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The final word on team clothing, kits, and the like.(44 posts)

The final word on team clothing, kits, and the like.Zonic Man
Aug 22, 2003 1:14 PM
Okay, we have a joke about stuff....it's either "velo-gay" or "velo-cool".

First off regarding clothing:

--Team kit from present year (or if team is still in existance)=Velo-gay.

--National Kit if you're not of that background (i.e. not being irish and wearing Irish team kit) equals velo gay.

--Yellow, polka dot, pink, green kit equals velo gay if somewhat recent and not "vintage".

Exceptions:

--If you got the kit from a team member, example robin williams got his stuff from Lance. HE can wear it with pride.

--If you are somewhat affiliated with the team. For example, you own health.net --you can wear the kit.

--If you are given the kit from someone close with the team. Example: given quickstep kit from the mechanic for washing a bike.

Acceptable kits include:

--Bike maker kit (only if riding that bike, though)
--ANY vintage kit or out of date team kit
--ANY national team kit or national champion kit if you have lineage from that country
--Any team kit from a team or club you are on
--Any random product you support with stuff on your bike (or whatever), so long as it's not a "team" kit
--Any University team from a university you went to
--Any store-bought generic kit, as long as it's not made by "primal".

It should also be noted that if you are on a team, you should wear said kit at any time you are going to be highly visable, to give support to the team and its sponsors.

"Highly visable" includes, but is not limited to:
--Races and Events
--Group rides
--Bike trail rides
--Other highly traveled and popular roads

This goes along with other maxims of the "velo-gay" theory:

--The size of the saddlebag is directly proportional to the size of the "fred" using said saddlebag.
--Camelbaks? On the road? Why is getting water so hard?
--Visors? Ouch. Why? I know the rain/sun argument, but for crissakes a cycling cap does the same thing. (PS: The visor is VERY unfunctional. You can't see in front of you on the mountain bike or the road bike when using one...this applies to riding steep tech terrain on the mtb and in the drops on the roadie bike.)
--Frame pumps? Velo-gay. Unless you ride a retro bike and have a pump peg and a long silca pump. Oh wait, that in and of itself is velo gay.

That's the world according to Zonic Man. And yes, it is a small world.
Like using that word?filtersweep
Aug 22, 2003 1:19 PM
"gay" that is?

Methinks thou protest too much.
Are you really StyleMan from Bicycling mag?PdxMark
Aug 22, 2003 1:20 PM
There are no final words here...

ok, except Doug's if you break a board rule...

You're right, it is a small world... Do you guys vote on these rules? And who keeps the style rule book?
Fashion police on patrol look-out.Tail Wind
Aug 22, 2003 1:23 PM
Take no offense to this.

But this is the narrowed mindedness we need to pull our selves out of. If the Fashion Nazi's are going to cook me because I wear a yellow jersey form this years tour on my speclized world champion frame than where's the lighter fluid?

do your self a favor... quite riding a bike.

YOUR KILLING ME.

Tail Wind.
just my $.02
Well, I take offense to this:Zonic Man
Aug 22, 2003 1:37 PM
your spelling.

1. I can't "quite" riding a bike.
2. "Your" is not the proper grammar/spelling for "you are." It's "you're"; as in "You're going to your Mom's house, aren't you?"

So in reality,

YOUR KILLING ME, TO. (LOL.)

Zonic Man
just my $.02 (canadian)
Well, I take offense to this:Tail Wind
Aug 22, 2003 2:16 PM
Eh... well here's your $.01 (AMERICAN X-Change... sorry)

and thanks for the hot grammer tips...

Tail Wind
you corrected his grammar?t0adman
Aug 22, 2003 3:02 PM
I'm sure it's just a typo, but you omitted an 'o' in too. Mmmm, mmm...humble pie.
uhhhhSabine
Aug 22, 2003 3:17 PM
you think?
Giving Fashion Advice...Indurain 03
Aug 22, 2003 1:33 PM
To a predominantly male audience equals "velo-gay"!
you need to get out more. nm.Sao
Aug 22, 2003 1:37 PM
Give me a break. (nm)FTMD
Aug 22, 2003 1:45 PM
nm
just ridelaffeaux
Aug 22, 2003 1:49 PM
Why does it matter what anyone wears? Just ride your friggin' bike.
WTF! Employment has given you....Roger2
Aug 22, 2003 1:53 PM
too much free time! Go brief something! ;0)
HEY!Zonic Man
Aug 22, 2003 2:03 PM
At least I don't shave my arms.

