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Old 05-28-17, 06:30 PM
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The State of Vintage Cycling Apparel?

Anyone seek out or actively wear vintage jerseys? Anything you actively pursuing at swaps or on the internet bidding sites?
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I get used wool jerseys on ebay for cheap.

I paid $25 for this one in new condition.

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I get used wool jerseys on ebay for cheap.

I paid $25 for this one in new condition.

Wow Sweet

What is this?

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My state of vintage cycling apparel is this:

I don't fit in any of my old jersies.
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Old 05-28-17, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
My state of vintage cycling apparel is this:

I don't fit in any of my old jersies.
Yeah, I tried a few of mine on tonight... I don't remember them being nearly that tight. Must have shrunk sitting in the drawer. I was wondering if they had any value, more than the sentimental kind. I would like to keep whatever still fits around, and wouldn't mind scooping up something even a little older, like something from the 70's (and more in line with my bicycles vintage).
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I occasionally stumble on a vintage jersey where I like the look of it (simpler graphics than the modern ones, etc.), and even more occasionally that jersey is priced such that I might actually buy it.

That said, I don't go out of my way to go "period-correct" with my gear unless I'm part of some event that calls for it. I love my vintage bikes but don't feel the need to look like I just rode out of a lightning storm pushing one-point-twenty-one-gigawatts.
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I have a few vintage wool jerseys and find myself wearing them in preference to my modern jerseys. But shoes, shorts etc are all modern. And jackets, for sure.
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The only jerseys I've found so far that fit me are vintage wool. Everything else is just baggy and floppy. Been looking into "race cut" and trying to find some smaller stuff cause the wool, breathable it may be, is still getting a little hot.
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back when e-bay was new, I used to buy vintage jerseys that matched my bikes. Here are a couple of Raleigh jerseys in team colors that were worn by Mike Fatka's Raleigh team based in Ames, Iowa. The SRC stands for Skunk River Cyclists. I was attending college in Ames in the 80's, so these have a nostalgic appeal to me, and they match my Raleigh Team bike.

Levi's/Raleigh/SRC jersey


Raleigh/SRC jersey from early 80's




Raleigh jersey with embroidered text and front pockets:
I got this one from a buddy. Not sure of the date, but there's an identical jersey pictured in a mid 70's Raleigh catalog on the International's page.




I've got some vintage Duegi leather shoes with slotted cleats too, which I routinely use.

Most of my vintage bike clothes were purchased at least 15 years ago, and I imagine that it has become more difficult to find since then.


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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
back when e-bay was new, I used to buy vintage jerseys that matched my bikes.

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Those are pretty cool Steve. I think a jersey that matches your ride would be about as awesome as things get.
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I've got this jersey, but my wool tights are all holey (and not in a religious way).
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if you can fit in those old jerseys that's great
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Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
Those are pretty cool Steve. I think a jersey that matches your ride would be about as awesome as things get.

On last fall's Chicagoland ride organized by Steve W., I rode my Raleigh Team and wore one of my Team knit jerseys. We stopped in at a local shop at the end of the ride, and I posed with the shop's Raleigh Team track bike that hangs from the ceiling. Other than posing with one of the former SRC/Levis/Raleigh team members, that might be as good as it gets.





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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
Other than posing with one of the former SRC/Levis/Raleigh team members, that might be as good as it gets.

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That too, is pretty cool.
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I still have a couple of wool jerseys from the early 80s. I wear them sometimes but through the years, they've gotten scratchy. I wear them with decreasing frequency. As @jyl says, the new stuff is better, even the new wool.

One jersey is Santini (Italian) and the other is Protogs, an American company. Remember them?

