, is in their perception and cyclists should be no more concerned with wearing team kits than football fans.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10
I agree with data.

I think the reason people disagree with it is, you look like a poser. Its not like you are a football fan walking around the store just sportin a team jersey. You are out riding in a full team kit, making it look like you are trying to fool someone or something. I bought a couple team kits when I first started because I wanted to look sporty and not so bland and boring. finally found some jersey kits that looked "team'ish" without any sponsored team names logo'd across everything. now my group just makes our own. we will buy a jersey/bib set that everyone likes and then screen print (not the thick vinyl crap, but the stuff that looks like it came factory) our team name and personal name on them. They turn out really nice and we get compliments on them all the time. Its a fun project (since I am in charge of doing it all) and it is 1 of a kind. I PERSONALLY wouldn't wear a team kit anymore, but thats me. When I see someone on the streets wearing a team kit, I do think to myself that he looks like a poser. but where whatever you want. you are gonna get judged no matter what you wear. you wouldn't be a cyclist if you didn't. ;-)
He said not the whole kit but just the jersey. I have a liquigas jersey (black and white version) that I bought because it matches my Cannondale. It's the last jersey in my rotation and sometimes never gets used. It's a great looking jersey but a bit too loud for my taste. Cycling is filled with elitist and you're probably always doing at least one thing wrong for that one guy out there. Just ride and enjoy doing it.
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It's about time we had another team kit discussion.


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Originally Posted by bianchi10
I agree with data.

I think the reason people disagree with it is, you look like a poser. Its not like you are a football fan walking around the store just sportin a team jersey. You are out riding in a full team kit, making it look like you are trying to fool someone or something. I bought a couple team kits when I first started because I wanted to look sporty and not so bland and boring. finally found some jersey kits that looked "team'ish" without any sponsored team names logo'd across everything. now my group just makes our own. we will buy a jersey/bib set that everyone likes and then screen print (not the thick vinyl crap, but the stuff that looks like it came factory) our team name and personal name on them. They turn out really nice and we get compliments on them all the time. Its a fun project (since I am in charge of doing it all) and it is 1 of a kind. I PERSONALLY wouldn't wear a team kit anymore, but thats me. When I see someone on the streets wearing a team kit, I do think to myself that he looks like a poser. but where whatever you want. you are gonna get judged no matter what you wear. you wouldn't be a cyclist if you didn't. ;-)
I'm not seeing where you agree with datajunkie at all, except providing proof for his last sentence.
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Wear what you like. Use a mirror, platform pedals, etc.
Don't worry too much about other people whining

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I own a team csc jersey. It is rarely worn as it was a gift from my ex wife.
Anyhow, if I owned enough of my team kits I doubt I would wear anything else.
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ya I just ment jersey, I would never wear the full kit.
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Monday I saw a guy with a Radioshack jersey on riding a Specialized bike. Didn't make a bit of difference to me, wear and ride what you like. F*** 'em!
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
No matter what you do someone is going to object to it. To hell with them.

Anyhow, I like team Garmin but I ride where they frequently train so I will not pick up a Garmin jersey. I am part of a local club \ team and prefer our kit anyhow.
If you want to wear a pro jersey go for it. It isn't anything different than football fans wearing the jersey of their favorite player.
In regards to the haters I believe they think it is for poseurs.
+1.
I don't see a difference in wearing any team jersey.
It not only promotes the sport, it shows you support your local LBS/sports store & whatever team you're wearing.
Screw the haters!(or drop them)
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Wear whatever you want.

I wear Hammer kits a lot because I like the way Voler fits me and I was able to get them at 50% off.

I did once pull into my driveway after a really hard ride and as I was opening the garage door saw a fat dude on a road bike wearing an HTC Cavendish world champion jersey, and I did a double take. But at least he was out riding....
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[QUOTE=Scorer75;14671490]

I wear Hammer kits a lot because I like the way Voler fits me and I was able to get them at 50% off.


Where did you get the Hammer kits half off? I like the look of them. Good jerseys are just so expensive
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Keep you eye on chainlove.com. They have some good deals on plain jerseys. Pactimo has some nice jerseys as well.
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I think that the tossing of the football wearing NFL official jerseys is a good analogy. It would be a bit silly for a grown man to wear an NFL jersey to go out and throw a ball with some friends or to play in a touch football game. That's what jeans and sweatshirts are for...

