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Old 12-24-16, 08:15 AM
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Bike clothing that works and is cost-effective

I've been cycling for years and have a good bit of jerseys, shorts, etc but the stuff I wore decades ago obviously doesn't fit so I started buying new clothing this past March when I started my mission to get back into top form and lose weight.

Here are a few of my observations and I'd like to hear from others before I plunk down more money on other brands.

I REALLY like Endura Humvee mountain bike shorts and jerseys. These things are really high quality but a little more expensive than the competitors but I can wear the shorts around town to because they don't 'look' like mountain bike shorts. That makes them a good value to me. The jerseys are tough as nails to.

I REALLY like Santini long or short sleeve jerseys! They are made in Italy, are cost-effective, really high quality for what you pay and comfortable. I wear this on the road.

I like Voler jerseys and shorts. Seem to be good quality for the money but not quite on par in quality (or looks) compared to Santini but they are comfy.

You folks have any clothing that you particularly like that is high quality, comfy and a good value?


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Old 12-24-16, 01:13 PM
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You've come to the right place. We have a couple of guys who are pretty obsessive about their wardrobes. They'll be along shortly.
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Seconding Voler.
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As much as I'm not fond of Performance Bike, I like their Elite line of clothing. I feel it's as good as most of the clothing I've seen and it's a killer deal when it's on sale.

The shorts are kind of strange in that they don't have any grippers in the legs, but after riding in them for a while I find I prefer them over my Pearl Izumi Attack shorts.
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I once needed a solid color jersey and found it here on Corbah. I was really shocked with the quality build and material of this jersey

I have quite a few different jerseys, including Hincapie and Voler. The Corbah is by far the best made.

Solid | Corbah
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Old 12-24-16, 02:26 PM
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I like Primal Wear jerseys and Sugoi and De Marchi bibs.
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Old 12-24-16, 03:05 PM
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On short rides, I just use shorts instead of bibs. I have Assos but I think that padding is not as good as the newer Italian design, variable density padding.

The Italian company is Dolomiti and they use the term: sublimation to describe the variable density pad.
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Old 12-25-16, 11:29 AM
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All of my shirts come from the local charity shop. Occasionally I'll find a cycling shirt but mostly I just use hi-tech T-shirts. They always have a great assortment of charity or sponsored race/run shirts, usually brand new and made by New Balance or Adidas. Usually $2.99. There is a well known marathon run near here and I have a nice collection of their shirts.
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Bontrager Solstice Jersey. Simple Jersey, relaxed fit, relatively subdued graphics. High quality material. Because of the generous cut it can be thrown over a long sleeve base layer, but under a windbreaker on those on between days where you might need to shed layers as the day goes on.

And, because so many Trek dealers carry them, the Solstice Jersey is a bargain when you can find them in clearance at $25 or so, which is less than what a tech T costs at a sporting goods store.

Though I have other jerseys that are more colorful, the Solstice is a staple of my cycling wardrobe as I have 5 of them in different colors.

Also, a shout out to Craft base layers, which seem a cut above other brands of base layers. Though I own other base layers, I prefer Craft. I have 1 short sleeve and 2 long sleeve base layers from Craft.
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I have several Craft pieces (bib tights, jacket, jersey) and am very impressed with the quality and comfort. On sale Craft is probably a great bargain.
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
You folks have any clothing that you particularly like that is high quality, comfy and a good value?
Last season's new custom program size samples and team left overs. I have a bunch of Louis Garneau jerseys which were $15-$35 and a 2013 United Healthcare Voler thermal jersey which set me back $19 (not $89 regular priced or $75 on sale).

Otherwise Voler is good, especially during their sales. They put great Elastic Interface Technology (the same company that makes Assos and Rapha pads) chamois in some of their shorts ($100-$120) and bibs (add $20).

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Old 12-25-16, 07:56 PM
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For affordable casual under wear in wicking fabric it's hard to beat Champion boxer/briefs and long sleeve pullovers. Depending on the weather I'll wear the Champion long sleeve pullover as a baselayer, over a snug-fitting Pearl Izumi baselayer, or -- today, when it was 70F and windy -- as an outerwear shirt. Prices range from $8-$16 on Amazon, depending on color and vendor. I put a few on my wishlist and check the prices once in awhile for discounts.

There are probably other good values but I'm satisfied with Champion after following up on another bike forums member's advice. The boxer/briefs are particularly good, so comfortable I don't wear my three pairs of tight bike shorts anymore. With padded saddles I don't need the chamois or faux-chamois padding, and the thin but tough Champion fabric wicks more efficiently and dries quicker in muggy weather or rain.

Some Pearl Izumi baggy shorts don't look too bikey, no worse than any plaid or solid shorts. No weird looking black lycra/spandex crotch piece to break up the casual plaid shorts look. Less expensive than Zoic for similarly styled baggy shorts. There's a PI outlet store nearby and I'm always on the lookout for discounts. A few months ago I snagged a one-day Amazon sale on PI baggy shorts for $20. Really good quality. And I got a set of new-old-stock PI arm warmers for ten bucks a couple of weeks ago.

Garneau stuff is a good value too. I have two Garneau jerseys and a pair of summer weight gel padded gloves. All have held up well, including the one jersey that I've been wearing during two or three falls. It has a few snags and small holes from falling but still does the job. Comfortable and lightweight fabric, appears to be two ultra-thin laminated fabrics -- a larger porous mesh outer and slicker feeling tighter weave inner.

