Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Central CT USA
Bikes: 1991 Tomassini Prestige 1973 Raliegh Supercourse, 1975 Panasonic Sport Deluxe, 1983 Fuji S-12, 1975 Motobecane Mirage, 1983 Motobecane Super Mirage 1999 Trek 930 1989 Trek 930 ,
right now I am wearing a merino wool sweater ,6.00 at a thrift shop. Italian Merino is pretty decent, I too got tired of body odor retention in polypro. Make sure you hand wash it in COLD water, and be gentle with it, it's not the most durable.
Today I wore that as a base layer, an old synthetic jersey over that, a cashmere sweater (super comfy) and a basic shell.
I was fine, no scratchies. Personally I can live with the scratchiness instead of the dreaded B.O.
I read somewhere, BTW, that using Borax with synthetics helps remove the bacteria a lot. Also, if you must wear "pile", rinse it immediately in a plastic bin in the shower to get rid of bacteria. If you do this, you'll be much happier, and save on washing bills. Use the leftover shower water, it works fine.
Sometimes I just use hot water to rinse the pile, just get the bacteria out immediately. A really cheap way to soften the water is toss some water softening salt in the bin (25 LB. bag is only 4.99 at Home Depot. )