Brace Yourselves or Suspension of Disbelief

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by IT_cyclist, May 20, 2019.

  1. IT_cyclist

    IT_cyclist Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Found this on a group for a certain type of Quaker:
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    One elderly Friend used to cycle sedately to meeting each Sunday along country roads lined with hawthorn and cow parsley to arrive refereshed and exercised and mindful of worship. One morning as he was cycling along, a sports car driven by someone who was probably imagining he was on a race track rather than the peace and quiet of a Quaker meeting overtook him. A few seconds later our elderly Friend pedalling rapidly sped past the sports car. The driver feeling irked at the slur on his poweful and sleek machine put his foot down and sped past the Quaker. A second or two later, the Quaker pedalling furiously again passed the sports car. The driver put his foot down even further and sped past the cyclist once more. A few seconds later the elderly Friend pedalling furiously smoothly and easily overtook the car. Angry now the driver floored the accelerator and shot past the red faced and panting Quaker. Seconds later our ledlerly Quaker, his feet and pedals a mere blur, shot past the sports car, his voice trailing in the speed of has passage, "Friend, Friend" he wailed "thee has my braces (*) caught on thy wing mirror..." (* some languages have 'suspenders' rather than 'braces'. However suspenders have a much racier connotation in British English).
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  2. WA

    WA Honors Member

    United States
    WA
    Bellingham
    Glad I'm not the bicycle rider.
     
  3. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

    United States
    Tennessee
    Chattanooga
    A good reason not to cycle. For me, over the handlebars and knocked unconscious for a half an hour as a 13 year old (woke up in the ambulance on the way to the hospital). Another near death experience at 15 when I just missed being hit by a speeding car. As another reminder a classmate of mine was killed at age 40 on a bike. I stay off them except maybe at the beach.
     
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  4. IT_cyclist

    IT_cyclist Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Indiana
    Bloomington
    Maybe just don't wear anything loose enough to lasso a side mirror?
    Tight spandex has its functional uses. But few in this forum would approve of the look, I fear. (Though I have contemplated posting my full kit in the WAYWT thread. on April 1, of course.)
     
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  5. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

    United States
    Tennessee
    Chattanooga
    Prior to the full body scanners I often considered wearing spandex through the airport.
     
  6. Hebrew Barrister

    Hebrew Barrister Senior Member

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    texas
    yourmomtown
    I once tried to do the captain morgan pose in the scanner; they did not let me :(
     
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  7. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

    United States
    Georgia
    Atlanta
    I go full-spandex superhero when I cycle - that stuff is nearly painted on!

    “Pearl Izumi Man!”

    DH
     
  8. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Florida
    Harmony
    Not trying to be critical of any of those posting in this thread, but the majority of the folks out there in the real world are/were not built to wear spandex. However I do see an awful lot of it being worn on our daily trips to the gym and never have I seen so much spandex being so tragically overworked. I don't wear spandex (my workout gear is generally 100% cotton), but Mrs Eagle does and frankly she is one of the few who can wear it well. Although I fear the day will come when one of those overworked spandex rigs will fail/explode and some of us innocent bystanders are going to get hurt! LOL. ;)
     
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  9. RogerP

    RogerP Connoisseur

    Canada
    ON
    Oakville
    I go full lycra on the bike. It's one of the reasons I like to ride at sunrise - fewer innocent bystanders forced to witness such a sight. :D But now I'm going to go full Daenerys and fire bomb the innocents - never let it be said that I only post flattering fit pics:

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    Jockeying for position at the Pan Am Games time trial. As spectators, natch. The athletes fill out their lycra like, well... athletes. :p

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    And no, we didn't dress up in cycling kit just to watch cycling - we rode to the event.
     
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