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    Urban/Casual Cycling Hoodies?

    Today, I went out with some friends who just got into cycling (and probably wont stick with it ) just for fun. Being a "serious" cyclist who usually wear bib shorts and what not, I could not decide what to wear other than my tight lycra, but I did not want to look like a "pro" in a group that wore sweatpants and university sweatshirts. So I decided to wear jean cut offs and a t-shirt and boy was it CHILLY. Next time I ride with these guys, I want to be prepared for colder weather. Right now, the only cycling jacket I have is the Endura Roubaix, but it was too "sporty" and it looked awkward matched up with my jeans. What I am looking for are something like the Cadence Stryder , but $70 for a hoodie with some elastic and back pockets? That's just ridiculous. Are there any alternatives? What I just need is a regular hoodie with the back pockets. I am tempted to just sew in some DIY back pockets on my normal hoodies which I paid $20 for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
    What I am looking for are something like the Cadence Stryder , but $70 for a hoodie with some elastic and back pockets? That's just ridiculous. Are there any alternatives? What I just need is a regular hoodie with the back pockets. I am tempted to just sew in some DIY back pockets on my normal hoodies which I paid $20 for.
    What is so important about "back pockets" when commuting or on a casual ride with a group that wears sweatpants and university sweatshirts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    What is so important about "back pockets" when commuting or on a casual ride with a group that wears sweatpants and university sweatshirts?
    I guess what I am trying to say is "how do I commute without a bag/backpack?". That is why the back pockets are important to me because I do not want to carry a bag everywhere I bike. During these rides, the only things I carry are snacks, multi-tool, wallet, cellphone, and a water bottle (which I carry in my bottle cage). That is all I need and a backpack would not be necessary.

    If I cannot find an alternative to the Cadence Stryder or feel like doing the DIY back pockets would be too much work, I will get a hip pouch, but I really want a hoodie with back pockets.

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    Why not get a seatbag or a top tube bag?

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    Check out the local goodwill or thrift store and see if they have some of those poly track warm up suits. They are comfortable to ride in much better then jeans. I got a couple of pants and jacket for like 10 bucks.

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    put on your high school/college's sweatshirt...

    my sweatshirt has a front pocket which is designed for tucking hands into it. i always store small items in it and ride like a kangaroo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoFourOne View Post
    Why not get a seatbag or a top tube bag?
    Because I don't want to take it on and off when I lock up my bike. They're also kind of ugly.

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    You can get a storage pod that will handle all or most of that stuff, depending on size, and put it into one of your bottle cages. Wear cargo pants/shorts with a big enough pocket for the pod and you can walk around without having to carry it.

    Or you could just wear a short sleeve or sleeveless jersey under your hoody. It's likely you won't be needing any of that stuff while riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    What is so important about "back pockets" when commuting or on a casual ride with a group that wears sweatpants and university sweatshirts?
    For me, when commuting at 4 am, I wear a helmet light and thread the cord through one of the back vents on the helmet and the batter gets stashed in the back jersey pockets. Works wonders.
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    Fanny pack, spun around to the rear?
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    Why not just wear a regular hoodie and a pair of cargo pants that have lots of pockets. There are many types of cargo pants which have tons of pockets. I'd choose black or dark grey or maybe some type of dark green. Military style pants are also nice, most have tons of pockets to stash all kinds of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
    Why not just wear a regular hoodie and a pair of cargo pants that have lots of pockets. There are many types of cargo pants which have tons of pockets. I'd choose black or dark grey or maybe some type of dark green. Military style pants are also nice, most have tons of pockets to stash all kinds of stuff.
    Why not? My guess is the same reason as not using a bike rack or saddle bag. "Serious Cyclist" Aesthetics.

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    I'm guessing you have jerseys with back pockets so why not just wear one under a sweat shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Why not? My guess is the same reason as not using a bike rack or saddle bag. "Serious Cyclist" Aesthetics.
    Yes, but wearing camouflage pants with buzzillion pockets is very aesthetically pleasing, especially when riding a bike in an urban environment.

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    sew pockets on yourself.

    not sure of your sewing experience, but it took me a total of 10min to put rear pockets on a fleece vest. if you have access to a sewing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
    Yes, but wearing camouflage pants with buzzillion pockets is very aesthetically pleasing, especially when riding a bike in an urban environment.
    Since he's riding in a colder weather, I assume that he'd wear trousers or jeans. What about strapping pouches to his legs and cover it with the jeans? That gives a cleaner look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whk1992 View Post
    What about strapping pouches to his legs and cover it with the jeans? That gives a cleaner look.
    That sounds very Tactical, good for undercover operators.

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    This question is lame, get a saddle bag or a rack and a trunk bag. Stop trying to be/look cool and just do what's practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aceofspaids View Post
    This question is lame, get a saddle bag or a rack and a trunk bag. Stop trying to be/look cool and just do what's practical.
    Very bad idea for someone who leaves their bike locked outside. I would never leave my tools or other personal belongings inside a trunk bag or saddle bag, not only can they get stolen but a bike thief getting hold of tools will have a time of his life. It's better to have a small backpack or something and keep those things on person. Non-cycling specific clothing with lots of pockets is also very practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Why not? My guess is the same reason as not using a bike rack or saddle bag. "Serious Cyclist" Aesthetics.
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    I see a resemblance.

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    For the OP,Chrome's Cobra hoody is really nice;pricey,but it is Merino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
    Very bad idea for someone who leaves their bike locked outside. I would never leave my tools or other personal belongings inside a trunk bag or saddle bag, not only can they get stolen but a bike thief getting hold of tools will have a time of his life. It's better to have a small backpack or something and keep those things on person. Non-cycling specific clothing with lots of pockets is also very practical.
    The serious cyclist could put all the tools, food, whatever that would go in the back pockets in an easy to carry pouch or bag; place pouch/bag in saddle bag or on rack when cycling. Remove pouch/bag from saddle bag or rack at destination.

    Shouldn't be that hard to figure out, even for a Serious Cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
    I'm guessing you have jerseys with back pockets so why not just wear one under a sweat shirt.

    Because that's multiple layers that will keep me warmer than I need to be; hoodie is already warm enough. I also sometimes take out my cell phone (gps) or usually a power bar while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
    Yes, but wearing camouflage pants with buzzillion pockets is very aesthetically pleasing, especially when riding a bike in an urban environment.

    I once went to school wearing camouflage pant. BAD idea LOL! My friends would laugh at me and then solute me.

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    but yeah, I want my urban cycling gear looking nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    For the OP,Chrome's Cobra hoody is really nice;pricey,but it is Merino.
    $160 and it's not even made in USA? C'mon Chrome, you can do better than that.

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