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Lets play "Dress Up Someone"(69 posts)

Lets play "Dress Up Someone"MB1
Oct 11, 2001 6:30 AM
As we know, our friend Ms. S*******k has experienced an unfortunate temporary budget shortfall. None the less, some cycling related equipment for continued enjoyment of preferred outdoor activities is required.

The short list of required attire is (but not limited to)
Gloves-Head Warmer-Rain Gear-Fenders-Booties-Arm Warmers-Leg Warmers-Vest-Eye Wear-Lighting.

The rules are;

1) Nothing illegal.
2) Total expenditure <$20.00
3) Avoid the gutter.
4) Must be cycling related.

Bonus Points for freebies.

Help us out here folks. Lets get ready for winter riding on a budget.
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;badabill
Oct 11, 2001 6:42 AM
Now if you are talking budget a freebie pair of fenders can be cut out of a plastic milk jug and zip-tied to the down tube and seat tube. I have used this set up on a cross bike to great success. bonus points for recycled also :-)
badabill Scores First! Bonus points too! nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 6:44 AM
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;MikeC
Oct 11, 2001 6:50 AM
I use those old "Michael Jackson" silver ski glove liners under my open-finger riding gloves. Just fine for those 45 degree rides, with enough feel to hit my bike computer buttons.
Didn't he just wear one glove? Whatever happened to the other?MB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:14 AM
Maybe we could recycle those!
2 gloves? You said to stay within budget! :) nmraboboy
Oct 11, 2001 7:42 AM
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;Birddog
Oct 11, 2001 6:52 AM
I've used the common trash bag for rainwear more than once. They are quite inexpensive (she could easily pilfer one from present stock) but a little noisy. You simply cut a hole in what would ordinarily be the bottom of the bag for your head, and one at each side of the bottom for your arms. For added style points, you could use "pinking shears" and one of those slightly more expensive bags with the built in ties. The ties serve as a drawstring for the waist. Done properly, this would give you a nice petite look with a sort of "sleeveless baseball cut" jacket. If you need graphics, some of that colored electrical tape would probably work to add some nice stripes or designs. A lightning bolt might look pretty good, but the design choices are endless, and of course, highly personal. For added durability, strategically position duct tape at possible areas of stress. This could be placed inside out of sight, or outside to embellish the design. Total cost should come in under $.25 unless you go for the graphics.
Oh, I'm liking this. You could also trim some small vent holesMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:02 AM
along the back and sides like those less desirable "Off the Shelf" designs.

Birddog scores major points for price, style and creativity!
Plus the S-kid could help with the artwork! More bonus points.nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:08 AM
dumpster diver checking in.Js Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 7:02 AM
the good thing about most of this stuff is that it's either already laying around the house, or can be considered routine living expenses. with an $8 can of Scotchgard, you can water proof pretty much anything for a few weeks of exposure, so windbreakers become rain jackets, cycling caps become nor'easters, fleece gloves over jersey gloves become layered sports-specific handwarmers, you get the picture. cost: $8.

before riding road through the winter this year, three years back i rode mtb through a COLD, ICY and WET winter--it was unusually brutal for elvisville. not exposed to many other riders, any IMBA propaganda or otherwise friendly-riding educated at that point, i rode through spots with 8-12 inches of water, near frozen, and covered in mud & blood and whatever filth i could find, in sleet, snow, etc. i didni't have any riding specific clothes or cold-weather gear, just bundled up with what was in my dresser and/or closet and went for it. using the layering method with wicking first (inner), warming second and windbreaking third (outer) never fails.

Gloves: husband's, assuming his hands larger that s*k's over gardening or jersey gloves already in the garage. $0

Head Warmer: bandana under skull cap, already around the house? $0

Rain Gear: duh! garbage bag with holes for arms. more sophisticated would be scotchgard-treated windbreaker. both probably already around the house. $0

Fenders: re-engineered 2-liter soda bottles or milk containers. $0

Booties: ziploc baggies on the inside, scotch-garded shoes, plastic grocery bag on outside with holes cut for cleats, duct-tape at ankles. all around house already. even though i have neoprene booties at home, i still use ziplog baggies in the shoes over socks and toes. $0

