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    Jerseys: skin tight or a little loose?

    Back in my skinny high school days I wore my jerseys skin tight, but now that I'm older and more clyde-esque, I'm a bit self conscious. Do you wear yours skin tight or a little loose?

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    Skintight. The most effective wicking that way and fashion be d@mned!
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    Tom's right. You do get better wicking (and more aero) when they're tight, but remember there is a fine line between close fitting and improperly sized.
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    I'm for the sausage set. I know when I'm fighting a head wind I want as much help as possible. Besides, the loose fitting clothes flapping in the wind can get annoying after a while.

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    I've got jerseys that fit both ways. I'm ok with the skin tight as long as I'm wearing bibs that do a little belly control as the tight ones roll up the belly a bit when I wear shorts.
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    mine are skin tight, they really shouldn't be for me since it makes me look like I have a beer belly, but I don't care, and it's motivation for me, that and the old 2005 disco team jersey that is in the closet...(paid for it and haven't ever worn it, it's too small! I can't wait for that to fit!)
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    Tom is right.

    Wicking is a good reason but, if you need another, the worst thing ever is the chaffing that results from riding 2-3 hours into a strong wind with a loose jersey.

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    Now, I'm not talking about wearing a jersey that's a few sizes too big, just a little loose. Maybe my problem is I can't find one the fits good on the top & bottom? My Performance jerseys fit good thru the chest, but loose (and long) on the bottom. I have a Gerolsteiner which fits OK, but I wish it was a tad bigger, especially in the arms.

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    I like skin-tight for two reasons: 1; The wife likes the way I look love handles and all, 2; It provides support.
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    Wouldn't you want it loose on the bottom so's you can carry Stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoeger View Post
    Now, I'm not talking about wearing a jersey that's a few sizes too big, just a little loose. Maybe my problem is I can't find one the fits good on the top & bottom? My Performance jerseys fit good thru the chest, but loose (and long) on the bottom. I have a Gerolsteiner which fits OK, but I wish it was a tad bigger, especially in the arms.
    What are your dimensions? I am a 44L with a 35 inch waist and I tend to prefer the XXL (Size "6") euro jerseys. If I buy an American jersey (not often anymore) it's usually an XL.

    With the tighter European jerseys you generally have to buy a size up from what you would wear in an American jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
    I like skin-tight for two reasons: 1; The wife likes the way I look love handles and all, 2; It provides support.
    One vote against skin tight jerseys here. For support, I wear a compression shirt under my jerseys. It keeps the loose skin in place and makes me appear less 'lumpy.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    What are your dimensions? I am a 44L with a 35 inch waist and I tend to prefer the XXL (Size "6") euro jerseys. If I buy an American jersey (not often anymore) it's usually an XL.

    With the tighter European jerseys you generally have to buy a size up from what you would wear in an American jersey.
    I measured last night, my chest is 45 and waist is 38. The jerseys I bought from Performance last year were all XL, their stuff seems to be a looser fit for us Americans

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    With the tighter European jerseys you generally have to buy a size up from what you would wear in an American jersey.
    That's the difference between race-fit and club-fit jerseys. Race-fit is the benching shirt of the cycling world; darn near takes a second person to shoehorn you into it. Club-fit is a little looser cut since tenths of a second from wind drag aren't usually a concern, even to slightly competitve recreational riders.

    That being said, I prefer club-fit jerseys for two reasons: 1) I'm too fat to pack myself into a race-fit jersey, and 2) I'll get more of an advantage by being comfortable than attempting to make my beer belly "aero"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoeger View Post
    I measured last night, my chest is 45 and waist is 38. The jerseys I bought from Performance last year were all XL, their stuff seems to be a looser fit for us Americans
    +1 for the cut on Performance house brand jerseys. I've got a wicking t-shirt and a microfleece lined long sleeve club-fit from them, and they're both fantastic. Nearly the same measurements: 48/38, and the XL fits great. The big plus is that at 6'6", the length is correct! No belly shirts and 3/4 sleeves like some companies who can't get the length right on their gear.
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    I have jerseys that fir bith loose and tight. I agree that a tight fitting jersey looks better over bibs for a little belly control.

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    When I first started riding again (Aug, '06) I needed the club-fit jersey...race-fit didn't fit But, I've lost enough weight now, so that I can get into a race-fit.

    Why? Because I hate jersey's that are too big or too long when they hang down covering my butt when I'm upright. I'm not trying to show off my butt or anything, but I don't like the feeling. I don't notice it as much when riding, but when standing or sitting upright...yuck. So I go with race/euro-fit...they sit right at my waist where they should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    That's the difference between race-fit and club-fit jerseys. Race-fit is the benching shirt of the cycling world; darn near takes a second person to shoehorn you into it. Club-fit is a little looser cut since tenths of a second from wind drag aren't usually a concern, even to slightly competitve recreational riders.

    That being said, I prefer club-fit jerseys for two reasons: 1) I'm too fat to pack myself into a race-fit jersey, and 2) I'll get more of an advantage by being comfortable than attempting to make my beer belly "aero"
    Amen to that. Can't speak for any onlookers, but I don't like seeing myself in tight clothing. My brother (competitive triathlete) and I talked about it at one point and determined that things like aero and lightweight bikes don't matter a bit when the motor needs to shed somewhere between 50 and 70 pounds.
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    A little loose. But not too much where the jersey looks like it is hanging.
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    A little loose, it just feels more comfortable around the shoulders & sleeves. I wear sleeveless base layer to wick away sweat.

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    Hey, I know I got man boobs, I don't need to show them off. A little loose for this cat is just fine. I am usually not going so fast that I have to worry about flapping in the breeze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zencentury View Post
    Wouldn't you want it loose on the bottom so's you can carry Stuff?
    When I got my road bike, in 2006, I was picking fairly loose jerseys. However, I found that whenever I carried stuff in the back pockets, I always felt a strain from the stuff pulling down. Then, I read in the Road Cycling forum that tighter jerseys help to make the back pockets more stable. I tried a tighter jersey on myself and I saw the light. Skin tight jerseys for me!

    Then again, as someone else pointed out, there's a fine line between "skin tight" and "too small".

    As well, I felt a little embarrassed to wear skin tight jerseys at first. But then the embarrassment flew away as my waist went from size 40 to size 34...

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    I bought one that was a somewhat loose once, and didn't like the feel so much. Prefer the feel of skintight. One thought to add: if you happen to choose to spend a little more on a higher end garment, skintight may help it do its job of wicking better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    Tom is right.

    Wicking is a good reason but, if you need another, the worst thing ever is the chaffing that results from riding 2-3 hours into a strong wind with a loose jersey.
    What exactly chafes? My upper body doesn't really move while I'm riding...

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