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Old 03-11-17, 12:11 PM
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Recommended nonvintage apparel?

Forgive me that this isn't remotely about anything C&V, but the folks here tend to practical, knowledgeable, and not swayed by fashion tends. And cheapskates, like me! I need to pick up a couple of pairs of cycling shorts (no bibs for me), plus I'd like to get an lightly padded innerliner (or whatever it should be called) to wear under casual shorts. I could also use another jersey or two. I prefer jerseys that aren't too busy or the look like I'm trying to imitate a pro.

I have enough cool/cold weather stuff, just need some shorts/jersey to rotate through as the weather warms up. Has anyone here spotted any good deals going on now?
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These guys have a sale going on plain-and-simple jerseys:

Bicycle Jerseys from People Who Really Know Bicycle Jerseys!
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Nashbar had a sale on Primal stuff about a week ago. Picked up a nice race jersey for about $26 and change.
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I got Polyester Track Suit Trousers ... Sweat pants are comfy..
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
These guys have a sale going on plain-and-simple jerseys:

Bicycle Jerseys from People Who Really Know Bicycle Jerseys!
Good call on these jerseys. Good looking and functional. Thanks.

I'll check Nashbar and Performance and the usual suspects, but was wondering if anyone had any favorite and inexpensive shorts. It can be hard to tell what's comfortable till you've worn them - the way the padding edges are handled is particularly important to me.
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All my jerseys come from the local charity shops. They are usually brand new hi-tech running shirts from organized runs or give-aways. Usually New Balance or Adidas for $3-4. The odd charity cycling shirt shows up. There is a big, well known running race around here and I've got a great collection of their shirts from different years.
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Performance Bike has some nice clothing for great prices. And I use to be a bib hater until I tried them. I refuse to wear anything else now.
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And I use to be a bib hater until I tried them. I refuse to wear anything else now.
Count me as a bib lover as well. Always wonder how many bib haters have actually worn them for any length of time.

My experience with less-expensive cycling apparel is you usually get what you pay for. I've had my fair share of Nashbar-brand apparel and have generally found it to be vastly inferior to Castelli, Giordana, DeMarchi, et al.

That said, I hate paying retail. So I amass my cycling wardrobe by grabbing the occasional close-out, fire-sale and 50% specials. I got a pair of top tier bibs on Specialized's website for <$70 just by checking the site out of the blue one day. Less than half MSRP and incredibly high quality.

In summary, patience and perseverance is what I found as the best way to assemble a quality, fashionable cycling wardrobe on the cheap.

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Old 03-12-17, 06:49 PM
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For warm weather, I wear a bright-colored T-shirt and REI expedition shorts, which are essentially chamois-lined bike shorts sewn inside walking shorts with handy pockets for wallet, keys, etc.
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
These guys have a sale going on plain-and-simple jerseys:

Bicycle Jerseys from People Who Really Know Bicycle Jerseys!
Had to laugh at that picture, that's something you would see in a 1984 Fuji catalog or something. Feathered hair, even

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Favorite liners for unpadded shorts/tight: MEN?S PADDED SKINS ? Andiamo Underwear

Favorite padded shorts: Men's Pro Bike Shorts for cycling comfort and bicycle riding
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Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
All my jerseys come from the local charity shops. They are usually brand new hi-tech running shirts from organized runs or give-aways. Usually New Balance or Adidas for $3-4. The odd charity cycling shirt shows up. There is a big, well known running race around here and I've got a great collection of their shirts from different years.
I have plenty of hi-tech t-shirts, especially from my wife's soccer team (when she plays in the men's league, the shirts are big), but I want bike specific jerseys now that I've gotten used to using the back pockets. Plus I'm looking for stuff without a lot of busy advertising, and most of the charity even jerseys I see look like they were designed by, well, not by designers. Not that I don't hit the thrift stores for all kinds of other stuff.

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Performance Bike has some nice clothing for great prices. And I use to be a bib hater until I tried them. I refuse to wear anything else now.
My go-to shorts are from Performance. Want to try some other makes, just to see what else is out there. And definitely not a bibs fan. One set was enough. My shorts don't go anywhere, and I don't need/like stuff pulling on my shoulders.

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Count me as a bib lover as well. Always wonder how many bib haters have actually worn them for any length of time.

That said, I hate paying retail. So I amass my cycling wardrobe by grabbing the occasional close-out, fire-sale and 50% specials. I got a pair of top tier bibs on Specialized's website for <$70 just by checking the site out of the blue one day. Less than half MSRP and incredibly high quality.

In summary, patience and perseverance is what I found as the best way to assemble a quality, fashionable cycling wardrobe on the cheap.
Patience and perseverance is definitely my MO, but I've neglected getting basic shorts and jerseys in looking for other bargains. By the by, that one pair of bibs that I hated, and which also caused inner thigh blisters from the pad edge, where Specialized. Maybe I'll give their brand another try one day, but to make those bibs useful I wear them inside out when I'm on the trainer, with the suspenders dangling at my sides. Yes, my wife laughs at me, too, but that's how cheap I am. Gonna wear 'em out one way or the other.

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For warm weather, I wear a bright-colored T-shirt and REI expedition shorts, which are essentially chamois-lined bike shorts sewn inside walking shorts with handy pockets for wallet, keys, etc.
I always forget to check REI for bike stuff. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Had to laugh at that picture, that's something you would see in a 1984 Fuji catalog or something. Feathered hair, even
Yeah, he is dreamy!

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Favorite liners for unpadded shorts/tight: MEN?S PADDED SKINS ? Andiamo Underwear

Favorite padded shorts: Men's Pro Bike Shorts for cycling comfort and bicycle riding
Thanks, I'll check them out, too!
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Had to laugh at that picture, that's something you would see in a 1984 Fuji catalog or something. Feathered hair, even

Lol...If I were gay I think I might be attracted to that guy.
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Had to laugh at that picture, that's something you would see in a 1984 Fuji catalog or something. Feathered hair, even
Right? I think my exact thought was "Hey, the 80s called, it wants it's hair back!"
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Lol...If I were gay I think I might be attracted to that guy.
So that's why they call you WolfRyder.
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So that's why they call you WolfRyder.
Uhh no...totally Hetero but was making a joke. Not sure if I want to recommend bike shorts to the OP now..lol. I'll do it anyway, check out those Canari liners, good padding and you can wear any shorts you want with them.
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Uhh, really?

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I didn't know how to approach the whole bike "kit" thing so listened to a coworker and tried Voler. Now nearly everthing is Voler and I am satisfied. Bibs all the way though. I can understand if your experience includes shoulder straps that are too short. I wouldn't be surprised if different brands fit differently. Even in the Voler range of products there are different cuts and chamois. Find one you like and stick to it. I must say that their Black Label is pretty good stuff. Fell into it when they gave me a big discount for a pair of bibs that appeared to wear out in less than 6 months. Great customer orientation.
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I didn't know how to approach the whole bike "kit" thing so listened to a coworker and tried Voler. Now nearly everthing is Voler and I am satisfied. Bibs all the way though. I can understand if your experience includes shoulder straps that are too short. I wouldn't be surprised if different brands fit differently. Even in the Voler range of products there are different cuts and chamois. Find one you like and stick to it. I must say that their Black Label is pretty good stuff. Fell into it when they gave me a big discount for a pair of bibs that appeared to wear out in less than 6 months. Great customer orientation.
I agree with this. I love every piece of Voler kit I have (3 bibs, one skinsuit)
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