Practical commuting attire.

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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby simonn » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:05 am

You ride a bike. To the majority of people you look like a goose anyway. Wearing knicks under shorts makes you look like a goose to lots of cyclists as well. IOW, in total, you look more of a goose.

Normal t-shirts end up stinking if they get wet - which is how I ended up buying my first jersey - and they often don't dry properly during the day if you get caught in the rain.

I have a couple of sports t-shirts I got for $5 which I wear when commuting because I do not want my bag to ruin my jerseys and I do not need pockets on the commute. Other than that I wear normal cycling gear - generally not the good knicks though as it's only 24km each way, unless I have been for a longer ride before hand. Normal shorts get crotchal wear quite quickly compared to knicks (lycra deals with movement better, surprise surprise).
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby tubby74 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:53 am

I picked up a few pairs of fox mtb shorts (shorts + padded liner)for $15 a pair from a pushys sale. Also got a few mtb shirts from crc for about the same, now only $12 each

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perfect for commuting on the hybrid and means I bought enough I'm never out of clean kit
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby Mububban » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:35 pm

CXCommuter wrote:Not sure why lycra makes people look like a goose though.....


Peace folks, I'm not having a go at anyone other than myself, you've obviously never seen how scrawny my legs are, lycra on its own is not a flattering look for me :D
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby rpmspinman » Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:10 pm

Other than most women, it's rare to see lycra look good on any man, but it certainly feels better to wear it than see it when on a ride. That's my thoughts. Goose or no goose :)
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby Lurkin » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:21 pm

DHB bibs
Nike miller tops
DHB signal jacket

comfy, drys by the end of the day. Win.

thats the usual attire.

Goose? Meh.
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby lobstermash » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:45 pm

Mububban wrote:
CXCommuter wrote:Not sure why lycra makes people look like a goose though.....


Peace folks, I'm not having a go at anyone other than myself, you've obviously never seen how scrawny my legs are, lycra on its own is not a flattering look for me :D


I'm not gonna pull any punches. I look goooooood in lycra*.




*yes, middle aged ladies' opinion counts!
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby biker jk » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:33 pm

lobstermash wrote:
Mububban wrote:
CXCommuter wrote:Not sure why lycra makes people look like a goose though.....


Peace folks, I'm not having a go at anyone other than myself, you've obviously never seen how scrawny my legs are, lycra on its own is not a flattering look for me :D


I'm not gonna pull any punches. I look goooooood in lycra*.




*yes, middle aged ladies' opinion counts!


What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Good on you.
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby Top_Bhoy » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:04 pm

Wearing lycra on a bike? Better to be practical and comfortable than suffer. MY personal choice!

I don't understand those who knock and insult others for wearing correct attire. I can only think its more to do with their own limitations than the others they seek to bring down.
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby Gordonhooker » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:22 pm

Goose


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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby softy » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:59 am

Okay im a goose then!

I will quite happy be a goose, goose is just stereo typing! This year black can be trendy, next year flouro can be trendy, who really cares, as long as you comfortable????

I don't like anything flappy, and bike gear is far superior to normal clothes as it is designed for riding, that makes sense to me.
I have a jacket, I paid a small fortune for, goretex, no parker or normal jacket compares. I use to wear normal clothes when I first started riding, it is just inferior in comparison.

In the winter you put layer after layer on of normal clothes to keep warm, with bike gear I wear two layers down to about 3 to 5C. Why? It is fit for purpose.

Tee shirts do not compare to jerseys for summer riding.

Lycra is great in the wet, you stay warm and it dries quickly for the return trip home.

Once again, wear what you like, - I choose to be a goose!

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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby Oxford » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:15 am

I think the people that knock what other people wear are simply externalising their insecurities. Its a lot like motorists hating on cyclists, its because the cyclist has freedom to ride on and enjoy what they are doing whereas the motorist is limited because of many other motorists limiting their progress. Like any activity use the appropriate tools for the job at hand and that you feel comfortable using and that you can afford. Anyone who hates on you for that is basically just a bigot.
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:56 am

We are talking of weather so I suggest we all could preface with our domicile.

I ride in Perth. Mild, seldom wet.

I have always ridden with knicks. I can't see why, if doign distance you would do otherwise.

Other than that, base priced stretch/low maintenance singlets from target etc - slazenger, etc.

Layers for winter. Over the knicks I add merino Icebreakers with 3% lycra woven in. Top cover has to be light as it will spend much time in the backpack. In recent years it is a high density weave fluoro sprayjacket. A head sock/beanie/balaclava whatever according to the weather.

A pancho in the backpack if there is anychance of rain.

Last week, for the first time, I have tried a riding vest and have discovered that it is realy quite warm yet more breathable so I am thinking, after 35 years, that these with removable arm socks may be the go from now on in the coldest mornings. The singlets have been and are great value so I imagine they will still be my main fare.

As for appearances, I get all the benefit of good will from an amused public so what do I care about what it looks like?
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby g-boaf » Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:03 am

Top_Bhoy wrote:Wearing lycra on a bike? Better to be practical and comfortable than suffer. MY personal choice!

I don't understand those who knock and insult others for wearing correct attire. I can only think its more to do with their own limitations than the others they seek to bring down.


Castelli rosso-corsa thermal bib-tights and thermal long sleeve jersey and a Castelli jacket. They are brilliant for cold 100km rides, so I'm sure they'll do find for a commute ride. They are warm and comfortable. They were great for 2ºC average temp this morning. :D Capo winter gloves though, not good at all. Warmer than nothing, but still had frozen hands. :roll:
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby rpmspinman » Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:34 pm

Oxford wrote:I think the people that knock what other people wear are simply externalising their insecurities. Its a lot like motorists hating on cyclists, its because the cyclist has freedom to ride on and enjoy what they are doing whereas the motorist is limited because of many other motorists limiting their progress. Like any activity use the appropriate tools for the job at hand and that you feel comfortable using and that you can afford. Anyone who hates on you for that is basically just a bigot.


Well said. :mrgreen:
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby SmellyTofu » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:04 pm

Gordonhooker wrote:Goose


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Mmm.. BBQ Goose. Delicious

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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby Mububban » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:17 pm

SmellyTofu wrote:
Mmm.. BBQ Goose. Delicious

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Now that's what I look like in the Perth summer, with my fluoro orange jersey and red sweaty face :D
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Re: Practical commuting attire.

Postby casual_cyclist » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:55 pm

On my daily commute I see all kinds of riders on all kinds of bikes wearing all kinds of clothes. There are male, female, young, old, middle aged, tall, short, medium, skinny, fat, obese, average. They wear work clothes, shorts and tees, sports clothes, cycling gear or full cycling kit. They ride road bikes, mountain bikes, flat bars and everything in between. I don't judge anyone for how they look, what they wear or what they ride. I reckon good on them for riding instead of driving. Personally, I wear cycling specfic clothing because I find it comfortable. I wear gear that is warm in winter and wear cooler gear in summer. It lasts well and it's comfortable, so why not? There are plenty of people at my work that just ride in shorts and a tee but also plenty who ride in cycling specific clothing.
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