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Old 07-08-17, 07:12 AM   #1
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Gads am I glad I am a bent rider.

In the new Bicycling magazine, there is a piece on jerseys. I think the cheapest was $70, and one is $190. Since I ride pretty much every other day, I would have to have around $800 wrapped up in just jerseys.

As I have posted else where, since I dont need bike clothes to protect me from my bents, I am saving tons of money. I wear T-shirts I get free with bike tours, or buy others for approx $15. And too I still buy rugby shorts on sale for $15 too. OTOH is some peacocks want to impress others with their high priced garb, more power to them.
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Many, if not most, bent riders wear cycling-specific jerseys. Most nonbent riders wear non-cycling-specific jerseys.

If expense is an issue, decent bents cost two to three times as much as comparable nonbents.
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I wish bent-specific jerseys had side pockets rather than belly pockets.

If I had any sewing skill at all (well, patience also), I'd deconstruct regular cycling jerseys (which are MUCH cheaper than recumbent jerseys) and move the pockets to the "love handle" area - sized appropriately , of course. I'd lose 1 of the 3 pockets (the center one), but gain comfort and accessibility.
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I wish bent-specific jerseys had side pockets rather than belly pockets.

If I had any sewing skill at all (well, patience also), I'd deconstruct regular cycling jerseys (which are MUCH cheaper than recumbent jerseys) and move the pockets to the "love handle" area - sized appropriately , of course. I'd lose 1 of the 3 pockets (the center one), but gain comfort and accessibility.
I have some Large DF jerseys and wear them backwards.
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As a bent rider I dont have to buy high priced clothes to protect me from my bike.
I doubt there was anything on that $190 jersey that protected DF riders from their bikes either...

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As I have mentioned before I wear T-shirts, and rugby shorts, both costing $15.
... & those T-shirts probably have no pockets & likely not made of hi-viz, wicking fabric that incorporates functional storage pockets.

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OTOH if some cyclist want to be impressive peacocks, and they have the money, more power to them. At the age of 78 I am not trying to impress anyone.
I haven't tried nor needed to impress anyone for many years. However, whether as a DF rider (road or mtb) or bent rider, I can appreciate some of the peacock's attire:
- hi viz - recent Bicycling Mag articles highlighted how much hi-viz clothing (especially on the parts that move - like legs) help motorists notice us. I recently purchased some knee-high fluorescent socks just to help being seen.
- artistic - many of the designs I see are very interesting / cool. I really wish I could still have that many choices in bent attire
- functional - well designed biking jerseys typically have pockets, often bright colors, wicking fabric & sometimes reflective areas built in (I appreciate all of those things)

I get it that you like to wear T-shirts on your rides but I don't think we need to denigrate the choices of others who make different choices ... Your ongoing attempts to enlighten the DF-riding population about the benefits of bent riding seems to alienate more people than educate.
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I wear cycling-specific stuff for 99% of my rides. It didn't take me long to discover that street shorts with loose leg openings made very good bee scoops. I decided I didn't like wearing bee scoops, especially considering where the bees ended up. So I wear lycra shorts, both with and without pads. I don't need the pad to protect me from a saddle, but it does no harm. Since lycra shorts don't usually have pockets, cycling-specific jerseys become part of the package. I don't mind the rear pockets. The center one isn't useful but again it does no harm and I use the outer pockets all the time. I have one bent-specific jersey. It's OK, but really the side pockets don't work any better.
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Side pockets may or may not be for everyone. The one side pocket jersey I've tried (some one else's loaner) worked well for me on both a trike and a Bacchetta Corsa. (offered the friend $25 for it and he turned me down...) To each his/her own.

Designs? I've got a couple of "outlandish" (at least for me) ones but tend not to go for designs... Solids tend to be cheaper in the bargain bins I look at.

Colors - hi-viz? I HATE those. Granted that it may actually BE more visible, but almost every hi-viz jersey grates on my eyes. I prefer daylight visible (mostly brighter red, green but not yellow) solids to any true hi-viz jersey.... Obviously, mileage varies on this issue.

