Style and Fashion

The difference between Style and Fashion is that Fashion changes, but style is something that persists through the ages. You can’t buy it, and you either have it or you don’t. In other words, you can get all the best and expensive kit and still look complete crap if you don’t have Style. Conversely, you can wear the most crap kit possible and make it look good if you have the gift. That is why photos of Anquetil, the Prophet and Roger de Vlaeminck still blow our minds even though they are wearing completely outdated kit. This is also why Pantani could wear lycra jeans and Cipollini could wear a Zebra suit and make us contemplate trying our hands at it. (We should not.)

If there was an upside to the EPO era, it meant that a number of riders who had immaculate style may never have risen to the top of the fish bowl if it weren’t for EPO. Allegedly. Michele Bartoli was a prime example of a rider who was so doped up that he had plenty of bandwidth left for a complete and total commitment to Looking Fantastic at All Times. Allegedly. Let’s face facts (allegedly): the Mapei kit would have been lining the rubbish bin if it weren’t for riders like Bartoli and Frank Vandenbroucke. And Michele pioneered the mini-frame with long, slammed stem and a meter of seatpin.

I think we all agree that doping is wrong, but it doesn’t feel so wrong when they looked so good. We owe him a weighty debt for his contribution.

Shameless Plug: come down to the Rouleur Classic this week to listen to me cover this topic in greater detail. And then head to the pub with me afterward to hear me do it louder. My speaking schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday 19th – 22:00: Host Ned Boulting and I will talk about Style.
  • Friday 20th – 19:15: Host: Matt Barbet and I will talk about what is Cycling means to us as a lifestyle.
  • Saturday 21st – 13:30: Matt Stephens and I will discuss the dichotomy of being a profoundly innovative sport while at the same time being fiercely protective of our history and culture.

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74 Replies to “Style and Fashion”

  1. @Skip

    @frank

    @Skip

    Skip!!

    Hey. Been lurking for a while but hadn’t posted. Re: all the style inputs, there’s still a big difference between the theory and the actual results when I kit up. But one can still dream. (I just don’t look in the mirror before a ride and reality won’t rear its ugly head.)

    Well, great to see you around again my friend.

    @gilly

    My trip to London suggests that the English have a natural affinity for it.

  2. @frank

    @Skip

    @frank

    @Skip

    Skip!!

    Hey. Been lurking for a while but hadn’t posted. Re: all the style inputs, there’s still a big difference between the theory and the actual results when I kit up. But one can still dream. (I just don’t look in the mirror before a ride and reality won’t rear its ugly head.)

    Well, great to see you around again my friend.

    @gilly

    My trip to London suggests that the English have a natural affinity for it.

    Chapeau @frank, hope you’ve enjoyed your time here. I had hoped to catch you at The Rouleur event but family came first ( yes I know that’s a rule violation! ) For me, Kennaugh hits effortlessly cool and CD in that shot, you’ve got it or you don’t.

  3. I’ve been taking on bike selfies with my cell phone but it always makes my face seem too fat. Just purchased a nice little point and shoot camera but it also is doing that.  : (

  4. @Chipomarc

    @Chipomarc

    Beer and movie night !

    Ok, he didn’t win the TdF seven times, but rode pretty well back in the 80’s

    What’s that shit you’re drinking?!

    That thar would be none other than your ‘Nectar of the Gods’.

    Not some malty pretentious hipster ale.

    Pretentious? Hipster? Ale? I’ve never seen those three words in the same sentence before. What did I miss?

    I’ve been drinking real ale for years and I couldn’t be any less hip if I’d just had my pelvis removed.

    Have hipsters taken over our ale as well as our cycling caps and track bikes now too? Fuckers.

  5. @Chipomarc

    @Lister

    @Chipomarc

    Clearly the welding fumes have affected his taste buds

    That’s the finest beer your old women can bring to you after a hard day at the shipyard.

    Perhaps if I worked in a coal mine it would be an appropriate beer, other that that it is just a poor excuse for drinking.

  6. @chuckp

    Well, the new Movistar kit is just fugly.

    Not to mention that the jersey pictured is their attempt at a Spanish champs jersey for Malmerde, simplest fucking colours in the world, but they can’t do a simple hoop design cos Movistar wouldn’t want their logo interfered with (I assume).

  7. @chuckp

    Unfortunately I saw that too. Sagan must be doubly happy to be wearing the WC bands. At least for most of the season he won’t have to wear that abomination. It’s like that awful Rock n Roll kit (or whatever it was called) matched with shitty club wear.

    The IAM kit looks about the best that I’ve seen for 2016. Etixx is blah. Sky will be black.

  8. @wiscot

    @chuckp

    Unfortunately I saw that too. Sagan must be doubly happy to be wearing the WC bands. At least for most of the season he won’t have to wear that abomination. It’s like that awful Rock n Roll kit (or whatever it was called) matched with shitty club wear.

    The IAM kit looks about the best that I’ve seen for 2016. Etixx is blah. Sky will be black.

    I know @frank will probably excommunicate me, but I have to admit that I kinda like it. I’ve always had a soft spot for Acqua Sapone zebra kit. So ugly it’s beautiful. And I’m fine with a team daring to be different. For me, so much of the pro peloton is sameness and boring. Almost to the point where you can’t tell which team is which. At least this dares to go out on a limb and be different. I actually wish they’d race in it (at least once).

  9. @wiscot

    @chuckp

    Unfortunately I saw that too. Sagan must be doubly happy to be wearing the WC bands. At least for most of the season he won’t have to wear that abomination. It’s like that awful Rock n Roll kit (or whatever it was called) matched with shitty club wear.

    The IAM kit looks about the best that I’ve seen for 2016. Etixx is blah. Sky will be black.

    It’s just their training kit. It won’t look too horrible with his bands, thankfully.

  10. I like it.

    Instant recognition, a nod back, and definitely better than straight white with the bands.  I hope it’s a riff on their race jerseys.

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