This time of year, when more Boulderites are out cycling, is always a time of conflict and uncertainty, and non-cyclists often have similar questions.
Why do you dress funny?Every piece of a cyclist's outfit serves a purpose -- comfort, visibility, safety, convenience, mechanical efficiency.
Our cleated shoes aren't made for walking; they transfer every bit of power to the bike. High-tech fabrics allow for less sweaty multi-hour athletic sessions. Padded shorts keep our privates comfortable on that little seat. Colorful jerseys may represent our club or team, or our favorite professional cycling team. Rear pockets are out of the way and stuffed with snacks and other cargo. We can easily take off arm or leg warmers and stow them there, too.
Remember -- your favorite pro in any other sport probably wears an equally silly outfit.