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Old 02-04-07, 04:39 AM   #1
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Which piece of cycle touring clothing did you wear most?

We have found ourselves wearing the same few pieces of clothing over and over again. We wash them in the sink at night, hang them to dry, and put them back on the next morning.

Which pieces of clothing did you find yourself constantly using on your tour? Why?

I am asking because right now we are in Hoi An, Vietnam. The streets of this historic town are lined with tailor shops that can reproduce just about anything for a very low price. The temptation is too much.

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I wore a lycra cycling top nearly every day on my trip across europe ( 3 months).
Washed dried and put back on.
I had extra pockets made inside to match the 3 outside ones at the back to hide stuff in. The seams matched so the inside pockets didn't show.
There is a guy, Kieth Oates, who posts one www.cyclingplus.co.uk who lives in Ha Long Vietnam


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I am moving totally away from any cycling specific clothing on tour. I tend to wear synthetic performance fabrics like running T-shirts and climbing capris because they are comfy while riding and dry fast when you wash them. Having been in India and had access to similiar tailor options I ended up getting nothing made (I did get a satchel bag, but no clothing) simply because they couldn't make anything that I wanted out of the right synthetics. Even though I do pay $50 for a running T-shirt I ride in one I bought 8 years ago that still looks like new so it isn't really expensive at all if you buy quality.

India & Vietnam (I presume) can do amazing things with cotton, but that is the last thing I would wear on a cycle tour or even just travellingon foot.
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I have worn with pride my favorite Oatbran tour jersey( Nevada) because that was one of my favorite tours ever. Now, I wear in infrequently, because over half my rides are with my club. I could not imagine riding with the club and not wearing club kit. We are all much too thick.

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Once you wear a wool T-shirt, you will never go back to synthetics. I have never found a synthetic that doesn't smell after a day or too. Wool wicks better and you can wear it for days, if you have to, and it doesn't stink. It's amazing. Sames goes for socks. Far better than cotton. They keep your feet warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm and they don't stink.
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+1 on a good quality wool product

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Once you wear a wool T-shirt, you will never go back to synthetics. I have never found a synthetic that doesn't smell after a day or too. Wool wicks better and you can wear it for days, if you have to, and it doesn't stink. It's amazing. Sames goes for socks. Far better than cotton. They keep your feet warm when it's cold and cool when it's warm and they don't stink.
I am not against wool, but I have never had the odour problem with synthetics that people talk about. I can wear a T-shirt several days in a row, but they wash and dry so fast it isn't a problem to launder them in camp or in the hotel and wear them in a couple hours.
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Do the wool products dry as fast as the synthetics?
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Do the wool products dry as fast as the synthetics?
good wool dries fast, but maybe not as fast as, say, acrylic or polypro. However, wool will keep you warm even when soaking, and in my experience, better than the other two. Synthetics evaporate quickly, but that cools you off.
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I never carry that much with me on my tours so I wear what I've got:

-- cycling shorts (one of two identical pair)
-- surfer or similar shorts (often over the cycling shorts, but sometimes by themselves)
-- a short-sleeved or sleeveless jersey
-- a merino wool top
-- a blue vest
-- a yellow and grey rain jacket
-- arm warmers
-- leg warmers
-- helmet
-- gloves
-- socks
-- shoes

(The photos are from three different tours but I've worn basically the same things on all three)
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+1 on wool top.
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What exactly are these wool tops you speak of? Got a link to one?
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What exactly are these wool tops you speak of? Got a link to one?
Are you serious?? You of all people should know about merino wool!!

Like these:
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1170639813989

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1170639869153

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1170639936898

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1170639936898
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Wool destroys every other fiber out there for every use.

here are some super pricy wool bike clothes:

www.swobo.com
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Not cycling-specific clothing, but I am fond of duofold polypropylene lightweight underwear shirts. Cheap, long lasting, comfortable, handles perspiration better than anything else, doesn't stink much after wearing a few days.

Also, fleece garments and inexpensive merino wool socks.
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Although other cyclists will laugh at you....a wool baseball jersey. warm and cut for cycling (with s tail in the back) Bottons in the front. Classic stuff.
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- 3/4 length lightweight shorts (over bike shorts for long days) with long-sleeve airflow (polyester) jersey. Rinse and repeat the next day.

I take 1 pair 3/4 length loose pants, 3 pairs bike shorts and 2 LS jerseys, plus some off the bike stuff. You could go lighter with 1 jersey and 2 pairs bike shorts.

I prefer the long sleeves and long shorts when it is hot, keeps the sun off. As long as you're at more than 10-15 km/hr the air flow is enough to keep things reasonably cool.

For wind/rain, I like a windproof top, and a light waterproof top. We don't get seriously cold weather in my part of the world unless you get into the mountains; winter days of 5 deg celcius are considered cold. I am experimenting with a Montane windproof/DWR top (weighs 70 grams!!) to see if I can settle on one shell for on-bike wear. I also take a set of thermals, lightweight weather resistant pants, a neck gaiter, a shower cap, and some lightweight ankle gaiters to keep rain out of my shoes. All this, plus sunscreen, hand sanitiser, maps, lock, lights, snacks, 1st aid kit, easily fits in a racktop bag.

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I'm not so keen on the wool tops for active stuff like cycling or bushwalking. I have a few very good-quality Aussie and NZ fine merino tops that I love for general travel wear (easy to pack, can wear for several days, dry overnight) but they are heavier than synthetics and both absorb sweat and don't dry anywhere near as fast as synthetics.

BTW, just specifying "merino wool" isn't enough - it has to be a fine grade - it comes anywhere from 10 microns or less for superfine garments (the stuff we are talking about here) to 25+ microns for use in carpets where abrasion resistance is more important than soft feel. The grade makes a huge difference to feel and a small difference in the warmth-weight ratio.
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Smartwool, midweight long sleeved T-shirt
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Are you serious?? You of all people should know about merino wool!!

Like these:
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1170639813989
Of course I know all about the wool itself. Just not the application you were all talking about. You could be all talking about huge turtlenecked jumpers for all I know.

Thanks for that though. Those tops do look good.
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What exactly are these wool tops you speak of? Got a link to one?
Since you are in Oz, my first and finest wool jersey is made by Macpac. I bought in Perth in 2002 while touring when things started getting cool. I don't know if they still make them.

I have several Ts and Sleeveless Ts from Rivendel. They are great quality and wick like crazy.
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when it's cold I like my undershirt used to layer. Really cold, I actually wear windstopper drawers. Keeps the draft from attacking one's sensitive parts. The windstopper, water resistant jacket is a god sent. For everyday riding, the Santini bibs are true comfort.
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I bring three pairs of bike shorts, two short-sleeve and one long-sleeve jerseys, a lightweight high-vis yellow jacket, a lightweight high-vis vest, two pairs of shorty socks, rain gear, a couple of cotton t-shirts, a bathing suit, some sweatpants, a fleece vest, and a fleece beanie. I just bought a long-sleeve silkweight polypro shirt. I'm thinking it will come in handy in the mountains this summer if it's cold and windy - under my long-sleeve jersey. It weighs next to nothing and is supposed to wick sweat well. I may send it home after I get into warmer climes - we'll see.
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I tend to shy away from bike-specific wear (apart from padded shorts) and go for things that can be worn on the bike and also on a night out in the city/town/nearest pub etc.
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