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Do cyclists have to be slim to wear Lycra?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Learning, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    So you'd get more exercise, and get fitter, by not wearing Lycra on your cycle to work?
     
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  2. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Padded cycling underwear would work just as well.

    As for weight loss they say being cold is 3x better at burning calories than excercising anyway.

    Still, there is a lot to be said for feeling like you have the right gear and there is nothing holding you back but your own abilities. If Lycra helps people enjoy cycling I'm all for it. I wore it when I was racing cross country but not out with the lads in the woods.
     
  3. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    So...you're saying that my grudging acceptance that there was a valid reason behind cyclists dressing like a technicolour condom was misplaced...?

    Cheers, Jeff
     
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  4. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Or put another way, I'd get sweatier and smellier by not wearing it to work. The commute isn't for fitness or exercise, it's just significantly quicker and cheaper than the bus.
     
  5. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Regrettably, almost any other form of transport is usually both quicker and cheaper than the bus, walking excepted.
     
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  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    I always wondered why the "tackle" of ancient Greek and Roman statues was so minuscule. Now it appears they were they progenitors of cyclists.
     
  7. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Sir Chris Hoy has now apologised for his initial comment that anyone weighing over 9st looks awful in Lycra.
    During Chris's cycling peak he weighed about 14.5st.......

    Mind you he was built like a brick sh** house.
     
  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    When did lycra start to be used? I assume it replaced cotton or similar.
     
  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Mostly replaced wool blends I think. Wool is still popular with some as it can be worn more/longer before ponging. Wicks sweat well too. Cotton gets soggy quickly, not ideal for intense cycling.
     
  10. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I was trying to remember. I used to ride with a club - ooh - 45 years ago. Not brave enough to race but time-trialled a bit and had a hand-me-down vest in old club colours with its pockets in the back but I can't recall the material. I still have my bike, which was secondhand, I keep meaning to get it restored. I think there is a specialist somewhere near Bristol that rebuilds old Hetchins but that is a long way to go!
     
  11. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member


    But can we? Anyway, I used to do a 7 mile commute to work and found that the electric motor on my bicycle eliminated the need for any special clothing apart from a safety vest.
     
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  12. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    I am a occasional cyclist but I dont wear lycra, and I dont intend to go down that road...
     
  13. jacobs_mark

    jacobs_mark Member

    Curly? It might be worth it.

    Wool mix shorts, chamois + rain = the reason for lycra + synthetics... raw steak has yet to be
    mentioned.
     
  14. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Ahh, so that explains the photo's above. the top ones are carefully rolled chamois and the bottom ones carefully folded.
     
  15. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Or over-ripe bananas... :eek:
     
  16. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I made a mistake of cycling 15KM each way to a beach and back when I was in Spain. All I had on was a pair of normal shorts, no padding. After I got back I was that numb from the pressure on the nerve (perineal maybe?) that you could have hit my bits with a lump hammer and I wouldn't have felt a thing. I since bought a pair of padded cycling shorts that look not that dissimilar to normal shorts. Would not dream of exposing myself to the public in lycra.
     
  17. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    My journey to work was 14 miles but as it required crossing both the A40 and the A4 in places where both were very busy, no bridges, and a couple of miles of Heathrow perimeter road a bike wasn't a particularly safe alternative. The bus was so slow as to be impractical and underground meant a roundabout route, also impractically long.
     
  18. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    A more public version of the latex lovers?

    Lynn
     
  19. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I was chatting to my son about lycra cycling gear. He's just finished his year in industry as part of his Masters in engineering working with the people who did aero work for GB cycling. He reckons that the gains from wearing skin tight gear is quite small. Like all aerodynamics it only truly works at optimum speeds and he says that larger people would see better performance gains from shedding weight. He also suggested Zou should employ 3 other commuters to work together to give him a slipstream and he could just nip out from behind them as he approaches work.
     
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  20. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Not a bad idea. When I do catch another cyclist they tend to be going too slow to gain any advantage from slipstreaming (and me too slow for anyone catching me too).
     

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