il padrone wrote:You are seriously misreading what people are saying here (and BTW the "I don't give a freak about anyone else" attitude reads very poorly). No-one wants you to wear a tweed suit for your 35km commute. Of course cycling-specific clothing and a change at work is the choice for this ride. However for the 5 km ride to the railway station, do you really need the Omega Pharma Lotto team kit?
Of course I understand that for short or slow rides there's no reason to wear lycra and indeed I don't but not everybody in this discussion is I feel being reasonable. In DavidS's post on the one hand he calls people like me lycra snobs but on the other hand tells us we need to 'cut the attitude', seems like we're fighting against ourselves a lot... He also argues that for cyclists to be regarded as legitimate road users they need to be seen wearing every-day clothes but I argue that for me to do so and use my bicycle as transportation is in a lot of cases impossible without being deliberately uncomfortable.
It's an attitude that a lot of cyclists have that's very unhelpful and I think stems from a victim mentality similar to people who shy away from claiming a lane or riding out from the left even when doing so is vital to their safety. Some people feel that other cyclists choosing to wear lycra makes them stand out from other road-users which they fear will make them targets as well and so they try to tell all of us what we should or shouldn't be wearing.