Is it wrong buying clothing to match your bike brand?

Steve_F
Steve_F Posts: 682
edited May 2011 in Road beginners
I just saw a gillet going through eBay that matches my bike brand and is very similar in colour, not too expensive either.

Not actually sure if I'll wear it or realise I'll look like a complete w$nk!!
Current steed is a '07 Carrera Banshee X
+ cheap road/commuting bike

Comments

  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Only if its Rapha
  • ALaPlage
    ALaPlage Posts: 732
    wear what you like as long as it is fit for purpose and of course makes you look/feel great - sod what anyone else thinks.
    Trek Madone 5.9
    Kinesis Crosslight T4
  • Steve_F
    Steve_F Posts: 682
    I'm not really one to worry about what others think about what I wear, worn plenty of Aldi/Lidl tops.

    It's kind of a reverse worry I suppose, on a half decent bike wearing matching kit people might actually think I'm good on a bike!!! All the gear and all that.
    Current steed is a '07 Carrera Banshee X
    + cheap road/commuting bike
  • brin
    brin Posts: 1,122
    I wonder why bike manufactures don't endorse brand jackets portraying their names and maybe a badge, bit similar to football tracksuit tops, or motor rally jackets?
    would come in handy when waiting around at the beginning of an event, and more so to keep you warm afterwards.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    For me - I like kit to match rather than clash. You can overdo it though if you have the complete set of kit - unless you are a pro.
  • sod what anyone else thinks.

    +1

    All the gear, no idea, that's me and I'm proud of it. Sod power output, technical skills and all that malarkey, colour co-ordination is the Holy Grail of cycling.

    :lol:
    “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.”

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  • father_jack
    father_jack Posts: 3,509
    Wear a yelllow jersey.
    Say... That's a nice bike..
    Trax T700 with Lew Racing Pro VT-1 ;-)
  • blackpoolkev
    blackpoolkev Posts: 474
    Wear a yelllow jersey.

    Only if you have a yellow bike. :wink:
  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    Buy it

    I love Wilier gear.
  • I have a willer but have no wilier branded gear, however my bike does have campag and only today ordered some campag bib shorts
  • thegreatdivide
    thegreatdivide Posts: 5,807
    I've got a Wilier bike (soon to be two bikes) a Wiler jersey and a Wilier/Prendas cap - that'll do me for the branding.
  • Do fancy a jersey though :D
  • Peddle Up!
    Peddle Up! Posts: 2,040
    Steve_F wrote:
    It's kind of a reverse worry I suppose, on a half decent bike wearing matching kit people might actually think I'm good on a bike!!! All the gear and all that.

    There's the rub. If you do it and you're used to getting off to push on some hills, be prepared for p*ss taking. :)
    Purveyor of "up" :)
  • Ollieda
    Ollieda Posts: 1,010
    Peddle Up! wrote:
    Steve_F wrote:
    It's kind of a reverse worry I suppose, on a half decent bike wearing matching kit people might actually think I'm good on a bike!!! All the gear and all that.

    There's the rub. If you do it and you're used to getting off to push on some hills, be prepared for p*ss taking. :)

    Saw a guy the other week in a KoM polka dot jersey.....pushing his bike up the hill. Almost got off my bike to stop and have a laugh! Decided it would be funnier if he saw a heffer like me "powering" past insted
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    It depends on how 'hard' they're trying and whether there's a sense of irony in choice of attire - clearly Clydesdales wearing KoM jerseys fits into the latter.
    There's been countless discussions on wearing team kit, or even, horror-of-horrors - World Champs or GT classification jerseys - mind you the Maglia Rosa doesn't seem to invoke the same degree of rabid fervour as the Maillot Jeune.
    In terms of kit matching the bike - well the Wilier kit is made by Castelli so you won't go far wrong. Watch out for cheap, Chinese knock-offs - some of it is hideous, poor quality.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Rich Hcp
    Rich Hcp Posts: 1,355
    ALaPlage wrote:
    wear what you like as long as it is fit for purpose and of course makes you look/feel great - sod what anyone else thinks.

    I agree
    Richard

    Giving it Large
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    Hi there, realtive noob here - is there the same sort of fashion thing going on in cycling as there is with football, where you're expected to have the "latest" kit???

