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rampant consumerism/cheap tights(10 posts)

rampant consumerism/cheap tightsscottfree
Oct 9, 2001 7:18 AM
In a post below, bill (I think) was responding to something ishmael had said (ishmael usually makes more sense than his prose lets on) and mentioned the rampant consumerism in this sport.

Last evening, unable to find my tights, I said the hell with it (it would be dark soon, so I had to MOVE) and jerked on a pair of thermal long johns, then pulled on my regular shorts over them. The long johns were black, looked fine, worked fine. They cost 5 bucks. With the padded shorts, they worked as well as the missing tights, which were 50 bucks, and certainly didn't look much goofier (nothing could).

In the interest of eliminating mindless consumerism from this pursuit, I'm thinking twice about buying any more damn tights.
re: rampant consumerism/cheap tightsMrCelloBoy
Oct 9, 2001 8:22 AM
Closeouts and sale items are a good solution. Along with yours.
It sure is easy to convince ourselves of what we "need." Reallybill
Oct 9, 2001 8:37 AM
impressed that someone got past that and found what was needed, which ain't much other than a good friggin' ride. Good for you. Congratulations on a life well lived (or at least this part of it, anyway, which I suspect carries over).
Thermal Long Johns...Kristin
Oct 9, 2001 8:46 AM
I have some of these and wore them last year...but I found them uncomfortable and they didn't keep me warm unless I wore plastic pants over them. Did you wear anything windproof, or no? What was the temp outside?
Thermal Long Johns...scottfree
Oct 9, 2001 9:09 AM
I'd say upper 40s. Nothing windproof. Chilly at first, sure, but what's the old saying: If you're not chilly at first you're dressed too warmly? Fine after 10 minutes. I wouldn't want to wear them on a bike if it were much colder, but then again I don't ride outside at all if it's much colder. The old blood is thin.

I'm not necessarily proseletyzing for long johns over tights. I'm just reflecting on bill/ishmael's very accurate observation that this sport is built on too much spending for the 'right' stuff (usually/always meaning 'expensive and fashionable' stuff) when there's cheap & elegant solutions close at hand.

Generally, when we see a cheap & elegant solution, the first word on our lips is: Fred. (Of course, when we see expensive and fashionable stuff on people we don't like for whatever reason, the first word on our lips is Fred, so that proves nothing!)
Oh no! I think I'm a Fred!Spinchick
Oct 9, 2001 11:08 AM
I wore Gladlock sandwich bags over my toes (between socks and shoes) today to keep 'em warm. Love my Lakes but the mesh top is much better in the summer!
Oct 9, 2001 11:14 AM
Not a Fred. Zip lock bag inside shoes is innovative, therefore acceptable. A Fred would have tied plastic grocery bags over their shoes.
foil works toonm
Oct 9, 2001 11:16 AM
That would be a "Wilma" or "Betty". nmMB1
Oct 9, 2001 11:22 AM
there's a vision... plastic pantsnm
Oct 9, 2001 9:31 AM