A bunch of Brits have taken the country biking mindset to a bit of an extreme. They go beyond the anti-lycra view and all but require a type of retro-dress. Not just content – but also style.
What I like about country biking is the lack of style. One does not typically wear lycra because one does not need lycra in order to bike the sort of biking that most people enjoy. Rather, one can be perfectly comfortable by wearing perfectly comfortable clothes, regardless of the style. I, for instance, have been seen tooling about the countryside wearing my very well-worn and well ventilated Sperry docksiders, a painting the house-worthy T-shirt, and a pair of cutoff jeans…not exactly “stylin” eh?
So along come these characters who insist that we dress like… characters…mostly from Masterpiece Theatre. A little too rich for my blood – maybe I could see it for a charity ride of some sort. But for the most part, I’ll stick to my baggie shorts and light blue Dickies work shirt with the custom green armpits. Cheerio!