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Cycling Fashion Fails – Part 1

Looking good on the bike comes naturally to some and not so to others. As cyclists, we are already misunderstood creatures – the general population don’t get why we wear Lycra and our partners probably don’t get why we wear bib-knicks (or like mine, likens you to a little Mexican wrestler). Let’s not make the issue worse by looking like complete clowns. Instead, follow a few simple rules around what you should and should not wear while riding your bike.

Team Kitteamkit

In contrast to some other sports, like football or basketball, team kit is for team riders only. If your name is Simon Gerrans, you can wear an Orica GreenEdge kit. If your name is Richie Porte, you can wear a Sky kit. If you ride for a team, go for it,  otherwise steer clear. This rule also extends to National jerseys – you can only wear the stripes if you earn them.  Sorry to break it to you every Englishman that rides a bike, but you are not actually Bradley Wiggins.

Matching Kit
matchy

At a very minimum, your jersey should be matching your shorts – keeping in mind that most things match plain black. Worst case scenario is mixing team kits (breaking two rules at once) – I have actually witnessed someone mix an light blue Astana jersey with green Cannondale shorts. I was too busy throwing myself under the nearest car to take a photo.

Sockssocks

I have previously written a very in-depth guide to socks, which you can read by clicking here. In summary, a tall sock is ideal and a mid-height sock is a pass mark.  Ankle socks, knee high socks, compression socks and fluffy woollen socks are all frowned upon. Not wearing socks, a common practice by triathletes (strange human beings) is inexcusable.

Jerseys
sleaveless

One for the banned list.  Your jerseys must ALWAYS have sleeves. They can be short or long (winter only), but your upper arm is always to remain covered. Riding in hot temperatures is not an excuse either – there are plenty of lightweight options available.  I don’t see this very commonly on men, but I do see a lot of female upper arms. Trying to use your tan lines to give the impression of sleeves (as pictured) is only going to end in tears.

Leg Warmers
warmers

I could almost write as much about leg warmers as I did about socks, so I will attempt to summarise. Firstly, knee warmers are preferable to leg warmers, which should only be worn in extreme climates (i.e. riding in a blizzard up the French Alps, or in Canberra in winter). As with all kit, make sure the leg warmers match your shorts (black and black is the safest bet). Unless you are a team rider and are contracted to do so, do not EVER wear bright red, yellow or blue leg warmers. Always ensure the warmer sits under the short and that there is no gap between the two (the skin must never show – keep that gap closed).

Overshoes
overshoes

This is really quite simple – don’t wear plastic bags as overshoes.  I have heard of some cultures (the English in particular) placing plastic or tin foil on the inside of shoes, which is acceptable if evidence is never sighted. When looking to prevent wind or rain from infiltrating your shoes, your best bet is to buy some proper overshoes that are going to match your kit. Oversocks are cool too – just keep them clean!

List of Awesome Things – September Edition

Following on from the August List of Awesome Things, which included the very popular Chain Pig, here are some of my favourite accessories or kit I have either discovered or bought during September.

1. Rapha Essentials Case

Rapha Essentials Case - I have the black "Kings of Pain" version. The leather is oh so soft!
Rapha Essentials Case – I have the black “Kings of Pain” version. The leather is oh so soft!

This little leather case fits nicely in your back jersey pocket and can be used to hold cash, credit cards, your smartphone and a few other small items, like tyre levers or a cannister. Good sturdy zip and soft leather have made this a favourite of mine. I don’t use it in the rain, but it holds up to sweat really well (doesn’t seem to carry odour). I must admit, I’ll often use it as my wallet.

From: Rapha

 

2.  Specialized SWAT Tools – Cage Mounted 

So neat and tidy. This satisfies my OCD.
So neat and tidy. This satisfies my OCD.

I hate having to carry a bag, jam a whole lot of stuff in my pockets or ruin the look of my bite with saddle bags and/or duct tape. Any nifty little ways of hiding necessary gear are always going to go down well with me.  Specialized have recently released new side loading bottle cages with a neat little mounting for a multi-tool on the bottom – perfect for mountain bikers who have limited room. The tool itself is small and compact but solid in construction. On my wish list!

From: Specialized

 

3. Pedal Mafia – The Bones Kit

The model isn't too bad either....!
The model isn’t too bad either….!

Last month I posted some wicked socks from these guys – this month, the kit I am spending most of my time in. The Bones kit is comfortable, unique and has a skull and cross-bones on it. Seriously. How can you not own this?

From: Pedal Mafia

 

4. The Athletic Socks

The sock fetish continues
The sock fetish continues

The Athletic are a small company out of Portland in the US who make a range of awesome socks, caps and bottles for both runners and cyclists. Cool blog as well.

From: The Athletic

 

5. Rapha Supercross Cap

#capsnothats
#capsnothats

I am a cap wearer and proud to be one. I am also a cross rider and love the fact that Rapha have shown so much support for the sport. The Supercross range of gear is pretty cool – jersey, socks, cap and even the natty scarf.

From: Rapha

 

6. Road and Dirt Caps

#capsnothats
#capsnothats

Continuing the theme of caps, I found a beauty for those of us who ride on and off the road – Road Rider on the top of the brim, Dirt Fighter on the underside. Wicked. I ordered two.

From: Road and Dirt

 

7. Specialized Grail Mitts

Minimal and comfortable. I think I might actually wear gloves in summer now.
Minimal and comfortable. I think I might actually wear gloves in summer now.

I hate wearing gloves. In summer, I usually don’t (I’m so euro). I know I should wear them – I have fallen off and grazed my palms and I have experienced a bit of numbness on longer rides, but I simply don’t like the feeling of having them on.  The Grail Mitts perked my interest as soon as I heard they were designed to be minimalist and feel like they weren’t even there.

The glove itself has a gel pad right in the middle of the palm, which fills in the space when you hold the bars. I must admit, this really helped with comfort in some recent 7 hour races. There seems to be a whole lot of technology behind them – but they are minimalist and I like that!

From: Specialized

 

8. Attaquer Cycling Kits

The BMX Bandits kit. Great tribute to an awesome movie.
The BMX Bandits kit. Great tribute to an awesome movie.

Attaquer are a small Australian company who make some unbelievably awesome kits and getting a fair bit of attention on a global scale. If you want something different and unique, but also comfortable as hell, look no further.  They are race cut (no hiding that extra food you ate during your recovery week) and if you are wearing an Attaquer kit, don’t get overtaken.

From: Attaquer

 

9. S-Works Evade Helmet

Aero is everything!
Aero is everything!

Specialized claim this helmet can save me up to 46 seconds over 40km. It’s aero, but I think it still looks good enough to remove the chance of looking like a TT w#nker. Really light and with a unique cooling system, this is going to look the goods on the road.

From: Specialized