Commuter Conundrum

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Commuter Conundrum

Postby langtounboy » Fri Sep 13, 2019 07:18 am

Having spotted a flashing LED 100m in front of me the chase was on. It wasn't SCR his bike was much lower on the food chain, full mud guards and double rear panniers but he was in full Lycra and clip-less pedals.
As I was closing I couldn't help but notice that the back of his cycling shorts were completely worn through and he was basically wear 15 denier tights over his nether regions :lol: .
Is there an etiquette for this, do I zip past and tell him, "Buddy you need new shorts your bums on show" or just resist the urge to urge and pedal through.
I never actually got the chance; as I went past as he swung out into my path to turn left :shock:
If it was you wearing nothing but a mesh over your crack would you want to know :?:
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby Tangled Metal » Fri Sep 13, 2019 07:29 am

I cycled behind a glass with a near mesh back to her shorts. I believe it was a design feature. Her cycling partner in front also had the feature i think but I couldn't get past the lady so can't confirm that for sure.

I didn't say a word because of fear if feminist backlash for commenting on a woman's attire.

Can I just say whether on a man or a woman I think mesh rear to cycling shorts is a really bad idea. Even if it makes you more comfortable it's really antisocial having your crack out on show to those who find themselves behind you.

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby essex-commuter » Fri Sep 13, 2019 07:36 am

langtounboy wrote:Is there an etiquette for this, do I zip past and tell him, "Buddy you need new shorts your bums on show" or just resist the urge to urge and pedal through.


Would you comment on the clothing of someone you don't know if you was walking down your local High St?

I wouldn't, therefore I wouldn't on the bike. It has nothing to do with me. If someone is not savvy enough to notice that their shorts are past their sell by date, or they don't care that they are, then that's their problem.
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby elbowloh » Fri Sep 13, 2019 08:52 am

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby TGOTB » Fri Sep 13, 2019 09:16 am

Tangled Metal wrote:it's really antisocial having your crack out on show to those who find themselves behind you.

I wonder whether there's an angle here, on dealing with drafting fairies?

Other than that, what Essex said. This is Britain; even if I'd put my helmet on backwards and my tackle was hanging out I'd expect people to turn a polite blind eye...
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby hopkinb » Fri Sep 13, 2019 09:24 am

Unless you know them, keep schtum and overtake swiftly.

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby elbowloh » Fri Sep 13, 2019 09:41 am

Personally, I think i'd like to know if my ars* was hanging out. I could then ensure those bibs were binned and I didn't inflict that horror on anyone else. I don't think I could live with knowing about the nightmares and people waking up in cold sweats that I surely would have caused.
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby essex-commuter » Fri Sep 13, 2019 09:47 am

elbowloh wrote:Personally, I think i'd like to know if my ars* was hanging out. I could then ensure those bibs were binned and I didn't inflict that horror on anyone else. I don't think I could live with knowing about the nightmares and people waking up in cold sweats that I surely would have caused.


When you're putting your shorts on put a hand the other side of the material. If you can see anything other than the colour of your shorts...bin 'em.
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby Gallywomack » Fri Sep 13, 2019 09:55 am

This does raise another question - what's the best way of knowing when your bib shorts have worn through to the point where your crack is showing?

Asking a SO seems an obvious one, but the problem may not be apparent except when actually riding in daylight, so this check could be hard to coordinate with a non-cycling partner.

Ask a mate - not always an option for the lone wolf commuter

Having a regular schedule of disposal of ageing garments would be effective but a tad indiscriminate - you might end up chucking perfectly decent stuff this way.

Is there some failsafe way, like holding up to a bright light or similar? Simple visual check, eg bits of padding crumbling away = shorts are knackered, something like that? I'm never very good with that kind of thing, as I can never be that confident what level of wear is still OK.

I think my bibs have tended to give up the ghost in some other way (torn in an off, most commonly) before this has been an issue but I am haunted by thought of being a see-through bibs merchant. Not such an issue at the moment in fairness as I tend to be in baggies these days.

Edit: Answered above I see - seems a reasonable approach but surely depends on light levels in the place you're getting dressed?

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby essex-commuter » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:00 am

Gallywomack wrote:
Edit: Answered above I see - seems a reasonable approach but surely depends on light levels in the place you're getting dressed?


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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby Gallywomack » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:00 am

:lol: Fair enough

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby elbowloh » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:03 am

Gallywomack wrote:Asking a SO seems an obvious one, but the problem may not be apparent except when actually riding in daylight, so this check could be hard to coordinate with a non-cycling partner.

The first time my wife saw me in bibs she said "they're funny dungarees". So yes, a non-cycling partner might not be the best help.

essex-commuter wrote:When you're putting your shorts on put a hand the other side of the material. If you can see anything other than the colour of your shorts...bin 'em.

I have tried this, but I don't think the hand stretch test matches real world conditions, particularly in bright daylight.
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby PBlakeney » Sat Sep 14, 2019 07:48 am

Personal solution? A full length mirror.
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby itboffin » Sat Sep 14, 2019 14:22 pm

Hold on a sec were you over taking on the inside or they did a crap car driver swing out before turning for no reason?
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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby condorman » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:30 am

I'd rather be told and have been. Cue quick trip to Cycle Surgery at lunchtime. I would say if it was cycling gear. What I see most often are women wearing lycra gear that was not designed to be used for cycling and is totally transparent. That's difficult to address, usually easy to spot as they have a patient queue of traffic behind them ...

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby The Rookie » Mon Sep 16, 2019 07:16 am

Women wearing Yoga pants on bikes could be a dangerous distraction to car drivers, so I always ride behind them blocking the view so that the drivers are kept safe........

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby Tangled Metal » Mon Sep 16, 2019 07:36 am

I did the same behind a lass with a large, practically mesh panel on her shorts. For the public good of course. Until I had to give up because I couldn't keep up! She was fair shifting, obviously a competitive roadie. Drafting behind her was hard work on a fully loaded commuter.

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby rakkor » Mon Sep 16, 2019 09:47 am

elbowloh wrote:The first time my wife saw me in bibs she said "they're funny dungarees". So yes, a non-cycling partner might not be the best help.


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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby bradsbeard » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:27 am

On my commute it's unbelievable the amount of ladies riding with see thru leggings. Surely you have some idea?

Fair play to those who go commando and no pad.

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Re: Commuter Conundrum

Postby essex-commuter » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:36 am

bradsbeard wrote:On my commute it's unbelievable the amount of ladies riding with see thru leggings. Surely you have some idea?

Fair play to those who go commando and no pad.


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