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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Not for us mere mortals at least. Pics of pros don't count.
    I am sure you have seen discussions of "mortals" wearing pro kit on this site and elsewhere, right?

    And then there is this (no longer available) example, from people who should know better: https://www.voler.com/browse/product/li/1110250PRTLRG Not terrible, but not black either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    I am sure you have seen discussions of "mortals" wearing pro kit on this site and elsewhere, right?

    And then there is this (no longer available) example, from people who should know better: https://www.voler.com/browse/product/li/1110250PRTLRG Not terrible, but not black either.
    Not black, but probably dark enough to not cause any projectile vomiting. Though there may be a few reasons why it's "no longer available".
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    Most of my riding is to get to and from work, or to and from the gym. I have my flappy gym shorts and flappy shirt on for pretty much all of my rides, many times with a backpack on. I'm not particularly self conscious and I'm not going to break any speed records, regardless of what I'm wearing.

    I 'feel' that Lycra-clad riders are less inclined to give you the cyclist wave/nod/greeting if you look out of place. Maybe I'm paranoid, or maybe I just ride around a town full of a-holes.

    I haven't tested this theory by wearing a full kit and riding my normal routes to tabulate social interactions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yalerider View Post
    ... Somehow the baggies almost look out of place on a roadie but I haven't been able to get used to wearing the spandex, wondering what people are going to think.
    Which people's opinion is it that you care about?

    Other road riders are going to think you look weirder with the baggies on than without (although many or most won't care and anybody that gets really wound up about it you can tell to mind their own business).

    Non-riders have mostly seen enough people on a road bike to not care. If they are the kind of idiot to bag on cyclists in general, what you're wearing isn't going to matter.

    If some driver in a car notices you and even thinks about what you're wearing, be glad that they noticed you because there's less chance they're going to run you over now.

    I suggest you take the "When in Rome" approach, if you find you like road riding you'll just get used to it.

    Edit: I probably misinterpreted your statement... if you are wondering what people here think, well I guess here are all your replies. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by teoblar View Post
    I 'feel' that Lycra-clad riders are less inclined to give you the cyclist wave/nod/greeting if you look out of place. Maybe I'm paranoid, or maybe I just ride around a town full of a-holes.
    Could be either. Much of my riding is commuting to work, and I wear lycra shorts because they're more comfortable and make the riding more fun by allowing me to ride faster and more vigorously. I'm not going to break any speed records, either, but faster is more fun than slower, all else being equal.

    FWIW, I nod or wave or smile at or greet pretty much everyone I make eye contact with on the road, whether cyclist or pedestrian. The ability to have those little interactions is one of the important ways that cycling is so much better than driving a car. But I share your general impression; It seems like roadies in "full kit" are less likely to return the wave.
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    Waving

    Oh yeah, a waving thread -- this should be in "General" :-)

    BTW: are you "in full kit" when you wave to those road cyclists?
    IME they wave back in that case... ("like and like"?)

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    waving...

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