Middle Aged Men in Lycra

by Chikashi

My friend and author Nicholas Storey knows a thing or two about propriety of dress.  Amongst many subjects that he covers, there is the matter of style or stylishness, but the principal, unifying theme is propriety.  One should strive for what Lord Byron called Exquisite Propriety when describing George ‘Beau’ Brummell.  Beau Brummell’s dictum was, ‘If people turn to look at you in the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight or too fashionable.’  The central theme of Brummell’s guidance seems clear at first glance.  The difficulty is that it seems to be dependent on context, and any given context of relevance is never without the presence of other people.  In fact, the core premise of the dictum is the reliance on other people for validation.

This is tricky business when cycling.  Who are these ‘other people’?