Cyclists love fashion. At least when it comes to socks and spandex. For me, it goes a little beyond that… I truly LOVE getting dressed up for the occasion, whether thats a trip to a beach resort, proper hiking attire, a night at the opera, or a day on the bike. So I wasn’t at all upset about choosing a sport that is very particular about its attire.
The type of kit you choose tells the riders around you who you are minimalist, old pro enthusiast, ebay shopper, classics lover… Beyond style, the kit you wear shows which, if any, group, club, team or sponsors you are associated with.
Details like sleeve length and sock height are not just preferred styles, but signifiers of your status as a cyclist. While silly… it is so true!! Rise your hand if you wore a sleeveless spaghetti strap ‘jersey’ at one point (meeee! I mean I did live in Florida… but still…. )?! Many newbies make choices like this until they learn the ropes and commit to the culture. Not only are kit options a status symbol, but they separate the cyclists from the triathletes. Sunglasses over the helmet straps = cyclist, under = triathlete. High socks = cyclist, ankle socks = triathlete. Basically a kit shows off what kind of athlete and person you are.