I have some lycra, purely for practicality, I have nothing to prove in my eighth decade, lycra is very comfy.
I wish I had been a serious cyclist in my younger days, like my husband but better late than never. On my own now, I learnt to maintain my own bikes and I have three. Kona coco, a very nice hybrid bike with tyres that will not easily puncture during hedge cutting season. A kalkhoff ebike that we bought in 2008, still going strong and very nice to ride when I want to go further. My latest bike is an islabike a janis road bike. Put away for winter now
I have hills all around in every direction and always come home sweaty, which is good. If I want a longer easy ride, I need to lift a bike into my car and travel to the somerset levels. The coco weighs 12.5kg and the janis is 11.5kg. I can still do that lifting
I carry puncture gear on my janis as it has skinny tyres. I carry a tool kit for my kalkhoff after a rubbing mis-alignment that caused my battery to die a long way from home at the top of a very steep hill. It was a long walk home that day. The rubber on my back tyre actually melted. I did change tyres and inners on that bike and they were a real b**ger to get on, had to use ties, they are now marathon schwalbe
I am looking at the forecast for today but rain is forecast and strong gusty winds. Oh well, onto my rebounder instead