What is the difference between Lycra and Spandex

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Renard, 4 Sep 2007.

  1. Renard

    Renard Guest

  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Spandex = poor man's lycra.
  3. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    the way it feels against your nether regions. mmmm...... :ohmy: :biggrin:
  4. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Ermm, no. Not at all.

    Spandex (or elastane) is the general name for a class of synthetic stretchy materials, and lycra is one particular manufacturers name for it.
  5. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    I think it is just a trade mark issue. Like Teflon and PTFE are the same.
  6. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Marvel Superheros dress in spandex

    Cyclists dress in lycra

  7. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute


    80's glittery rock bands wore spandex, cyclists were still wearing lycra.
  8. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    If we all wore Spandex, then the press couldn't call us Lycra Louts any more.
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    teflon and lycra are both trademarks of dupont. they do well at making them the generic term for all that sort of stuff don't they.
  10. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    Well considering how dull their products are, they have achieved amazing product awareness among the general public. Although the old story about Teflon being the result of the space industry is an urban myth, it didn't do them any harm! :ohmy:
  11. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Zurich Switzerland
    About 30 years, a huge perm and an electric guitar?
  12. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Exactly so. Spandex is the generic name, Lycra is a trademark. It's like asking what's the difference between vacuum cleaners and Hoovers.
  13. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    You mean to say that when we go cycling, we're actually....... wearing Spandex?!

  14. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    I thought Spandex was the term Septics used. Lycra is the term we use in the UK.

    Either way, all this talk about Lycra is giving me a Henman
  15. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I used to wear spandex leopard skin tights in the 80's when I played in a heavy metal band...ooh...I looked so Hot;):ohmy::blush::biggrin:
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