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rolf_frolf_f Posts: 15,959
edited August 2011 in Commuting chat
Yesterday, on my way home from work I slowly reeled in a fellow roadie.

He was on a red white and black Specialized with red bar tape. His jersey was red, white and black Specialized. His helmet was red, white and black Specialized. His shoes were red, white and black Specialized.

Now it did look quite a smart effect but is this trying too much?! ie not just the colour scheme but the brand as well. Who knows, maybe he worked for Specialized but I don't think I could bring myself to cover myself head to foot in kit that was from the same company as the bike.

But, like I said, it did look smart!

So, is looking like an advert for Specialized a good thing or was I just suffering from sartorial envy yesterday evening? :lol:
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  • Sirius631Sirius631 Posts: 1,015
    Rolf F wrote:
    So, is looking like an advert for Specialized a good thing or was I just suffering from sartorial envy yesterday evening? :lol:

    I hope he got a good discount off that lot. :wink:
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  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    'tis a bit of a concern for me. My LBS mostly pushes Specialized, and I've got a Red/White/Black Roubaix, Red/White Spesh plastic hat, Black/Red Spesh BG gloves, and Black Spesh MTB shoes. The hat, mitts, and shoes are Specialized purely 'cos they fit me really well, but I may have colour-matched a bit :-)

    Time to mix it up a bit; I suppose it does look like I've just crashed into my LBS with an open wallet and without a clue.
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  • stuj15stuj15 Posts: 167
    davis wrote:
    'Red/White Spesh plastic hat, Black/Red Spesh BG gloves, and Black Spesh MTB shoes. The hat, mitts, and shoes are Specialized purely 'cos they fit me really well, but I may have colour-matched a bit

    Thats me, that is. :oops:
  • nationnation Posts: 609
    He may have bought all his gear from a Concept store.

    There's one near me but it isn't very good precisely because they only stock one of any product at a given price point (e.g. if you wanted a pair of shoes for around a hundred quid) and they're almost all red, black, and white.
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    I colour match a lot, but try and avoid wearing entirely one brand as it seems a bit odd/fanboy

    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I
    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez

    :lol: As I delve deeper into Skindred and Forever Never I've always wondered why my mate would do that at gigs.

    Thanks for explaining.
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  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    edited July 2011
    First I look great in head to toe red lycra. Especially when pushing my bike from Clapham South to Clapham junction becuase I just snapped the frame. :oops:

    2nd and I hope this wasn't stuj15, but last Thursday (i think) which would of on my last ride round RP before said frame failure, I scalped a roadie dress just like the OP, having been taken on the climb to Richmond Gate I turned and headed towards Kingston, got him on the down hill at about 33mph and managed to get out of Kingston gate before he got back. Maybe he dived out at ham. Maybe he didn't! Maybe he wasn't trying. I suspect he could beat my PB round the park.
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  • stuj15stuj15 Posts: 167
    Sketchley wrote:
    2nd and I hope this wasn't stuj15,
    :lol: No not me, I'm from the 'other' side of London. Apart from the helmet, gloves, shoes, bottle cage (and tyres as you've just seen in the rant thread) I don't own any other Spesh stuff. Pure mix match of tatty Endura shorts and t-shirts. :) (got to keep the FCN up some how)
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,409
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I colour match a lot, but try and avoid wearing entirely one brand as it seems a bit odd/fanboy

    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez

    The amount of people that don't understand that rule astounds me. The only allowance I make is if you're going to see an band that no one else there would have heard of, like there would would be just you there if it wasnt a club night.
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    On the commute I tend to go for the scruffy/camo look, cheap, washed out, sleeveless T with baggy overshorts (over lycra) below, no socks and clipless pedals and shoes.

    In winter I wear tights under the overshorts and washed out full sleeve T under a hi viz jacket. If it's raining I wear my dirty old BBB overshoes.

    Wearing full matching team kit or colour coordinated lycra etc on the 6 mile commute just seems way to "try hard"...
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  • PedalPedantPedalPedant Posts: 185
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I colour match a lot, but try and avoid wearing entirely one brand as it seems a bit odd/fanboy

    Oh dear, does this make me an Aldi fanboy? :wink:

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  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 15,959
    Of course, just to contradict myself, one reason why I am disinclined to wear a Specialized lid or shoes is because I don't ride a Specialized bike! I don't really like using brands that are from other bike manufacturers than the ones I own :lol:
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 4,325
    Could be worse. He could be riding shimano but wearing campag clothing. That causes marriages to break up in Italy.
  • It's only an issue if you haven't got the skills to back it up. Akin to a footballer wearing pink boots - you've got to be good to carry it off.
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  • vorsprungvorsprung Posts: 1,953
    I have a Specialized Roubaix but most days I look like the Gore Bikewear fan club
  • Paul EPaul E Posts: 2,052
    I try and spread out the brands I buy but recently I have become a bit of a craft fan, I do have a spesh helmet and gloves though
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  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I
    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez

    :lol: As I delve deeper into Skindred and Forever Never I've always wondered why my mate would do that at gigs.

    Thanks for explaining.

    Actually, I have a dubwar cd you can have gratis, drop me a pm if you're interested
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  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    prawny wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I colour match a lot, but try and avoid wearing entirely one brand as it seems a bit odd/fanboy

    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez

    The amount of people that don't understand that rule astounds me. The only allowance I make is if you're going to see an band that no one else there would have heard of, like there would would be just you there if it wasnt a club night.

    but then theres about 5 of you at the gig and you already have a tshirt... warning warning stalker alert :lol:
    unless I've misread that

    I prefer to wear a shirt that compliments the band or someone they've played with, I've had quite a few guys in bands telling me my tshirt is great and that band is good etc
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  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,108
    Clever Pun wrote:
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I
    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez

    :lol: As I delve deeper into Skindred and Forever Never I've always wondered why my mate would do that at gigs.

    Thanks for explaining.

    Actually, I have a dubwar cd you can have gratis, drop me a pm if you're interested

    I have a feeling I may also have some Dub War stuff - very old, may have been binned years ago - if you're interested I'll have a trawl through the archive.
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    bigmat wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I
    much like I'll never wear a band tshirt of the band I'm seeing that day (unless it's over 10 years old) It's the rulez

    :lol: As I delve deeper into Skindred and Forever Never I've always wondered why my mate would do that at gigs.

    Thanks for explaining.

    Actually, I have a dubwar cd you can have gratis, drop me a pm if you're interested

    I have a feeling I may also have some Dub War stuff - very old, may have been binned years ago - if you're interested I'll have a trawl through the archive.

    I got a load of stuff given to me when my mate left his record shop to go back home to NZ... got some stuff I'm going to have to get round to selling/giving to charity
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