Arm Warmers: substitute with long-sleeved base layer and long-sleeved warming layer. $0

Leg Warmers: pantyhose--i believe we covered this one awhile back and i was shot-down, but hey...$0

Vest: husband's windbreaker sans sleeves. just desserts. $0

Eye Wear: husband's safety glasses from garage. :-) personally, i wear a pair of amber-lensed sports glasses bought from a street vendor in san juan, puerto rico for four clams. but, i'll say this one isn't an expense. $0

Lighting: ride during day or on streetlight-lit routes. use duct-tape to affix flashlight to handlebar or helmet. fixture and implement probably household items. $0
not responsible for duplicate answers...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 7:03 AM
was typing while others were posting!!!
Did somebody say "Duct-Tape"? The handypersons friend! nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:05 AM
hey, where's my score? nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 7:08 AM
Well you did spend 8 clams. On the other hand one alwaysMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:10 AM
gets a big score for creative use of duct-tape.
can't believe didn't score big for use of hubby's stuff. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 7:27 AM
Like every wife doesn't already do that! nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:29 AM
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;Len J
Oct 11, 2001 7:15 AM
1.) Gloves. Cold weather use ski-gloves.
2.) Head warmer. Extra large wool hat over helmet, Ear muffs (with the wire thingie around the back of the head).
3.) Rain gear. No one can beat the hefty trash bag idea.
4.) Booties. Zip lock bags with duct tape.
5.) Arm-warmers/Leg-warmers. Old pair of sweat pants, cut off the legs, pull elastic up & tuck under shirt, secure wrists with either a large rubber band or duct tape.
6.) vest. Surely thier is a hunter in the family somewhere. I see Bright orange.
7.) Eye Wear. Someone in your family has to work in a manufacturing plant. Use safety glasses.
8.) Lighting. Duct tape & the family flashlight.

Assuming that you have all the thingsd I mentioned (& what 20th century american doesn't). alls it costs you is some time. Well it may cost some self esteem too.

It ain't our self esteem though. Big bright orange points too.nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:20 AM
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;bikedodger
Oct 11, 2001 7:32 AM
For legs warmers use panty hose lined with newspapers for insulation. You could use old copies of Cycle News.
That would keep her warm and looking like Popeye too!MB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:40 AM
Scare any muggers half to death.

Extra points for security.

BTW "Cycle News"? You a Brit? How the heck does anyone understand Cricket let alone keep score?
Nope. Don't do pantyhose. Never. Ever. nmSpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 7:47 AM
Hey, if it is good enough for men in Memphis..... nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 8:06 AM
[blush] nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 9:40 AM
Haiku friend: pantyhose:Really? nmSpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 9:54 AM
Ya, sheer or natural? nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 9:58 AM
no! i swear it! okay, i was curious [heh heh heh]...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 10:06 AM
my dad used to wear old pantyhose under his canvas hunting pants in the winter, claiming warmth and justifying by citing famous football players who'd do the same during cold winter games. i think he was just makin' with tha freak-freak, but who knows? i asked awhile back the board's opinion on wearing old pantyhose under tights for added winter warmth, and was told to suck it up and buy new/better tights. it was good advice, as i feel it would have affected the way i ride (perhaps less aggressive in the group--or maybe more?).

So, how do you look in heels??? nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 10:09 AM
you can find out for only $834. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 10:14 AM
Oh you really want your birthday present don't you? nmSpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 10:16 AM
Perhaps we could auction off the MB1 kilt pic. Could possiblySpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 10:24 AM
bring in $834. Any takers?
Good thing I sent you the "normal" one. What about moon river?nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 10:26 AM
Oct 11, 2001 8:59 AM
Funny! I wonder how well that wicks? And you'll want to be careful what articles are pressed against the leg. You don't want any tatoos of Osama(sp) or Bush on your thigh. If you go with the cyclenews idea, you could get some cool tatoos.

And getting the pantyhose on over the newspaper...a whole family event! Bonus points for bike activies that include hubby!
It is an old racing trick and works pretty well. Carry a page inMB1
Oct 11, 2001 9:04 AM
your jersey pocket, unfold it and tuck it under the front of your jersey. Makes a great windbreaker.

