Thursday, July 18, 2013

Spandex Is Great, Thanks.

I have written about spandex / lycra before on this blog, noting how crabby people some seem to get about it. Spandex just seems to be a magnet for comment and unless you are super fit and good looking, some measure of derision.
 
This, combined with a desire to look more normal off the bike (like at a restaurant or something) led to my purchase of baggy cycling shorts offering chamois liners. The best of both worlds, right? In most cases so far, yes. Most cases. The ones that don't involve crazy stupid mental hot weather like that being experienced by many right now.
 
In this kind of weather the chance of me "layering" below the waist is zero. Spandex/lycra cycling shorts allow the breeze to cool you as you ride, unlike just about any other garment I can think of other than a Speedo! Take that visual and put it in your special mind vault now, before it burns, and put spandex cycling shorts in its place. They're not so bad now, are they?
 
Thank God for my good old spandex shorts. They are making the commute bearable rather than just plain psycho.
 
 
Yer Pal,
R A N T W I C K

18 comments:

dcee604 said...

Thanks for NOT posting a photo today! lol..

Keep cool!

rlove2bike said...

While riding the Tour de Cure in Minneapolis this year, we had a guy pass us that was wearing a speedo...that was it...just a speedo. uuummmm, I will stick to my spandex.

RoadQueen said...

Stay cool, Rantwick! I'll be cycling in the stupid-hot-heat today after work, just because I'm kinda stupid, myself. :)

Ride safe!

anniebikes said...

I'd love to ride naked right about now...95 flipping degrees!

Steve A said...

60F right now locally...

Steve A said...

Sort of a - HEAT WAVE!

John said...

I'ts the humidity that's the killer.

Ian Brett Cooper said...

I've worn full length corduroy trousers in 100 degree heat for 60 and 70 miles in one day - never had a problem. Right now, with the temperature in the 90s I favor military style over-the-knee cargo shorts (my everyday casual wear), and I go commando, so there's no lycra, no padding, just one layer of 100% cotton between my soft bits and my Brooks saddle. Maybe I just don't get all that sweaty down there, or maybe the fact that I do get a little sweaty just never felt uncomfortable to me. One thing is for sure - I've never got the chafing that many cyclists seem to complain about.

Given that I've never felt even a bit uncomfortable in the garments that many cyclists seem to equate to medieval torture devices, I don't see why I should spend $50 to $100 on a pair of shorts that do nothing for me except make me look like a cut-rate superhero or Mexican wrestler: shorts that are made from materials that trap odor, and that, by the way, cannot be made using any sustainable or environmentally friendly process or materials.

Not that I'm a big environmentalist, but hey, it's unsustainable crude oil vs. sustainable cotton. Since there's no advantage to me in wearing hi-tech plastic, I may as well stick with the material that can be grown in a field, spun, woven and stitched the old fashioned way. Cotton in summer, wool in winter - going all natural has always worked for me.

RANTWICK said...

dcee - truly my pleasure

rlove - eeww.

rq - yeah, some sick part of me kind of likes it too

annie - do it! and send pictures!

steve - 60F? That is so nice. No heat wave on the west coast, huh?

john - you ain't kiddin'

ian - You are a wild man. If it ain't broke...


cafiend said...

When the weather is super hot and moist like this I always look twice at the start of a ride to make sure I remembered my pants all. The air is body temperature.

Chandra said...

Today we are in the 80s. Not bad and much cooler than Texas.
You can do it, Rantwick; lycra or not.
Paz :)

Saskboy said...

It started 8 degrees today, now up to 16 which is perfectish.

drummergeek said...

Hey, where are you? I need my Rantfix.

But enough about MY needs. :)

Hope you're doing well. Come back when you can!

RANTWICK said...

Somebody somewhere needs a Rantfix! That is AWESOME!

I've been busy and way off the grid and then busy again; I have high hopes that I'll start posting regularly again very soon, like maybe tonight or this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I am so tired of this post-1980s men-can't-be-sexy thing. It's time to retire it and get back to the sexyness of the '70s.

RANTWICK said...

Anon - Sexy isn't what I or anybody else would call it, but thanks for your somewhat strange comment!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous here again. I'm on the West Coast and out here, men still have genitals.

RANTWICK said...

Anon - Whaaat?! You are an amusing troll what with the bizarre statements and all, but hunh?

Post a Comment