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What do you wear when you ride?(19 posts)

What do you wear when you ride?Iwannapodiumgirl
Aug 4, 2002 10:27 PM
Was having a chat yesterday with my riding buddies about what people wear when they ride. It started because this cute chick rode by wearing a pair of white knicks... (hopefully I have not offended da ladies of da board!)

So, do you prefer to:

a) wear the full team kit of a pro Team that rides the bicycle you do eg you ride a Pinarello, you wear Deutsche Telekom, Fasso Bartoli etc...

b) wear the full team kit of a pro rider you want to be, for whatever reason. eg Cipo gets the chicks, I get the chicks, I must wear Aqua Sapone even though I look like a pimp...

c) wear the full team kit of a pro team you think looks cool eg, you like Tetris so you bought a full Mapei kit; you are an accountant and like numbers so you wear a Le Francais de Juex full kit...

d) wear barbarian team outfits - a Rugby term, so... the jersey of one team, let's say US Postal, with the knicks of another, say Coast (don't mention The War though!)...

e) wear "plain" cycling clothing, say Castelli, Briko, Assos....

f) other options that I can not necessarily think of at the minute.

re: What do you wear when you ride?koala
Aug 4, 2002 11:38 PM
e,plain cycling clothing. You mean people wear team stuff for training?
Aug 5, 2002 12:12 AM
If I am not riding with my club, where out club kit is required to be worn, I sometimes ride in a mix and match of team kits - usually what is not lying on the floor of my laundry!

Why Koala, what do you wear?
Giordana shorts, single color jersies...n.m.koala
Aug 5, 2002 1:57 PM
"other options"Steve_0
Aug 5, 2002 3:22 AM
Rather humourous that the current mindset of cycling is such that cyclists dont even consider 'regular' clothing as an option.

I typically (not always) wear what i was wearing before i pulled the bike out. 90 percent of the time it doesnt involve plastic pants or pockets on my back.
plain stuffzooog
Aug 5, 2002 3:52 AM
1. Giro helmet
2. Voler short(black color)
3. Plain old tank top. KMart 5/$10
4. various different pro gloves that I have found cheap

Most riders in my area, wear the full pro team clothing lineup. Guys, gals does not matter. I have seen one team that was training and they all had the same matching stuff on. They looked good and they were FAST.
The best manufacturer I can find cheap on Ebay team or notOld_school_nik
Aug 5, 2002 4:48 AM
Team stuff?filtersweep
Aug 5, 2002 5:22 AM
You had three options involving team gear?

I guess I don't want to pay EXTRA for a team replica jersey. I have no fantasies about being on a pro team. I really don't "support" any particular pro team. And, while I don't really care if you or anyone else wears a full team kit or a jersey (it is a free country, and I really don't regard it as being "poserish"), there are plenty of other people out there that regard a kit as poserish, so I simply avoid it.

I see plenty of people wearing local team jerseys who run lights, stopsigns, etc... and ride like rude jacka$$es. Nice advertising.

I will wear an obscure bargain (a great pair of lime green bibs that simply has the name "Boise" down the leg that were practically free). There are plenty of cool non-team jerseys out there. I had a bargain on a great team helmet- I simply removed all the decals. I'm a bit disturbed about this trend of selling team bikes (Trek, Look, etc...). It seems more difficult AND expensive to find a non-team bike.

I won't be the one to tell you riding in a full kit is poserish... like I said, I could personally care less- BUT- you won't ever catch me wearing one.

A good jersey IS practical- I do like the rear pockets.

Sorry, "regular" clothing is out of the question. I will not have cotton on my body when riding- I sweat like an Italian (I am, so no lectures, please). Padded shorts are a must... shoes are a must for cleats... gloves are a must. I don't see how "regular" clothes would even work.
how regular works.Steve_0
Aug 5, 2002 5:36 AM
I could certainly see not wanting to wear cotten for heavy perspiration, but plenty of 'regular' clothes breath much better than plastic bike-clothing.

Wool is one of the best-breathing textiles around. Allergic to wool? Plenty of stylish next-generation synthetics out everything from 'sports' shirts, to polos and dress shirts.

Padded bike shorts are only a must for tender asses. Most beginners face this problem. Most experienced riders, IMO, can ride without pads (most of the time), they just never try so they dont realize it.

Shoes - Must admit, I forgot about shoes. I probably wear cleats 50 percent of the time. But they certainly are not a MUST the other 50 percent. Its rather nice to be able to walk through a restaraunt or my friends hardwood floors without walking/looking like a duck.

Gloves? Never wore 'em

You should give 'regular' clothes a try sometime. Its very liberating to not tye your choice of clothing to your activity. Regular clothes do, if fact, 'work'.
Hmmm . . .morrison
Aug 5, 2002 6:45 AM
gloves good. protect hands on fall.

pad good. protects ass on seat. (are you kidding? I've been on a bike most of my life, now, and I can't ride without a pad!)

right about wool. i have several wool jerseys and shirts that i wear when it gets cold.

the one thing about regular clothes that i like (and if i'm running down to the store on my fixed, that's how i ride) is that you can get off the bike, have a meal, do some shopping, watch a movie, and not worry (too much) about how you look or smell.
hands, gloves, etcSteve_0
Aug 5, 2002 7:23 AM
using your hands to stop a fall is the reason shoulder injuries are so common in bicycle falls. rooollllll.

having said that, good luck breaking instinct.