We don't enough really cold days to justify expensive insulated bike gloves so I cheaped out on a $10 pair of generic winter gloves from Walgreen's. They were comfortable and effective during our recent cold snap, including an hour long ride on a 20F night last weekend -- although my fingers were stinging by the time I got home. Really need some windproof mitten shells for sub-freezing rides.

My usual cool weather gloves are Bontrager Thermal RXL, a comfortable full finger glove of stretchy material that's just thick enough to be comfortable down into the 50s and thin enough to wear in warm weather. Tough material too. I've fallen in them a couple of times and caught myself with my hand on pavement and rough ground. No tears or holes. After a year some of the rubbery grip dots have worn off but the gloves are fine. Below 50F I'll wear thin ski glove liners under the Bontragers. At $25 they're not a bargain, but it's tough to find discounts on Bontrager stuff and I'm satisfied with these.

In regular shoes (I don't use clipless) I'm undecided about Merrell. Got a pair of high tops recently. Very light and comfortable but the soles may not be as durable as I'd hoped -- although I knew that was a risk, based on owner reviews. My platform pedals are Stolen Pedal Thermalites, so these shouldn't tear up the soles as badly as metal. Very comfortable to walk in. Stiffer than my old Montrail hiking shoes. Great safety features -- lots of highly reflective outer bits. But the Merrells feel like they don't breathe well -- I'm surprised how damp my feet feel after an hour or two in cool to moderately warm weather. At $40 I can't complain, but I'd have been disappointed if I'd paid more.

I'm leaning toward Five Ten shoes for a low top pair. I tried a pair at REI recently. They fit perfectly (unusual for me because I have narrow feet), and the soles were stiffer than Merrells. The Five Tens are heavier, but feel like the soles will last longer. And I see some Five Tens on sale for $70 and less.
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Bought a few Nishiki branded jerseys from Dicks Sporting Goods for $9. I think original price was only $19, but they are a moisture wicking fabric, bright orange, and look like a regular golf polo when off the bike, plus they are cut for a more normal human than a lightweight pro racer that almost none of us are.
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You didn't mention the type of bike you have. Road bike styles are different to hybrid riders and mountain bikes. I have a hybrid and just wear whatever I want.
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I am with cankle cat with the champion branded stuff.

I get mine at wal mart, 9 bucks for the shorts, sometimes cheaper for the shirts.

I also get synthetic sweat shirts and pants from there, along with nylon outer shell.

Like to keep a good full wardrobe of cycling clothes since I don't do laundry every week. Couldn't afford it if I got cycling specific clothes and I like the cheap stuff just as much, if not more.

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I am perfectly happy with my $14.99 Nashbar Jerseys, my Performance Ultra Bibs, and Defreet socks.
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If you're talking about keeping the price down, check out Karrimor (running) or Canari. I love Zoic, but they are a little higher in price.

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Bottom--J&G touring shorts- wear well, look fine off bike and are a good value.
Top-- Nike running shirts
Foot -- Chrome Kursk shoes.
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Got into wool jerseys last season and they are the best. Oregon cycling is my preferred vendo due to small business, price, and quality. I wear their long sleeve jerseys sized up as a shirt lol!

I'm not sensitive to shorts too much. Leg grippers and padding are my two major requirements.

I do have a pair of nashbar "baggy" shorts with sewn in liner which I cut out that I love. Not great for aero but comfy.
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Go Rapha or go home.
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
I've been cycling for years and have a good bit of jerseys, shorts, etc but the stuff I wore decades ago obviously doesn't fit so I started buying new clothing this past March when I started my mission to get back into top form and lose weight.

Here are a few of my observations and I'd like to hear from others before I plunk down more money on other brands.

I REALLY like Endura Humvee mountain bike shorts and jerseys. These things are really high quality but a little more expensive than the competitors but I can wear the shorts around town to because they don't 'look' like mountain bike shorts. That makes them a good value to me. The jerseys are tough as nails to.

I REALLY like Santini long or short sleeve jerseys! They are made in Italy, are cost-effective, really high quality for what you pay and comfortable. I wear this on the road.

I like Voler jerseys and shorts. Seem to be good quality for the money but not quite on par in quality (or looks) compared to Santini but they are comfy.

You folks have any clothing that you particularly like that is high quality, comfy and a good value?


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I ride the Endura Humvee shorts and love them. They look good off and on the bike. I also wear an Endura Jersey top and switch it off with a Pearl Izumi Top that is nice and casual as well.
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Thanks folks! Got some checking out to do.

I love the, "Go Rapha or go home" quote! I'm not a Rapha kinda guy though. It's a little too, I'd say, cosmopolitan for me......ROFL.
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I've had good luck with Pearl Izumi stuff purchased on Amazon
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I've had good luck with Primal for fit, quality and value. Aerotech has some decent stuff at a bargain price.
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I've bought a few pairs of Santic padded shorts from this ebay seller:

Men Bicycle Cycling Shorts 4D Coolmax Padded Bike Shorts 1/2 Pants S-3XL Black | eBay

Extremely good quality (I was quite happily surprised when the first pair arrived) for $20!

I'm going to try some of his jerseys next season.

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