I'm 52 years old, too grown up to wear licensed professional sports gear like hockey or football jerseys. I think that it's undignified. But that's just me.

Riding a bike is different, because the clothing does provide both function and comfort. So, I'd say that any cycling jersey is appropriate for riding a bike, as long as you're comfortable wearing it.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
I think that the tossing of the football wearing NFL official jerseys is a good analogy. It would be a bit silly for a grown man to wear an NFL jersey to go out and throw a ball with some friends or to play in a touch football game. That's what jeans and sweatshirts are for...

I'm 52 years old, too grown up to wear licensed professional sports gear like hockey or football jerseys. I think that it's undignified. But that's just me.

Riding a bike is different, because the clothing does provide both function and comfort. So, I'd say that any cycling jersey is appropriate for riding a bike, as long as you're comfortable wearing it.
I wouldn't wear jeans to play any sports, even tho Brett Favre endorses it...

I don't think wearing a Jersey of your favorite team/player while playing makes you less of a player,& it doesn't make you a better athlete.
It just proves your a fan.


Agree with the cycling gear, it does serve it's purpose. I don't wear my bibs when I go to the Velodrome/Mountains to watch the races.
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Wear a replica world champion jersey and see if any stranger would actually have the cajones to tell you to your face that you are doing anything wrong.

For that matter, wear any full team kit you want. I doubt that a total stranger would say anything to you. They would be thinking all sorts of things and get all hot and bothered and they'd post about it on the 41, though.

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People make fun of the fat football fan wearing his team's jersey too.

People make fun of cyclists wearing "tights" to ride.

Who cares.

Frankly, we look ridiculous when all suited up in jersey, bibs, helmet, fancy sunglasses and little fingerless gloves. Might as well have fun with it.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
People make fun of the fat football fan wearing his team's jersey too.

People make fun of cyclists wearing "tights" to ride.

Who cares.

Frankly, we look ridiculous when all suited up in jersey, bibs, helmet, fancy sunglasses and little fingerless gloves. Might as well have fun with it.
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Originally Posted by Gjc985
ya I just ment jersey, I would never wear the full kit.
Wearing just the jersey is worse than the full kit. Go full or go home. Cycling is all about looking fast. Don't forget your matching shoe covers too.


It seems a lot of anti pro kit guys are ok with pro teams that no longer exist as they are now "retro". World champ/National/State champ kits are always hated (even if you are they champ because we are all jealous). Team liquigas kits are now retro and ok to wear at the end of this season.

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I wear a full kit... Since I can't ride like a pro, I might as well look good when I ride...
Everyone else in my region wear full pro kits, club kits, LBS kits and they all look great too. Its all about the image when riding.
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Originally Posted by NWS Alpine
Wearing just the jersey is worse than the full kit. Go full or go home. Cycling is all about looking fast. Don't forget your matching shoe covers too.


It seems a lot of anti pro kit guys are ok with pro teams that no longer exist as they are now "retro". World champ/National/State champ kits are always hated (even if you are they champ because we are all jealous). Team liquigas kits are now retro and ok to wear at the end of this season.
+1,000!!
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
People make fun of the fat football fan wearing his team's jersey too.

People make fun of cyclists wearing "tights" to ride.

Who cares.

Frankly, we look ridiculous when all suited up in jersey, bibs, helmet, fancy sunglasses and little fingerless gloves. Might as well have fun with it.
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Wearing just the jersey is worse than the full kit. Go full or go home. Cycling is all about looking fast. Don't forget your matching shoe covers too.


It seems a lot of anti pro kit guys are ok with pro teams that no longer exist as they are now "retro". World champ/National/State champ kits are always hated (even if you are they champ because we are all jealous). Team liquigas kits are now retro and ok to wear at the end of this season.
Originally Posted by Namji
I wear a full kit... Since I can't ride like a pro, I might as well look good when I ride...
Everyone else in my region wear full pro kits, club kits, LBS kits and they all look great too. Its all about the image when riding.
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That's the spirit, right there!
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