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Old 09-20-20, 01:49 AM
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Casual riding attire

Hello everyone

I like how riding attire is form fitting and aerodynamic

But sometimes I want to look casual and too race'y but baggy shorts and a t shirt hinder performance

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Old 09-20-20, 01:58 AM
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Bontrager Solstice Cycling Jersey

"A high-function bike jersey for casual cyclists and enthusiasts looking for dependable comfort."

It's actually looser fit than it looks .

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Old 09-20-20, 02:13 AM
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yeah similar to that

I'm sure Bontrager and Izumi are very well made but I honestly want to pay about $30 per jersey
I'd like to pick up a few colors

So maybe reasonable brands?
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Old 09-20-20, 07:37 AM
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T-shirt and rugby shorts are always my riding attire.
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Old 09-20-20, 07:52 AM
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I commute in wicking T's and "performance" golf shorts. Some T's are looser, some are tighter. Same for the golf shorts. A form-fitting T and slim-cut golf shorts are not baggy. and can look sharp...even with my "physique".
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Old 09-20-20, 09:33 AM
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Wear whatever you're comfortable in.
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It depends on what kind of ride you are doing. For going to the store, I will wear a T shirt, khaki cargo shorts, tennis shoes or even sandals. What ever I happen to be wearing at the time I ride my GT montain bike set up for casual street riding with street tires, platform pedals, rack in the back with two side bags if needed. There is a Safeway store three miles from our place, I can hop on the bike and go pick up some supplies without worrying about my attire Now for other cycling, I have carbon fiber, steel, and aluminum road bikes I enjoy riding, with them I go the full cycling attire, jersey, chamois lined shorts, Sidi shoes and Speedplay pedals. BTW, I always wear a helmet :-) During the heavy smoke air from the CA fires, most of my riding has been short spins with the GT mountain bike wearing a N95 mask. Thank goodness the air is finally clean again !
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Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
yeah similar to that

I'm sure Bontrager and Izumi are very well made but I honestly want to pay about $30 per jersey
I'd like to pick up a few colors

So maybe reasonable brands?
Bontragersí are on sale .
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Old 09-20-20, 12:41 PM
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Check Target's men's department; their athletic t-shirts are pretty nice, come in long or short sleeve, wick water very well, and won't break the bank. If it's too baggy for you, go a size smaller.
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I normally just wear a moisture wicking shirt and gym shorts. I do have some jerseys I wear on long rides, but mainly I just dress casual.
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Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
Hello everyone

I like how riding attire is form fitting and aerodynamic

But sometimes I want to look casual and too race'y but baggy shorts and a t shirt hinder performance
Try Adidas, Nike or Under Armour

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I commute with short-inseam hiking shorts (pockets for wallet, knife, phone, keys), my regular brief-style underwear, a lime or orange high-vis wicking t-shirt, ankle socks, and my work shoes. Helmet, wrap-around polarized sunglasses, classic crochet-back fingerless cycling gloves.

My commute is 12.5 miles each way, and my riding speed is close to 20mph - for a door-to-door time of 42-44 minutes including time spent stopped at traffic lights -- not bad for a 62+ yr-old Senior Citizen!

FWIW, I did it twice this past week.

On longer rides (30-100 miles), I wear a pair of padded cycling shorts instead of my normal skivvies under my hiking shorts - because I still want my pockets!!!

I'm not at all concerned about aerodynamic drag from my riding clothes...
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Wear whatever you're comfortable in.
Exactly this.

I find a pair of Dickies work pants and a wool sweater works nice on cool mornings, sometimes with a base layer.

No problem keeping a good pace like that.
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My personal experience is that cycling specific clothing is better than street cloths if you're going for a workout or extended ride. It wicks away sweat better, cools better, prevents chafing better and I like multi layers since I can add and remove to dial in my comfort.
But for social and around town street cloths are fine.

