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Old 10-30-09, 08:19 AM   #1
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More than one team kit?

The team I am considering joining (my first as you can tell by the newbie question) has a requirement that you wear the team kit any time you are on the bike. I'm sure that is a common requirement. So, considering that most everyone here probably is on the bike AT LEAST 4-5 times a week with training and all, how many team kits do you have? I really hate wearing dirty smelly cloths. Especially when they are like that BEFORE I slide into them. And not even mentioning the bib shorts. EWWW...

So what do you guys do? Multiple kits? Lot's of washing?
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Old 10-30-09, 08:21 AM   #2
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At first I had two kits. I washed them every time.
Through the few years I've acquired several kits. So I'm in good shape.
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I get five bibs/jerseys from my team, and then singles of other clothing pieces (jacket, vest, etc), so it's never been a problem.
Only giving you one kit then expecting you to wear it all the time sounds a little silly. I would either 1) buy an extra jersey, which you can wear with different shorts or 2) ask around and see if any actually cares about that policy outside of organized rides and races.
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Old 10-30-09, 08:31 AM   #4
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I started with 2 kits. They changed designs last yearand I got 2 more of the new. I train in the old kits, race(d) in the new. Probably changing teams next year and I'll start out with 2 again then.

edit- and wash them every time please.
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We get our clothes at cost, so I buy 3-4 sets (plus whatever extras like arm/knee warmers, gloves, vests, etc) every year. They last about a year before the jerseys are messed up and have rusty spots all over the back from safety pins and the shorts are worn out, barring any premature failures via crashes.
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I get five bibs/jerseys from my team, and then singles of other clothing pieces (jacket, vest, etc), so it's never been a problem.
Only giving you one kit then expecting you to wear it all the time sounds a little silly. I would either 1) buy an extra jersey, which you can wear with different shorts or 2) ask around and see if any actually cares about that policy outside of organized rides and races.


Yeah but you are good. I have to buy mine
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i have 3 kits and 2 skinsuits.

i try to only race (cfross) in the skinsuits so I have my regular kits to train in but I will only wear the stuff if its clean so there are times when I go out in non race gear.

Kits get expensive and most good teams are going to understand not everyone can afford to have enough sets for every day of the week. As long as you make it a point to wear your kits at the most appropriate times (races, group rides, rides when you will be around the most people) it shouldnt be a big deal if you need to go out in regular gear from time to time.

I would advise getting at least 2 kits so you dont have to wash every single night.
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1) buy an extra jersey, which you can wear with different shorts or 2) ask around and see if any actually cares about that policy outside of organized rides and races.
I probably could have done this in the last post. But how then, would I ever stand a chance of catching up with Pcad?

I will probably get two jerserys if I join but I would probably also follow choice 2. I can see races and organized rides & such. Or even my big Saturday rides if I'm riding solo just because I'm out on the road for hours. But seriously, on my one hour weekday morning (lot's of times in the dark) training rides?
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I ordered 5 for the upcoming year. I have I think 6 from this year and 4 from last year. Currently I mostly just wear the current ones, the old ones are kind of ratty now. Next year I'll split between the new ones and this year's.
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I've never heard of such a policy.
How exactly does this club expect to police this?
What are the penalties?
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Old 10-30-09, 08:58 AM   #11
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I get five bibs/jerseys from my team, and then singles of other clothing pieces (jacket, vest, etc), so it's never been a problem.
Only giving you one kit then expecting you to wear it all the time sounds a little silly. I would either 1) buy an extra jersey, which you can wear with different shorts or 2) ask around and see if any actually cares about that policy outside of organized rides and races.
This.
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I've never heard of such a policy.
How exactly does this club expect to police this?
What are the penalties?
I think its a pretty common expectation where the Team is getting money from Sponsors, and paying your expenses.

The eenforcement is usually just peer pressure.
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How exactly does this club expect to police this?
What are the penalties?

Good questions. I just figured that might not be the best questions to ask right off the bat. I'm more passive aggressive
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I have to buy mine, bibs are about $90, jerseys I forget but not cheap either.

I have one jersey from last year (old sponsors) that a buddy gave me free, and one that I paid for, and a long sleeve also. So I'm good there with occaisional washing.

Had 2 pairs of bibs, lost one at a rally, crashed in the other, so ordering 2 new.
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oh and count your blessings... one of the local clubs has 2 different kit styles, depending if it's after Labor Day, or Sunday, or some kind of formula I haven't figured out.
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I think its a pretty common expectation where the Team is getting money from Sponsors, and paying your expenses.
Yes. That makes sense. Sponsors are looking at it as advertising and want their name put out there as much as possible. Seems fair.

So keeping in the spirit of the deal rather than the letter of it I would probably wear the team jersey in visible situations (team rides, group rides, charity rides, broad daylight long solo rides, etc) and not worry about it so much on less visible rides (early morning training in the dark, cold solo rides wearing a jacket, etc.). So I can stay in the spirit of the agreement and save som laundry cycles.

Thanks guys. As silly as this sounds this has helped me figure things out .

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oh and count your blessings... one of the local clubs has 2 different kit styles, depending if it's after Labor Day, or Sunday, or some kind of formula I haven't figured out.
The pre Labor Day kit must have had too much white. Not that there's anything wrong with that
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Our Elite team is required to wear the kit and they have kits provided.
Us mortals have to buy our kit and, whilst we're encouraged to wear it, the only requirement is to wear a current year jersey at races.
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I don't think our team has a rule like that. I have 2 kits. It's all I could afford I wear them as much as I can but I have 4 or so pairs of plain bibs and tons of jerseys from before the team that I enjoy wearing also.

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I think its a pretty common expectation where the Team is getting money from Sponsors, and paying your expenses.

The eenforcement is usually just peer pressure.
If they're paying your expenses, they should also be capable of paying for a couple of kits for you to wear as well.
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I got through this year with one kit and a skinsuit. 40+ races and training. College budget and keeping it upright ftw. New team is hooking me up though.
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Team kit on group rides, team training rides, and races.

Can wear whatever on the solo rides.
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The team I am considering joining (my first as you can tell by the newbie question) has a requirement that you wear the team kit any time you are on the bike. I'm sure that is a common requirement.
Are they paying you or giving you tons of free stuff? None of the clubs I ever rode for had that requirement. Just that you wear it to all races, and most strongly suggested club rides as well. I've also never ridden for a club that did more than discounted products, reimbursed specific entry fees, and had free food from time to time.
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Yes. That makes sense. Sponsors are looking at it as advertising and want their name put out there as much as possible. Seems fair.

So keeping in the spirit of the deal rather than the letter of it I would probably wear the team jersey in visible situations (team rides, group rides, charity rides, broad daylight long solo rides, etc) and not worry about it so much on less visible rides (early morning training in the dark, cold solo rides wearing a jacket, etc.). So I can stay in the spirit of the agreement and save som laundry cycles.

Thanks guys. As silly as this sounds this has helped me figure things out .

This is what I do. I have two S/S jerseys, two bibs, windvest, arm and kneewarmers (oh, and a tri skinsuit ). Obviously not enough to wear everytime I'm on the bike, so I "save" the kit for when I'm going to be seen, especially for group rides and races, obviously.
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This is what I do. I have two S/S jerseys, two bibs, windvest, arm and kneewarmers (oh, and a tri skinsuit ). Obviously not enough to wear everytime I'm on the bike, so I "save" the kit for when I'm going to be seen, especially for group rides and races, obviously.
why is that so "obvious?"
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