IT'S all about the legs. Shaved legs. If you want to be taken seriously as a bike rider, start with a Wilkinson Sword.
Add a full lycra outfit and specialised sunglasses, shoes, helmet and even cycling socks. Oh, and you might need a bike. Preferably expensive.
Mock if you will, but ignore the look and you risk the ultimate cycling insult: you will be referred to as a "Hubbard". Worse still, nobody will want to ride with you. You will be deemed uncool and, more important, unsafe.
There is no other recreational sport that demands such strict adherence to convention. And in no other nation is this code adhered to as strongly as Australia.
More in the Australian.
The hardcopy in the paper has more material and the photo has graphics but you get the drift from the online article I would suggest.