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Skins: So cool they should spell it with a Z
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - General
Cav is so cool During my recent travels I've noticed a change in the pre-race banter. You still hear, "How many bottles you takin'?" "How much do these wheels weigh?" and "Ah damn, the Bissell guys are here again." But now there is some new stuff like "Did you get Small or Extra-Small?" and "Underwear? Sure, so I don't have to wash 'em."

These new questions are motivated by Skins, gradient compression performance equipment that enhances performance in training, competition and recovery. Basically, full length spandex that you wear after rides to help recovery. They're best for after hard rides but some wear them all the time, and others even wear two pairs for that added support. They're taking over the peloton.

The problem I'm having is with my wife, she won't stop making fun of me about them. She says hurtful things like, "Not getting enough Spandex so now you're wearing it all the time?" and "Ha, the male version of Spanx." Sometimes she just looks at me and laughs.

I don't understand, I'm doing it to improve my performance (on the bike!). Plus, all the cool kids are doing it. What is wrong with that?

So now I'm forced to wear them just after hard workouts and when I'm on the road. Ah, the challenges of balancing a wife with cycling.


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mrg
Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 10:50 pm
what - are you too po' for space legs? i heard they sell 'em in santa rosa: http://twitpic.com/34dxh

Name
Friday, April 17, 2009, 12:02 pm
Why can't you just wear them under a pair of pants?

Friday, April 17, 2009, 6:46 pm
http://www.velonews.com/article/90778/l ... -with-ease

"Leipheimer's Santa Rosa training buddy, Paul Mach, took second with his Bissell teammate Morgan Schmitt rounding out the podium."



Todd Manley
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 10:23 am
I get the same thing from my wife, but you've got to try out the Zoots. They offer greater compression and work much, much better.





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