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a question of etiquette..(15 posts)

a question of etiquette..dotkaye
Jul 8, 2003 10:20 AM
semi-serious question: so I have my Triple Bypass jersey, the ride is Saturday. Is it acceptable to the fashion police to wear the jersey on the ride ? It's much the nicest jersey of the 3 I own..

In running circles, it's absolutely not the Done Thing to wear the race tshirt in the race. Personally I felt it would be bad karma to wear the shirt before I earned it, plus I had club colors to wear. But I'm not racing now, and unaffiliated. I've already accepted that I might have to sag-wagon it on this one, no pride left.
re: a question of etiquette..briburke
Jul 8, 2003 10:22 AM
I'm in the same boat - to wear it or not. Now if only I was tough enough to have a previous year's jersey...

re: a question of etiquette..PDF
Jul 8, 2003 10:25 AM
Waer it. Who cares?!
don't be 'that guy'! don't pimp the jersey! earn it first! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 8, 2003 10:38 AM
Gotta disagree.dzrider
Jul 8, 2003 10:54 AM
If you wear the shirt after a ride you don't finish you will definitely risk bad karma. Not only that, if you're the least bit honest, any time anybody mentions the shirt you have to admit that you didn't finish the ride. I'd wear the shirt, convince myself that I love the shirt almost as much as I love my bike, and therefore have to finish the ride in order to be able to wear the shirt again.
re: Gotta disagree.dotkaye
Jul 8, 2003 1:12 PM
on the other hand, if I don't finish, I'll have to give away the jersey, so this might be my only chance at wearing it.. heh.
It all adds up to "Wear the Shirt if you want to" nmdzrider
Jul 9, 2003 5:48 AM
You're wearing the shirt of the band you are going to see? (NM)lampshade
Jul 8, 2003 11:09 AM
You paid for it? Right?PaulCL
Jul 8, 2003 10:55 AM
Then wear it. I'll bet that you'll see more than 100 people wearing the jersey on Saturday.

I just finished a week long 'challenge tour' in colorado/wyoming. They handed out the jersies on the first day. There were dozens and dozens on the road. It the participation in the event, not the completion that counts. Wear it with pride.

Of course...I didn't buy a jersey until the very end, so I never had the same decision that you have.
Don't wear itmoneyman
Jul 8, 2003 11:34 AM
Pick out your favorite of the bunch you own and wear that. Two reasons: One, lots (and I mean lots!) of other people will be wearing it, so you would really blend into the crowd; Two, by denying yourself of wearing it until you finish, it will give you motivation to actually finish.

The TBP is a tough, tough ride, but people in lots worse shape than you will be finishing. However, there is no shame in not being able to complete it. I have two TBP starts/finishes, and they both had me contemplating the sag wagon somewhere in the middle. But being able to wear that jersey with a sense of accomplishment after the ride helped get me through. Honestly.

I have been raising money and recruiting riders for the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Peloton Project ( for the past four years, so whenever I go on a ride like this, I wear a LAF/PP jersey to draw attention and start a conversation.

Just remember as you are grinding up Loveland Pass that if you just keep your pedals going around and around, you'll get to the top sooner or later. From there, it's a piece of cake. Except for Swan Mountain road and Vail Pass. But from there, its all downhill. Until Vail, where its ten miles of flat roads to Avon.

The dinner is good, and the shower is beyond comparison.

Have fun. Take your time. Stop at all the rest areas. Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty. Arm warmers for the morning, sun screen for the rest of the day. Don't burn all your matches early, or you'll be in for a long day of suffering.

Jul 8, 2003 1:39 PM
" From there, it's a piece of cake. Except for Swan Mountain road and Vail Pass. But from there, its all downhill. Until Vail, where its ten miles of flat roads to Avon."

That's exactly what I've been thiking..."it'll be easy...oh yea, except for those other climbs"
Running is different53T
Jul 8, 2003 11:53 AM
Real runners don't run in cotton tee shirts, hence they don't wear the shirt-of-the-day. Here you have a real riding jersey, so it's really apples and oranges.

Of course you will stand out more if you wear something different, like a TdF climbers jersey!
TbP Jerseyjtolleson
Jul 8, 2003 12:08 PM
Well, you'll find that at least 1/3 of all the riders there are wearing it, so do what you want.

I never took last year's jingo-istic production out of the bag and most certainly did not wear it on the ride, but be assured that people will be wearing 'em by the hundreds. No etiquette problem.
re: a question of etiquette..ajgibbons
Jul 8, 2003 12:55 PM
If this "question of etiquette" bothered you enough to ask, then I'd suggest not wearing it. I'm a believer in bad Karma being caused mainly by doing things you THINK might be wrong.
wear the freakin thingDougSloan
Jul 9, 2003 6:21 AM
I never have given even a passing thought to this "pimp the jersey" (whatever the heck that means) or karma stuff. If you want to wear it, do so. What the hell is this anyway? It's not like we are talking about someone wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour who was not entitled. This is freakin' amateur puttin around riding. Anyone gives you any crap, tell them to shove it, you'll wear what you want.

Man, we can make this far more difficult than it needs to be. No one will give a hoot what you wear. Besides, on that ride, you and everyone else will have far more to worry about than fashion.