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Old 09-04-17, 06:52 PM   #51
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Awfully tough to find good raingear in thrifts. And I have found some great outerware in thrifts over the years. But quality raingear.......one time an older Marmot precip, much better than the more recent ones, but it was an XL. Off it went.
I'll correct you: it is hard to find ANYTHING nice in a thrift shop, especially if you are looking. Yes, I have done it, but you don't hear about the hundreds of times I've walked out empty handed when you hear about finding that nice Schwinn Le Tour or that super 120s wool suit that was already cut perfectly or that awesome, brand new looking Craftsman tool box that now houses all my bike tools.
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Oh.. I dunno.
The secret is to make a habit of passing through the thrift stores on a regular basis, sort of like checking a trap line. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
I've picked up some pretty good stuff over the years but never what I intended to find when I walked in.
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I'll correct you: it is hard to find ANYTHING nice in a thrift shop, especially if you are looking. Yes, I have done it, but you don't hear about the hundreds of times I've walked out empty handed when you hear about finding that nice Schwinn Le Tour or that super 120s wool suit that was already cut perfectly or that awesome, brand new looking Craftsman tool box that now houses all my bike tools.
Not once upon a time. It use to be worth it, the hits made up for the misses. I could average a few hundred bux every two weeks. What, for maybe two hours of looking combined over a two week period. And I can cycle to my local thrift in 10 minutes or less.
I found so many bikes over the years I couldn't count. I use to make five grand plus a year just off of bikes.
Now it's very tough locally. These places are wise, and they are running their own online auctions.
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Old 09-05-17, 09:53 AM   #54
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Oh.. I dunno.
The secret is to make a habit of passing through the thrift stores on a regular basis, sort of like checking a trap line. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
I've picked up some pretty good stuff over the years but never what I intended to find when I walked in.
The only problem now is it's so hard to find anything anymore it's mostly not worth it. I am in thrifts everyday, and am not finding anything. Didn't use to be that way. Was a goldmine.
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I bought a used bike off Craigslist last year, but used rain gear? Is it really worth going to thrift stores in the hope of finding rain gear that is in good condition and fits?
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I like my showers pass commuter jacket. Works well.
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I have OR Helium II which I love, but not for bicycling.... unless maintaining a sub-8mph pace and walking up the hills. IMHO none of these waterproof/breathable laminates, by themselves, can move bicycling sweat fast enough to prevent getting soaked from the inside, and I don't sweat as much as most. I think you at least need good venting through stuff like pit zips, mesh-lined pockets, and a flapped back slit when dealing with high exertion activities.
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I bought a used bike off Craigslist last year, but used rain gear? Is it really worth going to thrift stores in the hope of finding rain gear that is in good condition and fits?
No, but you don't look for one thing when you go in a thrift. That is a classic mistake people make. You look at everything.
You have to know how to use these places, just like they use you.
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I have OR Helium II which I love, but not for bicycling.... unless maintaining a sub-8mph pace and walking up the hills. IMHO none of these waterproof/breathable laminates, by themselves, can move bicycling sweat fast enough to prevent getting soaked from the inside, and I don't sweat as much as most. I think you at least need good venting through stuff like pit zips, mesh-lined pockets, and a flapped back slit when dealing with high exertion activities.
Like the Furio I mentioned? You would burn up in the warmer weather with the Furio. Even though it does almost everything you mentioned. But the Helium? That thing is so thin, and light weight.
I take my time in the rain. And if anything I try to avoid sweating. I hate sweating!
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Like the Furio I mentioned? You would burn up in the warmer weather with the Furio. Even though it does almost everything you mentioned. But the Helium? That thing is so thin, and light weight.
I take my time in the rain. And if anything I try to avoid sweating. I hate sweating!
That Furio looks like a typical hard shell, both it and my Helium are just uninsulated shells so won't make that much different in terms of warmth. Pit-zips will make a huge difference in ability to shed body heat and body moisture though, esp. on a bike with constant wind/air movement. Assuming you keep the main front zipper closed to block rain, I'd bet your Furio would be cooler/drier (from sweat) than my Helium. All just the balance of compromises though... wouldn't want to lug 3x the bulk/weight when it's not raining.
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No, but you don't look for one thing when you go in a thrift. That is a classic mistake people make. You look at everything.
You have to know how to use these places, just like they use you.
I used to check out thrift shops some years ago & they had nearly-new suit slacks. Folks who like non-clingy touring shorts can buy a pair of wool slacks & have the local seamstress cut & hem them into nice cheap touring shorts.

