Home

Simple question - When heading out on a training ride, should my jersey and shorts match, same brand, colour etc?!? The only reason I ask is because a read a thread yesterday and came across the the term FKW (full kit w****r). Having not heard this before has prompted my inquiry. I by no means head out in matching socks, shorts, jersey, gloves and cap etc, but am now interested in other cyclists thoughts...

Thanks in advance.

79 comments

Avatar
Jimmy Ray Will [741 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

In certain circles it is deemed uncool to wear full professional team kits when you are not a professional in that team.

This started by mocking those extremists that, for instance, would buy Team Sky shorts, jersey, socks, a Team Sky Kask helmet, with a team Sky Pinarello.... i.e. that did everything to dress like their favourite pros...

Now as is the way in this new virtual world, this idea of mocking these extremists has expanded to mocking anyone that wears any replica team clothes in any form, and indeed is expanding to anyone that makes any real effort to wear team kit etc.

Personally speaking, people can wear what they want.

However, I tend to match my shorts and jerseys... can't help myself.

I was out training with my team mate the other day and we were in matching team kit, on matching bikes etc... and on one part I thought we looked proper boss... then I realised that to members of the general public we'll simply look like a pair of chumps wearing matching kit... hell people probably thought we were a pair of kitch, gay lovers or something.

Then I realised that you can't please everyone/anyone, so you might as well please yourself.

Avatar
Wookie [241 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Rule #17 Team kit is for members of the team.
Wearing Pro team kit is also questionable if you’re not paid to wear it. If you must fly the colours of Pro teams, all garments should match perfectly, i.e. no Mapei jersey with Kelme shorts and Telekom socks.

There are way too many cyclists who think these are real cycling rules. Wear what ever you want and "The Rules" be dammed.  4

Avatar
Jimmy Ray Will [741 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Wesselwookie wrote:

Rule #17 Team kit is for members of the team.
Wearing Pro team kit is also questionable if you’re not paid to wear it. If you must fly the colours of Pro teams, all garments should match perfectly, i.e. no Mapei jersey with Kelme shorts and Telekom socks.

There are way too many cyclists who think these are real cycling rules. Wear what ever you want and "The Rules" be dammed.  4

I was building up a damming response to your post... then read the last sentence... my thoughts entirely sir.

Avatar
jollygoodvelo [1663 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

There is only one rule as far as I'm concerned, and that is that the crackular region of bib shorts should be black. Always and without exception. No excuses.

Now, if you choose to wear team kit, that's up to you. I personally think team kit is OK, but I wouldn't wear national/world champion jersey. Don't mix it up though: Sky top with Mapei bibs would make my OCD itch.

Avatar
Wookie [241 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Gizmo_ wrote:

There is only one rule as far as I'm concerned, and that is that the crackular region of bib shorts should be black. Always and without exception. No excuses.

Now, if you choose to wear team kit, that's up to you. I personally think team kit is OK, but I wouldn't wear national/world champion jersey. Don't mix it up though: Sky top with Mapei bibs would make my OCD itch.

I must admit anything other than Black shorts can be quite unsightly  31

Rule #14 // Shorts should be black.
Team-issue shorts should be black, with the possible exception of side-panels, which may match the rest of the team kit.

Avatar
Al__S [1246 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

One of the reasons I love my Howies shorts so much is that they are the very blackest of black shorts, with a small dark grey logo. They're not even shiny...

Avatar
adamthekiwi [149 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Where wtf you want. If you think that the opinions of people who care what you wear (anywhere, not just on the bike) matter, then dress to conform to those opinions. If you don't think other people's opinions matter, then wear what you want. Essentially, wear what makes *you* comfortable.

If I see you in full team kit, I will have an opinion - but, crucially, I'll keep it to myself, so you'll never need to worry about it. If I see you wearing a pair of white shorts that are worn to transparency in the builder's cleavage area you may spot the momentary grimace as I avert my eyes, but you still won't hear an opinion on them from me.

If you want to ride around in a full clown outfit, or a wetsuit and fins, or a little pink tutu; then, more power to you.

Avatar
drfabulous0 [409 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

If you're riding a bike that's great, I couldn't care less what you're wearing. Personally if I wear bibs they are always black, because they go with anything and that's what I have.

