This begs the question, "What team?" We're starting a pair of new teams here at Slowtwitch: one a bicycle racing team, and the other a triathlon team. For information on these teams click here and you'll be sent down the page a ways.
You don't have to be a member of either team to buy our apparel, however, and buy it we hope you do. We expect our Slowtwitch apparel sales to be a measureable part of our revenue for this upcoming year, so if you like what you read on these pages and if you want to make sure evertbody's dogs, cats, hamsters, kids, husbands, and wives get fed and clothed, this'd lend a hand.
We're using Louis Garneau as apparel vendor for most of our clothing. We could've chosen a vendor who'd allow us to charge as little as half what we're charging. But we chose to go the other way. We only considered three vendors, and this is the one we chose.
We chose Garneau for our triathlon clothing as well, but we know that items such as tri shorts are, like running shoes, technical in nature, and people have their preferences. So we've also picked out a De Soto tri short with a (blue) lycra color that matches the graphics of the Garneau top. The reason we chose Garneau is that it appeared this vendor would give us the best combination of features and fit along with the ability to sublimate (important for team apparel, we think).
We're should deliver our first batch of apparel during December of 2001 (De Soto tri shorts may take a bit longer (though it's Power shorts should be deliverable also in December).
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SLOWTWITCH BIKE RACING TEAM
We're announcing a pair of teams. First and foremost, we think triathletes should consider bike racing. Our staff is pretty much unanimous in that we believe bike racing will make you a better cyclist, and it's a ball of fun! OK, it's not for everybody, but if you think it might be for you, the Slowtwitch team will be a full-fledged USCF team. Of course if you don't want to race bikes we still hope you'll help support the cause and invest in some gear!
Why do we have a bike racing team? Several reasons, all intended to make it a bit easier for triathletes to engage in bicycle racing.
First, via our forum we intend to have a little "support group" for those of you who're willing to take the plunge. Second, there is the legality of it all. It's not like triathlon. You can't wear whatever you want in a bike race. You may not wear anything substantially textual (you can't have words or sponsors on your clothing) unless such wording belongs to a cycling team you're a member of. We'll jump through those hoops for you. Third, entry fees are cheaper if you're a member of a team as opposed to racing "unattached."
What do you have to do to be a member of the Slowtwitch cycling team?
Buy at least one cycling jersey and a pair of shorts or a bib.
Let us know you want to be on the roster (via the radio button on the order form above).
Buy a USCF bicycle racing license (just like buying a USAT license) and name us as your team.
There are no dues, no meetings, no mandatory races, nothing.
SLOWTWITCH TRIATHLON TEAM
Same sorta thing, except we aren't soliciting your membership away from another triathlon team. We'd love it if you bought some of our apparel, but we're not poaching team members.
If you don't belong to a team and would like to be part of the Slowtwitch team, it's just as simple as buying the apparel and telling us you want to be on the team. Let USAT know that as well whenever you're filling out a USAT form.
As is the case with the cycling team, it's (U.S.) nationwidethere are no meetings, no dues, and no rules except that you race honestly and fairly, and act like the ladies and gentlemen we know all Slowtwitch readers are.
NOTES ABOUT APPAREL FIT, STYLE AND CUT
NOTE ABOUT SIZING: Our cycling apparel is unisex. Use men's size charts (below) ONLY when determining the size of the cycling clothing. Use the Garneau women's size charts ONLY when choosing the correct two-piece or crop-top size. If you're choosing De Soto's tri short, De Soto's sizes run differently than Garneau's, so look at De Soto's size chart (included below).
NOTE ABOUT COSMETICS: For those who wish, you can buy De Soto's Power Tri shorts, but they come only in black. It's only De Soto's tri shorts that come in various colors, and it's a blue short that you'd be getting from us (unless you order the Power short, which will be black).
NOTE ABOUT STYLE & CUT: It appears that the Garneau tri short is the highest-cut. Slightly longer is the De Soto short, and the Power short by De Soto is longest of allclose to the length of a cycling short.