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28-05-2012, 14:59   #1
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Is it wrong to wear professional team gear..?

I bought some team gear recently because it was very cheap and it is really good quality.. but is it frowned upon to wear team gear..?
Would I be labelled a Fred...?
Personally I have no issues with anyone wearing such gear ...... thoughts..?
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28-05-2012, 15:02   #2
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It's not wrong unless you're racing in it.

Otherwise, if you care about what other people might think, lay it down for a few years until the team kit has changed or (better still) the team is torn apart by a doping scandal.
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28-05-2012, 15:05   #3
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Well, the team is actually defunct... and I actually bought it for it's Kelly links... can you guess what it is yet..? Clue, they are now called Argos..!!
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Older Skil Shimano kit I bet.

I know someone who wears it. He's a great cyclist and he can't pull it off. Tread carefully.
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Skil. By the way, wear it
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Older Skil Shimano kit I bet.

I know someone who wears it. He's a great cyclist and he can't pull it off. Fred carefully.
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I bought some team gear recently because it was very cheap and it is really good quality.. but is it frowned upon to wear team gear..?
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Would I be labelled a Fred...?
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Personally I have no issues with anyone wearing such gear ...... thoughts..?
doesnt bother me either wear what you want (i also have skil shimano gear and milram and have no qualms about squeezing my overweight body into it, in fact i cycled in in my shimano shorts this morning

anyway rule 3 covers it

3. The Euro Cyclist shall NEVER, under any circumstances, wear plain black spandex bibs (shorts, regardless of colour are BANNED) or ANY team kit

containing non-prominent logos. Shorts will extend approximately 2/3rds of the way down the upper leg and will contain a compression band at the bottom (distinct in colour). In NO CONDITION shall they extend any further!
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Older Skil Shimano kit I bet.
I wheelie like that kit.
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I know someone who wears it. He's a great cyclist and he can't pull it off. Tread carefully.
That's gonna cost you on the after work spin!
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Yeah, it's Skil Shimano.. and if I could pull it off I'd be racing for Argos now...

As I said, it was cheap and it's quality..
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...very cheap and it is really good quality..
These two things hardly ever co-exist together successfully...
Never mind what the others think ... how much did you pay and where did you get it from coz I want some.
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28-05-2012, 16:08   #13
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I was doing a race in Drogheda two years ago is was a combined one. I knew the rule about pro gear in races and when scratch caught us some lad went by in the Giant gear. I was getting my prize later and remarked to one of the lads how some lad should be kicked off for wearing pro gear.

The David McCann went up and collected his first prize.
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Wearing full pro-team kit is fraught and it’s hard, if not impossible, to mitigate.

The permutations of the various failure modes are too numerous to escape:-
Full team kit, but incorrect bike brand
Full team kit, correct bike brand, but incorrect bike model
Full team kit, correct bike brand, correct bike model (have only seen this in Italy)
Variations: Current team kit; old team kit; really old team kit; jersey only; shorts only etc.

Personally, I think you should wear whatever you feel like wearing. Though it helps when you look awesome, ride awesome and you ride an awesome bike.

I should of course declare that I’ve worn those cheap, spandex-y looking Sky shorts from the "bargain alerts" thread. I *think* I may just have got away with wearing those; a few people have commented they look good, and they too would like a pair (though I did get the feeling it was like Skoda drivers complementing each other on their respective Octavias)
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