Pro Team Kit. Yes or No

nathb84
nathb84 Posts: 27
edited July 2012 in Road general
Just wondering what peoples thoughts are when they see someone decked out in pro team kit, do you think nice kit or what a plonker? Personnaly i ride wearing my team sky jersey (and i shall be wearing it with pride come sunday!) as i have a pinarello in team sky colours. I recently bought a new helmet and eventually opted not to get a matching team sky one as i thought i would look a bit over the top and i certainly wouldnt go the whole hog with gloves and socks etc but what do you guys think?
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  • nomadicbry
    nomadicbry Posts: 223
    No real issue about team colours though I don't wear team kits but I do think wearing The world champ top (saw a guy with one yesterday), the maillot jaune, etc is a bit disrespectful. As Hinualt said would you walk around wearing a replica gold medal? In saying that anyone can wear what they like…who am i to say what others should do
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  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    I only wear team kit because I like it. It may be a faux pas for some, but I've never let what others think influence me in that way. If you like it, rock it with pride!
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  • mattsccm
    mattsccm Posts: 409
    Personally it reminds me of all those Man United fans wearing team kit shopping or the people who come to motorcycle club meetings in their KTM shirts. A bit tacky. But if you like it why not. Old kit or obscure stuff some how and maybe illogically seems differnt though. Agree with above about kits that represents a win unless you are a kid.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,244
    If you are lean and ride fast, then PRO kit yes, otherwise there' ll be plenty of guys passing you and thinking "what a tart" not that you are, but that's what others will think... however, if you are fast, then no problem
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  • t.m.h.n.e.t
    t.m.h.n.e.t Posts: 2,265
    Wear whatever kit you want. If it was so forbidden to be worn by anyone but pros, nobody would be selling it.
  • raymondo60
    raymondo60 Posts: 735
    You pays your money you wear what you like - if we cared about what others think we'd never wear lycra anyway!
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  • solosuperia
    solosuperia Posts: 333
    I just love some of the old style kit, er in particular "Solo Superia" a bit of a give away!
    Liked the uncluttered nature of it, red with a white band and the team name.

    For general training and what have you.....Used to buy the long-sleeved tops of teams that had left the sport years before.
    Cheap and did the job perfectly.

    Just throw this in.. Cannot stand this all-white kit, somehow don't look right to me.
  • Rushmore
    Rushmore Posts: 674
    Yep.. Wear what you want...

    I'm wearing Team GB top as I type this..

    I would however not wear something like a world champs jersey ( unless it was a vintage one )

    But Team Kit yeah deffo.. Show your support for the Team you love! Just imagineif there was this debate in footall... :S
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  • AlunJ
    AlunJ Posts: 40
    I have a HTC Highroad kit, told myself I can't wear it out until I'm at least a little bit decent on the bike :lol:
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  • verylonglegs
    verylonglegs Posts: 3,954
    I wouldn't wear them purely as I think a lot of them look horrible, I prefer simple more elegant stuff that is easier on the eye. Of course, if BMC, Sky, Liquigas etc would like to pay me to wear their kit and advertise for them then I'll consider it :wink:
  • Azhar
    Azhar Posts: 247
    I have the Movistar jersey and bib shorts and love wearing it. I might not be fast as some of the guys on some of my commute but no one looks at me and says anything or give any "looks" like I'm a plonked or tart. Main thing is, I enjoy wearing it and love my cycling. If you wAnt to wear the pro team kit then u go ahed and do it. I'm waiting for the polka dot jersey to go on special offer before I buy it. :)
  • Azhar
    Azhar Posts: 247
    Rushmore wrote:
    Just imagineif there was this debate in footall... :S

    Exactly...
  • rodgers73
    rodgers73 Posts: 2,626
    They're just clothes. Only a maniac would think that by wearing a Word Champ jersey you thought you were as good as the current holder. I'd happily wear a yellow jersey if I didn't think it was a naff colour.
  • Wear what you want.

    I wouldn't be seen dead in them though - they just look so cheesy. Like driving around in a souped up Corsa with a huge exhaust, sounding like a huge vehicle but incapable of going more than 30mph.

    I prefer as much blank panels as possible - I even chose the Assos bibshorts with no logo's etc.
  • nickel
    nickel Posts: 476
    Wear whatever you want, I've got a sky gilet and may buy a europcar jersey at some point as I have a man crush on Tommy V. Personally I wouldn't wear a rainbow jersey as I'd feel a total plonker but its your money so do what you like.
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Wear what you want but make sure you stick two fingers up to those elitists who think that the World Champion and Yellow jerseys are sacrosanct and only for those who have earned them.

    There are plenty on this site.......
  • i rode box hill today and there were plenty of folk in team kit (mostly SKY) wear what you want i say
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  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Weird isn't it, I saw a guy yesterday in full Lampre kit and it looked good, saw a guy wearing full Sky kit today and thought he looked a plonker.
  • sheffsimon
    sheffsimon Posts: 1,282
    Navrig wrote:
    Wear what you want but make sure you stick two fingers up to those elitists who think that the World Champion and Yellow jerseys are sacrosanct and only for those who have earned them.

    There are plenty on this site.......
    Not elitist, just have a bit of respect for those that have earned them, and for that reason, I wouldnt.
  • nathb84
    nathb84 Posts: 27
    I have had my sky jerseys for quite some time now and have never felt a plonker wearing them. However today i did lol. Apparently team sky won some little bike race today, felt like i was jumping on the band wagon. But then again who cares, i will happily support a british team and will happily feel like a plonker for years to come if they can keep up the performaces!
  • adm1
    adm1 Posts: 180
    I would say "wear what you want"....with the caveat that why bother to advertise for a team that doesn't pay you to do so? Same reason I would never wear a football shirt or rugby top in team colours. Or a "Jack Wills", "Abercrombie" or "Hollister" logo'ed shirt.

