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  • Choose as many as apply. 1. Lycra jersey

    101 47.42%
  • Lycra shorts

    101 47.42%
  • Lycra bibs

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  • Non-lycra bicycling specific jersey

    44 20.66%
  • Non-lycra bicycling specific shorts

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  • Regular shorts

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  • Regular shirt

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  • Regular long pants (like Levis)

    29 13.62%
  • Nothing

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    What do you wear for most of your bicycling?

    What do you wear for most of your bicycling?

    By "Lycra jersey" I mean the typical stretch-over type of jersey, which may also contain polyester, etc.
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 03-26-09 at 01:39 PM.
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    Are typical cycling jerseys made of lycra? I've never seen that name used in reference to the synthetic wicking materials used in jerseys.
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    Baggy cycling shorts are missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    Baggy cycling shorts are missing.
    "Non-lycra bicycling specific shorts"

    Isn't that pretty close?
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    Mountain bike shorts and ordinary cotton T-shirt for nearly everything in summer, including centuries (they're at least as comfortable to me as Lycra). Occasionally street shorts over Andiamos. I used to wear jerseys, but there are so many jerkoffs riding around in jerseys these days that it got to be embarrassing. You don't need $250 worth of cycling clothes for a five-mile ride to Starbuck's, which is what most of the weekend riders around here do.

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    I selected lycra shorts and jersey. I should say that I belong to a chapter of the Arizona Bicycle Club, and ride with them every Saturday morning. I have averaged 5000 - 7000 miles per year from 2006-2008. For my rides lycra is the most comfortable. LOL.. at this point I could care less about the stares from non-cyclists. I am 56 btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Are typical cycling jerseys made of lycra? I've never seen that name used in reference to the synthetic wicking materials used in jerseys.
    Shorts may contain Lycra (a brand name), and all tight bike shorts these days tend to be called "lycra shorts." Jerseys, at least last time I read labels, might have some Lycra in them, but usually are mainly polyester.
    FWIW, I've never been comfortable in them. I have a couple of wool jerseys that are much better, even in summer, but usually ride in cotton T-shirts (I know the arguments against that, but I live in the desert where sweat evaporates anyway, and they're comfortable for me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Are typical cycling jerseys made of lycra? I've never seen that name used in reference to the synthetic wicking materials used in jerseys.
    A far as the jersey goes, here is a google search on lycra jerseys.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...rseys&aq=f&oq=
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    That's what they call them around here, and here is an article for your edification:

    http://bicycle-gear.suite101.com/art...cycling_shorts

    Lycra Cycling Shorts

    Why Lycra Bike Shorts are the Best for Long Distance Cycling

    Read more: "Lycra Cycling Shorts: Why Lycra Bike Shorts are the Best for Long Distance Cycling" - http://bicycle-gear.suite101.com/art...#ixzz0AtBzEvLF
    All of those articles are about lycra shorts. I am very familiar with lycra shorts. My question was about jerseys. I don't normally see jerseys referred to as "lycra". No big deal. I was just curious.
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    If I'm just running to the store to pick up something, I put on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt.

    For every other ride, even just to Starbucks, I put on Bibs and a Jersey. I wear Bibs for the fit and padding and Jerseys because I want to stay cool, not look/be cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    All of those articles are about lycra shorts. I am very familiar with lycra shorts. My question was about jerseys. I don't normally see jerseys referred to as "lycra". No big deal. I was just curious.
    You are right, and I am going to delete that response. I misread your question. Here are some references to lycra jerseys:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...rseys&aq=f&oq=

    I've always called them (and heard them called) Lycra - may be a regional thing?
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    Most of my rides are athletic road rides of 20 miles or more (often much more) or strenuous MTB rides noe or two hours long. For these rides I usually wear lycra shorts or bibs and cycling specific jerseys made of some kind of wicking polyester type material (whatever we want to call it). I have found these to be best for absorbing the sweat that usually accompanies these rides even in cool weather. They also allow free movement and avoid chafing on the legs, crotch and arms. I also wear cycling specific shoes and polyester or wool socks on these athletic type rides. The shoes will be road type or MTB type depending on the kind of ride and type of bike.

