There are a lot of ways to match. You can match your saddle to your bar tape. You can match your bar, stem and post. You can paint your stem to match your frame. You can match the finish on your components to the frame. You can match your hubs to your headset. There is also bibs to jersey, which can extend to socks, vest, warmers, hat.
I have, on a few occasions, seen bibs and jersey matched to hubs, headset and frame paint. The effect was nearly blinding.
I should say, before we go any further, that I’m not a matcher. I’m what you might call a perpetrator. I mismatch kit. I don’t care that much about that much. You know what I mean?
I think there is a case to be made on both ends of the matching spectrum. Serious perpetrators, those who would pair a vintage Mapei jersey with uh…anything, can be a real eyesore, hard to look at, but those who are too matchy-match, I just have a hard time taking them seriously.
This week’s Group Ride asks, where are you on the matching continuum? Are you a low level matcher, saddle to bar tape? Somewhere in the middle, kit always matches? Or over the top, your shoe covers match your arm warmers and hat? I have a sneaking suspicion that the further north you go, the less match happens, simply because there’s too much kit to maintain in colder climes, but I could be wrong there. Maybe it tracks to personality type directly. Or free time.