Retro Vs Modern: How Clothing Has Changed Cycling Forever!

Retro Vs Modern: How Clothing Has Changed Cycling Forever!

Cycling clothing has come a long way since people started riding bikes as fast as they could. Back in the day it was cotton jerseys with no attention put on aerodynamics, and not to mention a leather chamois! Now though, skinsuits like the Santini Viper, are at the forefront of modern aero. But how did we progress to this modern kit, and just how much faster is modern clothing? Manon is in Mallorca to find out!

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50 Comments

  1. Vladimir Vladimirovici on December 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

    She is a bit fat. The modern kit shows her breasts better. Yeah toxic masculinity or whatever they say today.



  2. James Welsh on December 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

    In the 70’s I wore Hind wool everything, and it was so much better than everything else, hail rain wind cold, (sorry no snow) it was great.



  3. Shrike on December 23, 2022 at 1:24 am

    nah even in the top it’s not measurable (it still falls below the error bars. having a good day or not),
    And especially when the driver has long hair or has not shaven (ie. a beard or mustache, both). It’s just gimmick/hype to sell you more expensive gear.



  4. Chris C on December 23, 2022 at 1:24 am

    LOVE the look of the retro stuff. Something I could actually see myself wearing when just riding (although…maybe not *wool*).

    I do love the look of the modern stuff in its own way though, even if I wouldn’t wear it – I vastly prefer 2-piece if nothing else, since I don’t race. It’s amazing to me that it’s even lighter and thinner than the unisuits I USED to wear when rowing



  5. boomshine7 on December 23, 2022 at 1:25 am

    an old velodrome 😮 , I thought it was a retired water basin



  6. Brian Hagan on December 23, 2022 at 1:26 am

    What the future holds? The cycling kit and indirectly the bicycle and it’s kit need to be MORE recyclable. Top to bottom, from my shoes to my water bottle, saddle, and my chamise. It’s not right now. Everything should be made from recycled material and needs to be returned to the waste stream as recycled material.



  7. lihtan on December 23, 2022 at 1:26 am

    I predict in the future there’s going to be a shift away from synthetic fibers, and back to using natural fibers in athletic clothing. We’re now beginning to have scientific understanding of the human aura functions. It’s a cold plasma field that can be effected by the clothing you wear. Clothing made from plastic fibers depletes the electrical charge in your aura, whereas natural fibers like hemp enhance it.



  8. Terry Grimaldi on December 23, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I love GCN its like watching Benny Hill for cyclists. 10+sec gain from clothing only. I’m calling BS. Manon would need motor bike for those gains.



  9. Andrew M. Camacho on December 23, 2022 at 1:28 am

    no it’s not that important!



  10. Zefiris on December 23, 2022 at 1:28 am

    I was actually just talking to someone today wondering how much of a difference it makes wearing a skin suit vs a jersey and shorts. I think this video more or less answers that question for me, so thanks!



  11. Matteo on December 23, 2022 at 1:29 am

    As a tech outfit junkie (i began skiing in 70’s.. trekking.. motorbikes… bikes..) i can say that modern material..design…sewing…are far better than old. But the combination from wool (merino) underwear and modern fit are a bingo.

    Ah.. you are cute!



  12. Brewnoe on December 23, 2022 at 1:30 am

    tight unzipp



  13. Reggie Reginato on December 23, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Hmm… Dunno, the old looks too retro (and people call me a retro grouch), while the new is just a little too modern. Something from between those time periods might be the right ticket.



  14. Peter Marshall on December 23, 2022 at 1:32 am

    We did usw silk track jerseys which must have had a more aerodynamic effect.



  15. K.E. Reid Fitness on December 23, 2022 at 1:33 am

    I love Manon…such a pleasant voice 😍



  16. C O on December 23, 2022 at 1:33 am

    That skinsui (well any skinsuit) looks horrible.



  17. Ben Klassen on December 23, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Amazing the difference that aerodynamics make. I guess that why tall/big cyclists are handicapped.



  18. C O on December 23, 2022 at 1:37 am

    I especially do not like clothing that bases its fit just on elasticity and not on correct tailoring.



  19. C O on December 23, 2022 at 1:37 am

    So now the more important question: how can we stop our clothing to pollute the water with microplastics every time we wash them? Maybe wool wasn’t so bad..



  20. Lars on December 23, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Your efforts to justify the blatantly obvious consolidation of the bicycle and bicycle parts industry is truly insane. Your total focus to drive your profiteering narrative is truly sickening. Decent bikes costing thousands, parts that require special tools, and your overall price gouging justification is sickening to the point of ad nauseum.



  21. Advanced Driving on December 23, 2022 at 1:39 am

    The deers will be glad people no longer hunt them for bum padding.



  22. Christine Penn on December 23, 2022 at 1:39 am

    I think the only changes we will see in the future will be in the fabric types used. Likely continued improvements in wicking and anti-bacterial chamois materials.



