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    Hi all, does anyone have any links to sites that describe or recommend what I should be wearing for 30+ mile rides ?
    I not only want to be comfortable but if I am starting to ride in sportives, I'd like to look the part too !!

    Thanks

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    I think right here is a site with lots of riders from most everywhere. Clothing is going to be based on the weather conditions and time of year. And with that, there's the "form versus function". Then there's the economic consideration.

    Where do you want to start?

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    - Lightly padded cycling shorts
    - Plain, but bright short-sleeved jersey with a pocket or three in the back.

    Check out the sticky thread: Positive Experiences with Cycling-Related Businesses to find places to look for such things:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ted-businesses

    Browse through the online catalogues and see if there is anything that appeals to you.

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    And as the temperature drops you should look into leg warmers, arm warmers, base layer, wind vest and long-finger gloves. Of course individual tolerance to cooler temperature varies considerably. As you gain experience you will figure out what works for you.

    Where I live the temps seldom get below 40F at the start of a ride so I have no experience dressing for winter.
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    Riding shorts with a "chamois" pad. These prevent your undies from getting sweaty and bunching up, which WILL happen even in cold weather, and cause serious chafing problems.

    Almost everything else can be gotten from a thrift store (Goodwill, etc). If you have to have new, Target has pretty good wind/water-resistant stuff for cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Riding shorts with a "chamois" pad. These prevent your undies from getting sweaty and bunching up, which WILL happen even in cold weather, and cause serious chafing problems.
    Ummmm ... you're not supposed to wear undies under the riding shorts with padding. Lose the undies!!

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    there is not really a standard of cycling clothing. just go to your local bicycle shop and try on different things to see what fits. I recently completed a century in regular shorts and a cycling style jersey, but yes padded shorts are good too. Also what are other riders in your area wearing?
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    I'm partial to lycra shorts and a three pocket jersey. I've used baggy shorts at times, and I find the lycra ones are just more comfortable for me to ride in. The baggies are more convenient for utility usage, and don't stand out in a crowd of non cyclists. I like the 3 pocket jerseys because they are made of material that wicks away the sweat and I can easily get things in and out of the back pockets. I've got a couple of jersey's with one big zippered pocket and the pockets are almost as useless to me as no pockets. If the pockets and style are not important to you, I'd recommend some of the workout t-shirts made out of the same sort of wicking fabric, which you can find in any sporting goods store. Cotton will hold the sweat next to you like a sponge. Blech.
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    For rides up to about 1.5hrs I wear normal, everyday clothing (casual hiking style) . For longer rides, padded cycling shorts can help prevent saddle problems.
    Layer according to temp.
    Use a wicking base layer and a windproof outer layer and add midlayers to suit
    On the legs, legwarmers are best in changeable conditions, tights are more comfortable.
    Dont forget gloves or mitts.

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    Bike shorts covered. I would suggest a Tec-Wear type long sleeve shirt.
    that you can flip up the collar on to keep from getting a neck sunburn,
    long sleeves, same reason..
    slather on the high SPF sunscreen ..

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    to spot more..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gas01 View Post
    Hi all, does anyone have any links to sites that describe or recommend what I should be wearing for 30+ mile rides ?
    I not only want to be comfortable but if I am starting to ride in sportives, I'd like to look the part too !!

    Thanks
    No one needs no stinking fancy "bike clothes" when loose fit clothing will do fine.
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    Lots of spandex.

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    These relaxed fit 'tights' are great for riding a recumbent bike in cool temps. No padding but they work well with wicking poly underwear.
    http://www.sporthill.com/products201...ductGroup=0110

    Lightly padded shorts or tights are helpful for those riding upright bikes longer distances.

    Wear what works for you.

    If you want to look like the other cyclists in the sportives, ask them where they get their kit................................
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawa_adam View Post
    Lots of spandex.
    Despite having a duffel bag full of usable Lycra cycling kits, I tend to grab my knickers, socks and jersey that are made of Merino wool. These cost about the same as good quality kits made from the high tech fabrics, but keep me comfortable in a broader range of temperatures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PomPilot View Post
    Despite having a duffel bag full of usable Lycra cycling kits, I tend to grab my knickers, socks and jersey that are made of Merino wool. These cost about the same as good quality kits made from the high tech fabrics, but keep me comfortable in a broader range of temperatures.
    My comment was meant as tongue-in-cheek. I do wear lots of merino wool, as well. I appreciate the adaptable properties of merino. I do supplement it with cycling-specific clothing.

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    My "cycling specific" clothing amounts to longer legged underwear that can't "ride up" on my legs and crotch while I'm out there. That's about it.
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    My order of "real cyclist" gear starts with glasses to keep bugs and grit out of my eyes. Next, padded gloves, to cushion road vibrations. Third, bike shorts, both to prevent chafing on a 2-3 hour ride (I'm assuming it'll take you that long to do 30 miles), and because I've seen my wife fall over when baggy clothes caught on her saddle. Nasty abrasions, and about the last time she's ridden a bike. Lycra is the norm, but you can get something different (wool shorts, or mountain biking baggy shorts) if you prefer. Just make sure it's not blue jeans, the seams from them can rub you raw in 10 miles, much less 30. Next is a bike jersey, because it gets really hot and humid where I ride - make it bright for a little bit of extra safety from motorists. Some of the light running/outdoor shirts could be substituted here, cotton gets pretty nasty with sweat after a couple hours.

    There are some serious questions about the efficacy of helmets, but toss one in before the jersey if you want. Or if it keeps your spouse/significant other happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gas01 View Post
    Hi all, does anyone have any links to sites that describe or recommend what I should be wearing for 30+ mile rides ?
    I not only want to be comfortable but if I am starting to ride in sportives, I'd like to look the part too !!
    Don't worry about it.

    You see there's "freds" and there's "poseurs". A fred is somebody who everybody laughs at because he doesn't have the right clothes or equipment. A poseur is somebody who everybody laughs at because their clothing and equipment are too perfect. Don't bother looking for the middle ground because there isn't one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    cotton gets pretty nasty with sweat after a couple hours.
    Hours? Takes all of a few minutes for me! I recently bought some technical fabric tees from Nike, Adidas & one from Performance for the gym and have also realized these are the perfect things to wear when I'm doing yard work in the summer.
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    Hours? Takes all of a few minutes for me! I recently bought some technical fabric tees from Nike, Adidas & one from Performance for the gym and have also realized these are the perfect things to wear when I'm doing yard work in the summer.
    Nix that -- cotton gets wet if you sweat a lot and it takes a while to dry, but it's not nasty IME.

    Those poly-tech shirts stay dry, but they smell like a rectum in about 1/3 of the time that cotton does.

    Cotton gets a bad rap, but it's about all I wear...mostly because I don't care and I'm not riding on a solo trek through Greenland, so I don't worry about death from exposure too much. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurbineBlade View Post
    Nix that -- cotton gets wet if you sweat a lot and it takes a while to dry, but it's not nasty IME.

    Those poly-tech shirts stay dry, but they smell like a rectum in about 1/3 of the time that cotton does.

    Cotton gets a bad rap, but it's about all I wear...mostly because I don't care and I'm not riding on a solo trek through Greenland, so I don't worry about death from exposure too much. YMMV.
    While I might choose a different descriptive phrase, I have noticed that tech cloth does pick up a smell more quickly than cotton. I don't really care while I'm on the bike, but I don't wear technical cloth on other occasions (like going to the amusement park in summer).

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