Today was my first group bicycle ride. A friend from my running club invited me along to a new group that had formed as part of a local “wellness” initiative. Ever game to meet new folks, I hurried on over (but was still slightly late).
My friend mentioned the ride was 8 miles or so. I wanted more mileage, so I decided to cycle to the meet up and back instead of packing up the bike in the car. I gotta say, since I’ve been on this running hiatus, my distance-o-meter (in which I accurately judge distances) is way off. I figured the meet up spot was about 2 miles from home. It was 3.5. Thus my arriving late.
Anyways, the group cycle was fantastic! We did nearly a 10 mile loop (so 17 miles total for me) through some awesome neighborhoods.
Here’s where I get confused. Cycling clothing. I like to look the part. That’s true in all aspects of my life. I love putting together outfits, especially for specific occasions, like “board member coming to visit my work,” (professional with a slightly creative edge) or “commuting to work in the City” (eclectic, yet polished, so that I’m not taken for the typical ‘bridge and tunnel’ crowd).
The same with my workout clothes. It took me a while to figure out “my look.” And there were lots of rules, like “cotton is rotten” and new terms (wicking, performance wear, reflective) Given that this clothing is never cheap, I’ve been judicious in my purchases. But now after a few years of running, I’ve got a fairly nice selection of clothing for all seasons.
But what about cycling? Lots of my running clothes cross over. I’ve no need yet for the fancy shirts with the pockets on the back (although I do LOVE how cycling shirts are longer in the back–at 5’11”, I’ve got a tough time finding long enough shirts). Also, I don’t want to look like a newbie–for crying out loud, my recently tuned-up bike is sparkly enough. But after two consecutive rides last week, I definitely understand the need for those attractive padded shorts, too. So I figured as I get more into this, I’ll st
But on today’s group ride, one of the leaders threw a wrench into my vision of “what constitutes a cycling kit.” First, this guy must know what he’s doing (he is the group’s leader) because he had one of those bikes that actually STOPS when you stop pedaling! (again, totally blowing my mind: until this point I was thinking that cycling totally rocked over running because when your feet stop when you run, your body stops as well. But when your feet stop when you’re cycling. . .how cow! Your body keeps moving forward! Bonus!)
AND…said leader was wearing…these beautiful dark wash Japanese selvedge jeans and two-toned leather oxfords. Absolutely beautiful shoes. which fit very nicely into his pedal clips. on that fancy don’t-even-think-of-not-pedaling bike. And jeans.
Yep, cotton is rotten. And lycra’s for losers? I want me some dark wash Japanese selvedge jeans and two-toned oxfords for my next ride…