Yet.

(And still, no one sees the humor....)
HEY!Sabine
Aug 22, 2003 2:22 PM
what that you break all of these rules on a daily basis?
Not to worry.KG 361
Aug 22, 2003 2:25 PM
I found it VERY funny. Thanks =)
PS-sarcasm is translated poorly on internet boards.You may want to keep this in mind for future referance.....
Humor should be short ....Roger2
Aug 22, 2003 2:25 PM
but you write like an attorney or something...doh!
Does this crowd always take itself so seriously?Sabine
Aug 22, 2003 2:19 PM
You meanie! Kumbaya...

So, I have a Vlaanderen TInterim kit from Vanessa from when she used to race for them. I have a kit from all of Susy's former teams (Timex, Saturn, and Autotrader) I have a Points Jersey that Susy won in Tour L'Aude, and I have my own Nat Champ jersey and Masters Nat team jersey. Under your rules, I can wear all of them, but I still feel kind of funny and only wear them when I am on rides where I don't expect to be seen.

Alan on the other hand, has no shame. Would wearing a full Bella kit (with shorts and gloves) be considered Velo Gay? (N.T.T.A.W.W.T.)

Oh and you forgot a few:

having your name on your top tube when you are not a professional rider

white tube socks (although Dickie workwear socks seem to be en vogue with the singlespeed sect)

Hope you enjoyed your fishing trip!

By the way, where are all the male riders? We started our club to increase our social circle and no men have joined our team. Just a bunch of women. Are they intimidated because we are too busy being competitive?
Okay, what quirky stuff..Roger2
Aug 22, 2003 2:30 PM
you and Allen have going on should remain behind closed doors! ;0)
Okay, what quirky stuff..Sabine
Aug 22, 2003 2:33 PM
hey, you and Amanda are far quirkier from what I hear
Who's this "Allen" guy?Zonic Man
Aug 22, 2003 2:34 PM
Sabine, is there another guy out there?

Roger...crap. It's 3:30 already. And you're not on your way home?
Where is your club? And how do I join?Ace Rimmer
Aug 22, 2003 2:35 PM
I'm not too proud to be dropped by women.
It's this weak women's team with ugly kits.Zonic Man
Aug 22, 2003 2:41 PM
You wouldn't want to hang out with them.

(PS: Sabine, where's my XS skinsuit? Heheh. I'd look like a sausage link stuffed into one of them....)
The team is just to fast for my forever recovery rideschar
Aug 22, 2003 7:17 PM
But...

I now ride with a team issue Velo Bella water bottle that I found on the side of the road.

See you at Winters?

Charlie
Intimidated-no, concerned for our safety-yes.Spoiler
Aug 24, 2003 10:48 AM
Sure, I've been invited to all the hot soriety chick rides. But I politely decline. Everyone knows girls can't ride in a goup.
Hilarious.Dropped
Aug 22, 2003 2:22 PM
I thought that was pretty funny. People should lighten up.
What if you dont wear your team kit on a group ride?the bull
Aug 22, 2003 2:34 PM
Sometimes when you ride alot and only have two kits you wear old stuff laying around.
I have been made fun of on rides.
But I think it is kinda cool to wear defeat socks that dont match with old team kits (bibs/jerseys) that dont match or local opposing teams.

Whats that?!?!?

Having rules too be cool = Velogay!
Dont try too hard to be cool cause then you a dork!
Looks like Zonic's found the good Chronic! (nm)hrv
Aug 22, 2003 2:59 PM
re: I think I'm in the velo gay category!pedalruns
Aug 22, 2003 3:26 PM
And I'm a girl...

I bought a CSC jersery(no kit), my first pro jersery in 10+ years of riding... as Tyler Hamilton is my favorite racer and has been for some time...I wanted to show my "pride"...and finally bought a jersery and now he is probably changing teams!!

So... if Tyler changes teams, do I still wear my CSC? I can answer that, gay or not... I will wear it, as I like Riis, I like red and it feels good!

