Should your clothing match your bike?

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woo1
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Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby woo1 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 08:01 am

I know you can wear what you want, but it doesn't hurt to look a little bit smart on your bike.

My bike is black&white, I've just got a white helmet, and I'm debating what colour for my jersey & shorts without looking like a Mobile Zebra Crossing.

Any advice or what are you guys/girls wearing ?

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby turnerjohn » Sun Sep 29, 2013 08:09 am

yes it should !

what I don't get is PPL who wear a race team kit but not the bike .....CLASH !

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby simonhead » Sun Sep 29, 2013 08:28 am

Black and white is a bit generic but fine. It's ok to add 1 other colour to your kit.
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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby thegibdog » Sun Sep 29, 2013 09:14 am

Yes. It becomes trickier when you join a club though.

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Sun Sep 29, 2013 09:23 am

It doesn't really matter - mine matches my club kit though.

What bike do you ride?

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby mfin » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:04 am

Do what you want, just remember that the general non-cycling public will largely think you just look like a pillock in spandex anyway, and a large section of cyclists will think you look like a pillock if you are riding a current full pro-team kit (with extra pillock points if you are slow/fat).
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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby Kajjal » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:25 am

Just be comfortable and don't worry about it. If it makes you feel better on your bike go for it ;)

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby Barteos » Sun Sep 29, 2013 16:29 pm

Just like on a catwalk, if you have the body and the moves, you can get away wearing almost everything.
If you don't, stick with plain, understated colours/designs.

As for lycra itself, aesthetically speaking there is nothing wrong with it per se. It's only people with "sub-optimal body composition" trying too hard to look like "proper" cyclists (pros) give it a bad PR :wink:
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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby Rolf F » Sun Sep 29, 2013 16:37 pm

Anything other than plain black for shorts looks like it is trying too hard to me. Otherwise, on a black and white bike pretty much any jersey will look as good as it can do.

But it hardly matters. Our club kit is yellow, black and red - people have all sorts of colour bikes and I can't say I've ever thought "Oh, look at him - the club kit clashes with his bike".......
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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby woo1 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 18:52 pm

ALIHISGREAT wrote:It doesn't really matter - mine matches my club kit though.

What bike do you ride?


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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby diamonddog » Sun Sep 29, 2013 18:55 pm

Definitely not if you ride a stealth bike. :shock:

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby vespario » Sun Sep 29, 2013 19:26 pm

You will love Rapha if you can afford it!
If you ride fast enough, no one can see them colours clashing, whatever you wear!

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby spankwilder » Sun Sep 29, 2013 19:42 pm

Some Pringle clothing really sets a bike off, particularly the socks. John Lewis also offer a range of clothing with little boats as the logo, Nautica? mainly blues but they have some really good pastel shades that give a warm look to your road attire.

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby mroli » Sun Sep 29, 2013 21:12 pm

If you've got a black and white bike, you can pretty much wear any colour.

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby tonye_n » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:15 am

I'm amazed at this question.... really.

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby mpatts » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:22 am

I have a couple of Planet X Jerseys, and it's somehow wrong to wear them when riding the PX.
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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby LittlePlums » Mon Sep 30, 2013 20:24 pm

mpatts wrote:I have a couple of Planet X Jerseys, and it's somehow wrong to wear them when riding the PX.


I wore my celeste Bianchi jersey and bianchi bib on a sportive. Another rider latched on my wheel and commented that matching bike and kit was the height of good taste. I realised why when he took the front on his PX wearing full PX kit.

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby Rolf F » Mon Sep 30, 2013 21:14 pm

I saw a bloke on a red, white and black Specialized wearing red, white and black clothes, a red, white and black Specialized helmet and red Specialized shoes. It looked like he was trying too hard!
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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby HouseMunkey » Mon Sep 30, 2013 21:36 pm

Lets not pretend we don't all have that little bit of tart in us that wants to look good, but that doesn't have to mean matching necessarily. Just good colour combos.

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Re: Should your clothing match your bike?

Postby itboffin » Mon Sep 30, 2013 21:38 pm

Simples just buy bikes to match all of your different outfits, that what everyone does isn't it ...? :roll:
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