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View Poll Results: How much money do you spend on cycling clothing?
So much I do not care to I know my (wife, gfriend, parents) would kill me 5 7.69%
Over 1000 6 9.23%
Between 500 and 1000 5 7.69%
Between 0.01 and 500 34 52.31%
Who needs cycling clothes! 15 23.08%
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Old 02-11-05, 04:42 PM   #1
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The cost of cycling clothes...

Sports specific clothing is expensive... but how much?

A good pair of cycling shorts are 60 - 80, bib shorts 100
A good pair of tights, 50 - 90 or more
Typical jerseys 50 - 80
Shoes 70-200
Leg warmers, arm warmers, knee warmers 20 - 50
Helmets - 50 - 200
Gloves - 20 - 50
Socks 5 - 10 per pair
Jackets 60 - 90

Have you ever thought how much you speed on cycling clothing

I have 2 pairs of ultrasensor shorts (1 bib one normal), thermal fleace tights, arm leg and knee warmers, shoe covers, 1 team bib, 2 pairs of cheeper shorts for work (bike officer) 4 jerseys, 2 jackets, 4 pairs of socks and a rain jacket. Total cost over 800 dollars.

I can not imagine in a few years how much I will have. BTW I ride 5 days per week.

How much do you have in cycling clothing?
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Old 02-11-05, 05:00 PM   #2
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I have never used, and never plan to use any cycling clothing EXCEPT the shoes for the clipless, and the gloves. When you get into cycling socks all your wearing is regular socks with the mavic logo slapped on and a price raise .
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Old 02-11-05, 05:09 PM   #3
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Hello my58vw. I'm just down the road from you in Corona so considering the weather we deal with, our clothing requirements are just about the same. I've spent just as much as you on about the same stuff, but I don't ride as often as you do. One of everything (except socks) fits the bill for me.

I've never balked at getting sports-specific clothing, especially for cycling. Besides, a lot of it is multi-use.

I also use my tights, long-sleeve jersey, jacket, raingear and shorts for backpacking, skiing, skating and running. Gloves can also be used (in addition to the other stuff) for canoeing.

Shoot, I even use my old cycling shorts (with the chamois worn out) under my wetsuit when I scuba dive!

High quality cycling clothing also seems to last forever. I "outgrew" my last jersey and now my son wears it. It's bright orange and it still looks fine.

I feel that in all, it's a very good deal. Hmmm. What's Primal Wear's web address again?

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Old 02-11-05, 05:20 PM   #4
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It is considering it lasts along time (longer than most clothing). It can go from hot to cold in a flash. We can ride in 70 degree weather to 40 degrees in a few hours. Of course you can get excessive with clothing...

Like my twinkee jersey... !
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I have a jersey from the local advocacy group, an Adidas soccer shirt, and a pair of baggies, and clipless shoes. Total: about $90. I don't like buying clothes that serve only one purpose, but it really helps the long rides to have something (chamois) between the saddle and my loved ones, and I hate the feeling of sweat-soaked clothes.
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Old 02-11-05, 06:00 PM   #6
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well lets see

Performance Ultra bibs - $50 (on sale)
Performance Gel bibs - $50 (on sale)
Bergamo Bibs - $50 (on sale)
Bellwether bibs - $80
Bellwether shorts - $80
Supergo Shorts - $30
Tights - $40
Vest - $60 (on Sale)
leg Warmers - $25
arm warmers - $20
shoe covers - $20
Bellwether jersey - $60
REI jersey - $20 (on Sale)
Tour de Tucson jersey - $80
Canari jersey $30
3 under armor shirts $75
gloves - $15
shoes - $90
6 pair of socks - $18 (on sale)

Total $893, unless I forgot something

of course this is also over a long period of time and I do try to get stuff on sale.
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Old 02-11-05, 06:23 PM   #7
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bibs x2 - $150
Shoes - $250
Pedals x2 - $130
Jerseys x3 - $80
Socks x2 - $6
Gloves - $8
Under armor(not really cycling specific..) - $75

Total - $699
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Old 02-11-05, 07:02 PM   #8
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I buy all my cycling stuff (except helmets and gloves, I buy them new) at the thrift store. I typically pay between .99 and 4.99 for shorts, 1.99 and 6.99 for tights, 1.99 for jacket, .99 to 6.99 for shoes, and so on. Most of the stuff I find is new, it even often still has tags on it.
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shorts (3 pair) - $55
jerseys (2) - $45
gloves - $10
shoes - $100
tights (3 pair) - $35
helmet - $25

Total towards cycling clothing - about $275. Not too bad.

Things like socks, jackets, etc. are all things I already had and aren't cycling specific.
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Old 02-11-05, 07:40 PM   #10
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I marked "I don't care to know because my wife would kill me."

