It’s funny, but all my life I always thought the weird guys were the ones that wore lycra. I mean, I grew up cycling in Chuck Taylor’s and Tough Skins, ya know? When I found out that “real cycling guys” wear this synthetic, stick to your skin outfit, I cringed. It just didn’t seem right.
Well, I “fell in line”, of course. Humans being what they are, I wanted to fit in. And I have to admit it, there is a lot of good things about cycling in technical clothing. This isn’t so much about ‘putting that down” as it is lifting up the other side for consideration. That “other side” being cycling in regular duds.
Why not ride “as you are”?
My morning commute today was in 25 degree temps through about three inches of snow along different parts of my route. Today I rode on a single speed with flat pedals, so my work boots were fine for keeping my feet warm, and my all year round Dickies slacks (or Dickies shorts in summer) were the pant of choice with a “hi-vis” green/yellow rain jacket and a light fall jacket underneath that for layering. My gloves are $10.00 Polarfleece cheapos and the only “real” cycling specific garb I used today was my helmet.
So, my point today is that you really can get along without all that “cycling specific” gear and still have fun, and gain usefulness from a bicycle. Sure, wearing cycling specific shorts for that multi-hour ride, or wearing a cycling jersey on a humid day is probably- nay- it is better than regular clothes. However; don’t let that stop you. And in some cases, the “blue collar way” is actually smarter. So just go for a ride already! Cycling in regular clothes is really okay. Really!