Bonus points-true.
The 1st part of my favorite acronym___JELLO___the 2nd part.Spinchick
Oct 11, 2001 7:44 AM
Okay not really but I did laugh pretty hard. I have a few ideas that I will post later when I have more time. MB1, I am a little surprised at Rule #3. What's WRONG with you, man?

I was especially fond of the vest idea: one of Hubby's fleece jackets - just desserts." Yukity yuk.
O.K. Back to the gutter guys!!! nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:47 AM
anything "army surplus", in khaki or camoflagueRusty McNasty
Oct 11, 2001 7:49 AM
the stuff is cheap, and you'll fit right in at the monthly critical mass ride, too!
Stylish and PC too! Question, is it PC to keep score? nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:52 AM
Depends on the prize. nmSpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 7:54 AM
Several "Bio-Hazard" brite orange trash bags. nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 8:01 AM
After all cyclists need to be extra visible in the winter. nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 8:02 AM
Yep. I'm liking the camoflage idea. What a look. nmSpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 7:52 AM
Miss M has all the bathrooms within 100 miles checked out.MB1
Oct 11, 2001 7:50 AM
The ones that have those stupid air dryers make great warming and drying stations in the winter. Plan your route right and you are never far from one.
she can race in this outfitishmael
Oct 11, 2001 8:45 AM
all the pro racers know the amazing insulating abilities of large jar of vasaline with added to it some dye in her favorite so as to form the "clothed" apperance should be adequate for any conditions if she really gets her internal furnace may also be the lightest and most aero suit available..
You of course are ready to install/apply the outfit?MB1
Oct 11, 2001 8:53 AM
Gotta admit it ought to be fairly rain worthy too.

Let us know if you score.
Oct 11, 2001 9:57 AM
No vaseline. Harlett warned me against it and I'm thinking she's right.
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;Lazy
Oct 11, 2001 9:01 AM
Go to the local ski area, golf course, football stadium, or other place where outdoor activity takes place in inclement weather. Ask to see the lost and found box. Get what you need. Or, go to the local used clothing store if raiding the local lost and found offends your morality. You can get a slew of stuff there for <$20.

Or, if you don't want to leave the house take the head covers off your husbands golf clubs and cut off the end. Voila, instant arm warmers.

Wrap your helmet in cellophane. Makes for a toasty noggin.

In place of a balaclava, smear your face with Vasoline. Looks scary but works.
Cellofaned helmet...I like! I'm gonna try that. (nm)Kristin
Oct 11, 2001 9:03 AM
L&F-good idea! Face vasoline works for halloween too.MB1
Oct 11, 2001 10:21 AM
Lots of potential with this stuff. Just don't wrap your helmet with leftover cellophane from last nights roast-attracts too many flies and they will stick to the vasoline you earlier smeared on your face.

Like the golf cover thing too. Plenty of points here.
re: Lets play &quot;Dress Up Someone&quot;DINOSAUR
Oct 11, 2001 10:09 AM
Anything made of silk. Scrounge around in thrift shops for clothing apparel, maybe just a silk scarf to wrap around your neck on those cold winter days.

Booties..... I have a couple of a dozen of old cotton athletic socks that have seen their better days. I cut slits in the bottom and pull them over my cycling shoes. Perhaps I can get a month of service out of them before I throw them away. They look sort of dorky but they keep my feet warm. Basically they just keep the wind off.

Thermo T shirts. Again look at ski apparel. Problem is locating a mock thermo T in a ski shop, but if your winter jacket has a turtle neck or if you use a scarf, you don't need it.

Socks....wool snowboarder socks available in ski shops. I purchased some on sale 3 for $15.00. Work good and they are machine washable and dryable.

The best time to buy winter apparel is at the end of the winter season, just like summer close outs. Plan ahead and save.

Actually, thinking this over. Buy quality stuff on sale and it will last a long time. Sometimes you pay for what you get....
Big score, silk & timely purchasing! Now about those socks...nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 10:11 AM
Yeah, the socks would probably only work for a Ca rider NMDINOSAUR
Oct 11, 2001 10:49 AM
I could swear I've seen Euro Pros doing it. And they wouldMB1
Oct 11, 2001 11:00 AM
help S-chick look like a bag lady.

