What do people think is the typical mountain bikers look? I'm guessing
it's lycra, but you and I know better. In the thirty-ish years since
modern mountain biking came to be, the dress code has gone full
Look at old pictures of Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze et al and what
you'll see is protective (kind of) casual clobber- jeans, lumberjack
shirts and trainers.
In my early days, the early nineties when mtbing began to boom,
things had got a lot more technical. Lycra was a must, comfortable
and supportive if a bit weak in the event of a crash. A few years
on and we were more demanding. Gone were the trainers teamed with
clips and straps of old and in were proper cycling shoes and SPD's.
I remember in '92 when a mate got some proper stiff-as-you-like
shoes; we thought he was like Jonny Tomac.
By the end of the century the influence of downhill and trials had
been well established and baggy but high-tech was the way. The archetypel
garment has to be the Fox DH pant- tough, armoured and sensible
but also roomy enough to be cool (in the Fonzie sense).
Along the way fashion has come and gone and just as the rest of
the world, mountain bike clothing has moved with the times. Rather
than let such legendary items as the Goretex helemt cover and the
Ron Hill Trackster slip into mtb obscurity, MiTB presents our Wardrobe
of Fame "where mtb fashion icons come to hang"...