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    #16
    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
    Thanks for the link JohnR


    tankerjohn Ah cycling goals. That's a loaded question. On the one had training and riding faster is always a goal. On the other hand, getting out on the bike and just enjoying a nice ride is great too. The whole kit deal is something I think that other cyclists deal with too. Going on the bike forums you can always come across threads where people are talking about kits that fit, styles the like, etc.

    I guess the important thing, as we've stated on the thread here, is to get something that I like and am comfortable in. Otherwise the kit won't get worn and the money will be wasted.
    LOL! Well, you could wear the kit for races and "go-fast" rides and something else for sub-maximal efforts.

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      #17
      Originally posted by DocDave View Post
      The kit I am looking at has a good reputation for quality however the perception of the kit/company by some in the cycling community is people who wear the kit are a) pretentious b) care more about looks than riding c) wear the kit to flaunt their purchase.
      Sooo ... Rapha or Assos?

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        #18
        Yeah good question facelessghost I don't own any Assos stuff either. I do hear/read good things about them though. I also see how much $$$ they Assos is too.

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          #19
          Originally posted by tankerjohn View Post

          Okay, so I think you should step back and evaluate your goals in cycling and how this kit would help or detract from what you want to do. Are you working/training/trying to go faster? Does the kit help? Well, if its better made or fits more comfortably than your current cycling clothes, than yes, it should. I wouldn't discount the psychological effect either. Look fast = feel fast = BE fast. There's a strong motivational factor to not being the guy with the fancy kit getting dropped. On the otherhand, if you aren't training for speed and just want to go out and ride your own pace for fun and/or exercise without being hassled by douche bags who think every roadsign is the winning sprint of the Tour de France, then maybe the go-fast kit doesn't help. Find another quality brand with a more restrained aesthetic. If your cycling goals are more social in nature, than you should absolutely assess whether this particular kit will help you fit in or stand out in your tribe, depending on how you want to relate to your peers. Do you want to wear what everyone else is wearing or be the guy who cuts against the grain? With this kit, or any other cycling gear, if you like the fit and feel good wearing it, than wear it with confidence and don't worry. Haters are gonna hate; that's just a fact of life. And if you're still worried about a random guy blowing by you...well, he (or she!) was going to blow by you anyway, even if you were wearing board shorts and a t-shirt. Are you even ever going to see that guy again? You do you.
          This reminds me of the other guy you don't want to be: I saw a guy in spandex padded biking shorts and a tech fabric bike jersey - not the high end racing stuff but still, stuff built for breaking a sweat - out for a ride...on an electric-assist bicycle. He's going up an incline without pedaling. He looked like he could use exercise, but wasn't getting much or any...my theory was his wife keeps nagging him to get some exercise because the Dr. said he really needs to, so he gets this bike and goes out looking like he's actually going to be pedaling, but uses it in electronic mode for most or all of the "ride". The wife probably doesn't even know it's an electronic bike. Not sure why else a guy wouldn't just wear street clothes to tool around in electric propulsion mode.
          “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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            #20
            I do actually suck at cycling wearing, however I'm planning to buy a bike, so maybe I'll need some of those things you'r4e speaking about now

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              #21
              Originally posted by facelessghost View Post

              Sooo ... Rapha or Assos?
              I was thinking exactly that. And about to add "Assos is perceived as for people with money and bad taste." "Rapha is for people with money and good taste, or who at least can tell who else has good taste and wants to emulate them. But you do you."

              PS - I have a couple pair of plan black Assos shorts and OMG they are so good.....

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                #22
                I don't own any Assos stuff but the feedback provided by JT10000 is pretty much what I consistently hear. Might be time for me to look in to investing in a pair of Assos bibs.

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