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Honest question about apparel....

Old 03-09-21, 06:36 PM
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Honest question about apparel....

Which is actually more pretentious: lycra shorts/bibs or MTB-specific flannel shirts and MTB-specific shorts designed to look like cargo shorts? Just sayin, you can spend a lot of $$ to look like you're not trying...
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that's a good question. Had not thought of it like that
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You lost me at “honest.”
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I have found that Lycra is far more sensible and comfortable for fast XC-style rides through the stifling, airless woods on hot, humid days. I see the enduro bros sweating like pigs in baggies on my local (completely non-technical) trails and I don't get it. All bets are off on cooler days or for gravity-based riding.
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I'm going to write something crazy, especially for Bike Forums: there's no reason to pit different types of riding behavior or riding that doesn't harm anybody against one another.
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Isn't high school over by now?
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Doesn't matter. I wear what is comfortable for my ride. I don't care what others think is pretentious, in style, fashion, just get the right tools for the job.

Preach it brother, preach it. I could care less what people think. If I am comfortable, it is what I will wear.
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My best road cycling L/S jersey is a POC enduro MTB jersey.
The few times I MTB at Mammoth, I just wear my old beat road gear because I know I am crashing and ripping it anyway.
For me, it is about function over pretense.
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Are you talking road or trail?
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What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB baggy shorts? Do I get to offend everybody?
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So would a hiker wearing the correct gear for a hike in the mountains also be pretentious in your view?
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I find a 3 piece suit to be more pretentious than your 2 choices.

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if a crossdresser undoes the crossdressing, are they pretentious, normal, or nude?
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For whatever reason, Lycra cycling shorts have become fashionable, even among non-cyclists, so they are certainly pretentious.
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I occasionally see MTB’ers and from what I have seen just about anything goes clothing wise.

I smell the weed way before I notice the clothes they’re wearing though.

Too baked to turn off their Strava and keep taking all the KOM’s driving home, lol.
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$10 shorts and a $5 dress shirt from a thrift store
And a myriad of other random things from thrift stores 😂




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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Doesn't matter. I wear what is comfortable for my ride. I don't care what others think is pretentious, in style, fashion, just get the right tools for the job.
exactly
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So would a hiker wearing the correct gear for a hike in the mountains also be pretentious in your view?
if it involves $200 flannel then yes
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
Which is actually more pretentious: lycra shorts/bibs or MTB-specific flannel shirts and MTB-specific shorts designed to look like cargo shorts? Just sayin, you can spend a lot of $$ to look like you're not trying...
I find it a bit odd that you care either way
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
Which is actually more pretentious: lycra shorts/bibs or MTB-specific flannel shirts and MTB-specific shorts designed to look like cargo shorts? Just sayin, you can spend a lot of $$ to look like you're not trying...
Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Doesn't matter. I wear what is comfortable for my ride. I don't care what others think is pretentious, in style, fashion, just get the right tools for the job.
Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
Preach it brother, preach it. I could care less what people think. If I am comfortable, it is what I will wear.
Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
I find it a bit odd that you care either way
I dress for comfort AND function >>> PERIOD, end of my thinking process.

BTW, will be 71yo in 4 months from today and I just purchased a used DAY6 Journey >>>

https://day6bikes.com/journey/ ONLY with 7 speed and rim brakes like white one pictured

Woke up on Monday, got out of bed, put lights on the bike and went for a ride in my PJ's. At 5:35AM I saw a FIREBALL and reported the sighting when I got back home. It was reported being seen by 41 other people with 2 good videos and the "SIGHTING" was verified. >>>

https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/memb...vent/2021/1407

note : 2nd figure up from bottom is me John V

The bike is now named FIREBALL

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Pretentious?? That's silly. People wear bike-specific wear because it's the most comfortable for being on the saddle for a long ride.
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Where's the option for WOOL?

Experienced cyclists are aghast at the slight!
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Originally Posted by sapinmyblood View Post
$10 shorts and a $5 dress shirt from a thrift store
and a myriad of other random things from thrift stores 😂



unacceptable
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@SapInMyBlood - friend spent 5 years in Perth. He really liked it. WA, not the job so much.

edit: fail to see dress shirt in your visual montage.

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