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Almost on a daily basis I come across various ladies cycling through London with completely see-through leggings. They might not be see-through standing up, but hunched over a bike they often go completely transparent - with all that's underneath on show.

Now the question is - do I tell the owner of the transparent clothing that their undercrackers are on show? Or would that be deemed offensive/pervy?

Are there any ladies here that could give a view? Would you like to be told?

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bechdan [78 posts] 1 year ago
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enjoy the view and keep pedaling

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jollygoodvelo [1410 posts] 1 year ago
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Tricky, isn't it. See a lot of it myself. Stretchy cheapo Primark leggings, not lycra ones...

I choose not to say anything.

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therevokid [940 posts] 1 year ago
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i've thought several times I "should" say something but can never come
up with the right words so tend to just shut up ....

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 1 year ago
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My missus thinks it looks horrific. She'd want me to tell her, but I doubt she would be happy with a stranger telling her. I think her view is that any self-respecting woman would check before she left the house.

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Yorkshie Whippet [526 posts] 1 year ago
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If they've got underwear I'd leave them to it, no worse then people bending over or having their trousers around knees.

Have seen a few horrors on males who have squeezed themselves into very old/thin shorts that look several sizes too small.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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There is a fella I've been stuck behind on a few occasions that really needs to buy himself some new shorts, I've never brought myself to say anything to him but the sight of his bum crack is somewhat off putting.

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MartyMcCann [229 posts] 1 year ago
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I had this dilemma on a sportive on the Giant's Causeway Coast a few years back-it was bucketing down rain all day and some fella had unwisely gone for cheap white shorts option (I'm guessing cheap rip offs of a pro team's shorts if I remember rightly) and they became very see-through-you could even see the hairs on his backside through them! He sat in front of me for a bit and I was toying with telling him especially as we were going through some very popular tourist areas. Maybe it was just his clever plan to make sure everyone took their turn on the front because that was not a pleasant view- eventually I decided not to tell him and used it as motivation to get on and drop him, since we were in the middle of the route and he was still going to have to keep going even if he was told. I deduced that not knowing he was displaying possibly the hairiest arse in Christendom was better for him than having to tackle the rest of the route knowing what the world and his wife could see. Sometimes ignorance can be bliss!

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 1 year ago
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@Otis - if you told him, he'd probably have found another gear - would that count as performance-enhancing?!

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lindsam [4 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm a girl. I have vaguely see though shorts. They're gore ones, so not just cheap rubbish either.

I know full well that my knickers are on show. They're really comfy shorts though so I wear them anyway. Bizarrely, if you don't wear knickers it's less obvious that they're a tiny bit see though as there is then no line between on-skin shorts and over-knickers shorts to see the difference between.

Personally, I'd rather not be told by a stranger if they could see my knickers, as there is little I could do about it on a ride and I'd feel pretty self-conscious. In the end showing your knickers is no worse than wondering around in a bikini.
If more than just my knickers were on show I'd like to think someone would say however, though maybe not in the middle of a ride... Difficult one!

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bikebot [1888 posts] 1 year ago
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I never realised it was such a problem, maybe someone should invent a new handsign to pass the information on discretely after overtaking!

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adamthekiwi [109 posts] 1 year ago
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My view: keep it to yourself. People generally spend way too much time and energy worrying about how other people look. Let them get on with their own rides, in their own kit, and worry yourself not. Perhaps that is exactly the look they were intending...

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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I saw a guy cycling in double denim the other day, sort of like a rockabilly biker - sleeveless denim shirt/waistcoat thing and skinny jeans.

Only they weren't jeans, they were jeggings. They were see through, 3/4 length jeggings.

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mooleur [537 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

My missus thinks it looks horrific. She'd want me to tell her, but I doubt she would be happy with a stranger telling her. I think her view is that any self-respecting woman would check before she left the house.

Haha this! The leggings thing has to be my biggest pet hate at the moment, i just don't think it looks good...skinny jeans fine but leggings nooo......BUT

BUT BUT BUT (lol) - as others have said, I think the best thing to do is to ignore it - if it irks you (the OP) that much then I think maybe you need to look at yourself and why this is a problem for you first...

Live and let live dude, what a stranger, male or female, wears really shouldn't be an issue - unless you're (example) a paramedic and you're dealing with a motorcycle rider who wasn't wearing leathers.

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MarcMyWords [71 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm going to wondering all the way home now if everyone can see my butt crack through my replica RSNT shorts...

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Trull [81 posts] 1 year ago
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Quote Rule#53 and mention etiquette...

http://www.velominati.com/etiquette/dont-be-an-ass-just-say-no-to-bad-ly...

