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    Favorite warm weather commuting getup?

    It's something I'm fairly enthused about. Last Tuesday it was a bone numbing 20 degrees with humidity in the morning. It got the commute off to a grumpy start.

    Now however it seems (?) that it may be possible to get into some warm weather riding even in the mornings, and that the AM outfit is much the same as the PM.

    So anyway, are there any favorite brands/ items of clothing out there for fair weather commutes? It's great to be off the subject of foul weather gear if you'll forgive my enthusiasm.

    I like baggy shorts, sneakers with low cut socks- and roadie shirts. (Some bought from thrift stores, others from online retailers in moments of weakness) It may look goofy, but dang it works. Happy warm weather commuting!
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    some sort of bike shorts (tri-shorts actually) with athletic shorts worn over the top, - or not depending on how saucy I'm feeling.

    Usually a technical T-shirt but sometimes a jersey if I'm going on a group ride after work.

    I'm not particularly brand loyal.
    If you're not riding with a psychedelic gecko on your shirt, you ARE having a substandard experience.

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    I recently picked up a pair of dawgs brand shoes. The men's spirit golf shoe specifically.


    A lot like crocs, these shoes are very lightweight, and the sole is stiff enough for me. The golf cleat seems to mate nicely with my platform pedals. I bought the golfer version because for the given size/color it was much cheaper on amazon.

    I like these shoes because they are light, and comfortable. They are also exceptionally easy to put on, while maintaining a secure feeling on my foot; they are not coming off accidentally. Also, the abundant perforations mean on hot days there is a lot of air flow. I've given thought to riding them without socks, especially on a rain day. I haven't tried that strategy yet, I'm afraid of getting blisters from a lack of socks.

    initially I bought these shoes because I thought they would work well with my clips and straps pedals, they do. The slender shape of these shoes allow the strap to wrap around the bulk of the forefoot, and provide an extremely secure connection with clips and straps. Usually I ride with a less secure connection, but if I want to do some harder riding, I can tighten the straps and be better connected than with spd pedals/cleats.


    I usually wear my normal work pants tucked into socks, and a polyester T shirt. And the reflective vest, always the vest.

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    MAMIL here (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) but no team colours, nor tight fitting (OK, maybe a bit in the spring before I have lost my winter weight). It puts me in the mode for cycling.
    Yeah, I've been thinking about it and I've come to the conclusion that being an adult isn't going to work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motolegs View Post
    I like baggy shorts, sneakers with low cut socks- and roadie shirts. (Some bought from thrift stores, others from online retailers in moments of weakness) It may look goofy, but dang it works. Happy warm weather commuting!
    It looks goofy? Darn it ... but I also wear swim trunks especially when it's rainy. I can't not look goofy on a bike so I don't even try.

    One thing that bothers me is having to carry extra layers from the cool morning home, bulking out my bag. So I like the thin nashbar arm and leg warmers, and some of the technical T-shirts from Kohl's et al as a base layer under the jersey.

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    when its nice i prefer full nudity on my commutes
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    Yesterday a short ride with just bike shorts...

    Today, slight sunburn but well worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
    some sort of bike shorts (tri-shorts actually) with athletic shorts worn over the top, - or not depending on how saucy I'm feeling.

    Usually a technical T-shirt but sometimes a jersey if I'm going on a group ride after work.

    I'm not particularly brand loyal.
    Same for the most part. Though I prefer bibs instead of shorts.

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    Given the short and relatively flat nature of my commute, in nice weather I wear the clothes I'll be wearing at work. Usually its dress slacks and a button shirt.
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    I wear the same stuff year round, just in varying numbers of layers. All lycra. PI for the most part.

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    i am a fan of the arm warmers and stupid knee warmers.
    i have switched from my wool jersey to my free jerseys i got for test driving cars (ironic isnt it)
    i tend to wear my new wind vest in the AM and put it in my bag on the way home. It has lots of reflective stuff and bright Killer yellow.
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    When I read about warm weather commuting, I figure I'll be soaked by the time I get to the office (rain or sweat, or sometimes both). Bibs, jerseys, shoes for my pedals, and work wear to change into after a shower in a pannier for me.

