It's a curious thing that so many people feel obliged to dress up in garish lycra outfits in order to ride a bicycle.
I've never really liked the idea of dedicated cycle wear. People in Europe certainly don't seem to feel the need to get changed into a special outfit just to hop on a bike.
Earlier this month Peter Trute of the Daily Telegraph expressed his concern that he didn't look "cool" when he was riding his bicycle. I doubt anyone at the Telegraph would know the first thing about being cool, but if he rides around in overstuffed lycra then he certainly doesn't.
Some people reckon you can go faster and longer by adding a bit of spandex to your wardrobe but those hard dudes who took on the Tour De France in the early days seemed to do ok without it.
For those of you who do care about your riding appearance I submit the following photos collected from the world wide web showcasing some of the nicer outfits people wear while commuting on their bikes.
This is Malora and some of her friends from Point83 Malora sent me one of her excellent calendars and some postcards earlier this year. You should get yourself one.
point83 women by Denny
Or perhaps this cartoon explains why they do it...