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Wearing a Postal Uniform ...Bobby J
Jul 5, 2001 6:39 AM
Are riders that ride around in full US Postal uniforms losers?

I know of a guy that gleefully wear a postal shirt, shorts, and trek 5200 bike all around town whether it's to work or local races. He wears oakleys and giro helmet even a vetta computer ... most details are not missed. He's also an arrogant not-it-all jerk.

I can't help feel sorry for the guy ... sorta the way you feel when someone is walking around with toilet paper stuck to their ass.

Am I jealous ... or is this person a loser?

I like Lance and the Posties ... but, do you have to wear their uniform like a badge to show your support?
re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...Taylor_A
Jul 5, 2001 6:54 AM
On my morning ride yesterday I saw at least 5 people in the same getup. I personally would not do it, but to each his own.

I believe the term for these people is "posers", just give it some time, it will blow over.
re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...moneyman
Jul 5, 2001 8:29 AM
I have a Trek Limited Edition 5500, the yellow one that was produced in honor of Lance's 99 victory. The bike is very special to me because it was given to me by the Lance Armstrong Foundation for raising a bunch of money for them. I have had it out on many large organized rides, as well as my first attempt at racing. I have had no negative comments directed at me, although I am sure a few people have chuckled under their breath about the poseur on the yellow bike. That being said, I make sure to tell everyone who comments about the bike how I got it and why they should consider joining the Peloton Project for the LAF and raising money for this outstanding cause. I use my bike as a tool for advocacy in the fight against cancer. When I rode in the Ride for the Roses in Austin in April, the group I was in (nine guys) had three of these bikes. They use their bikes in the same manner.

My wife bought a long-sleeve Postal jersey for me for my birthday (November) and it was much appreciated. In addition to the well-known graphics on the outside, it is THE BEST long-sleeve jersey I have, and it is wonderful for riding in the winter.

Wearing their favorite team's threads is something that is done by many, many people. The recent Stanley Cup finals in Denver (my neighbor to the south) saw huge numbers of people wearing replica Avalanche jerseys with the names of their favorite player on the back. Also think about all the people who wear hats, t-shirts and jackets from their favorite stick-and-ball sports. Are they poseurs?

I think the difference in the stick-and-ball arena and cycling is that we who ride bikes are participants and the stick-and-ball fans are observers (for the most part). I can truthfully say that I have ridden my bike with, arguably, the best know cyclist in the world. How many basketball fans can say they shot hoops with Micahel Jordan? I love being a participant.

My high school English teacher would have a fit if she read this. I have just rambled a bit and not really addressed the issue. I don't think the guy you mentioned is a loser, just a fan. Maybe he fantasizes he is riding as a domestique in the peloton. Whatever. He is participating, riding, staying healthy, enjoying himself.

Fashion arguments are never won. Personally, I wouldn't buy a Postal uniform, but I will never look down my nose at someone who does.

re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...gregp
Jul 5, 2001 12:01 PM
tyler hamilton wears a postal uniform riding around MA all the time
has a matching bike too

is it ok for him as well??

Gregp <--thinks folks should wear what they wanna!!!!!!
re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...Bruno S
Jul 5, 2001 9:29 AM
Not in complete uniform but I remember last year after Lance won the TdF seeing many riders wearing the US Postal jersey in blue and in yellow. I don't see nothing wrong with that the same way people wear shirts from football, baseball, etc. teams the day of an important match. Actuallly, I would love to wear a Telekom jersey for the ride this Saturday after Ullrich takes the prologe.
around here they ARE PostalOld Guy
Jul 5, 2001 9:44 AM
Postal Masters is in my neighborhood and they pretty much get away with wearing Postal colors, even though they're slightly different. Yes, they kick ass. Bastards.

The only time I've seen somebody wearing the A-team Postal colors they had hairy legs and a rear view mirror stuck in the helmet.
re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...Duane Gran
Jul 5, 2001 12:11 PM
With all the negative stuff in cycling, like doping, it is nice to see some patronage and pride. I'll admit it that I sigh a little when I see someone riding the full team kit of some pro team, but that is alright. Personally I think pro jerseys are great, but I draw the line at shorts.

For a good while I didn't like the pro jerseys, with all the marketing emblems and logos splattered all over. Since riding on a sponsored team, albeit at the amateur level, I have since grown in appreciation of those who sponsor cycling.

I've definitely seen some posers, but that is okay by me. The way I think of it, possibly some executive from one of Postal's sponsors is out and about and he/she sees someone ride past in a Postal uniform. The impression that makes could be influential. Pose on! I would be flattered if someone purchased my team's clothing because they were supportive.
re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...Only300
Jul 5, 2001 12:27 PM
Don't jugde all people who wear full team uniforms, be it USPS or another team, just because one guy that did is a jerk. I don't have and team jerseys but I honestly think that it doesn't matter what someone wears. Please, I thought that kind of attitude was only for high schoolers...
Who cares?Dog
Jul 5, 2001 12:47 PM
I really don't care what people wear(well, except for me). I try to wear non-team or logo clothing, unless it's my own team. But, it doesn't bother me a whit what others do. We got much bigger fish to fry.

This ain't the same as having tp stuck to your butt. That's an accident, I hope, whereas clothing decisions are intentional. Who's to judge?

Speak for yourself, palOld Guy
Jul 6, 2001 1:18 PM
I always leave tp stuck to my butt. That's MY fashion statement, okay?
Speak for yourself, palDog
Jul 6, 2001 3:53 PM
Like I said, who's to judge?

Takes all kinds. :-)

re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...Lardog
Jul 5, 2001 4:14 PM
Well, I don't know if those types are losers are not. I kind of look at the jersey this way: Most of the team jerseys are not good looking in my opinion, so I don't buy them. I currently wear only jerseys for the type of bike I ride. I've got some plain ones too, Pearl Izumi. I also wear jerseys from the rides I've attended, centuries, charities, etc. I follow the Euro cycling scene regularly and just might end up getting a Mapei jersey one of these days because I kinda like their look and I'm a big Mapei team fan. You won't find me *posing* though in the bib shorts and on their team rig.
re: Wearing a Postal Uniform ...jschrotz
Jul 5, 2001 5:19 PM
I don't have a big problem with other people wearing pro jerseys. I just won't do it myself. The way I see it, the pros have earned that right, and I haven't. If Joe Blow wants to wear one though to show his support, fine by me. What gets me laughing though are the guys in the full-on team get-up right down to the bike itself and the shoes.
re: How many people have Mets or Yankees shirts onSteve A
Jul 6, 2001 6:53 AM
You see people every day with team shirts on , do these people play for the Yankees "no" but it may be there way to relate to the "team"
If people want to put on postal uniforms let um ! you know whats strange you see guys with Postal uniforms in MTB races ? whats up with that, I just think its there way of supporting the Post-ees or for may be a minute or two pretend they to are beside Lance on a big climb, me I think its strange, but strange is as strange does, "who said that"
re: How many people have Mets or Yankees shirts onwheelsuckingyoass
Jul 13, 2001 11:47 AM
I don't mind seeing people wearing pro clothing, it's their choice. Although I did find it odd that someone showed up in the yellow jersey for a cat 4 race. That's something I would not be caught dead doing. BTW, the "yellow jersey got dropped during the race.