  23. Daniel Thomé de Paula on December 23, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I wonder what would happen if the run order was reversed for a first run with retro kit and the second with modern



  24. Joseph on December 23, 2022 at 1:43 am

    laugh out loud. I would never wear Lycra but them I am an old man and comfort is more important



  25. Brandon Norviel on December 23, 2022 at 1:45 am

    The other day utube put out 1977 Paris Roubaix, Seeing them ride with big 1970s hair without helmets you wonder how much time just a hair cut and helmet would have save. And I think some of them were smoking. Great video GCN



  26. snowdirt62 on December 23, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Nice job Manon !! What an enjoyable and informative video.
    Ken, on the Hudson River 🙂



  27. Simon Croker on December 23, 2022 at 1:46 am

    sick dubstep beats @7:06 takin me back



  28. G G on December 23, 2022 at 1:48 am

    So you riding around in doors is supposed to prove what in a skin suit. Try ride in a skin suit in freezing cold weather outside. You people at that station just need to all piss off and find someone else to peddle your shit videos to.



  29. Mark Nilo Martinez Dayrit on December 23, 2022 at 1:49 am

    That’s one hottie on wheels



  30. Joe Derfler on December 23, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Do i get a discount code for watching this video?



  31. Adele Gleason on December 23, 2022 at 1:55 am

    I have never found wool itchy, and yes I wore the old stuff. The chamois is comfortable if it is well cared for. I fully believe the new clothes made a big difference on the track, but on the road? I will stick to wool. And the modern chamois are not hygienic any more than nylon underwear. They just don’t breathe well.



  32. GeoffMerritt on December 23, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Used to wear the woolen kit in the 70’s. The chomois in the shorts was basically the same as what dried your car off with, more for absorbing sweat than a bit of cushioning. After a wash, they would take a couple of kilometres to soften up with the sweat… maybe dear skin chamois didn’t have that problem…



  33. Mr Smith on December 23, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Come on now, the old kit does look better, retro cool. Accepted the aero skin kit is more efficient (and comfortable on the derrière), but I’m sure I’m not the only one to think that the lower abdomen paneling looks wrong. Make it the same colour or something and it might be acceptable.



  34. Vince Legstrong on December 23, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Should have gotten Si to wear the Emperor’s invisible clothing.



  35. Diccon Hill on December 23, 2022 at 2:02 am

    RETRO, yes I am shouting. And Chamois a 🦌 I thought it was a region in Belgium famed for its 🧀 and 🍺 . I may have been in the Netherlands 🇳🇱 thinking about it.



  36. ORION PATRIAL on December 23, 2022 at 2:04 am

    😍😍😍Mannon….and the aerodinamic glamour😎🌼



  37. GCN Tech on December 23, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Do you prefer the retro or modern look? Let us know in the comments! 👇



  38. Dániel Faller on December 23, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Whoever made the thumbnail, hints one change in a not so subtle way. Lol



  39. Morri Mohr on December 23, 2022 at 2:11 am

    I just read through the comments and the idiots who made a reference to Manon’s weight should ashamed of themselves. She looks great, athletic, confident and represents herself along with the topic very well!
    I’m an older former crit racer and prefer a looser fitting kit these days but if I was still racing I’m sure I’d get sucked into the skinsuit camp.



  40. HITMAN POWMIA on December 23, 2022 at 2:13 am

    you looked great in both



  41. Sebastian Jost on December 23, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Let’s wear super aerodynamic clothes… And strap a GoPro to your chest…
    GoPro’s are not earodynamic.



  42. will mo on December 23, 2022 at 2:13 am

    How itchy mannon? Im thinking buying some wool socks. Also un the future, we will likly just spray clothes on for riding. Step into a machine and a fine mist will be sprayed one. One atom thick,and stronger than steel, and nearly zero resistance in the wind.



  43. Robert Kilpin on December 23, 2022 at 2:17 am

    wonder what times would have been if the old kit was worn on the first run?



  44. Lynda Barry on December 23, 2022 at 2:17 am

    I grew up riding in the early to mid seventies. Wet wool clothing isn’t warm. It loses anywhere from 20 – 40% of it’s insulation value. It becomes heavy, cold to the skin and generally miserable to ride in.



  45. T59 on December 23, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Shows a lot more than it should 😀



  46. Deuce 96 on December 23, 2022 at 2:17 am

    That retro jersey is cool



  47. ellieban on December 23, 2022 at 2:18 am

    I’m surprised how advanced the ‘70s gear actually is. I wonder where we would have got to over the last 50 years if we’d carried on developing the wool suits instead of getting distracted by polluting petrochemicals? Certainly things like the no-pins label, the leg seals, knitting the logos into the pattern etc are all probably possible with current knitting technology.



  48. Victor Matias on December 23, 2022 at 2:19 am

    I’m getting used already to the jersey with no collar anymore but they removed the back pockets in cup racing jerseys now? But I will always hate long socks on cycling



  49. Mike Myers on December 23, 2022 at 2:19 am

    A better video if you got rid of the crap music.👎🏻



  50. Prairielander on December 23, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Anyone bicycling with these outfits on going to the local shop look like knobs.