- Team kit.
Subtle historical hangover from yesteryear.. If you were a racer or a club rider, you would always ride in your club kit, so people who rode in trade jerseys were not… part of the scene, if you will.
These days, people wear whatever they want to, but that trade-jerseys-are-a-bit-sus thing still lingers on.
I wouldn’t, but I’ve been riding for long enough to have so many jerseys that I don’t need trade kit.Posted 6 years agojulianwilsonMember
I seldom wear my own team kit if i am not racing. (yes we have a kit but are a ‘team’ in the least organised or pofessional sense possible!) Reason being the odd cheeky diversion on many rides and everyone knowing everyone round here. A couple of years ago another local team were ‘identified’ by a parky/ranger/groundsman type on an advertised/organised large group ride which was particlularly cheeky (I couldn’t possibly say where it was on a public forum, neither do i ride there), because half of them were wearing the team kit.
As for ‘proper’ teams: Anyone’s bib shorts is fine for me because you buy the best fitting and quality for your gooch, who cares what it says across your bum? Jerseys: I once slightly drunkenly ebay purchased a kinesis jersey to match my kinesis xc pro, and I could never bring myself to wear the jersey on the bike! I like old ones that weren’t particularly successful in the grand scheme of things and preferably look a bit silly. I keep meaning to find a ‘Bonjour’ jersey.
Matching overshoes/socks/mitts/musettes? If you really have to, but only if they are all for different teams. Been a wee while since I saw a team bike/strip/accessories ‘perfect ten’. 😆Posted 6 years agoStu_NSubscriber
I have a Liquigas jersey as they, like me, ride Cannondales and it’s bright green so good for visibility. Oh, and a Highroad one someone bough me as a present. Don’t see what’s wrong with it really.
People riding jerseys they haven’t earned is different – thinking replica leaders jerseys and national/ world champions. That’s very wrong.Posted 6 years agorocketmanMember
Fail of epic proportions if you’re not actually in the team as witnessed by the plethora of Team Hope/Sky/Whatever kit seen on the local trails. It’s on a similar scale to using race number plates around trail centres.
I can understand people wanting to show their allegiance or bask in a bit of reflected glory but really, take a step back and look at yourselves.Posted 6 years ago
I’ve got a liquigas top, and (wait for it) it even matches my bike-to-work, team edition Cannondale CAAD9
I only save it for special occasions though, you know, like sportives. 8)
*this is all true
Edit: In fact, now I think about it I’ve also got a Charge team top (given to me by Charge though, if that counts) and a matching short sleeve and Jacket set of some of the original super flouro Kona team gear.Posted 6 years agooldgitMember
I’ve always seen them as a bit of a mistake? It’s far easier to buy a generic plain old jersey, no big issue though.
I only wear a club jersey for races or ‘events’.
Plain or bike related ones otherwise i.e Giant or On-One.
I guy turned up at the Rapha HOTN in a WC jersey, I saw him towards the end of the 100kms. He and his cronies clocked us just finishing a 15km loop near the finish, but instead of doing that part of the route they raced to the finish.Posted 6 years ago
You only cheated yourself young man.
I only wear a club jersey for races or ‘events’.
I don’t have a problem with club jerseys it’s the Sky/Saeco/KOM etc that I disagree with.Posted 6 years ago
I am used to clubs sponsoring riders in Spain and as such you, the rider, are an advert for your team and much the same as Cav has to wear team colours so it’s fine for a club rider to represent the club. I used to wear a rowing splash top outside club activities.
It’s matey boy huffing and puffing up the slightest incline wearing the KOM that’s a bit ridiculous.RorschachMember
Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.
Wearing Pro team kit is also questionable if you’re not paid to wear it. If you must fly the colors of Pro teams, all garments should match perfectly, i.e no Mapei jersey with Kelme shorts and Telekom socks.
That’s what the bible says….Posted 6 years agoKitz_ChrisMember
I wear my own Team kit on almost every ride I go on, unless its all in the wash, which is rare.
My team gives it to me because its got our sponsors on, and they want us to wear it so everyone else sees it. If I only wore it to race then that would be a very small fraction of my riding time.
Also, being a polite and courteous cyclist means that everyone can see how fantastic and amazing my team is….Posted 6 years ago
The Sky kit is just worn by wanna-a-be look-at-me aspiring racers who aren’t actually good enough to get any real sponsorship and just race round Cannock instead.
Yep, thats exactly why I wear my team kit, because I reckon it will fool people into thinking I’m pro. 🙄
Frankly I reckon frames/tops look better with massive garish logos and bright paint jobs, anyone brought up watching TdF will just have that mental image of how road bikes/cyclists should look. I own a road bike and ride it on the roads, therefore I’m happy to pander to that look.Posted 6 years agoSwalseyMember
I like the look of the Sky kit, I got it as a present and I’ll wear it where and when I please – which includes Aussi pursuits, training, commuting and even a MTB marathon. It’s just kit, it’s look and performs well, and if I upset somebody with it I laugh at them for taking riding bikes so seriously 😀Posted 6 years agomunrobikerMember
I ride around in my own team’s kit a lot too- mostly because I’ve got loads of it so there’s always at least one piece of it clean and ready to wear.
I do have a team Sky roadie hat though. Why? Because it was by far and away the most stylish cap my shop sold and the blue matched our own kit. That and it was nice quality too. You also can’t see the word “Sky” when it’s on.
A lot of the modern kit is actually quite tasteful, and I’d not object to a pair of Sky or Leopard shorts- mostly because the Leopard shorts are stunning quality and could just about pass as normal ones.Posted 6 years agoedhornbySubscriber
the trade tops don’t bother me – the only thing I really don’t want to see is the WC bands, they are worn by people who win a specific race (I know that the team jerseys are given to those who work for a team but the same top is worn by leader and domestique, win or lose alike so there is a distinction)
You can buy retro jerseys from prendas that are great quality that also neatly avoid any glory hunting accusationPosted 6 years agomeehajaMember
I’m a porker who wears a KOM jersey. Partly because my mum bought me it, and it was really expensive, partly because it makes me attack hills I’d spin up if anybody is watching.
Last time I wore it at an event, I was in full lycra, with a mowhawk and a handlebar moustache, riding a colour coordinated track bike at a road event. I know I looked stupid, it was kind of the point.Posted 6 years ago
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