Dressing like a pro
Just like your bike as we have been through previously, there are a few changes that you can make to your cycling kit wardrobe that can make you look and feel very pro.
Again, these tips are for those that are very particular about their cycling, the real nerds of the sport! Your everyday cyclist would definitely question your insanity if you told them about these tips.
So probably best you keep them between you and your fellow bike nerds. Definitely do not share them with the general public, they will certainly recommend you attend some type of counselling service.
Aero is everything
Nobody likes flappy clothing. The sound of clothing flapping in the wind as you’re cycling is the sound of lost watts. Clothing should be well fitted and flapping kept to a minimum.
A classic example of this is the rain jacket. When racing, there should be no need for a rain jacket. Fair enough if you’re riding in a group that is going piano and the weather is abysmal. Realistically, if you’re there to win there’s no need for a jacket. The gabba jacket is the solution. It’s tight fitting and will the do job of keeping you warm. Keep the jackets for café rides and training.
Not buying it? Check out stage 2 of this year’s Paris-Nice. Notice anything that differs between the winner and everyone else in the sprint? Gabba 1 – 0 Rain Jackets!
Sunglasses are one of the few accessories that can transform any fred into a pro. However, the sunglasses used will determine this.
First of all, something needs to be nipped at the bud before it gets out of hand as it has already trickled into the professional ranks. There is no place in cycling for casual sunglasses while racing!
Only sports sunglasses can be used and the well-established are preferable. Yes they tend to be pricey but let’s face it, they look cool and you will use them every time you go cycling.
However, the one thing that will set you apart from the others is wearing them in the rain while racing. To be honest I’m yet to master this one. Pros must develop some ability to see through fogged up muddy glasses. There is nothing cooler than a pro racing in the rain with his sunglasses still on.
Using clear lenses is cheating and let’s face it they just look like safety glasses that you’d get working in a lab or on a construction site.
Short length is an important factor as it determines where the infamous tan line lies. Unfortunately we don’t all have legs like Thomas Voeckler, so short shorts are out of the question.
Long shorts that almost reach your knee are also out of the question. A tan line that lies just above your knee is a disaster. You don’t want to be that guy that has a tan line below their casual shorts… ‘We get it, you ride bikes’.
Finally, no white shorts! Unless you are world or national champion then possibly you can consider it. If you’re an amateur and especially if you’re Irish, avoid the white shorts. Pasty white skin, rain and white shorts aren’t a good look.
To look pro, you’ve got to match. So here are the rules concerning that:
- Shoes and helmet must be the same colour
- Jersey and shorts must be the same design/brand
- Preferably sunglasses match your helmet/kit
Some of may have noticed I left out some very obvious areas of cycling fashion. Socks, shoes, caps, mitts etc. These are extremely controversial topics and require a whole article of their own in order for me to defend my points because these are very topical and are sure to spark some debate. That will be one to look out for!
I’ll leave you with these points for now. They are all little things that will make us all look less like fred’s and more like pro’s.
As a wise man once said; if you can’t be like them, look like them!