Either way, wear what you like and what you feel comfortable riding in. If they can't see your large shape, a specific color on your upper half probably won't be a huge difference maker IMHO.
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In the new Bicycling magazine, there is a piece on jerseys. I think the cheapest was $70, and one is $190. Since I ride pretty much every other day, I would have to have around $800 wrapped up in just jerseys.

As I have posted else where, since I dont need bike clothes to protect me from my bents, I am saving tons of money. I wear T-shirts I get free with bike tours, or buy others for approx $15. And too I still buy rugby shorts on sale for $15 too. OTOH is some peacocks want to impress others with their high priced garb, more power to them.
I don't understand. I rode DF bikes for decades wearing t-shirts and whatever shorts I felt comfortable in at the time. That's part of how I originally acquired the Retro Grouch nickname. How are recumbents any different?
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I am so glad I am not a bent rider
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Yes, "Glad I'm a bent rider" looked like a thread about the joys of recumbent riding (which would actually be interesting!) But it's a slam on riders with expensive kit instead.

Do you worry about bees flying up your rugby shorts? They've been known to fly into unzipped jerseys.
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But it's a slam on riders with expensive kit instead.
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Why take the fun out of cycling by criticizing other riders choices of gear?
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Cycle clothing used to be reasonably priced before trendiness affected the market. There's an incredible mark up on such gear now.

I'm not much of a curmudgeon yet, but I do enjoy deliberately wearing t-shirts and cargo shorts as counter culture when I ride. But never cargo shorts on the tadpole trike - wind and bug collectors!
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Yes, it's an anti-lycra thread; kind of like a thread for anti-snob snobs. Somehow the 'lycra crowd' never feels the need to denigrate the 'cotton t-shirt' crowd; but the 'cotton t-shirt' crowd sure likes to razz the 'lycra crowd.'

So, yes this is an anti-lycra thread; kind of like a thread for anti-snob snobs. But with a bent bent.
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I am so glad I am not a bent rider
Try a bent or a Trike you might find the many positives of both suit you.l
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Yes, "Glad I'm a bent rider" looked like a thread about the joys of recumbent riding (which would actually be interesting!) But it's a slam on riders with expensive kit instead.

Do you worry about bees flying up your rugby shorts? They've been known to fly into unzipped jerseys.
Nope never had a bee in my Rugby shorts, they are not that loose any way. If one did he would probably take one look and fly out immediately.
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Actually not--------------just my opinion. Take it that way or leave it.
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Yes, it's an anti-lycra thread; kind of like a thread for anti-snob snobs. Somehow the 'lycra crowd' never feels the need to denigrate the 'cotton t-shirt' crowd; but the 'cotton t-shirt' crowd sure likes to razz the 'lycra crowd.'

So, yes this is an anti-lycra thread; kind of like a thread for anti-snob snobs. But with a bent bent.
Actually if you post that you ride in cheap cotton T-shirts, you normally get a lot of blow back on wicking and aero dynamics.
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I have ridden a trike. I would never ride either in traffic. I don't think they are safe.
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I have ridden a trike. I would never ride either in traffic. I don't think they are safe.
I'm lucky to be alive! Hope to make it home from work in one non-mangled piece.
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My wife commonly wears her old DF style jerseys on her trike. She told me she could carry stuff in the rear pockets and it didn't bother her. I tried it and now I occasionally wear DF style jersey's on my trike too. I frequently wear baggy gym style shorts on my trike too. Never had an insect issue of any kind.

So far as riding a trike in traffic, I think that motorists give me more consideration and space on my trike than I ever did riding a road bike.
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Nope, they are entirely unsafe. Death vehicles. I just can't understand why I haven't gotten invitations to the funerals for any of the avid trike riders I know from town. We should all be dead by now. It must be a miracle that I have ridden recumbent trikes over 40,000 miles since 2003 and nary a scratch. Nearly all of it is on urban roadways within the Las Vegas valley. It's really no different from many other places in the US either.
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