    Why join the herd?

    For that reason, I wear non team kit that is discretely badged at best. It's tough in cycling clothes to find anything that isn't badged though, so I wear black Assos shorts which are almost badge free unless you look really closely and normally Assos Equipe jerseys as they are well made but low(er) cost - and not many people wear or recognise them. I'd still prefer to have similar quality jerseys with no branding at all.

    If I was a member of a club, I'd probably wear their kit - but only if it was good quality. But for now I try to keep it all as stealth as possible.

    Sky kit? No way. It's a bit like wearing a Man U football jersey while pushing a trolley full of frozen pizza around Tesco.
  • BlakeysFC
    BlakeysFC Posts: 233
    adm1 wrote:
    I would say "wear what you want"....with the caveat that why bother to advertise for a team that doesn't pay you to do so? Same reason I would never wear a football shirt or rugby top in team colours. Or a "Jack Wills", "Abercrombie" or "Hollister" logo'ed shirt.

    Why join the herd?

    For that reason, I wear non team kit that is discretely badged at best. It's tough in cycling clothes to find anything that isn't badged though, so I wear black Assos shorts which are almost badge free unless you look really closely and normally Assos Equipe jerseys as they are well made but low(er) cost - and not many people wear or recognise them. I'd still prefer to have similar quality jerseys with no branding at all.

    If I was a member of a club, I'd probably wear their kit - but only if it was good quality. But for now I try to keep it all as stealth as possible.

    Sky kit? No way. It's a bit like wearing a Man U football jersey while pushing a trolley full of frozen pizza around Tesco.

    If you think people wear football shirts for 'fashion' or to 'join the herd' then you are sadly mistaken. People wear football shirts because they are proud of the club they support and like to display their teams' colours in public as a badge of honour.

    Also the insinuation that people that wear football shirts are some how lazy, 'chavvy' or a bit simple-minded is simply ridiculous.

    As for team kit itself, I'm undecided. Haven't bought any yet myself, but then again I am extremely new to cycling. Have been thinking about getting a Team GB or a Team Sky jersey as I'm proud of our recent ascent to the top of World Cycling and Wiggins' win in the Tour. But the price puts me off compared to regular jerseys which are just as good but half the price in many instances.

    If I join a club then I'll probably get the Club Kit to compliment my recently acquired membership status.
  • verylonglegs
    verylonglegs Posts: 3,954
    Er, people do wear football shirts to join the herd, that is what the act of supporting a club and showing it is...to affiliate yourself with that particular herd!
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    BlakeysFC wrote:


    Also the insinuation that people that wear football shirts are some how lazy, 'chavvy' or a bit simple-minded is simply ridiculous.

    No insinuation, it's a fact.
  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    BlakeysFC wrote:


    Also the insinuation that people that wear football shirts are some how lazy, 'chavvy' or a bit simple-minded is simply ridiculous.

    No insinuation, it's a fact.

    :roll: I am going to resist feeding the troll this one time only.
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  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    BlakeysFC wrote:


    Also the insinuation that people that wear football shirts are some how lazy, 'chavvy' or a bit simple-minded is simply ridiculous.

    No insinuation, it's a fact.

    Having had the misfortune to attend a few football matches in my life, I have to agree that a significant proportion of football fans are lazy, pot-bellied, pie-eating chavsters.
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  • MattC59
    MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    amaferanga wrote:
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
    BlakeysFC wrote:


    Also the insinuation that people that wear football shirts are some how lazy, 'chavvy' or a bit simple-minded is simply ridiculous.

    No insinuation, it's a fact.

    Having had the misfortune to attend a few football matches in my life, I have to agree that a significant proportion of football fans are lazy, pot-bellied, pie-eating chavsters.

    And having seen the herds of them making their way into Reading Stadium on countless occasions, I have to agree.
    Fortunately, a lot of them seem to have little regard for their own well being and their lack of sense seems to make them think that if they stray off the kerb onto the dual carriage way they'll be fine. Perhaps natural selection is taking hold again.

    ps. it's fine to wear team kit. if someone else doesn't like it, tell them not to wear it.
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  • lakesluddite
    lakesluddite Posts: 1,337
    Err...a debate about wearing Pro Cycling team kits suddenly diverts to slagging off football supporters? I suspect that there are quite a few on this forum who are football supporters, just like me, and I'm not about to disappear just because this is a cycling forum - can't some people understand that a large amount of people like many different and varied sports? Somewhat elitist and short sighted don't you think?

    Saying that, I don't think that anyone over the age of 16 should be seen in a football jersey unless either playing football or attending the match - just my opinion.

    I think it's different with Pro Cycling replica kits - we are talking about wearing them whilst out on the road on the bike - not down Asda or the Black Bull of an evening, so I think it's okay if you want to wear them, even if you have no real affiliation to that team. I'd probably have a few different one's if it weren't for the fact that you have to pay so much of a premium for them.
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    Wearing my Sky team kit with pride today.

    Also had it on yesterday and did get some looks from those in club kit.

    Same people I see out and when i wear my club kit I get a wave from them.
  • gsvbagpuss
    gsvbagpuss Posts: 272
    Sure, although I avoid the whole outfit thing - just a jersey without the matching shorts and socks (and bike) works for me.

    Shows support without trying too hard.