A total dislike of all cycling clothes?
Because if you wear a peaked cap under your helmet, the peak is actually in a useful position, just above your eyes.
The peak on a ‘mountain bike’ helmet isn’t (in my experience), it sits too far away to provide any protection from spray or sun and gets in the way when you are on the drops.
I suspect the whole ‘peaked helmets for mountain bikes’ is a lot to do with marketing and little to do with actual function, you may disagree..Posted 4 years agoraisinhatMember
Wish I’d bought more pairs of Shimanho DX shoes though. Aaaagh! Why did they stop making those? They were classy.
The disgusting white ones? The new AM45s are a lot nicer.
On point, lycra all the time is the best thing for cycling, but if I’m mountain biking then I’ll have baggies over the top for some extra warmth and comfort. Bib shorts are just too comfortable for me to ever want to go back to normal clothes.
As for mtb helmet peaks I do find mine useful to keep the sun out sometimes, but I’ll still put glasses on to keep mud out of my eyes.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I wear a lot of general outdoory gear on my bike – lots of the baselayers are better fitting, warmer or more wicking etc than the cycle specific tops. Best biking tops: winter HH warm, summer Patagonia Capeline 2 or my ancient Berghaus Cross training top.Posted 4 years ago
I have a couple of Sombrio shorts and some Merrell running shorts that are far better on the bike than any bike specific ones I have had from Endura, Altura and Decathlon. And they do not look like bike shorts.
I have to say though, that a pair of bib longs are the shizzle for winter, hidden under some nice Endura waterproof shorts, and due to how quick I can wear/rip/grind through waterproofs I tend to buy cheap bike or second hand outdoor waterproofs.
I have never, and would never wear lycra out, especially team kit…
…and peaks on mountain bike helmets always seemed silly to me; what do they actually do other than mark the helmet out as a ‘mountain bike’ helmet?
keep the rain (and just occasionally the sun) out of your eyes. Started taking the peak off my helmet for the road commute and ended up putting it back on, really does help keep driving rain out of your eyes*, I will remove it for long road rides as you do end up craning your neck while on the drops, offroad that’s not a problem and yeah possibly a fashion thing.
Lycra and tight fitting gear is functional, if I’m riding on my own or the weather is bad then don’t give a stuff about aesthetics, whatever will keep me warm/dry/cool/comfy will be worn, on a social ride I’ll wear more socially acceptable clothes, mostly just a pair of baggies and looser fitting tops, but as I’m still a grown man on a bike ergo open to ridicule, I don’t let it worry me too much
*even when wearing glassesPosted 4 years agod4ddydo666Subscriber
I wear shorts and a t-shirt when I’m riding either of the bikes, with long johns and knee-high socks when it’s snowy. Yeah, well stylish. Asked at my LBS for an interesting route to Glossop to take on Snake Pass wearing the summer version and the kid suggested I might not be able to do that many miles without some branded gear. Really?
Took a long route and do you know I nailed the Pass in a personal best, AND made it home. Though to be fair I may have shaved a minute or two off my 50mile ride had I been wearing lycra. But surely I’d then have to find a long way home too???Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriberDonk wrote:
if I’m riding on my own or the weather is bad then don’t give a stuff about aesthetics, whatever will keep me warm/dry/cool/comfy will be worn, on a social ride I’ll wear more socially acceptable clothes,
What does that even mean? Do you really live in some strange backwater where people don’t know what a bicycle is or how people dress?Posted 4 years ago
Scotroutes I guess mean STW/pub acceptable, ie dress so i wont get people pointing and laughing when im off the bike and hopefully fellow riders wont think im weird (not until they’ve spoken to me anyway) so not full on Lycra reminiscent of the polish team photo. Lycra is fine for riding, i dunno what road rides are like but mtb social rides involve more than just riding, standing, sitting around chatting at regroup points, mid ride pub stop, hike a bike sections etc etcPosted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
I wear lycra on the road bike, other than that is a nice set of functional baggies and a loose fitting top. I don’t need figure hugging crap looking clothes to ride off road. I have the scars from lycra short/rock interfaces after 8 years.
Baggies, comfortable, functional easy to wear and keep some of the crap & grit out of your bits.
Each to their own thoughPosted 4 years agobutcherMember
Sometimes the correct kit is the correct kit.
But what is the correct kit? Touring riders rarely adorn themselves in hi-tech lycra and merino base layers. I seen one yesterday, he was wearing a thick woolly jumper and a pair of trousers he probably bought in C&A in the 80s. Yet these guys spend more time on their bikes than most of us.
I think sometimes we buy too much into what the marketing departments would like us to believe.Posted 4 years agojock-muttleyMember
We all just ruck up to the pub in what we’ve ridden in, including pads. Get a few looks but it usually starts a round of the craic with everyone else in the pub.
I like brighter colours, always have done, theory being is that if I EVER get into trouble (crash/collape/etc) I don’t want to be wearing subdued colours that camofalge me from rescue services, I want to stand out on the hill.
Wear lycra under the looser stuff off road (bibshorts), would wear lycra on the road if i had it (the bibshorts are OK as undies not as outers 😳 ), just use a dirt jump lid on my road bike (661 Mullet)Posted 4 years agogrumMember
I think sometimes we buy too much into what the marketing departments would like us to believe.
