Trek Factory Racing's new kit
Last Post 01/27/2014 06:40 PM by Ryan Asher. 21 Replies.
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Red Tornado

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01/10/2014 11:56 AM
Just what the peloton needed; another predominantly black kit.  Not sure what I think about the pinstripes....
The Short White Guy™

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01/10/2014 12:40 PM
Oh come on RT, there is some white.
79pmooney

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01/10/2014 01:37 PM
There are two reasons as I see it for the designers of team outfits to pick bright, even obnoxious colors. 1) Team members are less likely to get maimed or killed while training solo by inattentive drivers. Losing riders directly affects race results, advertising at the front and therefore the bottom line. And 2) the wannabees who buy these kits and wear them riding run the same risks. Now, whether wannabees getting bumped off is good or bad, well I won't address that issue. But they are humans and deserve some consideration as such.

And Trek picking that outfit? They flunk both badly. And there are a few thousand wannabees who will wear those colors. You would think Trek would care just a little about a market pool so large.

Ben
Red Tornado

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01/10/2014 02:16 PM
@SWG, LOL - although I did say "predominantly".
To be fair, Trek's logo is a red/white shield with their name in black below it. So, not so much questioning their colors as much as the overuse of one vs. the other two.
I'm not a designer bit I have some friends who are graphic designers and they're a little preplexed as well regarding the designs of some team kits.
Yo Mike

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01/10/2014 02:21 PM
I completely agree with Ben. I will not wear a black or dark blue jersey as a top layer.

Shorts and shoes should be black; jerseys should be distinctive and colorful.
Oldfart

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01/10/2014 03:06 PM
I like it. But bright is safer to be sure. maybe if all other pro teams have bright colours the black then stands out? But then OPQS are mostly black too. Who else is dark? Movistar dark blue.
longslowdistance

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01/10/2014 03:49 PM
Black must be hot in France in July. But please wear black shorts. It's just embarrassing now.
stronz

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01/10/2014 04:13 PM
that jersey is hideous. and some of the riders look a little less lean than they should be
Cosmic Kid

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01/10/2014 04:43 PM
That kit blows......but as bad as it is, I'd much rather ride in that than the POC helmets Garmin is gonna have on top of their noggins this year!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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01/10/2014 05:10 PM
I just looked a the Cance pic, its like he's sleeveless on one side and has a sleeve on the other. That has got to be the ugliest kit I have ever seen.
Oldfart

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01/11/2014 11:39 AM
The Trek jerseys look like they were inspired by my local shop. http://steedcycles.com/featured/aldergrove-lake-race-report/

The team is green and black but the club jerseys are black with one white sleeve. With the green shorts it is quite hideous. With all black shorts much less so and I do like being Ron Obvious on the road.
Nick A

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01/11/2014 12:35 PM
Black jerseys (or helmets) in the southwest sun are brutal.

Nick
Cosmic Kid

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01/11/2014 07:08 PM
Black helmets aren't any hotter than light colored helmets....maybe urface temp, but the styrofoam insulates the rider from any additional heat.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Nick A

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01/11/2014 09:43 PM
I've never ridden with a black helmet. I ASSumed. But black jersey, I have...

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Oldfart

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01/11/2014 11:09 PM
I almost always get black helmets. I have had white ones and can't say I noticed any difference. But we don't get much heat here.
79pmooney

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01/12/2014 03:08 AM
Now, to shield yourself from the heat wearing a black jersey, simply wear a down vest under it. Problem solved.

Ben
Entheo

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01/12/2014 10:38 PM
it's a proven fact that you go faster in black. except for shoes, which should be either white or silver. helmets can be any damn color you want, since they only protect your head.
longslowdistance

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01/13/2014 09:15 AM
OF, FWIW I used to live in south Texas. It's very sunny and hot there in the summer. A white helmet was way cooler, really the only way to go if you had a choice. Here in VA still better with white. Same for jerseys.
Keith Richards

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01/13/2014 12:07 PM
I have always found ventilation trumps color when it comes to helmets.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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01/13/2014 12:27 PM
Well certainly for those formerly endowed with hair on top of their noogin, putting a dark coloured radiation sink on what's essentially a solar reflector should make some difference, mitigating effects of ventilation be damned.
Keith Richards

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01/13/2014 12:47 PM
I am totally bald and have been rocking a black helmets in the heat of DC for years. Never caused too much of an issue. I have had red/white helmets with bad ventilation that have literally been unbearable in the summer.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Ron

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01/27/2014 06:40 PM
Oh yeah, those POC helmets are definitely awful.

If I had to wear one I'd have my mechanic rebadge a better looking lid...


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