Randonneuring: It’s not just what we do; it’s who we are. But randonneurs can’t walk around in cycling gear ALL the time. When we step out of our cycling clothing, what becomes of us? We recede into the scenery of everyday life and no one has any inkling of our alternate identity as randonneur superstars.
It doesn’t have to be that way. All a randonneur needs is a little something to wear off the bike to identify him or her by their true alter-ego. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through a cycling T-shirt.
Shops like TwinSix, DirtRag, and Terry Cycling all carry “fashion T’s” for the cyclist. Even when a loved one is out of his or her riding costume, he or she is still identifiable as part of the riding community. They are very hip, too, and randonneurs can always stand a hipness boost.
T-shirts can be layered or worn alone. They are perfect post-ride garb, fit easily into a pannier or Carradice and they require no ironing! Most of all, when a randonneur loved one walks around town, toodles around the shopping mall, or is forced to take the wheel of a motorized vehicle, onlookers will know that he or she is more than ordinary. They are a cyclist!
Tomorrow: the best gift of all.