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    I hate jerseys

    When I first got back into cycling from my childhood days I really thought I liked the look of jerseys but of course there were size issues. I noted with joy a very nice red jersey that was listed in size 3XL and ordered it immediately- when it arrived I said no way is that 3XL. Tried to put it on and I couldn't even get a shoulder into it let alone my keg. I finally found some that sort of fit but I really couldn't get the cool jerseys. Fast forward to today and the abundance of performance wear. I started with dri max shirts that highway workers wear with reflective tape on them. Great visibility and wicking - I have now moved onto performance polo shirts. I love how they look on my Clyde body and how they take the sweat off me and cool at the same time. The hi viz colors are nice too - I don't miss the jersey pockets but sometimes I miss the cool designs but then I didn't have those options anyways. I just finished the Katy trail wearing nothing but performance polos and was very comfortable the whole 237 plus miles. Jerseys? Don't need no stinking jerseys

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    I've never used a real jersey so I don't have anything to compare to. I use t-shirts or the wicking shirts, etc.

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    Different strokes for different folks...I like how the jersey covers my plumbers crack while riding.
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    A manager would see a goal here. Get to where that cool jersey fits... How cool would that be?

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    I have a closet filled with jerseys; all very nice but I find myself more and more wearing "fitness" gear I purchased from Target or JC Pennys/ Light, comfortable, wicks moisture well and are cheap (like $15 v. $85). If it get stained or dirty don't feel bad about throwing it away. The only thing I miss are the pockets so if doing a long ride, I generally wear a jersey...
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    Jersey sizing is an open joke... but be aware there are "race fit, slim fit and club fit" options out there. Also note that American sizing is different from Italian sizing - I recall trying on a 5x jersey at REI one day and I couldn't even get my arm in the damn thing. I typically wear XL or XXL jerseys.

    Regardless, wear what you like. I need the pockets.

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    I'm not a jersey guy either. I'm not on BMC Racing, so I don't want to wear their kit (or any other team kit). As for generic jerseys, quite frankly I have a size issue. I generally just use a loosely fit t-shirt. FWIW, I don't wear cycling shorts either, though I do have several pairs of PI cycling underwear, I guess you'd call them - that I wear under my regular shorts.

    I know I probably don't look like a real cyclist and am not very aerodynamic - but I'm too fat to be worrying about aerodynamics anyways. Besides - the wind resistance increases my effort, which is probably good for me in the long run. I guess riding around on a mid 90s hybrid Schwinn adds to the effort thing.

    I gain comfort from the fact that I see several other overweight guys dressed like me riding the streets in my area.

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    Yes, jersey fit is a bit of an issue, especially between the Italian and North American sizing. My first jerseys were picked up at MEC (the Canadian equivalent of REI). I could comfortably wear them in an XL. I got to the point where I was wanting to get some more jerseys, but wanted to go with a racier style. I'd lost a fair bit of weight, and my original XLs were pretty loose as well. I ended up getting a couple of De Marchi jerseys in XXL, and they just fit.

    Saying that, I much prefer wearing them compared to my original jerseys. They don't flap in the wind at all, and I think they look much better. My wife agrees with that sentiment, and that's really the most important thing for a middle aged married guy!

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    I think we make really cool jerseys and it was important to us to have the range go from XS to XXXL --- we've discussed before our thoughts about European sizing, so no need to rehash that. As important as the sizing is, we also feel you need a good material to start with.

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    after losing 100lbs I still don't like how jerseys fit. I find it interesting that I was wearing my Tour De Cure award jersey for raising over $500 when the guy hit me with his car I still wonder if I had been wearing my road warrior t shirt he might have seen me and not turned in front of me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guinnessmike View Post
    .... I just finished the Katy trail wearing nothing but performance polos and was very comfortable....
    Ew.
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjmillig View Post
    Ew.
    lol

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    just to be clear I wore polo cycling shorts socks and shoes oh and a helmet as if I had been just really been wearing the polo alone I would not have survived the ride

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    I love the pockets and the elastic at the hems (sleeves and bottom) and the zipper.
    I like showing club affiliation on event rides.
    Every once in a while I'll wear a cute pink jersey with a bicycle print, but most of the time it's basic HiVis club cut cheap stuff.

