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What is the difference between Lycra and Spandex

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

  1. Renard

    Renard Guest

  2. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    If you have to ask, you'll never understand :ohmy:
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Spandex = poor man's lycra.
     
  4. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

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

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    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.
     
  6. barq

    barq Senior Member

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

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Marvel Superheros dress in spandex

    Cyclists dress in lycra


    Simple!
     
  8. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,

    80's glittery rock bands wore spandex, cyclists were still wearing lycra.
     
  9. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Spandex is an anagram of Expands. And it gets more points in Scrabble. And I don't think it's a trademark either.
     
  10. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

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

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    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.
     
  12. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    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:
     
  13. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

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

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

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

    Big Bren New Member

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

    Bren