Bloggers, bike enthusiasts and professional cyclists themselves have all weighed in on the often-complicated, usually unspoken rules of bike etiquette. The web is chalk full of blogs on the ‘Unwritten Rules of Bike Etiquette’, with one of the most common topics being matching bike kits.
We are most concerned with our guests having the experience of a lifetime, safely and happily, while experiencing the most gorgeous cycling places on earth. What they wear when they ride is secondary. For guests on our trips, cyclists and newbie cyclists alike, here are a couple thoughts about the concept of matchy-matchy bike kits.
Many local cycling and triathlon teams will annually produce a matching cycling kit for their riders. Intended to be worn as both a sense of pride/ belonging as well as to locate teammates at races, the matching bike kit usually features bib shorts and a jersey (in coordinating patterns and colours, of course). Sometimes arm warmers, socks and leg warmers are included, also in said pattern and colour. Matching bike kits can be purchased online and at local bike stores: pro cycling team kits, countries or your favourite beer (or your favourite bike tour operator) are some of the popular sales. Are matching your shorts and jersey essential for an excellent ride? Of course not. Are they a part of the culture of cycling? Absolutely.
Professional cyclist Ted King is on the record about this very topic. “Among a smattering of other worthy reasons, cycling rocks because you can experience exactly what we pros experience. You can ride the bikes we ride, wear the helmets we wear, pedal the roads on which we race… and you obviously have the opportunity to rock the clothes we wear. So why the crap not? Moreover, if you’re going to piece together a bicycle outfit, instead of the ragtag/patchwork look, why not look good when doing so? We look good, so you sure as heck might as well hop on the bandwagon and look nearly as good as we do.”
Looking good on the bike may not make you ride faster, but if the saying, “look good, feel good, do good” holds true, you might just find yourself going just a bit faster down the straightaway en route home.
We’ll see you out there (in matching kits, of course).