Avatar
S13SFC [153 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

The Full Kit Wa*kers always make me smile as invariably it's full Sky rig & bike, or is around here.

If you're going to dress the part then expect some knowing smiles as others tap past you effortlessly on the hills, which again, appears the norm around here.

Avatar
Gkam84 [9104 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

It certainly didn't start with Team Sky, it was a long used phrase in football that has made it over to cycling.

It is the fat overweight football fan, who went down the park for a kick about with his son wearing a team jersey with his name on the back, matching shorts and socks. THAT was a full kit wanker.

Now things have jumped over to cycling, it holds the same meaning, don't go wearing FULL team kit (Jersey, Bibs, Cap, Gloves, Socks and Bike) if you are not with that team, go get a local clubs kit and join them  19

Avatar
drfabulous0 [409 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Gkam84 wrote:

Now things have jumped over to cycling, it holds the same meaning, don't go wearing FULL team kit (Jersey, Bibs, Cap, Gloves, Socks and Bike) if you are not with that team, go get a local clubs kit and join them  19

That's bollocks!

What about retro kits for example? They're kinda cool.

I cycle thousands of miles a year, mostly in normal clothes, but what gives me any right to judge somebody else on their attire? Cyclists have enough genuine issues to worry about that we don't need to start bitching amongst ourselves about who's costume is sillier. I see a guy all the time who rides his TT bike to work wearing a tri-suit, aero lid and rucksack, he may look like a gimp and ride like one too but at least he's not in a car.

Also not everyone has to be part of a bike riding club just to ride a bike.

Avatar
deblemund [263 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Up to you, of course, but if you really want to wear team kit, why not check out the retro ones at places like Prendas (but match a team jersey with plain shorts).

Or you could join a club and wear matching club kit (which is usually subsidised by a sponsor - e.g. we get Sportful jerseys for about £40, and that sort of saving adds up).

Just don't wear head to toe Rapha, with or without a Sky logo on it, or people will avoid you, assuming that you're going to play leapfrog all day / fall off in front of them ( ... lights fuse; runs away).

Avatar
Gkam84 [9104 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

It is each to their own, wear what you want, but expect to get funny looks, a bit of chat and dropped off the back if you are wearing full pro gear.

I know a few clubs where people have showed up as a FKW and been told to go away, even if they have been a member for years.

Avatar
S13SFC [153 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Retro jersey will plain shorts looks great. It's what I wear.  4

Avatar
Him Up North [235 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

I get the feeling the cycling community is, sadly, as judgemental as any other sport or pasttime. Wear what you like and everyone else can go fuck themselves.

 4

Avatar
zanf [949 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

and on one part I thought we looked proper boss... then I realised that to members of the general public we'll simply look like a pair of chumps wearing matching kit... hell people probably thought we were a pair of kitch, gay lovers or something.

Then I realised that you can't please everyone/anyone, so you might as well please yourself.

To the public, you looked like this  3//i.imgur.com/Rmvdezl.jpg)

Gizmo_ wrote:

Don't mix it up though: Sky top with Mapei bibs would make my OCD itch.

Any time I've gone over to Richmond Park, I purposely wear things like odd socks (usually matching pairs but different colours) to make all the OCD'ers twitch and put them off their flow!!

Avatar
Wookie [241 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Gkam84 wrote:

I know a few clubs where people have showed up as a FKW and been told to go away, even if they have been a member for years.

That’s just very sad we want more cyclists on the road and this type of elitist behaviour should not be tolerated in the cycling community or any other community for that matter. Treating someone like a c*nt because of what they’re wearing is just incredibly stupid.

Avatar
jollygoodvelo [1663 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Re: retro kit - my opinion is that as soon as a team falls out of existence (or at least changes main sponsor) then you can wear it. I've been very disappointed that genuine Euskaltel Euskadi kits are impossible to find, I wanted one.

Avatar
abudhabiChris [691 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Of course you CAN wear what you want on a bike, just like you can walk down the high street in anything you like.

But most of us don't because in fact we do care what impression we make on other people. It's deeply ingrained behaviour.

So as a fairly normal/typical (I think) club and racing cyclist my view is:

1. Full current/recent pro team kit is for try-hard wannabes. It's ironic that this is defended by people who say you can wear what you like, when clearly the people wearing it are doing so in a desperate attempt to be accepted and recognised by others.