'nuff said.
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First of all, you can find a plain new jersey at pricepoint for $20. You can find some pretty good shorts for around $30. Cycling socks, as phantomcow2 said, are not the best value. I found some tights for just under $40 and got a cheap Under Armour knockoff at Wal-Mart for maybe $15.

I've learned that anything that says "cycling" on it is almost always overpriced. You can find things like jackets, socks, under shirts, or even regular old shirts (if you don't want the pockets in the back, but that's what's great about cycling jerseys) elsewhere and they will work just fine. You can use old socks for leg warmers.
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Old 02-11-05, 08:14 PM   #12
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I find that good cycling shorts make the difference in a good or bad ride that is why I spend money there. The jersey I do not care about nearly as much... I still wear my ripped jersey I wore when I was hit by a car...
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Old 02-11-05, 08:52 PM   #13
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The wicking factor..Jersey's are as important as shorts..Not only do I hope my wife has not figured out how much I spend of cycling clothes..I would rather not figure it out...
Jackets alone is a chunk of change. Windstopper jackets for an example.But, they really feel great on a cold ride. Wish I would have had that jacket when it snowed on our ride at Death Valley in March.
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If you like cheap cycling clothing, NEVER, EVER, buy and/or use a high end short, shoe, sock, shell, glove, helmet or jersey. There is nothing wrong with cheap clothes, but don't think there is no difference.
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I don't know how much I've spent on cycling clothing and I don't even buy the good stuff I go for the performance/nashbar house brand stuff on sale. I also use a healthy mix of stuff from Target and Walmart in the winter when I am layered up and I find it does the trick. I also have purchased bike shorts from Modells for 20 bucks a pair and they are doing fine. My nicest item is definitely my long sleeve wool jersey though and even that tapped out at only 40 bucks.

Interesting enough I buy cycling clothing more than regular clothing, I also take care of my bike stuff better. And as far as cycling socks all I have are smartwool socks (from Sierra Trading Post)and cheap coolmax socks from Target and I use them on and off the bike
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My windstopper jacket is twice the cost of my regular Performance jacket - Ultrex , whatever that is..(that on sale). But on a crappy weather day, it is worth it.
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I tend to buy more cycling clothing right now then non cycling clothing. I do not have a variety of jerseys, etc.

I am very particular on chamis in my shorts... jerseys are also a big deal...

You will not know the difference until you go better...

Just like shorts to bibs...
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I do not have options like that usually... my sizes are so big it is hard to get clearances my size...
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There was a fella who used to ride his bike around San Antonio on a regular basis. He became "front page" news, because he basically went with the: "Who needs clothes to cycle?" option.

There may be some people who look good riding a bike wearing only a "speedo". He was not one of them.

So, the City Council of San Antonio wanted to enact a "dress code" for riding a bike. I think it actually applied ONLY to this one guy.
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Sports specific clothing is expensive... but how much?

A good pair of cycling shorts are 60 - 80, bib shorts 100
A good pair of tights, 50 - 90 or more
Typical jerseys 50 - 80
Shoes 70-200
Leg warmers, arm warmers, knee warmers 20 - 50
Helmets - 50 - 200
Gloves - 20 - 50
Socks 5 - 10 per pair
Jackets 60 - 90

Have you ever thought how much you speed on cycling clothing

I have 2 pairs of ultrasensor shorts (1 bib one normal), thermal fleace tights, arm leg and knee warmers, shoe covers, 1 team bib, 2 pairs of cheeper shorts for work (bike officer) 4 jerseys, 2 jackets, 4 pairs of socks and a rain jacket. Total cost over 800 dollars.

I can not imagine in a few years how much I will have. BTW I ride 5 days per week.

How much do you have in cycling clothing?
helmets, WARMERS: (hig end only): that at PBS with teammembership. or at My personal bike shop (higher $); GLOVES (high-end only) reasonable estimate, or maybe to cost a bit higher. JACKETS: underestimate ---- up to $120.00 Socks: up to $12.00; but now found same hig-end name at $10 - 11.00 elsewhere. JERSEYS: good estimate, on Your highest end ---- as My standard cost. SHORTS: I wish that P.I. / ASSOS at My shop was that cheap.
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Literally the only cycling specific clothes that I have are the REI chamois shorts that I gost on clearance for $18, and the vintage ASSOS jersey that I got at the thrift store for $3! Score!

All my other clothing such as synthetic t-shirts, windbreakers, long underwear, 1/2 zip polarfleece, is multi use clothing. I use it biking, skiing, backpacking, etc. This clothing is multi use and functional for almost anything, so it is not really specific to anything.

I also frequently ride in jeans or carharts, some more multi use clothing.

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