These days, I'm super impressed with Castelli stuff. I just about bit my tongue when I paid the prices, but now I feel I've gotten my money's worth. As with many other technologies, mechanics, materials science, electronics, and computer software, clothing R&D has produced some innovative and useful clothing. Maybe even Rapha is worth their prices. Well, I don't know, but maybe.
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I've kept my highschool weight - 145lbs - through careful diet and exercise over the years, yet still I've found many of the older jerseys simply wont fit me. They're all over eBay - just do a search and you'll see many. Finding any that fit are another thing entirely..
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All my vintage wool jerseys aren't vintage. They are merino wool reproductions, mostly from Vintage Velos. New merino wool > old scratchy wool.
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C'mon, back in the day you'd never have caught Jan Raas or Gerrie Knetemann wearing a cover-the-whole-head helmet. Peter Post would have blasted you into next week for wearing such a thing. Back then, men were men and sheep were scared.



Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
On last fall's Chicagoland ride organized by Steve W., I rode my Raleigh Team and wore one of my Team knit jerseys. We stopped in at a local shop at the end of the ride, and I posed with the shop's Raleigh Team track bike that hangs from the ceiling. Other than posing with one of the former SRC/Levis/Raleigh team members, that might be as good as it gets.





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I wear a long sleeve, Breton style, blue/white striped, 100% wool jersey to match my 1932 Peugeot.
I have even added a number seven on the back to give it an additional sporty feel.
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C'mon, back in the day you'd never have caught Jan Raas or Gerrie Knetemann wearing a cover-the-whole-head helmet. Peter Post would have blasted you into next week for wearing such a thing. Back then, men were men and sheep were scared.


a proper leather hairnet would have been better (historically), but I've never owned one of those. I do have a proper vintage Raleigh cap (purchased back in the 70's) that I should have worn for the photo. Shoot.

I have kidded around with friends, telling them "I prefer to think of myself as a 'historic re-enactor', and not just a guy who rides old bikes". The Erioica rides are about as close as cyclists get to being historic re-enactors (sp?), and I'm impressed by how far some of them go... especially in regards to the marginally effective brakes on some of the bikes.

Speaking of Eroica and vintage jerseys (getting back to the thread's topic), Chuck Schmidt on the CR list posted a link to Luciano's web page. Luciano is often used as the face of some of the Eroica rides, and it turns out that he has a very impressive collection of race jerseys!

https://translate.google.com/transla....it&edit-text=


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I've got an old Avocet jersey- it's nice, but a little tight around my neck if I zip it up.

I also have an old Cannondale cotton jersey/shirt thing.
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a proper leather hairnet would have been better (historically), but I've never owned one of those.
I did. I even wore it. "Brain buckets" we called them. Even then, we joked about how the thing they were best for was holding some of your skull together for easier identification.

True story. In September 1975, I got run off the road by a semi on a descent while wearing a hairnet/brain bucket and crashed hard on the rock-strewn gravel shoulder. After I, in order, (1) finished cursing the truck driver and his family backward and forward for about 17 generations, (2) checked the bike to see if it was rideable (it wasn't - destroyed front wheel) and (3) checked to see if I was hurt (cuts, road rash and bruises only - I was very lucky), i looked around and realized that at least one of the literally dozens of good-sized pointy rocks that were within three feet of me should, by all rights, have been firmly embedded in my head. Even at age 18, that got my attention.

When I got home, I immediately mail-ordered a first-gen white-strapped (not red-strapped) Bell Biker (they were advertised in bike mags but were not yet available in stores, at least not in very many). I have worn it or its more modern successors every time out on a bike since, including at all three editions of Eroica California - I can count the exceptions on the fingers of one hand with a couple left over.

So despite my gentle gibe, I actually do not care what Jan Raas, Gerrie Knetemann, Peter Post or anyone else says - I wear my modern helmet, and I think you are wise for wearing yours, too.
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I have drawers full of old wool and lycra sitting here.

To be sure, I like the new Kucharik Merino wool much better.

Easy to wash, a little stretch and it doesn't seem to stink.



Pretty hard to beat for $90.

Wool Jersey Orange Long Sleeve Kucharik
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Pretty hard to beat for $90.

Wool Jersey Orange Long Sleeve Kucharik
Looks nice and a good price for those of us dealing with our 1st world problems
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Looks nice and a good price for those of us dealing with our 1st world problems
Not too much of an issue.

Nothing a quick trip to the bike coop won't fix.

Donate the old stuff that doesn't fit.
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