Padding - did you wear a pad when you were 5? how about 10? 15? You'll get used to it for all but the long rides. If not, perhaps its time to change the racerboy seat.

Regular clothes rule; makes your journey more sponteneous in nature.

My fixed has campus pedals; platform on one side; spd on the other. cant beat 'em imo.
Fixed has Brooks; no pad req'd . . .morrison
Aug 5, 2002 7:42 AM
but other horses equipped w/ less pleasurable seats. Instincts very hard to break; wrists easy. No need for campus pedals . . . carry flip flops in my bag.

1 thing i love: wearing regular clothes and flying by weekend warriors. Better when wearing full beard. (It's all gone, now) Best when singing Janice Joplin.
better than singing Janice...Steve_0
Aug 5, 2002 8:04 AM
whistling 'pop goes the weasel'. I take the same pleasure.
padded shorts, regular clothes, and stuff...TomS
Aug 5, 2002 7:46 AM
No, I didn't wear padded shorts on a bike as a kid, but I also probably never rode for more than 5-10 miles at a time at that age. And even when I did that it was probably 2 to a friend's house, take a break, 1-2 to the movies or something, 2 back, etc. Any rides over an hour are just uncomfortable for me without padded shorts, and loose shorts with regular underwear chafe when I get sweaty. Ouch.

I commute most of the time in regular clothes though, if it's not too hot or raining. But that's just a 20-minute ride.
padded shorts, regular clothes, and stuff...yeah right
Aug 5, 2002 10:32 AM
I'll commute to and around school in regular clothes, no problem, but I would get a serious case of tired butt anytime i ride more than 30-40 minutes. He makes it sound like it is so confining to put on shorts and jersey, give me a break. I put on basketball shorts and shoes when i hoop, not that big of a deal, and I'd rather keep my casual clothes nice. I use the pockets on jerseys all the time (kool covers, energy bars, keys, maps etc.), could ride without, but why? i hate flapping fabric and sweating in cotton isn't any fun, at least for an hour or more. i guess i'll continue to take my wussy butt, hands, and torso and dress them in cycling specific clothing, oh what a silly guy i am. (btw, that extremely painful ache that used to kill my feet went away when i got cycling shoes, go figure?)
Wouldn't wear a pro team outfit for $50 a milecory
Aug 5, 2002 7:51 AM
That's too much like putting on pads and helmet to play football with your kids in the park. Even my club jerseys stay in the drawer most of the time. Rides up to 50 miles or so, and many longer, I do in mountain bike baggies and a Coolmax T-shirt or even a cotton T. Sweat's not much of a problem here in the high desert. But I'd be embarrassed to dress up like Lance, then go out and ride the way I do....
re: What do you wear when you ride?TommyRides
Aug 5, 2002 8:28 AM
Being a mountain biker, I have alot of $ or some $$ at least invested in baggies and basic CoolMax/ wicking synthetic T's. I do have a couple pair of spandex shorts as well and a couple of jerseys..with back pockets which I hardly ever use. Being brand new to road riding, I plan on wearing about the same as I do on my MTB. Bought road shoes, and a new helmet and gloves, but have ridden mostly in my old plain jerseys and such. Gloves are a must for me and the helmet..well....maybe I'm a little self indulgent.

SOME road-type riders seem to be hung up in the world of fashion and correctness..AS DO some MTB riders..I was at first and still love Bike Stuff by all means but the thought of getting all dressed up to kill for a ride around the coast here seems a little pretentious. I don't plan to ride for a team or even with a group mostly..just for my own physical and mental satisfaction.

I plan on buying 1 jersey but only because it's on sale and I'd ride it on the mountain bike as well. Shoes I find DO make a difference, but sometimes the thought of gettin all dressed and geared up to take a brief ride, can dampen my to just get on and go but I do like the advantages of being clipped in as well as those of non-cotton shirts....ride for the fun of it but gear is definately cool!

Just my 2 cents worth....
re: What do you wear when you ride?xcandrew
Aug 5, 2002 1:50 PM
I usually wear my regular every day shorts (light nylon/polyester hiking shorts)for commuting or casual rides of up 2 hours or so without discomfort. If I'm doing a ride that could be classified as "training" or a bit more intense, I use my cycling shorts, which have a liner or "pad" that is not really padded.

For the top in warm weather, I wear T-shirts. My favorites are old (running) race 50 poly/50 cotton T-shirts. They work as well for me as the 50 poly capilene/ 50 cotton Patagonia Go-T and feel better than the 100% synthetic T-shirts, which I also use. My lucky blue running race shirt is an old 50/50 shirt that is super thin because all the cotton has worn or washed away. I also use 100% cotton T-shirts, but they are not as comfortable. All are more comfortable than the two or three cycling jerseys that I have had in the last twenty years (all from the '80s, haven't tried newer).

I don't wear gloves in warm weather, only in the winter for warmth. I don't crash much, even off-road, and my hand are usually not damaged, not counting little scraps that are not really noticeable. My hands get more abrasions from tripping while running and I never felt like I needed gloves for running(I run about 100 mi/wk). The old Pearl Izumi gloves that I have tear up my thumbs on a long ride, and so I've never really worn them and don't think I'm missing anything.
I wear <i>my</i> team's kit, including our past jerseys. -nmTig
Aug 5, 2002 2:37 PM