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2/23/12 9:26 A

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I've always been a proponent of wear what works for you, hipster jeans, cool. bibs and a raincoat, yeah if that works, Viking costume for cyclocross, *shrug*. That said, it's cool to wear work clothes if your commute is short, if you're making a quick local run to do an errand, but like others posted, if it's say, over maybe 10 miles round trip, I'll wear cycling specific clothing (this is dependent on the weather, too).

Slightly off topic, but let me sing the praises of local tailors who have repaired zippers on my jerseys and cycling shell for way less than replacement cost.

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2/15/12 3:46 P

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I've always had a warm spot in my heart for Grant Peterson and his latest endever Rivendel. I've had at least 2 bikes for the last 30 years. One a racing bike for sport riding with high zoot parts and a beater or town bike for riding to the convenience store for a 6-pack. picking up Chinese take-out, etc. On my racing bike I wear lycra, gloves, cleats, etc. On my town bike it is whatever I happen to be wearing. I don't mind lycra but I've always had a peeve with cyclists who wear liveries from professional teams. When I was sponsored I wore their trademark on my jersey but I'm not going to wear anyone else's.

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2/15/12 10:49 A

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My first experience riding with a group, was without the cycling clothing on my hybrid. We won't even discuss discomfort, after 17 miles. Within a short time, I bought cycling (padded) shorts, gloves, top, shoes, clips. The difference in the ride was nothing short of phenomenal. There is a reason for lycra padded shorts. When I'm going a few miles on the hybrid with my husband, I wear regular clothes, sometimes. I do a lot of road cycling and the padded shorts are a lifesaver, along with gloves and such. I use the same gear on the trail, except I wear hiking shoes with my mountain bike. There's a lot to be said for good fitting cycling clothing. I'm not a kid anymore, and take advantage of all the help I need to keep cycling. I visit friends in my stretchy clothing (they don't care) ...even go to my church to change during the week; if I have a study after my ride. Not much is said, as with more people cycling, its just accepted that they dress in Super heroine clothes!

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2/15/12 9:25 A

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I agree. My rides end up being 30+ miles toward the end of May and through the end of the season. I don't go out without padded shorts. But I think a lot of us (at least me) get caught up in the gear. Not all of it is necessary.

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2/15/12 8:21 A

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Padded shorts for over 30 miles...agreed! Beyond this I don't wear any clothes specially designed for cycling.

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2/15/12 7:52 A

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I just could not do a 30+ miler without my padded bike shorts. To think otherwise would be foolish. There's something to be said about a skin tight jersey that doesn't flop in the wind. At 67, I need all the help I can get. So, I'll keep on using my clip-on "SIDI's, thank you very much.

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2/15/12 7:17 A

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True...he has his self-promotional aspects...but as you put it: "When we were all kids and rode all day long we didn't have anything special. It was just our bike." I like that attitude and for me that sums up my approach. Simple as possible.

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2/15/12 7:03 A

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Here's my take on his article.

1) promoting thing he sells. If you notice every suggestion he has he also sells. No problem with that just a point.

2) you don't need special clothes to get out there and enjoy riding. In general most people don't ride 30, 40, 50, 60 + miles. Most people go out on the weekend ride around the neighborhood or a trail and call it a day. For that kind of riding you don't need special shorts with padding and jerseys with pockets and shoes that clip in. When we were all kids and rode all day long we didn't have anything special. It was just our bike.

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2/14/12 11:25 P

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He does have an interesting point of view. Here is the flip side of the equation.
I've been riding continuously since 1965 when there really wasn't anything special to ride in unless you were competing in the Tour de France. Here is my take based on clothing experience for riding in..

I've ridden in dresses (easily possible, but thigh chafing when the skirt rides up), Levi's (man-oh-man does that center seam hurt! and don't ever get them wet since they take hours to dry), regular shorts (OK but also with a center seam; usually a thick one), his highly recommended seersucker (cool, but it doesn't stretch through the arms and binds around the neck when you ride the drops), sandals (very chilly in my Alaskan summers where it seems to rain 24/7) and other combos he mentioned.
He has some good ideas, but I think he's rather biased towards the male point of view since maybe "regular" shorts are comfortable for men? While I'm sure there are many cyclists who are too obsessive about their cycling outfits, my cycling shorts are by far the most comfortable cycling gear I have ever owned and ridden in and I wouldn't trade them in for any of the pants he suggests.
Now, if you own a recumbent too, like my 40 year old son does ... any kind of clothing goes!
No padding necessary...


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2/14/12 10:23 P

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One of the enjoyable parts of cycling is enjoying the 'scenery.' I have seen quite a few good 'sites' in my many years of riding a bicycle.

I'm sure you've marvelled at some of the beauties of cycling, Don...

Step over to the dark side...lol!

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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2/14/12 9:53 P

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The following is a rant that spoke to me:

Special clothes for riding?

www.rivbike.com/Articles.asp?ID=253

"If you have any doubts that you can ride in normal clothing consider that 200 million people worldwide do it every day. So it comes down to clothing for "serious, performance cycling," and that's when the clothing starts to look and feel funny. Based on the snug-fitting clothing of the famous comic book superheros, cycling clothing has continued to devolve to its current state, which is: Nobody in his or her right mind would wear the costume if they were the only ones. That says something about it."

Check out his editorial at the link above. What are folks' thoughts?

Don

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