Secrets of a Lycra-clad biker

Last updated 06:00 24/01/2014
CITY SLICK: Wearing Lyrca on a bike can reveal a lot about yourself.

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You might have just started mountain biking and asked yourself this question: Do I really have to wear Lycra?

Because nearly every cyclist on the road is kitted out in some kind of tight-fitting stretchy Lycra, and some of it's worn by people who just shouldn't have that much of themselves on display.

Mountain bikers wear Lycra so there are no bits of clothing to hook on seats or handle bars in the event of an accident, and for aerodynamics.

I wear my full-body Lycra kit very early in the morning when there's no one about and when I'm feeling especially skinny.

You don't really have to wear Lycra bike pants but if you do choose to partake, for goodness sake don't wear white ones. My retinas are still scarred by a roadie I saw climbing Te Aro hill in Wellington who'd obviously been sweating lots and whose bum I could clearly see through the fabric.

A lot of therapy will be needed to erase that image.

The alternatives are baggies (shorts with padding) or wearing your see-through white lycra pants underneath shorts.

But here's the secret that no bike store or mate worth his Maxxis Ardent tyres will ever tell you - no-one wears undies beneath Lycra riding pants. No one.

And if you do, you do it only once.

It's like what I imagine wearing a G-string while running would be like. The only "riding up" you want is up a hill on a bike.

So there you have it.

If you want to wear Lycra, go nuts. But whatever you do, don't borrow your friend's Lycra riding pants, or wear white. 

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