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    Baggy pocket-clad twill shorts, tall dress socks (try it, you'll thank me), Tshirt, crocs bistro, watch, iPod helmet!!

    I find that traditional road biking faire does not fit my needs at all.

    Heres to some great weather!!!

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    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

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    I should add that the shorts are lower than knee, and the thin twill fabric is very durable & dries fairly quickly as air moves over it. As to the durability - landed on a curb/sidewalk going 22 mph. Left hip & elbow took 75% of the impact... While my elbow got it BAD, only some scuffing on shorts. I plan to make twill padded gloves...

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    Last edited by TransitBiker; 04-23-14 at 05:10 PM.
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    I am brand loyal. My favourites are UnderArmour, Adidas, North face and MEC...When it's warm I like to wear cargo shorts and form fitted UA sleeveless top or t-shirt.

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    A bit of explanation, there aren't a lot of dedicated bike commuters here. Most guys you see riding around are in street clothes, no helmets. The kind that HAVE to ride for whatever reason. So someone riding with purpose driven attire stands out. Have even been heckled, LOL. But hey, the jerseys have real nice pockets, the shorts are cool (temp. wise at least) and well, the helmet can really be a lifesaver.

    I hear you, it's great not having to lug those extra layers home in a stuffed full bag.

    (this was meant as a reply to wphamiltons' post #5 )
    Last edited by Motolegs; 04-23-14 at 07:47 PM.
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    I usually use my roadie shorts and socks, but stick with t-shirts on top. In cold weather though I wear cycling jackets on top with tech fabric underneath. I have a lot more t-shirts to go through in the summer as I usually bring a second to wear home.

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    Baggy shorts over bike shorts, a bright tshirt (preferably with a cute cat picture), mtn bike shoes without socks. Actually, skip the bike shorts and trade the bike shoes for either Tevas or running shoes and that is my May to October costume off the bike.


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    Real answer - cutoff shorts (khaki-like), and a cotton tee shirt
    regular commuter, adventurer/explorer of backroads and mtb trails
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    Loose shorts, and a cotton blend long sleeve oxford. The long sleeves ward off sunburn, and the cotton blend holds moisture and cools with the breeze.

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    In the summer I typically wear a pair of baggy cargo shorts with bike shorts underneath, and a tee shirt of some kind. I'd like to find a pair of light weight cargo shorts (the ones I have are a heavy cotton material and get really hot) for general riding, so I have a secure pocket for my phone and some cash when I don't have a bag with me. I haven't found much that I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestMass View Post
    Real answer - cutoff shorts (khaki-like), and a cotton tee shirt
    Your first answer brought to mind an episode of "Cops" filmed in Portland. The guy when pulled over swore he wasn't doing anything wrong.
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    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
    Baggy pocket-clad twill shorts, tall dress socks (try it, you'll thank me), Tshirt, crocs bistro, watch, iPod helmet!!

    I've seen the earphones that go through beanies and motorcycle helmets, but not bike helmets. Is it an integrated speaker or a wired earbud setup?

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    I wear nearly the same thing year round.

    Defeet socks, UnderArmor tights, compression shorts and a speedo. If it really cold or rainy I will add another thicker tight on their own or in combo with the UA tights and shoe covers.

    White UnderArmor long sleeve heat gear shirt and a high vis vest. Temperature dependent I wear: wool turtleneck, compression top or thin fleece like technical base layer.

    I have a pair of Black Diamond ski gloves for cold and/or wet days. Neoprene paddling gloves othewise, unless it is really hot.

    I always wear a helmet with head band/ear flaps. I find my ears are sensitive to wind noise and it acts a great sweat catch. I also wear UVEX Genesis safety glasses (I am a chemist and have grown used to them).

    Shimano spd mountain bike shoes, M076.

    I always prefer the long tights and sleeves to keep my skin pasty white. Otherwise I will burn on the commute home.

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