Go Tyler! Please stay with CSC....
doesn't apply to womenCritLover
Aug 22, 2003 3:59 PM
I think we have a completely different set of rules, but I can't bring myself to write them down.

ALthough one is definitely - a woman who wears a pro jersey- velo-cool
(most women couldn't even name a pro cyclist after Lance Armstrong or a European based team)
Oh, c'mon! Let's hear 'em!PseuZQ
Aug 22, 2003 6:05 PM
I sure don't know what they are. :-|
Sorry PseuZQCritLover
Aug 24, 2003 6:55 PM
I can't be responsible for turning off any women from entering our sport. There's too much crap to turn them off as it is.

Although I will say that sports bras without jerseys or lipstick are thought of as velo-sluts (or something similar)
women cycle fansoff roadie
Aug 22, 2003 8:17 PM
I dunno, my girlfriend watched the TDF like a rabid fan after I flipped it on one night. Now she knows 10 times as many riders names as I do, at least from that race. I pay more attention to MTB rider's names myself, and still probably can't name more than 10 from memory. And 2 of those, I've met in person.

Women in team kit are cool simply because they don't make team kit that will fit a woman who isn't in good shape. Face it- the "velo-cool" aspect is hardly even a factor when male riders judge female "bike fasion".
Please never use the term "kit" again...NatC
Aug 22, 2003 4:07 PM
when referring to clothing (unless you're British).

Kit...kit...kit...kit, kit, kit! Sounds f'ing stupid after the 40th time.
Oh. I tthought he meant "kilt."pedalAZ
Aug 22, 2003 4:26 PM
^)
Guess I'm velo-gay, don't tell my girlfriend :-)torquecal
Aug 22, 2003 5:22 PM
I prefer current USPS team kit down to socks and gloves!

I wear it on my 5900 which is equipped with blue handlebar streamers, a flourescent blue 8' tall traffic flag, a pink wire handlebar basket (I'm currently looking for a blue one), and a four and a half inch diameter blue handlebar bell...

My USPS gloved hand looks GREAT when I crank that bell!!!!
Kinda funny, butirregardless
Aug 22, 2003 6:36 PM
I don't know how anyone wearing lycra can call anyone else "velo-gay" because of their cycling clothes and honestly believe they're not in the same club. It's like splitting hairs.
from a guy who would use 3.5cm of spacers !!!!C-40
Aug 23, 2003 4:50 AM
You'll get some laughs too, if you show up with a new "custom" frame setup for Fred. Everyone has there personal standards. As long as folks are enjoying the sport, I TRY not to judge.

I've got a current Rabobank C-40, a currrent Rabobank jersery and an old Rabobank jersey (but no team shorts). I guess I don't care what people think.
You seem to have touched a nerve...pnitefly
Aug 23, 2003 7:18 AM
I haven't laughed that hard in quite some time. The sad part is that I am guilty of a few of the "velo-gay" listings. Anyway, thanks for your exhaustive research and tell these flamers writing in to shut up, get on their c-40's with their tour de Nashbar jerseys and take their frustrations out on the nearest bike path! Shut up and ride!
can't disagree...ctisevn
Aug 23, 2003 9:28 AM
pretty much spot on. except a team (current or recent) jersey goes from velo "gay" to "cool" if you cut the sleeves off.
leaving something outignazjr
Aug 23, 2003 2:11 PM
I agree on most of your points. However:

Wear what you want and let your riding speak for itself. You can't earn any real respect solely through your cycling wardrobe.
re: The final word on team clothing, kits, and the like.TheJoker
Aug 23, 2003 4:33 PM
OLD!
Yeah, pumps R4 punksSpoiler
Aug 23, 2003 5:06 PM
Newbies trying to be cool should never use a frame pump. REAL riders, however, are hip to them.
Many current and ex pros ride with frame pumps. One mark of a poseur is taking 20 minutes to change a tube with a "mini" pump. More posing time I guess. How gay is that?
This is funnySpecialTater
Aug 25, 2003 8:24 AM
coming from Lord of the Dance...sorry I couldn't resist and I know this is sarcastic. The RBR community has to be fully aware of your MTBR past.