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Old 11-21-05, 09:13 AM   #1
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As I know we're all stylish folks here..

..everyone should be overjoyed by the return of Swobo

Mmmmm.. wooly goodness just in time for winter. I did notice some non-wool offerings as well.
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Old 11-21-05, 09:15 AM   #2
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not too overjoyed. they're back with higher prices, more hype. i'll be damned if it's the same good stuff it used to be. most of us are very skeptical.

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Old 11-21-05, 09:17 AM   #3
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I dug their stuff and still have a slew if their old socks, arm warmers and leg warmers.
about friggin time

I highly doubt that Parr-n-crew is coming back to make millions off of shoddy gear. I would be more skeptical of $80 stickers for a bike.

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Old 11-21-05, 09:21 AM   #4
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wow, I bought swobo socks years ago at ttown with ohmyspokes!
still have them! ran in them yesterday.
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About da$n time.
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i'm not saying they're out there taking us all for a ride. what i am saying is i need to see it to believe it.

and note to bikey clothing people: the pink women's jersey thing is so freaking tired. please stop.

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Just went through the site. Not too impressed really. Aside from one wool jersey that comes in short sleeve, the rest of the stuff is so so. The wool hat isn't too bad. But that regular jersey is sort of ugly.

It doesn't beat Rapha (http://www.rapha.cc) stuff in terms of style.
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Old 11-21-05, 09:54 AM   #8
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Rapha also offers their caps in XL for us bigheads.
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It doesn't beat Rapha (http://www.rapha.cc) stuff in terms of style.
it sure as hell does in terms of price. Sorry - $146 for a Fixed Jersey? Please...

Style is not always worth the money in my book...but then again, I only have chairs that cost $9 at Target. What do I know?
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it sure as hell does in terms of price. Sorry - $146 for a Fixed Jersey? Please...

Style is not always worth the money in my book...but then again, I only have chairs that cost $9 at Target. What do I know?
Note I didn't say price.

I was hoping that the new Swobo stuff would provide some new innovation - their stuff looks like a mix of standard wool stuff (like the Surly jersey, or Kutcharik (sp?), etc) with regular t-shirts, etc.

If we're talking about style, then there's a big difference between the two to me. However, value is a whole other thing. Not to mention function! Which is of course the biggest factor here.

I think I'll still be looking for wool at the army surplus or on the discount rack. For now at least.

I'm hoping that now they're back, Swobo will start small like now, but grow and provide more tasty items down the line.
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..everyone should be overjoyed by the return of Swobo

Mmmmm.. wooly goodness just in time for winter. I did notice some non-wool offerings as well.
Before all you hip young folks start getting all excited about wool bike clothes, ask your elders why we rejoiced when we no longer were limited to wool.
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Why, olebiker? I'm genuinely curious.
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because he moved to florida?
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When you pop up a website that has jerseys that are way overpriced and so niche that the only thing they can be is fashion, what else is there to think?

Since "riding a bike" is what these clothes were desgined for (referring to the Rapha crap) and they sure as hell won't make anyone faster, I will wear a $9 'fleece' hoodie from Marshalls proudly. I know I am not the fastest, and that dropping cash on something "expensive' is not going to make me faster or give me excuses. To each (checkbook and credit rating) their own.

Accessorizing for speed,
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haha Olebiker - are you talking about the old "sag effect" of wool shorts of old? When it would rain, wool shorts became really really loose-fitting and very uncomfortable. I heard one guy refer to it back in the 80s as "sag effect." One old rider I knew called in the itchy diaper too...funny stuff.

One thing I do not remember for earlier cycling: the softer Merino wool. Most of the jerseys were pretty coarse wool.
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Old 11-21-05, 10:21 AM   #16
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I actually am a recent convert to wool. Somehow I outgrew my sensivitity to it. Yay. I've got the paycheck to shop clearence merino, like Ibex.
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haha Olebiker - are you talking about the old "sag effect" of wool shorts of old? When it would rain, wool shorts became really really loose-fitting and very uncomfortable. I heard one guy refer to it back in the 80s as "sag effect." One old rider I knew called in the itchy diaper too...funny stuff.

One thing I do not remember for earlier cycling: the softer Merino wool. Most of the jerseys were pretty coarse wool.
Interesting.

So, the new stuff, the Merino stuff, which makes sense of course, would be better yes? "Technological" advancements and all that jazzzzzzz....
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wool use to really bother me, but now that it's softer, it's great. I have 2 smartwool tshirts and I love them
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kinda of sick of the graph logo crap on everything just to push "look I'm so edgy" appeal. ... I do like the cap though ..minus the branding. , oh well
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"Before all you hip young folks start getting all excited about wool bike clothes, ask your elders why we rejoiced when we no longer were limited to wool."

rejoicing over plastic clothing. woohoo.
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i wear a cotton t-shirt from fruit under some weird black synthetic thing from eddie bauer that my parents gave me. i really couldn't possibly care less about what i look like on a bike.

all you guys will be seeing is the back of my messenger bag, anyway. wick away!
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kinda of sick of the graph logo crap on everything just to push "look I'm so edgy" appeal. ... I do like the cap though ..minus the branding. , oh well
check out Kucharik for the same/similar cap sans logo:
http://www.kucharik.com/images/Winte...ool%20Caps.jpg
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i love wool. smartwool especially. i think these are nice. anyone have one?

http://www.pcyclewear.citymax.com/home.html
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Heheeh.. The "stylish folks" bit was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. sheesh. Anyway, I suspect they're starting small. I do wish wool pricing would come down, however...
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