This showed up in my email today via the Brooks Despatch, the newsletter from Brooks Saddles. While the video is more or less an extended advertisement for their saddles, I actually love it because it has great scenery, great bikes, great saddles (I ride ’em as documented many times here), and NORMAL CLOTHING!
Yes the blokes in this video are riding bikes and look like normal people. In the US we seem to have this, some would say unhealthy, fascination with tricking ourselves out in racing kit, even when we are simply going for bike ride.
While I’ll admit to being careful about what I wear when I ride long distances, underwear that doesn’t bind or have painful seams, things that dry quickly after a rain shower, and so forth, I mostly look like a normal guy. I don’t have special shoes, in fact I wear plain old sandals (though with socks to prevent chafing). I love these guys in the video.
The helmet thing. They don’t wear helmets. I generally do, though not always. It’s up to you.
Finally, I’d love to do this ride. In fact, I’m going to do this ride. Tomorrow. Okay, maybe not tomorrow. I am going to do this ride though.