The biggest drawback to all this fancy-arsed wool is the price. It don’t come cheap. So I take advantage of events like this. In fact, that’s the way I get most of my technical wool. So what if it means putting up with crowds, yuppies fighting over clothing and the like?
Since I’m broke and don’t really need a lot of tech wool, I ended up buying a black t-shirt and another pair of underwear. While there were plenty of “techy” looking items, I don’t need any more of those things. Basic t-shirt, sure. I got out of there with spending only $35. Sure, a cotton t-shirt and cotton boxer short at Mal-Wart would cost maybe a quarter as much, but that ain’t the point.
I briefly owned a pair of these last May, as I ordered them in hopes that they would be my “pants” for the tour. But something didn’t jibe with them when I tried them out, so I promptly returned them. In the past few months I’ve thought about them again, as I was looking for lightweight knickers for spring/summer. As luck would have it, Philip from Bike Tinker was selling a used pair in my size (XL) for only $30, more than half-off the regular price! I quickly snapped them up.
MUSA knickers have a love-em or hate-em design and aesthetic, much like most of the stuff Grant/Rivendell does/says. There is no belt loops but a draw string. Nor is there a fly. The cuffs are fastened with velcro.
When I tried these pants briefly last May the lack of belt loops and no fly were the deal breaker for me, but I was willing to get besides my pants prejudices and give them another shot. And yep, the first day I hated the lack of a true belt option. I never feel like the pants want to stay up, and had to adjust them frequently. Plus there is no place to put the excess draw-string for the waist so I had to tuck it into the pants lest I have nine inches of cord dangling ’round my crotch. And I’m one of those guys who clip my keys to a belt loop, so I had to stuff them into a pocket.
But after a day of test-riding them, I came to like them. Yes, pulling down pants to pee is annoying for a man, but it didn’t bother me after the second or third time.* And these pants were definitely comfortable for the task they were designed for–riding a bicycle. Plus, they aren’t that offensive looking, for technical wear. I think I got myself a keeper.
And finally on the “So what if it’s Spring” front, April has finished knitting me a nice scarf! It’s quite nice.
And rather long.
Just please don’t confuse me with this guy.
|I do like his vest. Very Tweed Ride ready.|
I don’t deal with Daleks well, by the way. Though I would be accompanied by Leela, who does know her way with crossbows, knives, and poison darts. **(and) ***
Oops, sorry, wrong Leela-from-popular-sci-fi-TV-show. Here’s the Leela I was talking about:
(I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
And since this is a bicycle blog (and to answer the question “What kind of bike would The Doctor ride?”) here’s an obligatory photo of Tom Baker riding a bicycle:
Nice front rack. Wonder how much it can hold?
A person, at least. Rather interesting portaging method, ladder and all.
And is that a Pashley postal delivery bike? Can’t tell with the resolution of these photos, but it does look similar to other Pashleys I have seen. Anyone know? (Dr. C?)
*I’m sure Grant has a perfectly rational reason (that he tells himself) why he sells pants without some sort of fly, but I’m not sure I want to find out.
**When watching some Fourth Doctor-with-Leela Dr. Who episodes, my friend wondered, “Is Leela the basis for Xena?”
***April still has not seen any Doctor Who.