Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Renard, 4 Sep 2007.
If you have to ask, you'll never understand
Spandex = poor man's lycra.
the way it feels against your nether regions. mmmm......
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.
I think it is just a trade mark issue. Like Teflon and PTFE are the same.
Marvel Superheros dress in spandex
Cyclists dress in lycra
80's glittery rock bands wore spandex, cyclists were still wearing lycra.
Spandex is an anagram of Expands. And it gets more points in Scrabble. And I don't think it's a trademark either.
If we all wore Spandex, then the press couldn't call us Lycra Louts any more.
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.
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!
About 30 years, a huge perm and an electric guitar?
Exactly so. Spandex is the generic name, Lycra is a trademark. It's like asking what's the difference between vacuum cleaners and Hoovers.
You mean to say that when we go cycling, we're actually....... wearing Spandex?!
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