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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:12 pm 
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In some kind of weird Pavlovian reaction to the sun coming out, I've started to want to don shorts when I'm out on my bike rather than the thermally insulated, waterproof, mud-proof items that have been shielding me from frostbite for the past six months. I'd like some that don't look daft with the seventies bikes I ride, so lycra's out. Has anyone got any recommendations for something that looks period and wears well? I could do with a less lurid crash hat as well...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:34 pm 
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Endura Humvee shorts are fairly conservative and super comfortable with a padded lycra inner.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:14 pm 
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I'm sure I was riding Lycra in the 70's? The late ones anyway.

Or is it as usual, my memory playing tricks.

I just use plain black lycra with retro tops, the comfort is main reason over saggy wool etc.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:55 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
I'm sure I was riding Lycra in the 70's? The late ones anyway.

Or is it as usual, my memory playing tricks.

I just use plain black lycra with retro tops, the comfort is main reason over saggy wool etc.


The Santini website puts the first use of Lycra in cycle shorts at around 1976 so your memory's not wrong.

David


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:09 pm 
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David B wrote:
Old Ned wrote:
I'm sure I was riding Lycra in the 70's? The late ones anyway.

Or is it as usual, my memory playing tricks.

I just use plain black lycra with retro tops, the comfort is main reason over saggy wool etc.


The Santini website puts the first use of Lycra in cycle shorts at around 1976 so your memory's not wrong.

David


Thank you David. I can relax a bit now, my mind is at ease..................

Or as close to ease as it gets these days.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:21 pm 
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Try Vintage Velos - they do some wool-mix shorts with a modern synthetic seatpad - not cheap though


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 Post subject: lycra
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:39 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
I'm sure I was riding Lycra in the 70's? The late ones anyway.

Or is it as usual, my memory playing tricks.

I just use plain black lycra with retro tops, the comfort is main reason over saggy wool etc.


I was the first person to wear a skin suit in the uk in Dec 1980 and then coloured shorts in 1981 and nearly got banned for them, so had to go back to black.


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 Post subject: Re: lycra
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:42 pm 
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orbeas wrote:
Old Ned wrote:
I'm sure I was riding Lycra in the 70's? The late ones anyway.

Or is it as usual, my memory playing tricks.

I just use plain black lycra with retro tops, the comfort is main reason over saggy wool etc.


I was the first person to wear a skin suit in the uk in Dec 1980 and then coloured shorts in 1981 and nearly got banned for them, so had to go back to black.

Eee, the good old days! The regular call of 'Ban Him' from on high. Well, not very high as most of the 'banners' were small men.

Didn't Lloydy try to wear a skinsuit in a TT around that time and they wouldn't let him start?


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 Post subject: lycra
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:51 pm 
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Lloyd'y says he was the first, but not in the UK, after I rode a muddy North of England champs at Keighley I weighed my muddy wool jersey and shorts, 4 ibs in weight, and I was spending hours drilling and milling out my X bikes to save weight. So went to Stan Hughes at Gibbsport and he had wanted to make one but no one had ordered one, ordered on the monday collected on the wednesday raced at Sheffield on the sunday, was really embarrasing the first time, as it left noting to the imagination so my wife was told !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
The rule said dark coloured shorts, so Molly at Beenbag clothing , who made my new Trumanns Steel kit, did the shorts Red as it was darker than the yellow top, but the BCF would not see it that way.So it was black or banned !!!!


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