No matter what your personal views are on the subject, if you’re going to wear lycra when you’re out for a cycle, people are probably going to laugh in your face.
Just because you don’t care about that fact doesn’t mean that you should ignore the rules of road cycling fashion though. These are rules that you can only learn through time spent in the two-wheeled community, or by getting on first-name terms with the staff at the local bike shop of course.
If you’ve still not managed to master the fashion faux pas of the bike world though, fear not, because here’s our crash course in what not to wear when you’re out on two wheels. It could just save you from losing your dignity…
1) Complete Mismatch Between Team Kit and Bike
The recent rise in cycling has been driven by the MAMILs (middle-aged men in Lycra), who seem to have decided that cycling is the new golf.
These guys are going out and buying the first shiny bike they set their eyes on. That usually means something in carbon fibre with a four-figure price tag.
Next, the MAMIL tends to go home and start watching the Classics and Grand Tours on TV, subsequently deciding that they must find a way to let everyone know they’ve been cheering for Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish.
To do this, the MAMIL will purchase the appropriate full team issue kit. Unfortunately, Wiggo and the rest of Team Sky ride Pinarello bikes, while our hapless wannabes ride anything but. They won’t be aware of this, but regular roadies will scorn them for such a crass mismatching of bike and kit.