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Old 04-10-09, 03:28 AM
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Classic clothing?

Anyone here wear classic clothing whilst out on their classic ride?

I have a three classic bikes, a couple of which are tourers. I'm hopefully going down the Mosel this summer, and would like to do it with a bit more flare. I'm not thinking of brogues and plus fours, but rather something that looks classic while being practical.

How about some pics? A link maybe to where you got them?

Of course, if you're fond of brogues and plus fours, I'd like to see that as well.
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Not really.

But I do find it terribly convenient to fold and tuck my pants into my socks when I'm riding around town in my street clothes, and that does give me a sort of plus eights look. Unintentional, and probably bizarrely fred as hell, but it works.
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Watch out wanting to dress vintage. I sold a 70's era wool cap (Cycle Pro/Campagnolo logo) on ebay for $145 a few weeks ago.
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I bought on french eBay a matching Gitane jersey for my Gitane TT bike. Am quite chuffed with the look, actually.
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I'd suggest some nice wool bibs from Kucharik (sic) or Ibexwear. Both sell modern mernno wools that
won't bag and sag and have modern synthetic chamois.
As for the Jersey, maybe a nice wool repro jersey would be my choice. or a plain modern one.
I have a few older wool jerserys and they are horribly itchy compared to the new stuff.
Of course an underlayer helps that.
I'd avoid some of the 'vintage' polyester blend jerseys, personally I think they hold odor ( or stink themselves, not sure which) and are not comfortable when I'm hot and sweaty.

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I still wear my wool jersey occasionally. Since it's mostly red, it goes quite nicely with a red helmet and Capo #1.
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I still have some of my wool jersies and one pair of wool shorts. I still have the Adidas Eddy Merckx shoes with the aluminum TA cleats and even a pair of web back gloves. While I do still have a leather, hairnet helmet, I refuse to wear it. I will not compromise my safety for style. I always wear a modern helmet, regardless of the bicycle I'm riding.
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I was lucky enough to find a complete NOS Crescent warm-up set from the 70┤s at a LBS whom I┤ve known for twenty years something. He never thought he find someone wanting the set and it was hanging in a closet in the repair room. The jacket (in orange/black) draws attention from younger folks looking for retro-style pop-clothing (you guessed it - its not for sale). I use it as a starter before race.
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Any pics, anyone?
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Barbour makes traditional outdoor wear.




Barbour's "Brewster Breeks."

Also available in stretch black moleskin. Rawr.


I've also often wondered about equestrian riding clothes (sans knee/thigh pads) as cycling gear.

Most notably, I keep seeing these "Polo Riding Jeans" made by Jaipur.

Note the features:

"The look of Jeans ...the performance of Breeches!" The Jaipur Polo Company is now offering these "first of their kind" jean-riding breeches.

  • Fabric: 92%Cotton ...jean quality... with 8% Lycra ...offers a stretch quality that provides a great fit, and excellent in-saddle performance
  • No "inside seam" ...smooth comfortable riding
  • Jean Styling: jean-style front and back pockets - quality front zipper, and jean-style belt loops
  • Knee Patch Option: with or without knee patches (Patches are cut with the same soft jean material as the pant. It starts at the bottom of the leg and tapers to an end over the knee. Very comfortable.)
  • Men's Sizes: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
  • Colors: Black or White
Seems like that w/o the knee patches these would be better than the regular old corduroys/dungarees (or just plain old jeans) that I typically ride in (when not riding for riding's sake--commuting, going out, etc)

I think I'm going to have to pull the trigger on a pair of these. Perhaps a pair of the black ones for riding my Triumph around. If my neighbors think I'm eccentric now, they ain't seen nothing yet.

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'vintage' polyester
If that means old polypropylene, well, that stuff was the worst.

If you're looking for classic merino wool kind of stuff, Sierra Trading Post usually has two or three items. Although it seems like it's pretty much down to this at the moment:

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Yes, I ride wearing my vintage clothing. I still have 2 sets each of Protogs wool shorts (I had John Kucharik put new elastic in them a couple years ago, and a new chamois in one pair) and Protogs wool tights. I have a couple long sleeve wool jerseys (one is a Protogs I've had for about 30 years -- same as the other Protogs stuff), the other is a new Woolistic one. And a random assortment of wool/acrylic jerseys bearing the names of obscure European amateur teams I've bought off eBay over the years. I still use my 30+ year old Rivat slotted cleat shoes as well, and picked up a pair of NOS Vittoria winter (wool-lined -- cozy!) slotted cleat shoes back in January. So, I guess I'm set for a while.
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I'm forever looking for 100% wool jerseys for under 100 bux. Seems really hard to find.

