Weekend Kit, Commuter Kit, Race Kit or Just Cycling Kit.
Probably like most cyclist out there I have a drawer of ever-expanding cycling kit, along with pre/post race kit.
It’s funny looking back to what I thought was a reliable and comfortable kit to wear for my first ventures out on the road bike.
I did buy some cycling shorts, £20 was spent in Go Outdoors for some Lycra and the tiny bit of padding. These were then covered up by some old sports shorts as I felt a bit exposed at the tightness and flashing my skinny legs. After a few weeks, I braved it and left the sports shorts at home and even bought my first proper cycling jersey with pockets on the back enabling me to ditch the Camelbak too.
After feeling a little bit more of a proper cyclist I invested in a pair of bib shorts. I would never go back to shorts after wearing them. The main reason was for comfort but also knowing that the rider or car driver behind you can’t see your ass crack, along with the added bonus of feeling like a wrestler from the early 80’s in them when you look in the mirror.
Once I started racing this is where the drawer seemed to multiply in kit overnight. I bought some ASOS kit, which I kept as my Sunday best. It felt good pulling on some quality threads and rolling up to the line in your cycling finest.
I got Cross, Cyclocross.
With Cyclocross my kit expanded again due to the amount of mud, sweat and tears. I went back to some cheaper bibs and tops for training due them getting trashed with the great Scottish weather. With the bibs and jerseys, along came arm warmers, leg warmers, base layers, jackets, a huge amount of socks and umpteen pairs of gloves.
Pre and Post race clothes became the next thing on the list. With Cyclocross taking place in the Scottish winter months, warm waterproof clothing became important. Keeping you warm and dry while you wandered in the rain to the sign on area and having something to keep on and keep you semi-dry for a warm up lap or two.
Pre/Post Crit racing and Road racing clothes were some new sports tops and trousers with decent zips enabling you to strip down quickly after the turbo warm up and roll up to the start line.
A blog was born.
With the blog, I progressed to creating Team Two Wheel Army. So the team would need some kit to race in and hopefully promote the blog at the same time.
If like me you only want to create one of a kind kit then you will get a lot of companies replying with “Sorry we have a minimum order of ten garments, so you will have to find nine more riders”.
Kalas have been great. They didn’t see it as a problem I was only a team of one. Or that I had no idea what I wanted or even a colour. With a few emails, I had a few ideas and then eventually the kit was finalised and on the cutting table. A few weeks later, I soon had my very own team and its own cycling kit. A very proud moment.
Along came a Fixie.
I finally thought I had all my Cycling kit sorted, but then came along a chance of a fixie bike.
This now flung a spanner in the works. I wanted to ride the fixie to and from work, but also will be the bike I nip to the shops in and just get out and enjoy a quiet, easy ride.
With this I don’t think I need the aerodynamics the Lycra brings, so now it’s time to dig out my baggy shorts and t-shirts, trying my best to look cool and hipster.
With the cool clothes in mind, I began looking more and more at images of Fixie riders on Instagram seeing what brands and style were out there. This is I stumbled on a post from My bike and I. mybikeandi.co.uk
First of all, I was looking at the Caps. As on the Fixie, I have ditched the helmet and the wind is creating havoc with my hair.
I sent a little post on their Instagram page, I soon had a reply. After a few email exchanges, it looks like I shall be getting a new cap to tame the hair, also a new t-shirt to wear while riding the bike or wearing before my races.
The contact I have had with the new budding bike clothing company, I have been really impressed with what I have seen and the vision for the future. I think they are onto a winner with their brand and hopefully, Two Wheel Army can help promote some more of the products in the future.
What are your thoughts on buying cycling kit? Do buy the full team kit of Sky or your favourite team? Some call this the full kit wanker! Or do you stick with the high-end of the market and only wear Rapha? I would like to hear your thoughts on this subject.
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