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    What's in Your Closet?

    My wife read my post about having more cycling jerseys than dress shirts. She then wanted to know just how many jerseys, shorts, and other cycling clothing I actually have. So, I counted. Turns out I have 23 jerseys, 14 pairs of shorts, three pairs of full length leg warmers, four cycling specific jacket, two pair of shoe covers, three pair of winter riding gloves, three pair of regular riding gloves, and three pair of cycling shoes. She says it's too much. I told it wasn't, and I could use a bit more.

    So, two questions to folks here (hopefully your responses will help with my defense). What's in your closet? How much is too much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88
    So, two questions to folks here (hopefully your responses will help with my defense). What's in your closet? How much is too much?
    Well, don't show her this post!

    2 Bibs
    About 4 cycling shorts that I don't wear anymore since I got the bibs.
    2 long sleeve jerseys with hoods
    about 5-6 regular jerseys
    2 sleeveless jerseys
    1 skull cap
    1 rain jacket
    1 bicycling wind breaker
    1 pair winter cycling gloves
    several pair of cycling gloves as I go through them fast and by them in large lots on sale
    no shoe covers
    1 pair of riding sandals, which is all I use. I no longer use my mtn bike shoes, even in the cold and snow.
    I have a general purpose heavier jacket which I use for bicycling and other things. It is one of those special fabrics. It is not bicycling specific.

    That's it.

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    I dare not count but yet another pair of Bib shorts added yesterday.

    My thing is for outer tops.
    1 top quality goretex that was bought in a sale 7 years ago and has more than paid for itself.
    1 cheap waterpoof Top, similar to the goretex and still good
    1 cheap smock that was waterproof but I now term as showerproof but is windproof for the cool days
    1 Nike cycling showerproof that was bought so many years ago it is just a little tight now(and is no longer showerproof )
    Then a couple of "Showerproofs that I only wear on the cold start mornings. probably showerproof but do not breath but pack up small
    Then the PERTEX. Completely windproof- packs into my fist, weighs about 3oz's, bright yellow but in no way will it repel any moisture at all. Windproof it definitely is and it breaths.
    Somewhere at the back of the drawer is a thick duvet cycling "Coat" Bright colours but only worn once- thick, heavy, and definititely not for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88
    My wife read my post about having more cycling jerseys than dress shirts. She then wanted to know just how many jerseys, shorts, and other cycling clothing I actually have. So, I counted. Turns out I have 23 jerseys, 14 pairs of shorts, three pairs of full length leg warmers, four cycling specific jacket, two pair of shoe covers, three pair of winter riding gloves, three pair of regular riding gloves, and three pair of cycling shoes. She says it's too much. I told it wasn't, and I could use a bit more.

    So, two questions to folks here (hopefully your responses will help with my defense). What's in your closet? How much is too much?
    Can't compete with that. I've got a few of everything. I'll probably be buying a 2nd balaclava and a lighter pair of riding gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Well, don't show her this post!

    2 Bibs
    About 4 cycling shorts that I don't wear anymore since I got the bibs.
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    SO BIB GUYS--are they really that much better? And how do you pee?
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    Maybe we need to create a jersey exchange so at least someone can enjoy stuff we seldom use. Easy to do with pics and all........ Just too many hanging around that will seldom be used.

    I TRIED to reduce the number of cycling shorts but just couldn't do the dirty deed of tossing them....

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    OK, looks like I'm going to have to try a different track with my wife. Most of the jerseys are too big for me. I purchased 5 or 6 of them when I was a XXXlarge, and had another 4 given as gifts (birthday, Christmas, etc.) Then I moved down to a XXlarge (thanks to riding!) and finally to an Xlarge. So, I actually only have about five that I actually wear. AND, did you know your feet get smaller as you lose weight? The idea of a jersey exchange sound interesting....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    SO BIB GUYS--are they really that much better? And how do you pee?

    YES. And just as normal. Lycra stretches a lot
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    SO BIB GUYS--are they really that much better? And how do you pee?
    Got a couple pair of bibs at the moment. They are comfy, but being a tall guy, I'm having a hard time finding them with the suspenders long enough. I feel like I'm giving myself a wedgie everytime I put them on. If I go up a size bigger than I would take in regular padded shorts, they're super comfy.

    I'm undecided which I like better yet...

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    What's in my closet? You mean in addition to the skeletons?
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    4 bibs,4 ls jerseys,8 ss jerseys,2ls base layers,1 sleeveless lightweight jacket,4 pairs reg socks,2 pairs heavier wool socks.
    Touch every 3rd person and you'll find an idiot.

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    No bibs, and no team jerseys--they're just embarrassing. Four mountain bike shorts, which I wear for nearly all riding, and three conventional sausageman Lycra road shorts, rarely used. Four or five solid-color or two-color, no-logo jerseys, also not used much. I do most of my summer riding in bright-colored CoolMax T-shirts, of which I have maybe six. For winter, I have three microfiber shells, two microfiber vests, two fleece vests, several wool sweaters for insulating layers. Two pairs of Patagonia "Too Loose" tights, one pair of microfiber wind pants, a mess o' gloves, balaclavas and hats. Everything except the shorts, pretty much, is used for a range of outdoor activities.
    Oh, and two merino wool bike jerseys from Rivendell, one blue and one gold. No logos.

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    0 jerseys (I wear bright T-shirts)
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    7 pr. gloves (I could use a few extra)
    0 cycling-specific, cold-weather gear (it isn't cold here)
    2 helmets (I replace one every six months)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    2 helmets (I replace one every six months)
    Why? Does your head get bigger or smaller? No seriously, why? I've never heard of anyone doing this, in all my months of cycling...
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    I probably have too much stuff. Some of it I no longer use, but haven't disposed of. I have also begun acquiring bibs. Regular shorts sometimes get used on the trainer. Can't ever have enough headsweats or headbands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    Why? Does your head get bigger or smaller? No seriously, why? I've never heard of anyone doing this, in all my months of cycling...
    The foam inserts in the helmet come apart & fall off. The high humidity & heat here are death to open-cell foam.

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    Mine last around 2 years. The pads can be replaced very easy.
    Touch every 3rd person and you'll find an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    The foam inserts in the helmet come apart & fall off. The high humidity & heat here are death to open-cell foam.
    I think the length of time they'll last has to do with your body chemistry and how much you sweat. Mine last about 2 years, but my neighbor only gets about 1 year from his. Oh, and it's not so much the foam inserts themselves that go, it the helmet itself where the inserts come into contact with it. I read somewhere that helmets should be replace every few years becasue the material starts to break down.
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    3 Bibs - looking for #4
    2 Custom bib tights by Boure - great stuff
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    Bibs or shorts? Both!

    Mr. Blackberry:

    I like bibs for the road and shorts for the trail. Bibs are designed to stay in place when you are tucked down on your road bike. To pee, just get into that tucked position and pull down on that stretchy material. (Don't try this if you are a girl ) Bibs just don't feel right when sitting upright on a mountain bike.

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