    Personally, I wear a right dog's dinner, which is appropriate 'cos I'm slow and lardy. If I dressed like a pro, then a) I'd look a right prat and b) Everyone would snigger cos I'm really not that fast.

    So I'll stick with "anything that's on sale" thanks!

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • estampida
    estampida Posts: 1,008
    as long as you dont dress like a works rider, you will get away withit, cos they are paid to advertise and your not.

    and avoid lots of black, the whole darth vader look is not cool
  • mikeq
    mikeq Posts: 141
    Do what you want and sod the rest
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  • Steve_F
    Steve_F Posts: 682
    Peddle Up! wrote:
    Steve_F wrote:
    It's kind of a reverse worry I suppose, on a half decent bike wearing matching kit people might actually think I'm good on a bike!!! All the gear and all that.

    There's the rub. If you do it and you're used to getting off to push on some hills, be prepared for p*ss taking. :)

    Thankfully that's not happened in a long time, last hill I got stuck on was the Applecross climb on the Bealach last year, just took a wee break to get some food/energy gel then kept going to the top. Might very well be happening a lot more in the Alps later this year.

    Sod it, it matches the bike very nicely and looked to be good value. If it fits properly I'll definitely wear it!
    Current steed is a '07 Carrera Banshee X
    + cheap road/commuting bike
  • Ollieda
    Ollieda Posts: 1,010
    SecretSam wrote:
    Hi there, realtive noob here - is there the same sort of fashion thing going on in cycling as there is with football, where you're expected to have the "latest" kit???

    Personally, I wear a right dog's dinner, which is appropriate 'cos I'm slow and lardy. If I dressed like a pro, then a) I'd look a right prat and b) Everyone would snigger cos I'm really not that fast.

    So I'll stick with "anything that's on sale" thanks!

    I didn't realise thats the case for football, luckily i'm not a fan.

    I don't think most really cares about having the "latest" kit, from what i've seen out and about last years kit / retro kits seem to be popular (almost inferring a seniority). Just wear what you want but if your wear kit that suggests you've won it (TdF yellow, world champs, KoM, etc.) then expect people not to be so appreciative of your style choice if its clearly obvious you haven't won it!
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    Ollieda wrote:
    SecretSam wrote:
    Hi there, realtive noob here - is there the same sort of fashion thing going on in cycling as there is with football, where you're expected to have the "latest" kit???

    Personally, I wear a right dog's dinner, which is appropriate 'cos I'm slow and lardy. If I dressed like a pro, then a) I'd look a right prat and b) Everyone would snigger cos I'm really not that fast.

    So I'll stick with "anything that's on sale" thanks!

    I didn't realise thats the case for football, luckily i'm not a fan.

    I don't think most really cares about having the "latest" kit, from what i've seen out and about last years kit / retro kits seem to be popular (almost inferring a seniority). Just wear what you want but if your wear kit that suggests you've won it (TdF yellow, world champs, KoM, etc.) then expect people not to be so appreciative of your style choice if its clearly obvious you haven't won it!

    There's an element of it among footie fans, teams change their kits pretty much every season.

    BTW - where did you get the Rabbit / Tiger piccie?

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Taking the OP question a stage further.

    As a family we all cycle but mostly off road with MTBs and hybrid.

    My missus (SWMBO) decided she would like to join me with a road bike.

    So, do I:

    1. Buy her a bike which she likes the look of and let her buy her own kit?

    or

    2. Buy her the same bike as me and start to build up our own team kit.

    or

    3. Tell her to naff off and let me have "boys own" time.
  • mattward1979
    mattward1979 Posts: 692
    1 or 2 depending on her choice, and 3 occasionally when you feel the need for a solo ride!!

    :D
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  • Ollieda
    Ollieda Posts: 1,010
    SecretSam wrote:
    There's an element of it among footie fans, teams change their kits pretty much every season.

    BTW - where did you get the Rabbit / Tiger piccie?

    I suppose that's just the fans falling for the marketing of the sports industry - there's a reason Man Utd is such a big bussiness!

    The tiger rabbit (Tibbit it was called) did it's rounds as one of those joke pictures years ago, I cam across it about 1999 when i started secondary school and it was old then! Way before the whole Lolz catz phase we now have.