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Old 10-19-09, 11:15 AM   #1
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Should i wear bike jersy ?

The weather is changing to the 50s F recently,will expect to get colder soon, i bought my first jersy in summer and it does well for wicking sweat,should i wear it as the first layer of clothing in colder wearther?will the next layer cotton clothing aborbs the moisture ? i wore a long sleeve tee shirt and a long sleeve sweat shirt over the jersy in past few 50s.F days weather and it felt great. stayed dried and all.thanks for reading
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In cold weather I have ditched cycling specific clothes (for the torso) and layer it up till I am warm for the weather out there. The only issue I have is that if I am warm when I leave home - then it gets hot 5 miles out. Conversely I am cold when leaving home if I dress enough to be warm 5 miles out.
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+1^^

Layers are key, so you can adjust as you ride.

A jersey under a light wind-proof jacket works well for me down to ~50 F.
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You need a wool and/or poly base layer.
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Sorry i forgot to mention about my jersey,it's not really a bike jersey,just a plain long sleeve made in polyester,last winter i rode my bike without one and i could feel some moisture between my cotton tee and my skin, i am just wondering if my jersey can help at all with multi layers of clothings.
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Synthetic jerseys of any kind are better than cotton for a base layer and can be useful even in very cold conditions.
You can layer cotton on top of them, I used to do this and you don't die or anything but its better to layer other synthetics or wool.
In cool conditions you should be able to control your sweating by layering and choice of a suitable shell so you should get dripping wet.
Cycling specific clothing is of less use in winter, the multiple rear pockets can bunch up and collars are usually too low to exclude the chill. You can winter-specific cycling gear for a price but general hiking gear is good.
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In the winter, my ski clothing does double-duty as cycling clothing;
e.g. polypro ski t-necks become jerseys, fleece jackets become middle layers,
and I have a pair of fleece running tights from REI that become cycling tights.

And *never* wear any natural fiber other than wool.
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The weather is changing to the 50s F recently,will expect to get colder soon, i bought my first jersy in summer and it does well for wicking sweat,should i wear it as the first layer of clothing in colder wearther?will the next layer cotton clothing aborbs the moisture ? i wore a long sleeve tee shirt and a long sleeve sweat shirt over the jersy in past few 50s.F days weather and it felt great. stayed dried and all.thanks for reading
The jersey can work as a base layer. Though it is probably not the best method for colder conditions. I would stay away from cotton for the base or insulation layer. It can work as a shell material for below freezing conditions. Such as a Levi jacket or Carhart canvas jacket.

If you do use cotton it should not be worn next to the skin. What you did was OK for non heavy exertion activities.
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