Saturday, September 8, 2012

The lycra 'set'.....


Cycling in Perth is big, according to an RAC report WA leads the nation in bike ownership with apparently a third of the population riding regularly and after seeing two big groups of 'over 55's' at separate times yesterday I'm inclined to believe it! This group above, shot through a thick plastic curtain were oblivious to the odd spot of rain, they come out in droves on weekends, and mid-week mornings Perth’s roads and cycle paths are packed with bunches of riders arriving and finishing from cafes around the metro area. It’s easy to see why cycling is so popular, we have great weather for most of the year, a fantastic network of bike paths.. which makes it a wee bit annoying when they insist on riding on the road, but the ultimate crime in my opinion, is that unless you're riding in le tour de France or the like..oh la! the lycra, c'est 'orrible! Apologies to anyone reading this wearing the aforementioned offensive clothing, but really..take it off right now haha! Looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow and then off to the city to check out a church situation, hope you have a wonderful weekend, take care and stay safe.....

31 comments:

  1. One of the most enjoyable ways of getting around, and good for you.
    I expect to see pics of you on a bike next week.

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  2. Wunderschönes Wochenende und ganz viel Sonnenschein für Dich!

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  3. Ah, we're overflowing with bicycles in Seattle, too!! Two-legged and two-wheeled critters everywhere -- particularly the weekends!! Love your colorful captures for the day! Enjoy your weekend!!!

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  4. The club of those who won the tour de France?..:o)

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  5. Yellow is the new black, as Lance Armstrong would say, after losing his 7 'maillots jaunes'......

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  6. RedPat has it right, at over 55, the Lycra is for effect, not a need! I wouldn't be caught dead in it myslf, with my "fuller" figure, ie: gut!

    I've been a cycler all my life, even the bad knees haven't stopped me.

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  7. LOL! I cannot remember when I last wore lycra (or if I ever have), but the thought of ever having to wear it...well, let's just say I'd rather do my taxes! (OK, maybe not :) Bikes are a major mode of transport here too, but some major roads have no bike lanes and let's just say our rush hour is brief but intense!

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  8. Hehehe.....Take it off!!! Kinky. I think that's what Lycra makes us think when we see it. And boy do they do some interesting things with their outfits. Tucson is a major biker hub like Perth because of our climate and terrain. We have the Tour de Tucson here which is a big thing. Love the shots....don't love when bikers cluster together and slow down the traffic on Saturday or Sunday mornings!

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  9. There is nothing wrong with lycra. The problem is the age and physique of those who choose to wear it.

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  10. Its the same down here in my neck of the woods on the weekends, they are everywhere like a swarms of bees.

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  11. I used to be an ardent cyclist, but unfortunately I have become pretty lazy about it. It is not easy taking pictures while riding a bike! Lycra? Not often. Never on casual trips. Only on long distance rides. And I look rather smashing in lycra, I must say! (Because no one else will.)

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  12. I almost forgot to mention that I LOVE your banner photo.

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  13. Oh Grace, I do agree (whisper) ban the lycra. In Tasmania on her narrow winding roads it's only place the huge numbers of cyclists would ride and it is so terribly dangerous.
    Lovely pics! thanks for the comments too.
    I'm off for my walk now, er.... now where's my lycra ;)

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  14. My peninsula is very popular for bike riders too! Beware the two wheeled traffic on a Sunday especially! And I so hate the lycra! Highlights too many bulges and strange bumps! Love your first photo with the grey bikers gleaming in sunny yellow!

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  15. I haven't cycled in years Grace but in a few weeks I'm heading off to Europe and one of the places I'm staying in is a big farm house in Kent with a jeep and lots of bikes in the shed. My sister and I are going to make sure we go for a few spins along country lanes .... I can promise you we won't be wearing Lycra!!

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  16. I think their group extends all the way to Santa Fe. We have quite a few here too.

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  17. I am glad for residents of Perth, that would be impossible in KL. I guess, that is the difference between the first world country and a third world country like Malaysia. The air in KL is choking everyday, the pollution is helpless, the haze looms over the skies from dawn till dust. Then again, after last night's rain, the morning in KL today seems clear and sunny, at least we have one good day in KL today.

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  18. I'll stick to my Yamaha scooter!


    Have a Great Weekend
    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^=

    > < } } ( ° >

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  19. Here they are not so good at using bright colors, and are sometimes difficult to spot.
    Sporty people having a break, looks nice!

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  20. Here in Cambridge 1 in 2 adults are said to ride a bike, but that includes people popping to the shops and vast numbers of students on their way to lectures as well as more serious cyclists. I didn't realise that Perth was also a "Cycle City".

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  21. Cycling is also here very popular, we have bunches of riders all around.
    Have a nice weekend, Grace!

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  22. Love the second photo and its interesting perspective!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  23. I have to agree about the lycra...most of us do NOT have bodies that work well in that fabric! Hope you have a wonderful weekend - we are visiting my sister this weekend, so trying to keep caught up on my blogging is a challenge!

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  24. Terrific shot. I ride but not in groups and not in lycra. And I don't appreciate big groups that take up half the road. That's dangerous. Be safe and enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Llevo una temporada que no consigo sacar ni un segundo para pasar por los blogs amigos. En todo caso, por aquí ando. Pronto me pondré al día. Estupendas las fotos que nos has dejado.

    Saludos y buena tarde.

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  26. I need to do more bike riding than I do. It's good exercise. But, I promise, no lycra for me.

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  27. Good to see people taking to cycling! And yes, keep off lycra :)

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  28. saw a sign once for a '100% natural polyester' track suit .. i hope no one killed any polyesters or lycras to make those bikers togs

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