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Old 10-10-15, 07:00 PM
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Wearing collared shirts over wool t-shirts?

So I'm still relatively new to this whole wool base-layer thing. I get that wool wicks away sweat and it doesn't stink the way synthetics do. Do any of you wear normal clothes over your wool base layer, or do you change into normal clothes after biking to work? By "normal clothes" I mean things like button down cotton or polyester shirts, sweaters of varying material (cotton, synthetic, wool).

I'd really like to maintain my current wardrobe, but not have to change clothes upon arriving at work. I live in Portland, Oregon where the winters tend to see a lot of 30-45 degree weather with moderate rain. Last year I wore cotton for a base layer. I pedal relatively slowly for five miles, so I don't sweat a ton, but I sweat enough that I do feel some chill from being sweaty.

I have one sweater made of fine wool that I like to wear by itself to work (no other layer, except for a waterproof windbreaker if it's raining). That works quite well, but I'm considering investing in wool t-shirts to wear under my cotton/polyester collared shirts. If wool under cotton or polyester is a stupid idea, then I won't buy wool t-shirts.
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Old 10-10-15, 11:39 PM
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5miles of not pedaling hard in mostly flatish Portland is a nice warm up. On non-rainy days, you can probably manage to wear polyester over top without issue. I wouldn't see an issue with the cotton collared shirt, unless it gets wet from sweat or rain. I can't stand wet cotton below about 50 degree weather.
I just bought some wool long sleeve next to skin shirts from Rambler's way to use as base layers in my riding. They haven't arrived yet, so I can't comment on quality. However, the Outlet had some fairly good sale prices on next to skin clothing. Where are you looking to buy your wool t-shirts from?
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I haven't found any true-white merino t-shirts, so that might be an issue. A medium grey is the lightest color I have found. I *think* there are some ivory-ish merino shirts out there somewhere.

Colors aside, I do what you are proposing year round (3 mile commute one way, with a hill). I have no issue with sweat, comfort, etc. Discliamer: I work in an extremely casual office, so my outer shirts a rarely true, classic work shirts.
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Originally Posted by CompleteStreets View Post
Last year I wore cotton for a base layer. I pedal relatively slowly for five miles, so I don't sweat a ton, but I sweat enough that I do feel some chill from being sweaty.
Wool sounds potentially ideal here, where it still insulates/warms you despite whatever sweat you deposit into it. If you were OK sweating into a cotton base under your work shirt last year, you should be fine sweating into a wool one under your work shirt this year.
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I haven't found any true-white merino t-shirts, so that might be an issue. A medium grey is the lightest color I have found. I *think* there are some ivory-ish merino shirts out there somewhere.
I'd be worried about what kind of bleach was necessary to get true white wool. I accept that undyed wool will be a little creamy / yellowish. I'll let you know my impression of the Rambler's Way wool when it arrives. Two of the items I bought are advertised as "natural blonde". It is made from American Rambouillet and should be comparable to merino.
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My order arrived yesterday. Their natural blonde is more or less the color of fresh cream. Everything I ordered fit as I expected from the sizing chart and is super soft and warm. If you don't need pure white for a wool t-shirt and don't mind paying for 100% American made quality, I'd consider placing an order.
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I am fortunate enough to have a place where I work where I can keep clothing. Is there anywhere that you can do the same? When I drive in I bring about three sets. I ride in using my normal bike gear and when I get to work I change. I also have a shower available so some days I shower but not always.
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