Is it ever okay to wear team kit?

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Bigger Gear
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by Bigger Gear

Karvalo wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:44 pm
bm0p700f wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:59 pm
Why wear kit of a team your not part of?
Do you like Pro cycling?

If one does, why wouldn't they wear a team kit? Everyone accepts that the business model of pro cycling sucks and all but a few teams exist on a knife edge, scrapping for a functional budget and entirely dependent on the ongoing goodwill of a handful of sponsors. Cycling teams already lack the revenue streams of traditional sports (they have no stadiums, they cannot charge you to come and watch, nor sell you food and beer while you're there) and have trouble attracting strong fanbases because they change identity (or cease to exist) so often, and things would be even worse if their kit sponsors couldn't sell any replica jerseys. It's fine if you don't want to wear one, but denigrating other people who've decided to contribute to the team they support and to top level road racing in general is not good.
How much money do you think the team would actually receive from selling its kits? I'm guessing the clothing sponsor would take the majority of the money.

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mag wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:34 pm
^ While it's true that using those high-end components is largely an overkill for most non-pros, I disagree with that note. Those components are at least technically different in some way (other than just the appearance) - e.g. they may be lighter, less flexy, shift crispier, whatever. You can really notice that (someone more, someone less). But the kit is just about the looks (you can get the same in another designs).
Justify your use of high end components however you'd like. To those who know anything about cycling, you are still trying to give the impression that you are closer to a pro than reality (which for most of us is we are far from pro and barely deserve Tiagra on our bikes) :D

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by silvalis

Bigger Gear wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:02 pm
Karvalo wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:44 pm
bm0p700f wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:59 pm
Why wear kit of a team your not part of?
Do you like Pro cycling?

If one does, why wouldn't they wear a team kit? Everyone accepts that the business model of pro cycling sucks and all but a few teams exist on a knife edge, scrapping for a functional budget and entirely dependent on the ongoing goodwill of a handful of sponsors. Cycling teams already lack the revenue streams of traditional sports (they have no stadiums, they cannot charge you to come and watch, nor sell you food and beer while you're there) and have trouble attracting strong fanbases because they change identity (or cease to exist) so often, and things would be even worse if their kit sponsors couldn't sell any replica jerseys. It's fine if you don't want to wear one, but denigrating other people who've decided to contribute to the team they support and to top level road racing in general is not good.
How much money do you think the team would actually receive from selling its kits? I'm guessing the clothing sponsor would take the majority of the money.
I'm guessing half of them are fake :roll:
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Karvalo
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by Karvalo

Bigger Gear wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:02 pm
How much money do you think the team would actually receive from selling its kits? I'm guessing the clothing sponsor would take the majority of the money.
Sure, but it'll ultimately benefit the sport of pro cycling either way. Clothing sponsors are... sponsors. If a directly measurable result of their sponsorship (team replica kits) goes up in value, their next contract renewal will be worth more.

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by RedbullFiXX

What about Pro-Replica bikes :o :shock:
is that ok ?
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by Wookski

Karvalo wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:48 pm
Bigger Gear wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:02 pm
How much money do you think the team would actually receive from selling its kits? I'm guessing the clothing sponsor would take the majority of the money.
Sure, but it'll ultimately benefit the sport of pro cycling either way. Clothing sponsors are... sponsors. If a directly measurable result of their sponsorship (team replica kits) goes up in value, their next contract renewal will be worth more.
OK cool- a wonderful reason to look silly!

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by Wookski

RedbullFiXX wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:32 am
What about Pro-Replica bikes :o :shock:
is that ok ?
No, your bike should be better because the frame and component choices aren't limited by the constraints of sponsorship :P

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by AJS914

Ride the bike you want. Wear the jersey you like. Nobody cares except for a couple of wankers that look at what other people are doing and pass judgement.

Bigmac
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by Bigmac

Does it matter ? As AJS914 says, wear whatever jersey you like! Would I wear a Tour leaders jersey or World Champs jersey, definately not, but that's a personal choice. Would i ride a team replica bike - well I don't, but could! At the end of the day getting out on the bike is the most important thing, what you ride or what you wear doesn't make you a better rider and if you chosse to spend your hard earned cash on a top of the range bike rather than pissing up the wall, how bad can that be ?

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by dastott

silvalis wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:16 pm
Not exactly practical, but I feel like you should at least be riding the same brand bike as the team kit you're sporting...
Yes, I only wear my green Cannondale jersey when riding my Super Six. Like the design, the bright green colours and the Castelli fit.

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