Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

View Poll Results: How much money do you spend on cycling clothing?

Voters
65. You may not vote on this poll
  • 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%
Results 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1
    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
    Posts
    6,025
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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?
    Just your average club rider... :)

  2. #2
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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 .

  3. #3
    No Rocket Surgeon eubi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Corona and S. El Monte, CA
    My Bikes
    Cannondale D600, Dahon Speed T7
    Posts
    1,648
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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?
    Last edited by eubi; 02-11-05 at 04:16 PM.

  4. #4
    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
    Posts
    6,025
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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... !
    Just your average club rider... :)

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Cleveland, OH
    My Bikes
    2004 Trek 4600, 1980's Univega Supra Sport, 2006 Lemond Reno
    Posts
    2,287
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Bolo Grubb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    1,749
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  7. #7
    Work hard, Play hard forum*rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    San Diego, California
    My Bikes
    Cannondale super V 500, Bianchi Piaggio(hopefully getting a new road bike when I get some money)
    Posts
    2,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

  8. #8
    Vello Kombi, baby Poguemahone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Je suis ici
    Posts
    5,043
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    "It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

    Waste your money! Buy my comic book!

  9. #9
    I can't find my pants mirona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    UMASS, Amherst/ Swick, MA
    My Bikes
    07 Specialized Langster Comp,06 Kona King Zing, 06 Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc; 03 LOOK KG461;(destroyed by suv); 85 Panasonic Team America; 73 Peugeot U0-8; 94 Balance Super B BMX; 04 Diamondback Outlook MTB, Diamondback DBR DH
    Posts
    2,331
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  10. #10
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,806
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I marked "I don't care to know because my wife would kill me."

    'nuff said.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  11. #11
    Upgrading my engine DXchulo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Reno
    Posts
    5,636
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    centuryperweek.blogspot.com

  12. #12
    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
    Posts
    6,025
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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...
    Just your average club rider... :)

  13. #13
    Senior Member cyclezealot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
    My Bikes
    Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
    Posts
    13,145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    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.

  14. #14
    The Red Lantern Rev.Chuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Raleigh NC
    Posts
    5,967
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Are you a registered member? Why not? click here to register. Its free, and only takes 27 seconds!
    Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.

    I am in the woods and I have gone crazy.

  15. #15
    "I love lamp"
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Dirty Jersey
    My Bikes
    06 Fuji Track with upgrades, 06 Redline Flight Monocog, 01 Trek XO1, 2003 Cervelo P3, 2006 Bianchi San Jose monstercross
    Posts
    427
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

  16. #16
    Senior Member cyclezealot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
    My Bikes
    Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
    Posts
    13,145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    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.

  17. #17
    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
    Posts
    6,025
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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...
    Just your average club rider... :)

  18. #18
    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
    Posts
    6,025
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I do not have options like that usually... my sizes are so big it is hard to get clearances my size...
    Just your average club rider... :)

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    5,251
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    136
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    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.

  21. #21
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    4,418
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Last edited by BostonFixed; 02-20-05 at 10:37 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •