Well, no ... DuPont introduced Lycra in 1958 as a replacement for rubber in girdles ... Assos introduced the Lycra cycling short in 1976.
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> From: OROBOYZ@aol.com
> Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 14:20:17 EST
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
> Subject: [CR]Was:...bike shorts, etc., now Assos
> In a message dated 12/6/2001 12:56:01 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> Not Cinelli.
> And in the mid-late 1970s ... not 1980s. >>
> So Assos introduced Lycra.... Cool!
> Maybe Tony was inspired by a Swiss miss in a girdle?
> Before I turn to a serious note, I also am reminded by a Robert Clair-sent
> poster in which Assos advertised the aforementioned Swiss miss declaring "I'd
> rather wear nothing if not my Assos" (She was saying something like that, my
> attention was not on her words.) Apologies to the group...
> NOW, what I wanted to mention was the factory drilled out Assos cranksets
> and cartridge-like bottom brackets from the late 1970s/early 1980s. Coupled
> with their tricky minimalist pedals and aero rims, Assos was definitely
> leading edge for a brief period.. Any of you guys riding or own that
> Dale Brown
> Greensboro, NC