Never saw (with limited experience) any good outdoor stuff in thrift shops. With internet I'd guess it's even less likely now, rain clothes esp since coatings & layers have limited life-span particularly the lighter-weight things.
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That Furio looks like a typical hard shell, both it and my Helium are just uninsulated shells so won't make that much different in terms of warmth. Pit-zips will make a huge difference in ability to shed body heat and body moisture though, esp. on a bike with constant wind/air movement. Assuming you keep the main front zipper closed to block rain, I'd bet your Furio would be cooler/drier (from sweat) than my Helium. All just the balance of compromises though... wouldn't want to lug 3x the bulk/weight when it's not raining.
The Furio is completely different than the Helium. Completely. And I have tried on the Helium many times. REI is right on my bike route (Anything you could want is on my bike route).
The Helium is barely paper thick. And it's not Gortex, the Furio is. Three layers for the Furio (3 Ply).
And Depending on which Helium some have side pockets, and a chest pocket. Some only have the chest pocket.
I guarantee you will burn up wearing the Furrio on warmish days. It's a great rain jacket, especially for heavy rain. Fall, Spring yes, Summer no.
I want the Realm. Of course the last time I saw a good deal on one it was a large.

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I used to check out thrift shops some years ago & they had nearly-new suit slacks. Folks who like non-clingy touring shorts can buy a pair of wool slacks & have the local seamstress cut & hem them into nice cheap touring shorts.

Never saw (with limited experience) any good outdoor stuff in thrift shops. With internet I'd guess it's even less likely now, rain clothes esp since coatings & layers have limited life-span particularly the lighter-weight things.

Depends on location. Can be a Goldmine. You can't just wonder in a thrift and expect to find anything. You have to hit them a lot.
I have pulled about seventy grand out of my local thrift over eleven years. And others have done even better.

One of my fellow Diggers. https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...ab=AllFeedback

After Taxes, and Fees he's made about fifty grand a year. He has a finance degree, and it baffles me why he would want to do this.......anyway sorry for my ramble.
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ShowersPass eVent (can't remember the exact name of it.) Bright orange, fits me perfect and breathes really well. Of course I had to sell three fingers, two toes, and a kidney to buy the darn thing.

I really like the eVent fabric and the Showerspass design with the ventilation zippers is a great design.
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Cycle rain capes are open to ventilation, underneath..
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Course capes have their advantages and disadvantages (like anything).
Yes, people are suspicious of you. Sorry, I had to. Bonus points for people who know the reference.
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Yes, people are suspicious of you. Sorry, I had to. Bonus points for people who know the reference.
Please free to explain - here, or on a PM to me. I have no idea what you are talking about, other than being a contrarian at times.
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Please free to explain - here, or on a PM to me. I have no idea what you are talking about, other than being a contrarian at times.
Lighten up Francis.

It's a Seinfeld reference. George's dad is on the street with a man with a cape and everyone comments that you can't trust a person with a cape.
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Speaking of quotes. Where did this come from?


:"No Capes!"

:"Shouldn't that be my decision?"

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:"No Capes.".
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Wonder what kind off rain gear BF people USE on touring?
Am thinking of buying this https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/mens-dryzzle-jacket
Anybody tried it? Or do you have a rainjacket to recomman


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this is what i use. of course i have bright lights. thing is it keeps me fairly dry unless winds are very high in which case i usually pull over anyway. as you can see, the price is right.
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Lighten up Francis.

It's a Seinfeld reference. George's dad is on the street with a man with a cape and everyone comments that you can't trust a person with a cape.
Sorry, you hit a sensitive cord... quite a bit of troll/socket puppet suspicions going on here a few months ago both in public and in PMs.
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Depends on location. Can be a Goldmine. You can't just wonder in a thrift and expect to find anything. You have to hit them a lot.
I have pulled about seventy grand out of my local thrift over eleven years. And others have done even better.

One of my fellow Diggers. https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...ab=AllFeedback

After Taxes, and Fees he's made about fifty grand a year. He has a finance degree, and it baffles me why he would want to do this.......anyway sorry for my ramble.
Interesting, yesterday a friend who works in finance told me a co-worker made $35K last year selling Beanie Babies of all things. Reselling clothing makes more sense to me, heh--stands to reason a lot of Ebay etc buyers might not have time to scan thrift shops.
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Sorry, you hit a sensitive cord... quite a bit of troll/socket puppet suspicions going on here a few months ago both in public and in PMs.
No worries, sorry people are giving you a hard time. BTW, I'm not a contrarian
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No worries, sorry people are giving you a hard time. BTW, I'm not a contrarian
Not me.... others. But I thought YOU where having a go at me.
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