Most non-cyclists, like I was in 2008, would cringe at the thought of wearing skin-tight lycra. I have even more reason to feel that way, since I’m still technically obese.
Most non-cyclists would cringe at the thought of shoes that snap into pedals. You have to remember to unclip, by rotating your heel outward, or you’ll fall over when you stop.
I bought lycra bike clothes and clipless pedals a few years ago. I found the comfort of bike clothes for longer rides is a necessity. I’m still on the fence about my clipless (SPD) pedals. I currently only have them on one bike – the Fargo, where they seem to work well.
A couple of weeks ago, I ordered my first two pair of bib tights. Bibs, whether shorts, or longer, don’t have a waist band. They have straps the go over your shoulders. They’re still made of the skin-tight lycra, but better.
I don’t know why I waited so long! They may look stupid when I’m not wearing a jersey, but they’re comfortable. They don’t roll down (an issue when you have a big gut). Your ass-crack won’t show when you’re bent over the handlebars. They’re great!
I avoided them for years due to the strange look. No longer. The jersey covers the strange look, so I only I have to see my bare chest with the straps.