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Should You Wear Team Kits?

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You should wear what you like. My only exception is if the team happen to train locally. A number of Fly V Australia hang at the local coffee shop, so I wouldn't be seen in their kit (I like the kit mind you).

Personally, I like to roll with the local club kit as much as possible.
 
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the most strange thing is when a 'superfan' wears full pro kit with matching bike/helmet/etc and tags along with the actual team when a race is in town

its funny and just creepy
 
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barn yard said:
the most strange thing is when a 'superfan' wears full pro kit with matching bike/helmet/etc and tags along with the actual team when a race is in town

its funny and just creepy
Like this dude? :)
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This topic was raised in Cyclingnews' Aussie office the other day, thanks in part to old mate above. I hope Pozzato gave him **** for not having the right arm warmers :p

Cheers
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I have a problem specific to this topic. I have the only 2009 Garmin Team Edition Felt AR in Australia (to my knowledge as it was never imported here).
Whilst I am fundamentally opposed to wearing the team kit while riding a team edition bike, I am tempted to get the matching shirt. NOT to wear, but just so that I have it there in the future as I don't plan to sell the bike.

(The frame was the 2008 CN Tour de France competition prize by the way)

Its a tricky one.... but the key thing is NOT to wear it.
 
I'm a fan of "wear what you want". I do think wearing an entire team kit does look a bit w*nky but each to their own. I don't judge those that do, coz I'm just happy to see them out riding - the more the merrier.
Regarding showing off sponsors, well, it supports those who support us, and that should be done no matter how you do it.

Commuting, I wear whatever's visible and comfortable.
For longer weekend or other rides, I generally ride in a shop kit of my LBS, however, now that I'm in a different country there isn't a huge point in it as a way of supporting that store that's not here...
I do have a saxo l/s jersey that I use in winter, an old wool Lotto-Tonisiter, a Jamis jersey (only if I ride my Jamis) and a few hometown UniSA jerseys that all get some use.
 
i noticed that i get more respect from automobiles when i wear a jersey that matches my shorts. it may be pro team kit or regular club kit.

so by all means wear pro team kit...it may save your life.
 
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Archibald said:
... a Jamis jersey (only if I ride my Jamis)...

I'm getting ready to buy a new bike in the upper-moderately expensive range. I was looking at their website, and they sell jerseys with their logo. They look nice and I like the design, but after spending almost $6,000 on the bike, I can't bring myself to spend over $100 on a jersey.
 
trailrunner said:
I'm getting ready to buy a new bike in the upper-moderately expensive range. I was looking at their website, and they sell jerseys with their logo. They look nice and I like the design, but after spending almost $6,000 on the bike, I can't bring myself to spend over $100 on a jersey.

I got mine for $40 in a pokey old LBS - the jersey that is.
If you're spending $6,000 on a bike, then they should chuck in a jersey with that. hit them up for it - certainly can't hurt to ask...
 
I've just got an old Cofidis jersey (07 I think). Just scuffed all the arm falling off because my left clip wouldn't go in :(

I used to think that you shouldn't wear champions jerseys unless you're the actual champion, but I don't really care. People in full team kit look odd though.
 
agree that wearing full team kit, shorts, gloves, helmet etc is a bit weird, reminding me of elvis-impersonators, or a star wars-fan going to the movies in full storm trooper-outfit. But a team jersey, with regular black shorts, why not? Goes for champions jerseys as well. I've got a giro d'italia white jersey, for instance, knowing full well that noone will mistake me for best young anything.
 
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There's a guy on the local training ride on Saturday morning that wears a combo of the Boonen and Bettini Quickstep WC kit complete with a copy of Bettinis helmet and shoes, the hideous gold ones....we call him Betooni.....he looks ridiculous.
 
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All of you folks, with all the rules, are really interesting. You post these entries as if they are way more than just your overly thought out opinions. With all due respect, aren't you wasting a bit too much time trying to criticize others that never truly asked your opinions(except in this thread, of course) and probably don't care what you think? I'm outta here, this thread has been played over and over again, and the critics never get enough. It's boooooring. But, I thought I'd just leave y'all with my opinion, as I depart. Ciao! :D
 
craig1985 said:
If you want to make loads of new friends, wear an Euskaltel jersey at the Tour de France when they hit the Pyrennes. Might want to know Basque, or failing that, Spanish though.
Basque is more similar to Chinese than Spanish and more difficult to learn than both
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If you want to make loads of new friends, wear an Euskaltel jersey at the Tour de France when they hit the Pyrennes. Might want to know Basque, or failing that, Spanish though.
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EXACTLY. Though I would find Saxo Bank or Rabobank more humane than say Nike.

barn yard said:
the most strange thing is when a 'superfan' wears full pro kit with matching bike/helmet/etc and tags along with the actual team when a race is in town

its funny and just creepy
Greg Johnson said:
Like this dude? :)
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or this guy

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The very worst crime, perhaps even worse than black "office" socks is wearing the world champions jersey....especially at a club race.

Unless you actually enjoy people taking the pi*s.

I think the reason why some of us can't abide full team kits worn by recreationals is this lingering idea that a deluded minority might think that they could be mistaken for an actual member of a pro-team out for a training ride. That might indeed actually be happening in their imagination....
 
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If someone (other than a pro, obviously) can wear a full ProTour kit and not feel like a dork, more power to him. I can't do it though.
 
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Only when it is vintage, or if you are attending a race in which said team is participating to show support, otherwise you just look like a fanboy dork. National or world champion kit only if you have earned it.
 
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titan_90 said:
Only when it is vintage, or if you are attending a race in which said team is participating to show support, otherwise you just look like a fanboy dork. National or world champion kit only if you have earned it.

You know I love you man, but the fashion police thing is kinda, ... well :rolleyes:

How about this scenario; What if I got some vintage natl and world champ jersey's? Is the fashion Taliban going to wipe me out? :D
 
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RDV4ROUBAIX said:
How about this scenario; What if I got some vintage natl and world champ jersey's? Is the fashion Taliban going to wipe me out? :D

To clarify, yes vintage national and world champ jerseys are completely fine. No need to worry about the Taliban coming after you:D Said jerseys are wool? right...;)
 
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amp300 said:
can't believe no one has posted this yet as a reason 'against'

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Sorry, but you're wrong. It was posted long ago, before you were even on the forum. Might have even been on the babes on bikes thread, as a goof. post # 73 on that thread
But everybody doesn't look like that in pro kit.:cool:
 
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RDV4ROUBAIX said:
You know I love you man, but the fashion police thing is kinda, ... well :rolleyes:

How about this scenario; What if I got some vintage natl and world champ jersey's? Is the fashion Taliban going to wipe me out? :D

By all means, wear whatever the hell ya want, I am not gonna take you off in a paddy wagon. I am just saying I wouldn't do it.

Any top any time. It's more the bottoms and all the other apparel matching is a little weird. I have pi's Garmin argyle gloves and I wear them all the time. It goes with absolutely nothing else I wear, but I wantedt o show support for an 'American' team.

On these boards, anyone expressing support for America is more likely to get the bum's rush than someone wearing full kit. I hope these posters don't wonder why they get viewed as outsiders by their countrymen.
 
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nowhereman said:
Sorry, but you're wrong. It was posted long ago, before you were even on the forum. Might have even been on the babes on bikes thread, as a goof. post # 73 on that thread
But everybody doesn't look like that in pro kit.:cool:

I figured that guy couldn't go without mention for long!

edit: and I have post #3 on babes on bikes!