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    On a mission for God squirrell's Avatar
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    My first jersey, and it fits! What's with pockets though?

    I received my first "official" cycling jersey in the mail the other day; it's from a church group I joined. I've yet to be able to ride with them but hope to attend my first group ride Sept. 20th. That will be my first ride with them AND my first group ride, period!

    Anyway, the largest jersey they offered was XL, which I didn't expect to fit now. But I thought it would be good incentive hanging in my closet to continue my weight loss and hoped I could wear it by the New Year.

    However, when it came, and I tried it on, it fits! I was so excited to be able to take a ride wearing a "real" jersey.

    Got a question though--probably a stupid one. Those pockets on the back--how much do y'all typically carry in them? I was going to put a water bottle back there but my DH said it might fall out. Are those pockets typically used for much of anything?

    So far, I've lost 65 pounds with 75 more to go. The photos below are "before" (on the left) and "now." The "before" is actually when I was about 20 pounds lighter than my heaviest. I gained 20 pounds within 8 months after that photo was taken.

    The second photo is of the back of the jersey. We're called "The Holy Rollers"




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    You can use the pockets to carry whatever you like. Most people use them for extra tubes, patch kit, co2 inflator, cell phone, camera, gels or other food, ect... You can also use it to hold a water bottle although it may be a little uncomfortable. Really whatever you like you can cram in there.

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    I usually put a cliff bar, Gu, and my cell phone (in a ziplock bag) back there. Food on my right pocket, phone in the left, trash in the middle. I put my wallet, keys, flat kit, spare tube and multi tool in my seat bag.

    Congratulations on the weight loss!

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    Jeez, I wouldn't put a cellphone or a camera in there, and certainly not a water bottle. Nothing more than a gu and a pair of gloves.

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    I suppose you can put anything in there that fits.

    Arm warmers end up in there for me personally, if I bring them, along with knee warmers etc. Cell phone or anything else I need to get to in a pinch, and ID in a ziploc baggie in case I get hit by a truck or something...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    Jeez, I wouldn't put a cellphone or a camera in there, and certainly not a water bottle. Nothing more than a gu and a pair of gloves.
    Why not? I'm kinda new to this, but I've been wearing a jersey on longer rides. I haven't ever lost anything out of a pocket, and I'm not bothered by the bulk. I carry a cell phone and a small, inexpensive digital camera, along with a couple Cliff Bars, and I've seen people with mini-pumps and, yes, water bottles.
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    The pockets are one of the main reasons I wear a jersey. I usually keep my car keys(if I am MTB riding which I need to drive to get to the trails) or house key, cell phone, ID, and some money in a ziploc baggie(the ID in case I am hit by a car or have a heart attack or something and they won't have to post my pic on the news to find out who I am). Also some food (Clif bar, etc) for the longer rides. Knock on wood I haven't had anything fall out yet even when MTB riding and encountering an ENDO. I usually check after a fall to make sure I still have everything and nothing has ever come out of the pockets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    Why not? I'm kinda new to this, but I've been wearing a jersey on longer rides. I haven't ever lost anything out of a pocket, and I'm not bothered by the bulk. I carry a cell phone and a small, inexpensive digital camera, along with a couple Cliff Bars, and I've seen people with mini-pumps and, yes, water bottles.
    I've carried my camera plenty of times in a jersey pocket. Cell phone on nite rides with no prollems! If you take Fig Newtons, make sure they are in a baggie (makes me sweat where the plastic covers my back). Made the mistake once of removing a FN from the baggie. You know, FN's are very absorbent!

    Jereys have different designs as far as pockets. Some are separated into 3 sections. If I were to carry one, I'd use the middle pocket as it is more likely to remain stationary on the center of your back. The side pockets wold allow the bottle to swing along your sides, very annoying to the ribs! I wouldn't use the jersey pockets for water myself as most bottles I've had eventually drip. Even more annoying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    Why not? I'm kinda new to this, but I've been wearing a jersey on longer rides. I haven't ever lost anything out of a pocket, and I'm not bothered by the bulk. I carry a cell phone and a small, inexpensive digital camera, along with a couple Cliff Bars, and I've seen people with mini-pumps and, yes, water bottles.
    Because, frankly, that's too much crap to be carrying in your shirt. And some of it wouldn't take kindly to falling out and landing on the pavement at 30 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    Because, frankly, that's too much crap to be carrying in your shirt. And some of it wouldn't take kindly to falling out and landing on the pavement at 30 mph.
    I myself don't care to carry things in my shirt, maybe one or two small items. The rest is in the seatbag......and My! My you are fast!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    I myself don't care to carry things in my shirt, maybe one or two small items. The rest is in the seatbag......and My! My you are fast!!
    Note I didn't say where I was going 30 mph -- not that a cellphone or camera needs anything like that speed to go smash.

