By Guest Blogger Justin Hardcastle – age 16, edited by Linda Hardcastle (AKA "Mom")
Justin with his Giant Talon 29er, on the Lake Michigan Shoreline near Petosky, MII am a 16 year old teenager who loves to bicycle.  And when I am out on a group ride, I readily wear my bicycle shorts and jersey.  However, when I am bicycling alone or in-town, I rarely opt for this combination.  Why is that?  Because I might run into a group of teenagers whom I know.

Teenagers are quick to make fun of anyone who looks different.  So although they wouldn’t make fun of the fact that I was bicycling, they would make fun of my “different looking” bicycle clothing. It is for this reason that my in-town cycling garb consists of my longer nylon shorts and cotton t-shirt.  This is normal attire for a teenage boy.  Should I run into a group of friends, I would feel quite comfortable to get off my bicycle and join them for an ice cream or soda somewhere.

Justin ready to ride around town on his Giant Talon 29er.I see that my parents are quite comfortable riding anywhere in their bicycle outfits, but the life of a teenager is very different from that of an adult.  So if you are a teen or have a teen considering bicycling, keep in mind that they may forego the cycling clothing when in-town.  

Bicycle Garage Indy has a full line of bicycle clothing for adults and youth.  We also have many shorts like the Cannondale Kid’s Baggy Shorts ($24.99), with a padded cycling liner and baggy outer shell, which your teen may prefer for in-town riding.  

Sugoi, Cannondale and Pearl Izumi are just three of the many brands of bicycle clothing Indianapolis found at Bicycle Garage Indy’s three locations, North (Indianapolis, in the Clearwater area on 82nd St.) South (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd, Greenwood) and in the new Indy Bicycle Hub YMCA, (downtown Indianapolis, in City Market), opening August 2011.