    For shorter and more casual riding, I often wear regular shorts, t-shirts and sneakers. I wear a helmet fro any type of bike ride. If I expect to sweat, I wear a bandana or headsweat under my helmet. For rides somewhere in between, where I may work up a sweat but I plan to spend time off the bike before riding home, I may wear baggy shorts with wicking liners, polyester t-shirt or seersucker button-up shirt and either sneakers with toe clips or touring shoes with MTB type pedals and cleats.
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    I usually wear lycra shorts with something over them. I never wear them only. I have baggy mountain bike shorts over them in the summer and something along the lines of sweat pants over them in the winter. If it's real cold I'll wear some insulated under wear under the lycra shorts and maybe some wind pants over the sweat pants. I only wear t-shirts on the top in the summer with a bicycle zip up jacket over that in the winter. I have an over the ears band liket skiers wear when it's cold to keep the ears warm. I always have the same footwear which is whites socks and cross trainer style shoes.

    I don't ride in the rain so I don't have rain gear. I only miss a few days a year around here because it rains less than an inch a year here.

    I have gloves that only cover half my fingers on warm days and full fingers on cold days.
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    Regardless of which bike I'm riding I wear bibs and a polyester jersey. Is there anything else?
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    Tech fabrics - that's what I call them.

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    My cycling wardrobe is split into two sections. On commutes and shorter rides, I wear polyester athletic type stuff (gym shorts, wicking tees, etc.). On longer rides, I have normal road bike stuff (bike shorts, bibs, tights, jerseys, etc.). My riding is usually split pretty eavenly between the two.

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    Lycra shorts don't really work like they are designed to do when you wear baggy shorts or sweat pants over them. They bind and they don't breath as well. Modesty comes at a high price.
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    Lycra shorts are a must but depending on Weather -there may be Tights over the top or both may be replaced with winter Knickers.

    Base layer is always a wicking vest- and that includes summer. Then short sleeve jersey- and then depending on temp- a long sleeve or the the Assos long sleeve and finally a suitable outer layer. That may be a pertex for wind proofing- a warmer jacket that is so old it has lost its waterproofing but is very comfortable- or a showerproof or in normal winter riding- the Goretex. All of which are cycling specific.

    I am a rider of many layers but it would be great if I could ever get back to just the base layer and the short sleeve--Along with the lycra bibs of course. Perhaps at the end of August and just into September.

    Edit- And as you can see- all that lot doesn't always keep me dry.
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    A wicking long or short sleeved t-shirt, bike "tights" that aren't (not tight), or loose fitting, wicking running shorts (guess that's what they are), wicking socks, and tennis shoes (not using clipless pedals). Not really bike specific clothing, but wouldn't ride without the wicking material.

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    Lots of sunshine here in Ca and lots of hundred degree days so lycra cycling short and a tank are usually more than enough. With lots of sunblock! Yuck, I hate the feel of a jersey. Reminds me of that poly shirt I had to wear as a teen working at Weinerschnitzel!

    On winter rides or a ride in the mtns, windbreaker and long tights and a smile. Not so cool going up but the 20 mile descents can get CHILE!
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    My favorite summer jersey is this *long*-sleeved one I found at Performance last year:

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1111

    It is a light gauzy material with a loose fit. No more needing sunblock on the arms, and no more "farmers" tans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Lycra shorts don't really work like they are designed to do when you wear baggy shorts or sweat pants over them. They bind and they don't breath as well. Modesty comes at a high price.
    I wear baggies over mine because I like pockets. They don't bind and they breath fine. They compliment my modesty perfectly. The baggins I usually wear even came with a pair.
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    Since I mostly ride those funny lookin' recumbent bikes, I wear whatever I happen to have on that day. Life has become so easy for me.

    Not wanting to skew your data, I chose not to vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Lycra shorts don't really work like they are designed to do when you wear baggy shorts or sweat pants over them. They bind and they don't breath as well. Modesty comes at a high price.
    Oh yea. That's a receipe for disaster - blisters, boils, saddle sores, etc. I don't understand why people don't waer cycling shorts - period. That's what they are designed for. They provide proper padding and wicking. When you wear anything over them, it defeats the purpose.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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