(photo: Giro d'Italia, yesterday's stage. AFP photo)
Now this got me thinking about my own colour preferences, and the sights (for me, usually from behind) of knickdom in bunches, training and racing. I have a colleague who vehemently objects to wearing black knicks. Why? I am not sure (maybe I should ask her??). Perhaps being so slight and tiny, she is worried about disappearing altogether under the weight of black’s slimming attributes?? She is a red girl, and it suits her.
My own knicks tend to be black, usually with some kind of trim feature to lift the knicks from nondescript to stylish (ok.. some would debate that). Some of my knicks have coloured side panels, or coloured stitching or piping in relief. I have my club colours, which, up until this year, were bright mid-blue and bright deep yellow. I quite like them, and I also don’t mind a nice straight blue knick, as a change from utilitarian black. I secretly desire a deep purple pair of knicks, but have yet to find a comfortable pair to fit, and of course, I would then have to buy a jersey to match.
The white knick is the most dangerous of knicks, and it takes a good weight of material, and neat curve of figure to carry it off. White knicks are the antiknick, or perhaps, the uberknick. If a pair of knicks is going to do damage to your figure and reputation, it’s going to be white knicks. Or, the mother of the white knick, the white skinsuit (see Anna Meares in the latest Ride mag – ed #36. Sorry Anna.). White trim discretely panelled into another basic colour of knick may work, but beware the allover white knicks.
Colour is, of course, complemented (or not) by sheen – matt or high gloss. High gloss, even in black, can be as damaging as white, or look like you have drenched yourself with the contents of your bidon. Matt can be, well, dull and boring and give the impression that your knicks need a good wash to bring back the sparkle that never was. Matt can also signify recreational, usually accompanied by a yellow fluoro upper garment of some description.
Knick selection is also determined by time of day. Under lights, highly coloured, glossy knicks can be more visually appealing for, say a track meet crowd. Daytime knicks can be more workmanlike, as in office wear. So save your good cocktail party knicks for the boards at night under lights, ensuring of course, that they are not threadbare nor of lesser material. Otherwise, you may well be nicked by the knicknazis for overexposure, or just poor taste.