Feet are a problem in cold weather. I really don't like the plastic baggie idea. I have found that it is better for my feet to be slightly cold but dry. Of course we are doing centuries every weekend year round. Baggies are going to hold the moisture in-sooner or later a very bad thing on a cold day. Maybe for a short ride...
how much do you ride during the week? total yearly mileage? nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 11:04 AM
Commuting-120ish, Yearly 14K. Miss M lots more. nmMB1
Oct 11, 2001 11:07 AM
Wait a minute! Spinchick is a chick, right?ET
Oct 11, 2001 11:31 AM
Maybe we're looking at this the wrong way. When we guys want to make bike purchases--all of them really essential of course--our wives are always unreasonable and try to limit our spending, but then they go out and spend on their own unnecessary and overpriced things. Since Spinchick is a chick, we guys here have to feel sorry for her hubby and side with him, even though he's not a cyclist and she is. (This doesn't sound right, but it must be right. Isn't it?) No purchases and that's final! :-) :-)
That's one theory. Yet to be proven.MB1
Oct 11, 2001 11:38 AM
Your real question is if she(?) is a cyclist first (one of us) or a woman first (one of those).

Me...I ain't going there, haven't been there, don't wanna know where there is. As a matter of fact, please forget I ever wrote this.
gutterball. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 11:40 AM
Oh yea? Who is trying to bribe whom with them kilt pics?MB1
Oct 11, 2001 11:43 AM
Talk about below the belt!
the whole freakin' thread is a gutterball.nm
Oct 11, 2001 12:34 PM
Seems to me there have been some really good ideas postedMB1
Oct 11, 2001 12:39 PM
the humor is just a bonus.
Circular reasoning. Very lame. Try again. nmSpinchick
Oct 11, 2001 5:01 PM
Hey, circular reasoning is appropriate for a cyclist. ( nm)ACE-
Oct 11, 2001 10:56 PM
My "dress the dork" storymr tornado head
Oct 12, 2001 11:20 AM
OK, last 2 winters (before I became the incredibly sophisticated roadie that I am now...) here's some of the things I did to keep warm. and they worked!

1) The vaseline idea does work. And vaseline is so pure, no bacteria-carrying stuff at all. Put some on your toes, knees, nose... For the really brave, use Vapor-Rub. You don't feel it while you're riding but when you stop and standing in line at the carry-out for the snack-stop, you can *feel the heat*!
Cost - do you have it around the house? IF so, $0.

2) I wore those nylon shell "athletic" pants with a thin liner. The elastic cuff kept them out of my chain, cycle shorts underneath kept the ride comfortable. Yeah, they really work, mainly because they don't breath well. In fact, if it was above 40 degrees, I'd frequently unzip the leg openings 'cause they got so hot.
Cost - $8-10. Can't recall exactly.

3) Headwarmer - got one of those microfleece headband things on clearance for $4 each at Quality Farm & Fleet. Works great.

4) Shirts/upper body - Used a short sleeve jersey as my base layer (for wicking), thermal long sleeve shirt, turtleneck, and existing windbreakers. Sleeves on windbreakers a little short for roadbike position, but ekpt warm
Cost - $0 Had them all on hand.

5) Gloves - on the way to Ride the Ridges ride last year, realized I had nothing but regular riding gloves. Went to the gas station and got a pair of brown jersey gloves. Best investment that whole day. Save my lil' digits from getting numb and non-functional
Cost - $1.19

That's all fer now!
Well Mr. IS Roadie, you get points for the gloves andMB1
Oct 12, 2001 11:34 AM
layering the jerseys. The vapor-rub is hot too. Good ideas!

I think newspaper under nylons beats the athletic pants for style points though.
we expect a full summary of ideas and points, as well as...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 12, 2001 11:40 AM
the ultimate cheap-arse wardrobe, from you, our "post host".

that is all.
I am going to try to include a pic too. Should be fun. nmMB1
Oct 12, 2001 11:49 AM
[cringe] nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 12, 2001 12:04 PM
Just getting ready for halloween! nmMB1
Oct 12, 2001 12:06 PM
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