If they don't know what you mean then leave it at that, for fear of sexual harassment claim if nothing else!

Don't wolf whistle, lick your fingers, or wink!  19

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 1 year ago
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Why worry about it?

If it's a nice sight, sit and wheel-suck for a while.

If it's a terrible sight, chances are said lady is less-than-fit, should be no problem moving past swiftly.

Simple  16

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glynr36 [637 posts] 1 year ago
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daddyELVIS wrote:

Why worry about it?

If it's a nice sight, sit and wheel-suck for a while.

If it's a terrible sight, chances are said lady is less-than-fit, should be no problem moving past swiftly.

Simple  16

Don't be such a cretin.

Just get on with your ride and ignore it, and don't adopt the elvis view that's around 50 years in the past.

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Dapper Giles [69 posts] 1 year ago
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I think we're all forgetting the first rule of cycling :

Don't be a dick.

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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lindsam wrote:

Personally, I'd rather not be told by a stranger if they could see my knickers, as there is little I could do about it on a ride and I'd feel pretty self-conscious.

But at least you could do something about in next time!

That said, I'd keep schtum myself.

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DeeJayJay [30 posts] 1 year ago
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A dilemma indeed... (The image is not mine by the way)

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 1 year ago
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glynr36 wrote:
daddyELVIS wrote:

Why worry about it?

If it's a nice sight, sit and wheel-suck for a while.

If it's a terrible sight, chances are said lady is less-than-fit, should be no problem moving past swiftly.

Simple  16

Don't be such a cretin.

Just get on with your ride and ignore it, and don't adopt the elvis view that's around 50 years in the past.

You need to chill, mate.

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glynr36 [637 posts] 1 year ago
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I do? I think you need to look at the way you view women.

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userfriendly [553 posts] 1 year ago
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glynr36 wrote:

I do? I think you need to look at the way you view women.

And how many straight women or gay men do you know that don't like looking at a fit bloke?

I don't see much wrong with "enjoying the view", it's when it gets into perving / harrassing territory where I would draw the line.

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glynr36 [637 posts] 1 year ago
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The same stands for that as well.

I think you'd find this situation is definetly perving.

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userfriendly [553 posts] 1 year ago
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glynr36 wrote:

The same stands for that as well.

You're overshooting the target a wee bit here.

If you're making someone uncomfortable with your attention, then yes, that is overstepping your boundaries and morally more than questionable. But simply enjoying seeing another fit human is not the same thing.

We're sexual beings, there is nothing wrong with that, and a fit human body is pleasant to look at for a variety of obvious reasons. Don't be a prude.

glynr36 wrote:

I think you'd find this situation is definetly perving.

If he goes out of his way to stay / draft behind that woman just to stare at her bum, aye. That's perving. But that's not what I meant, and I don't think that's what daddyELVIS meant either, or the OP for that matter.

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 1 year ago
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glynr36 wrote:

I do? I think you need to look at the way you view women.

You deffo need a chill pill. My comment was quite flippant on purpose - to highlight how ridiculous this thread is.

I'm quite comfortable with my view on women, as are my wife, daughter, and work colleagues.

There's nothing wrong with having a bit of a joke, especially when the conversation is a bit daft - as I said, chill a little.

BTW - I only draft nice female cyclists on climbs - the slower pace allows more time to enjoy the view  21

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bashthebox [751 posts] 1 year ago
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Phew-eee, the stench of man musk runs strong. I'm fairly sure no one would ever think badly of another human having their eye turned by an another attractive human, but writing loudly on a forum about ogling the laydeez in their knickers kind of reeks of some 1970s working mens club. So maybe just think it, don't write it.

As for the OP's question, I think the dilemma is to whether the person would like to know if their knickers are on show. Unfortunately, asking the cyclist would only cause embarrassment, so I reckon addressing the issue is best left to their friends or family.

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keirik [55 posts] 1 year ago
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wow there are some rabid PC people on here today aren't there!

Looking is fine, staring isn't, answering a comment on a forum is fine too

get over yourselves

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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keirik wrote:

Looking is fine

Not in my case it wasn't.

keirik wrote:

get over yourselves

You weren't there man, you weren't there...
http://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/epic_142653_315813.gif

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DaveG [51 posts] 1 year ago
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To the bloke I had the misfortune of following for a short while last night on the approach to Shooters Hill. Your bib shorts are worn out, it's horrific, please get a new pair.
Ruck sack & purple tee shirt completes the outfit if that helps you identify yourself.

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