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    Love the Primal Crash Test Dummy jersey I just bought. A tiny bit self-conscious about the fit, it's pretty tight. But I'm 6'6", 348 - I'm gonna look big in anything.
    With every ride, I get a little stronger. I gain a little stamina. I gain a little pride. And so I await the next ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOHUNT View Post
    A manager would see a goal here. Get to where that cool jersey fits... How cool would that be?
    +1. I know its easier said than done but I even do that on purpose. I've been buying clothes in smaller sizing with time goals in mind as well. I started at 219lbs july last year. A few months into it found a really nice kit I liked but didnt quite fit. I was 205 by then and bought it. I said that for my first supported ride I would be fit enough to wear it... It didnt happen but for my firts club ride it did about a month later. I was about 192. Then by that time I bought a speed suit. I am supposed to wear it this saturday and it still doesnt fit quite as good as I thought it would by now but it fits to the point I can wear it. I am playing with my weight right now between 180-182. I hope I can be under 180 by saturday and it'll fit almost perfect. If it doenst happen I'll save it for the saturday after when I have my first official crit race.

    Look at it as motivation and things will change. It gets expensive though so if you arent willing try to make it on big strides like say xxxL to xL then XL to M... etc.

    It worked for me hope it works for you
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    I hate jerseys

    I wish I could wear jerseys! I just wear the C9 by Champion Golf polos, they rock.
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    Golf shirts work well for lifters due to the room in shoulders and arms.

    I REALLY LIKE this companies jersey's. http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/big-m...ng-jersey.html. They have a remarkable comfortable temperature range.

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    Our local WalMart carries Coolmax-like shirts for $8.00 a piece. I've got a few of these in 3XL I use for riding. Comfortable fit, wicks moisture, definitely recommended.
    With every ride, I get a little stronger. I gain a little stamina. I gain a little pride. And so I await the next ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattInFla View Post
    Our local WalMart carries Coolmax-like shirts for $8.00 a piece. I've got a few of these in 3XL I use for riding. Comfortable fit, wicks moisture, definitely recommended.
    They also have poly golf polos I wear but they are shorter than the Champion ones. Are the cool max the solid colored tshirt style?
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    A cotton Tshirt is fine with me for most of my summer riding. I get my jerseys club cut and order them about two or three sizes too large from online stores I know I can return them. Even ordering two sizes too large isn't enough at times. In the spring and fall when rides often start very chilly and then warm up, it's not unusual to need to put on/ take off a layer...sometimes a layer plus leggings ...and having those pockets in the rear is a huge help if it's going to be a 50mi or longer ride. Extra food, extra clothing, tire repair stuff, phone, bee sting kit...without a jersey it's quite a challenge to bring along what I need for a 50+mi ride. It's taken me a long time to get used to wearing a jersey since they never fit well given my ample belly and smaller chest. Any jersey that actually fit me would be a very, very oddly cut thing with a huge waist and not so big a chest .
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
    They also have poly golf polos I wear but they are shorter than the Champion ones. Are the cool max the solid colored tshirt style?
    Yup. I've seen them there in red, white, grey, and bright pink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digibud View Post
    A cotton Tshirt is fine with me for most of my summer riding. I get my jerseys club cut and order them about two or three sizes too large from online stores I know I can return them. Even ordering two sizes too large isn't enough at times. In the spring and fall when rides often start very chilly and then warm up, it's not unusual to need to put on/ take off a layer...sometimes a layer plus leggings ...and having those pockets in the rear is a huge help if it's going to be a 50mi or longer ride. Extra food, extra clothing, tire repair stuff, phone, bee sting kit...without a jersey it's quite a challenge to bring along what I need for a 50+mi ride. It's taken me a long time to get used to wearing a jersey since they never fit well given my ample belly and smaller chest. Any jersey that actually fit me would be a very, very oddly cut thing with a huge waist and not so big a chest .
    Have you considered a pack, seat bag, or handlebar bag?

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    I hate jerseys

    I really like the jerseys with the pockets on the back (not that I can wear them).
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    They were indeed hard to find in my size before I lost a lot of weight. Performance has some of their house brand jerseys in sizes equating to a 2x and sometimes 3x.
    I like having the pockets in the back, They are convenient on long rides and for quick access to my camera. I also have a few wicking t-shirts for when I am just about town and don't want the roadie look.

    The trick is not to look at a subjective label like "XXL", but to look at the actual chest measurement. In my case I am presently about a 46" chest, or 23" measured armpit to armpit. This is about equal to a normal 1x sized t shirt. I've bought a handful of jerseys on Ebay that were labeled as XL, but no chest measurement, but they were good buys on really nice looking jerseys. Several of them had to go in my drawer until they fit. Some of them now fit, others are still waiting.

    Most brands are somewhat consistent on sizing within the brand. Garneau, however has sizes all over the place. I have 2x's from them that were too small and a medium that fits with plenty of room to spare.
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