This. Commuter cyclists in other countries just ride their bikes, they don’t feel the need to dress up in special clothes. I reckon it’s something that puts people off cycling in this country – the idea that cycling is a specialist activity done only by dedicated enthusiasts in special clothes.Posted 4 years agovickypeaMember
It’s making me giggle all you men talking about fashion! You should think yourselves lucky- most bike shops have a vast range of cycling clothes for men, while us ladies have a choice of a single pair of shorts and a horrid pink jersey… Oh, and maybe a token horrible purple one thrown in to give us a choice!Posted 4 years ago
DONK. You’ve got self image issues mate. Less thinkin, more riding.
i disagree, I’m not self conscious about my body and god knows I don’t care about looking fashionable, I fully appreciate the usefulness of proper apparel but…. ride passed me in team Lycra I won’t bat an eyelid i’ll just think “oh thats a fast rider”, stand next to me in the pub post ride in team kit I’ll think “oh dear”
Tbh even “oh dear” is probably overstating/overthinking it, I just don’t reckon Lycra is a good look for blokes off the bike and lots of people seem to agree. You could use your logic to ask why everyone doesn’t wear budgie smugglers down the beach on holiday, may be the best clothing for swimming in the sea and getting a tan but its not a look many people go for is it?Posted 4 years ago
This. Commuter cyclists in other countries just ride their bikes, they don’t feel the need to dress up in special clothes.
i know some euro countries have similar weather to us but how do commute distances compare Grum? I confess I have still lycrad up for some fairly short commutes in the past but i doubt i’d ever do my current 13mile each way in normal clothes and definitely not in inclement weather, i reckon about 5 miles would be the tipping point for proper riding clothes.Posted 4 years agodeanfbmMember
“cycling” clothes look pretty horrible.
Im glad that some companies are cottoning on to the fact cycling clothes are a joke visually.
Que “endura urban” “surface clothing” and “vulpine” with more tailored, normal looking clothing with some technical performance.
What is it about men and having all the “gear”, no matter how silly that gear is?Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
thank god for brands like northface, hagloffs, rab and the like.
Dunno some of those brands drift into the “Weekend Rad Dads wardrobe” category i.e. “outdoor clothing” primarily being sold to aspiratioal 30-somethings who spend their “staycation” dragging their kids round a Cornish tin mining exhibition, toting an overpriced SLR (with which they can’t really use) rather than slogging their way across Exmoor with a 50lb pack.
Aspirational branding now innit? Like Bench went from being a fairly OK skate clothing brand to a providing cut price rags for chavs in about 2 years. The North Face are in danger of becoming a middle class version of the same thing.
If I’m riding a bike I Wear the most appropriate clothing I own for the activity. If I want strangers to think I’m some sort of weekend action man I’ll sweat my bollocks off in a prominently branded down jacket when I pop to the shops for some milk…Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
Good Post- I really struggle to find something comfortable for cycling.
Off road I dont want to look like a storm trooper, ready to take on the perils of the local woods. On road I don’t want to look like a fat ballet dancer going through a mid life crisis.
There is an opportunity to make a buck here for anyone who can come up with practical stylish clothing suitable for cycling that isnt plastic fantastic.
Meeting to discuss and formulate plan, down the pub any day next week(or the week after).Posted 4 years agoKevevsMember
Kit for the job. We all fall for the marketing. Some stuff really works though, like gore tex, windstopper etc. But as for fashion.. It’s so cool to look back at proper old photos of bods going up mountains. hammering bikes for 100 odd miles a day. what were they wearing? hi tech brands? I Think they were doing stuff because they were motivated and driven to do something beyond the normal box, and stuck on what was necessary. It’s more important to continue to have that motivating thing going on, that drive to go out and go, than the latest clobber and brands, and being a purchasing sheep to advertising and marketing hype. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing what is comfortable that will keep you warm and does the job for your ride. But I hate things being sold as a “lifestyle choice”. I suspect a lot of that crap ton is chucking out is this stuff. There is a local bloke who rides a junk bike up n down the coast in wellies, and a bunch of stuff he put on that day. he’s slightly touched, but he does 100’s miles a week. so he’d cane most people on the milage “stats”. I think I get what Ton is saying. Maybe a Lidls version of Rapha, without all the poncey bollocks. anyway, I’m rambling.Posted 4 years agoscudMember
My biggest gripe is sizing, i’m not the skinniest of people after years of rugby but i’m not fat. Why therefore if i buy a MTB brand does large or XL fit me well, yet when i recently bought a road bike i found to buy a slight more fitted top to ride in did i need an XXXXXXL?Posted 4 years agoSaccadesMember
My biggest gripe is sizing, i’m not the skinniest of people after years of rugby but i’m not fat. Why therefore if i buy a MTB brand does large or XL fit me well, yet when i recently bought a road bike i found to buy a slight more fitted top to ride in did i need an XXXXXXL?
Try Pearl Izumi – american designed so xl is 44″ chest etc, as opposed to tiny/skinny roadie size.
bike clothes manufacturers are chasing the biggest market aren’t they – so mtb is predomiently stormtrooper/mx and roadies are sex pests.
They appear to have have been slow to cotton onto the market for practical, “sensible” clothing. Although the only time I would need that would be go to the pub and the distance is so short why would you need to get dressed for the cycle?
However lycra does work really well on a bike (if you want to be efficient), so I use bibshorts/compression tops but because the natives would be blinded for years and through a muted set of shorts over the top of the daddy batteries when offroad.Posted 4 years ago
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