2. Kit doesn't have to match but should at least go together. You match the clothes you wear to Sainsbury's (I hope) so why not on the bike? No obvious colour clashes and be careful with logos - don't be a harlequin or a moving billboard.

3. Rapha - be prepared for sceptical looks, especially if you are totally tricked out in Rapha's finest. But plenty of serious riders wear it and if you have the legs and the money, go for it.

These fashion questions are just about first impressions but these matter in cycling because they relate to my own safety.

If you turn up in full Sky rig with hairy legs at my club ride my initial impression is that you might not know what you're doing and I'm not going to ride too near you until I work out whether you're a liability or not.

On the other hand, turn up in some well chosen but not OTT stuff (or your local club kit) on a decent bike and with shave legs and I will be inclined to think you are not about to take me out.

Your choice.

Avatar
Him Up North [235 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Gizmo_ wrote:

Euskaltel Euskadi kits are impossible to find, I wanted one.

alwaysriding.co.uk sell 2013 Euskaltel s/s jerseys and bib shorts. The shorts even have the Basque flag on the arse. Schmoove.

Avatar
notfastenough [3727 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Some of that retro stuff on alwaysriding is lush.

Avatar
truffy [650 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

Does this extend from team kit to manufacturer's kit too?

(No, I don't really care either)

Avatar
edster99 [338 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
notfastenough wrote:

Some of that retro stuff on alwaysriding is lush.

It is... I've never seen that site before. And reassuringly expensive  1

Avatar
Gkam84 [9104 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
truffy wrote:

Does this extend from team kit to manufacturer's kit too?

(No, I don't really care either)

Do you mean cycling around in a kit that is made entirely by Endura or similar?...I won't give my thoughts on those in full Rapha  3

That is fine, hell, get fully kitted up by one brand and chuck a pro team jersey on. Sorted.

It is the people that go around on an everyday cycling or sportive clad in NOTHING but pro team gear, matching socks, gloves, cap, jersey, bibs, glasses, helmet, shoes and bike.....THAT is a proper full kit WANKER.....

But each to their own, just know that if you were the full kit, you will be known at the FKW on that ride....  19

Avatar
glynr36 [637 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Gkam84 wrote:

Do you mean cycling around in a kit that is made entirely by Endura or similar?...I won't give my thoughts on those in full Rapha  3

That's a first...

FWIW, I buy all my kit as a 'set' to match, or plan it to match others I already own.

Avatar
Gkam84 [9104 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

P.S....if you like the Belkin kit, which I do, head over to Belkin's own site where they are doing some great deals  3

Avatar
jollygoodvelo [1663 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
Him Up North wrote:
Gizmo_ wrote:

Euskaltel Euskadi kits are impossible to find, I wanted one.

alwaysriding.co.uk sell 2013 Euskaltel s/s jerseys and bib shorts. The shorts even have the Basque flag on the arse. Schmoove.

Thanks for the tip! XXL only though sadly and 44" is probably a bit too big, even in "race fit".  3

"Reassuringly expensive" is right... the poc "Essential" stuff hilariously so.

Avatar
MarcMyWords [69 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

I would always start with black bibs and go from there. I'm a fan of Foska jerseys more than anything but would happily don a team jersey, just with black bibs and black socks. Me and my buddies have a thing (I don't know if this is common or not) where we match out kit to our bike. Mine was, at the time a Trek, so everything I had was Bontrager. Specialized, spcialized. Cervelo, Garmin. etc. Any brand that didn't also make bikes, Shimano, Oakley, Endura... was fair game also. Sounds dorky now I've written it out but worked for us and we always looked good.

Avatar
Al__S [1246 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes
adamthekiwi wrote:

I see you wearing a pair of white shorts that are worn to transparency in the builder's cleavage area you may spot the momentary grimace as I avert my eyes, but you still won't hear an opinion on them from me.
.

I'm generally with you, but if you joined a group ride with transparent white shorts I'd certainly pass comment...

Avatar
sergius [447 posts] 3 years ago
0 likes

I just like to see a bit of colour co-ordination between bike and rider...

My bikes black/white/blue so my gear is too for the most part (my union jack jersey is close enough for me  1 )

Pages