Let’s take a moment to talk about cycling fashion.
Gone are my days of lycra and spandex, I embraced those when I was Ironman training. But now that the speed is slower, the falls more frequent and the post-ride beer more common… I’ve completely gotten into the baggies.
So, now that I’m getting into more XC mountain bike races – I am really the only person in baggies. In fact, I’ve gotten comments: “Baggies, eh?” (In my head: “Yeah… and you’re so going to eat my dust.”)
Why do XC racers feel the need to get back into spandex? Is it what’s already in the closet? Do they really think they go faster? Maybe they’re just trying to show off their low body fat.
What I have thought about is: where the hell do they put their extra tube & gear? What happens if you want to wear knee pads? Aren’t you going to tear up that fancy outfit when you take a tumble? (Don’t tell me: you don’t fall. Right.)
I’ll admit that most girls look look in spandex or baggies… but the guys, um, well… to me there’s a big difference (photos from rei.com)