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When Kits Were Cool

When Kits Were Cool

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The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to spend every waking hour poncing around in public wearing gaudily coloured outfits plastered with a myriad of logos, half of them (thankfully) not even readable. No one wants to be a the face of gastric reflux relief, no matter how glamourous it sounds.

How they must wish they were born long ago, in a simpler time, when bikes were made by artisans, not robots, and they were shiny and classy, much like the automobiles of the same era. When the only substances they need ingest came from a decanter, and they could enjoy a quiet smoke along with their tipple. And they certainly long to be able to wear a long trenchcoat and Aviators on the way to the podium, or a crisp single-breasted suit with a smart Trilby, perfect attire for lounging after winning a Classic, or attending a Gentleman’s Club, rather than wrapped in nylon and dipped head to toe in fluoro paint and topped off with something more commonly seen at Yankee Stadium.

Just look at these pillars of style. They never had to fear the beginning of the season, when their DS would toss them a few plastic bags and tell them “this is what we wear this year.” They knew exactly what they were getting; solid colours, no fancy fonts, the main sponsor easily read in bold lettering, and black fucking shorts. There was no apprehension when moving to a new team about what hue of pink or aqua or yellow they would be subjected to. They knew hey were going to Look Fantastic.

Unless, of course, they’d signed for Atala.

// Kit // Nostalgia // Reverence

  1. @Chris

    @JCM

    From Peleton Magazine. Photograph by KÃ¥re Dehlie Thorstad.

    I think this kit is quite nice, assuming one is the British champion of course. I’m not fond of the translucent jerseys, but I understand that Spain can be rather warm this time of year so I’m willing to let it slide in this instance.

    Peter Kennaugh is indeed the current British champion. From memory he was recently awarded an MBE by @Gianni for excellence in field of fabulous shoes and socks.

    Assuming he’s on the way to the Vuelta team presentations or a stage sign on, those sun glasses are fucking awesome as well.

    If I was to stray from the path and forego Rule #16 or Rule #17, that kit would be the one.

    With those shades he does seems to be doing his best to channel Cioppi?

  2. @Mike_P

    @Chris I had the very unfortunate experience of coming face to face with a bloke in that lederhosen abomination in Italy recently. Even more scarily, he probably weighed in at a little over 18 stone. That coupled with his Project One Madone certainly made him stand out from the crowd, in a bad way.

    Thats the hard thing about us normal folk looking fantastic. We (I really mean me) have to drop the extra weight before anything will look close to fantastic. I don’t think it would matter if you lederhosen friend was wearing the most bad-ass jersey shorts combo ever. At 114kg nothing’s going to look Fantasic. Even if he was a bodybuilder it just wouldn’t look right, let alone fantastic.

  3. We need more 2014 Lotto-Belisol.

  4. @RManneck

    We need more 2014 Lotto-Belisol.

    Lotto Bellissimo.

  5. And Bellissima…..

  6. @frank

    Even when given seemingly perfect opportunities Fondriest struggled…

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maurizio-Fondriest-Laurent-Fignon-Giro-1989.jpg

  7. Le thrift shop. Le $15 dollars. Le badass!!

  8. Our updated club kit, not quite Lotto but goes alright

  9. @century0fakers

    Le thrift shop. Le $15 dollars. Le badass!!

    This’d be genuine badass; Rule #16,

  10. Staying Classy! Our club kit gets a few nice comments

    Modelled by two of my better looking team-mates en-route to the 2014 Grand Depárt in Yorkshire

  11. and here is the picture (doh!)

  12. @simonsaunders

    and here is the picture (doh!)

    That is nice! Riffing on Sky kit, but understated and smart. Are there two versions? One with the horizontal band, one with vertical?

  13. @sthilzy

    @century0fakers

    Le thrift shop. Le $15 dollars. Le badass!!

    This’d be genuine badass; Rule #16,

    This picture exudes so much awesomeness, I’m kinda speechless! How many cumulative wins? How much history? How many legendary rides? We shall never see their likes again, that’s for sure.

    Actually, I think they’re laughing because it’s almost mid September and Wiggo has raced about 35 days this year so far. These guys had that in their legs by early May back in the day.

  14. I’m partial to this shot:

  15. @fignons barber

    I’m partial to this shot:

    You know, it just has to be reiterated: kits WERE better back then.Not crazy about the chest pockets, but from a design point of view, flawless.

  16. @wiscot

    @fignons barber

    You know, it just has to be reiterated: kits WERE better back then.Not crazy about the chest pockets, but from a design point of view, flawless.

    Absolutely. In anticipation of the cooler weather, I just popped for one of these over at Prendas:

  17. @sthilzy

    @century0fakers

    Le thrift shop. Le $15 dollars. Le badass!!

    This’d be genuine badass; Rule #16,

    The apogee of Badass. Anquetil looks pretty strong for someone four months from death by cancer.

  18. This.

  19. Designed by a man, surely: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/sep/15/colombia-womens-cycling-team-stylewatch

    Not cool, not cool at all.

  20. @wiscot

    Designed by a man, surely: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/sep/15/colombia-womens-cycling-team-stylewatch

    Not cool, not cool at all.

    Apparently not – designed by one of the women in the team.

    http://road.cc/content/news/130260-brian-cookson-says-uci-case-over-colombian-womens-team-kit

  21. @ChrisO

    @wiscot

    Designed by a man, surely: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/sep/15/colombia-womens-cycling-team-stylewatch

    Not cool, not cool at all.

    Apparently not – designed by one of the women in the team.

    http://road.cc/content/news/130260-brian-cookson-says-uci-case-over-colombian-womens-team-kit

    Still a bad call IMHO. Love how Cookson put OBE after his twitter name. But hey, he’s “on the case” so we can all sleep easy tonight.

  22. I will take any excuse to upload this pic .Andy Hampsten, Giro TT. Simplicity skin suit with obligatory lead sponsor logo but nothing else. Fan Fucking Tastic!!

  23. Sorry guys, unable to upload

  24. @gilly

    I will take any excuse to upload this pic .Andy Hampsten, Giro TT. Simplicity skin suit with obligatory lead sponsor logo but nothing else. Fan Fucking Tastic!!

    No excuse needed. Always an ace picture. No stupid-looking pink shoe covers or pink gloves, or pink helmet or pink anything except the maglia rosa. Ahhhh . . . those were the days.

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