+1 for tucking your pants into your sock Although that leather strap Brooks makes to tie back your pant leg is on my want list.
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The campy jerseys above are marked down to $116 at the moment. Not quite sub-$100 but close.
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yeah i want like sub 100 as in 70-80 bux. I know its wishful thinking but all my wool sweaters are way cheaper than that.

https://www.portlandcyclewear.com/wooljersey.html

hows this. Short Sleeve 73 bux, Long Sleeeve 78.

if you buy 25+ they drop to 41 for the short sleeve and 45 for the long.... Group Buy Anyone?

They'd even embroider them for 13 bux each or do "raised Flocking" letter (i think thats a heat transfer) for 4 bux.

Hell I'd take 2 short sleeve and 1 long if we got enough for the 25+ pricing...we could get em with the lettering to say "BikeForums C&V" or something if we wanted to.


***Edit Again***

I just talked to them and we can combine Short and Long sleeve Jerseys to get 25 total and get the Volume Pricing.

I'm in for 3, thats only 22 jerseys left to do a group order...


also if we can't do 25+ there's a price break at 10-25 Jerseys...53 for short sleeve and 57 for long.

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I feel that way too, but have had similarly disappointing results.

EDIT: Just found Portland Cycle Wear. Affordable, if not quite as flashy. And there's a lot to be said for the personal touch. I like. Their 100% merino stuff is about $70.

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wanna get in on a group buy then Gamecat?

Btw: I love your Title. I'm a big hitchhiker's fan.
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I have a few old jerseys & some white Lotto slotted cleat shoes. I can no longer squeeze into the small but fill out the Medium nicely & tell myselfthat these must be Italian sizes, not American!

My oldest vintage clothing isn't cycling related though, its a Pendleton wool shirt I received Christmas of 1954 when I was 14. To large then, it fit well later & eventually became a fishing/work shirt that I still wear from time to time.
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I have a wool jersey that I've had for about 30 years that I wear a fair amount. Also a pair of wool tights that I wore the other day when it was drizzling. I won't do that again until I either install new elastic or get some suspenders.

I have a pair of Detto Pietros with TA cleats that I wear a lot.

As others pointed out, a modern helmet is the way to go for sure.
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I have some wool tights, c. 1984, that I still use on cold days (with suspenders). They are chamois-less, so I wear bibs under them.

I generally use a combination of Kucharik (plain) and Vintage Velos (retro team) wool jeresys that I have accumulated over the past 10 years - I layer up or down depending on the weather. On most days, I much prefer them to anything else. Merino wool jerseys feel great. They certainly stink a whole lot less than modern jerseys.

But I am decidedly new-school when it comes to what goes next to my naughty bits - well-made lycra bibs, to my way of thinking, rank with clipless pedals and shoes as the new-fangled equipment I would absolutely refuse to give up.



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I quite liked this chap's style. And note, trousers in socks.

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classic bike clothes. Cut off levis a tye dye Tshirt and a pair of white high top converse chucks. Just like 1976
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before we run off on a group buy from portland cycle wear (which IAB just did a few months ago)
I've been trading email and phone calls with IBEXWEAR about a Bike Forums embroidered jersey.
I need to gauge interest so if y'all are interested please let me know. I have no idea on price yet
but will try to get some idea. If we offer it it will be to the entire population of BF not just C&V.

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Originally Posted by jbonamici
I have a wool jersey that I've had for about 30 years that I wear a fair amount. Also a pair of wool tights that I wore the other day when it was drizzling. I won't do that again until I either install new elastic or get some suspenders.
John Kucharik does a great job replacing elastic and the price is decent as well.
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If i don't feel like wearing tights like if i plan to spend a lot of time off the bike during the middle of the ride I'll fred it up:



i also tried wool knickers I got for $10 from some army navy website, but after a few rides the butt blew out from rubbing on a brooks saddle.

otherwise I do have vintage wool jersey's ive picked up off of ebay mostly for cheap. when I don't care what I look like while riding my bent on a tour for example:



my dad rocks a moltini wool jersey on his bent (and a blue tooth apparently):



and of course on a vintage ride with a bunch of "vintage guys*" an girls I have to wear my vintage wool:



and my favorite vintage jersey is this long sleeved one I commute on when its chilly (sorry for the crappy cellphone pic):


and that about covers me posting images of myself for the next few years.

*guys who are into vintage bikes - not vintage themselves

p.s. I also picked up one of those portland wool jerseys but I havent had a chance to wear it much yet.
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