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    Carry whatever you want. They're your pockets! Nobody here has any right to tell you what to carry or not. It's all personal opinion. Police will not show up to arrest you if you do carry a camera and cell phone back there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
    Carry whatever you want. They're your pockets! Nobody here has any right to tell you what to carry or not. It's all personal opinion. Police will not show up to arrest you if you do carry a camera and cell phone back there.
    Nice! Now here's a "Defender of Individual Liberties" badge, and a broom so you can sweep up the mess from that strawman that you just destroyed.

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    Carry a rolled-up smaller jersey, for when you need the next size down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    Because, frankly, that's too much crap to be carrying in your shirt. And some of it wouldn't take kindly to falling out and landing on the pavement at 30 mph.
    Whatever...

    I think I'll keep carrying as much crap in my shirt as I want to have readily accessible. Besides, crap is more likely to be damaged rattling around a saddlebag with my keys, multi-tool, tire levers, etc. than it is to fall out of a jersey pocket.
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    I love seeing the guys who treat charity rides like the TdF, showing up and bragging about how they've got their bike down to some ridiculously low weight, including "everything for a century". Then I see them stuffing tubes, CO2, gel flasks, extra water bottle, Clif Bars, tire levers, rain jacket, etc. in their jersey pockets until they're ready to burst.
    What good is it to carry that much stuff in your pockets?
    I keep a couple of bars/gels in mine. Everything else goes in my seat wedge.
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    I've been using this ridiculously huge handlebar bag to tote my stuff. I do carry a cell phone, and I also have to carry my Diabetes testing meter, testing strips, and stick pen. And glucose tablets. And a snack. And keys. So today, I put it on in my jersey pockets and left the bag at home. It all ended up not being as heavy on my back as I feared. And worked great!

    I'm not sure but it seemed that without that handlebar bag that I gained a little speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    Whatever...

    I think I'll keep carrying as much crap in my shirt as I want to have readily accessible. Besides, crap is more likely to be damaged rattling around a saddlebag with my keys, multi-tool, tire levers, etc. than it is to fall out of a jersey pocket.
    Take a relax. No one told you you can't carry all the crap you want in your jersey pockets. OP asked what people carry in them, I said my say like the rest of y'all. Don't start rolling your little eyes and acting like it's some kind of infringement on your personal liberties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    Take a relax. No one told you you can't carry all the crap you want in your jersey pockets.
    My bad...I misunderstood...when you said:

    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    that's too much crap to be carrying in your shirt
    in response to my post, I thought you meant that I was carrying too much crap in my pockets. I now understand that when you said:

    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    that's too much crap to be carrying in your shirt
    in response to my post, you actually meant that you personally didn't carry that much crap in your shirt and that you will permit the rest of us to carry as much crap as we want.

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    Each pocket can hold two cans of beer, so that's a six pack and that is enough for any ride under 30 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    Because, frankly, that's too much crap to be carrying in your shirt. And some of it wouldn't take kindly to falling out and landing on the pavement at 30 mph.
    Every time I've hit the pavement at 30 mph I was holding the cell phone up to my ear and talking to somebody while holding the camera with my other hand while taking pics of myself. Each time I was able to keep the phone and camera in my hands and not damage them. Bicycling ain't rocket surgery, I've fallen off my bike or ran into the back of parked cars more times than I can count and have never damaged an electronic item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    I'll sleep better knowing that I have your imprimatur
    Dude. You need to take yourself, and me, and the interwebs, a whole lot less seriously than you evidently do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Scott View Post
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    Seconded! I've only been at BF a short time and LBB comes off as an instigator.

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