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Not everyone is thin . I generally avoid commenting on stuff like that because it isn't nice to do so. At least they are giving it a go. I'm almost there with my weight loss - 64kg and just a little bit more working out to go before I do the gear justice. The speed was starting to come good too.
For colourful, you could go the old Mapei team kit if you wanted!! But that's against the rules apparently.
Otherwise, some pristine white HTC Highroad gear perhaps! (Don't get it wet though).
I dunno what the issue with black is
So much better than some of the options available from last century. I mean, black with orange leopard skin side panels? Purple fish scale?
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Am I the only one who is fascinated by all this? 10pages of talking about what clothes you and other people wear. Has BNA been hacked by Dolly?
Apparently some men don't like other men wearing tight fitting clothes. A bit of good old fashioned homophobia is my only guess why they feel that way.
Then some people don't want to see anyone in tight fitting clothes. Because you know, tight clothes = prostitute.
Plus we have the group who don't want fat people wearing tight clothes. Because it offends them. Well I'd rather see a fatty on a bike in team kit than a fatty stuffing its face in trackies and a massive tshirt.
For the poll I picked mostly. Just over 10k km last year and roughly 3.5k was non lycra. If you counted it per ride it would swing a fair way towards not lycra just because they are usually shorter rides. Like I might ride 12 times a week and 2 of those in lycra. Should anyone give a rats whatsit about what I just wrote? NO
Only a problem because Homer does not want to acknowledge his hidden homo-eroticism
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
One way that somebody could interpret the results of this poll is that 58% of people surveyed NEVER use a bicycle for its most practical, most useful purpose. That is for quick, easy transport for shorter distances.
(though in a bid to avoid "You hate Lycra" statements )....
Another way that it could be interpreted is 58% of people use the bicycle in a manner that is likely to lead to the greatest fitness benefits.
But if you want to get more people on bikes the former seems to be the better basis to address the problem.
Quite so Baldy - but you did look tres chic in tweed
But the way most of us would interpret the result is that, as I speculated in another thread, around 90% of the BNA forum members who have responded wear lycra cycle clothing at least some of the time, and do not share your anti-lycra predjudices.
and good thread Ron.
In those cases of an ample behind it is not wise to select GIANT brand cycling kit
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Interesting responses in this thread.
I hold no prejudice or judgment to others and what they wear. If you feel comfortable wearing a 3 piece suit, a clown costume or budgie smugglers on a bike because you dont want to conform to what everyone else is wearing, the more power to ya. Good for you.
But for me, I wear lycra cycling stuff and am proud to and its more comfortable, nor do I care what names get thrown my way because of it. At first I was apprehensive, but now its just so normal for me, that I do not give it a second thought. My mates gave me some crap to start with, and still do from time to time, but I view it as standard attire, and I know they are still ignorant to the benefits.
Whose to know if you walk into a shopping centre in your kit that you've done 10km or 100km? People just look at you and think, ok your a cyclist, whatever, moving on. Not 'what a knob, he/she lives 2 mins from me, why are they wearing lycra on a bike?' It's rarely even thought about, and a non issue unless you make it one. If it is brought up among some of your ignorant peers who dont ride, its usually due to their own insecurities. Why should their problems deter you from how you ride? It's pointless.
I find too many people get too caught up in the 'what other people might be thinking' attitude, that they would prefer to be apprehensive due to perceived negative reactions, than just wear what they wear due to comfort and be done with it. At the end of the day, it's not like you are breaking a cycling law or riding indecently by wearing lycra. You'll be judged by those who have no idea and 'think' they are the style police, but other than that, WGAF. Lycra clothing was made for a purpose and its suits that purpose well. So wear it and be proud of it.
*puts flame suit on*
2011 Kona Dew Plus (commuter)
2012 Focus Cayo 2.0 (road)
However I could say almost exactly the same thing and substitute street clothing for Lycra. And it would equally have relevance for other people.
For example, a good friend of mine, a very fit man who rides a bike almost exclusively - no racer but does plenty of hard rides in the mountains, rides and tours in long trousers and long sleeved shirt. His choice and it makes him no less of a cyclist, though some on here would brand him a person on a BSO. Not a BSO really though - he built the frame himself.
Why would you be proud to wear lycra?... it's just a type of fabric. Maybe if it's your team kit etc you can have pride in your colours.
People who use their bike to go to the shops or to school quite possibly aren't cycling fanatics like everyone on this forum so no wonder the results are skewed.
Come to spend time in a cycling forum you have to be pretty keen on cycling.
Of the few dozen people I have seen on bikes this morning ( 9 am now )... none are in lycra, they are just going to school, getting the paper, croissants and baguettes and doing chores... a big number of them are old ladies, the fact that it is below zero and snowing doesn't bother them.
The chances of a single one of them coming on to a cycling forum to vote whether they wear lycra or not is ZERO.
So personally I would prefer the " who gives a !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! option " but it's not there.
I have gone into the supermarket in lycra at the end of the ride all the time. Even bring my bike in.
Veni, Vidi, Vespa -- I Came, I Saw, I Rode Home
I am glad to hear, cause without the bike you are just another creep guy
That's what I was alluding to. I didnt mean walk into a shop wearing a head to toe Zentai/Morph suit, but actually wearing your fave team kit and colors with pride. The fact that it's made from lycra is irrelevant, you are right.
Example: If all the pro's were wearing cotton onesies on their bikes because it provided some benefit, Im sure that would be the material/style of choice for enthusiasts no doubt, just the color being the only variation.
I think it boils down to unless its breaking some actual law of indecent exposure, (not the word of the one eyed fashion mafia) no one deserves to be criticized for wearing what they want if it feels comfortable to them.
2011 Kona Dew Plus (commuter)
2012 Focus Cayo 2.0 (road)
I set this poll up to discover the forum members preferences in cycle clothing - lycra, or non-lycra.
It has nothing to do with what anybody's sister, neighbour, workmate, or the lady down at the corner shop prefer to wear (unless they do happen to be forum members).
Then basically apart from trying to bait other members, it was a waste of time because any idiot could of told you what the bias is on this forum.
Insert return spout here please...
Are you saying this was just a troll, for the self gratification of the forums Lycra inclined wearers? I must say I am surprised.
My first thoughts were that this type of a question on a forum should be more broadly based. Seeing the videos of the cyclists in other countries, it seems the average cyclist does not bother with the benefits of Lycra.
But your words are just an admission that the answer was secondary to actually, your education of any one who may not wear Lycra?
Ron you may be a good cyclist, but you have shown that you are certainly not a good person.
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