I once went out for a 6 miles slow ride with my wife and wore street cloths with the exception of clipless shoes for my cleats... I was uncomfortable in the bum.

Having cotton briefs and shorts was no bueno on this ass hatchet.
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Cotton is obviously bad, but for the shorts end of things there's sort of a hierarchy of performance:

Cotton briefs and shorts (avoid)
Synthetic briefs and shorts (ok for a few miles)
Road shorts under cargo shorts/swim trunks or else MTB two part shorts
Road shorts on their own so they breathe best

For the upper half given I'm never going fast I don't technically own anything that is actually a "cycling jersey" but shop more for budget breathability and sun protection so have lots of cheap performance poly running, workout, etc shirts bough a bit loose. The ones in high vis colors are intentionally loud, but there are more muted colors available, too.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Check Target's men's department; their athletic t-shirts are pretty nice, come in long or short sleeve, wick water very well, and won't break the bank. If it's too baggy for you, go a size smaller.
What kind of fabric are these made from?

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Old 09-20-20, 07:54 PM
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Pffft!!! No padding is necessary. Compression boxers to keep things in place, normal non cotton shorts (I use Columbia PFG shorts) and a performance wicking shirt from a discount store, long sleeve ultra violet protection, and remember to put sunscreen on your ankles.
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What kind of fabric are these made from?

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Polyester, I believe. You can only expect so much for $15. I layer when itís chilly; two can take me to around 50F.
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Various outfits- REI, Patagonia, Pearl Izumi, Aerotech, etc. etc.

sell mtn bike-like shorts that are stretchy, slim-fitting, with pockets and a zipper that doesn't go down too low.

These are good for urban & casual cycling. Skip the padding, or use liner shorts if you want.
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Sometimes I like to wear a tighter fit - what do they call it - race fit? Castelli fits that bill (newer ENTRATA V JERSEY and a few older ones too). For a comfortable fit, I have four older De Soto Sports solid color jerseys (1/4 zip) and they are my go-to (label says Made in the USA). The best and brightest colors are my $40 TheBlackBibs jerseys and the fit is between the two above (full zip - label says made in the p.r.c.).

I got a Assos jersey (same size I always wear - large) and the fit sucks. Made the mistake of washing it before I noticed the bulges at the chest. I don't wear it anymore (washed once) and if anyone wants it shoot me your address:

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I wear moisture wicking t-shirts, bike pants/shorts and jogging shorts over the top for commuting. I use the t-shirts as a base layer now in Autumn, with long sleeve wicking t-shirts/MTB jerseys etc., under thin wind jackets. I have been using a whole lot of Decathlon clothing recently, including excellent ultra-light sweat wicking hiking t-shirts bought for about US $5.00. I think there's a Decathlon outlet in the US now as well; I love their pants, shorts and hiking clothes. I get their hiking shorts, also for about $5.00, and chop the integrated underwear section out of them, so I can wear them over the top of bike shorts for cycling or over non-chamois lycra shorts/leggings for walking and hiking.

Those shorts basically just hide any wild moose knuckles that may appear. The mere idea of a MAMIL can make some people break down and cry, rocking back and forth in the fetal position, while never once sparing a thought for your scrotal well-being. So if you're walking around families on river paths or hiking trails, or have to get off the bike for a coffee or coke, you can wear the shorts or keep them in a bike bag and slip them on when you stop, for politeness.
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This thread nicely feeds into the Grant Peterson thread

If you want to look casual on your bike just put on some shoes and go ride your bike
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Originally Posted by UniChris View Post
Cotton is obviously bad, but for the shorts end of things there's sort of a hierarchy of performance:

Cotton briefs and shorts (avoid)
Synthetic briefs and shorts (ok for a few miles)
I do 30-100 mile rides on a regular basis wearing regular underwear (both cotton and synthetic) and shorts or jeans, and haven't had any problems, maybe just a couple of times some minor chaffing, but nothing too bad. IME the cut (not having any seams along the contact points) is more important than the material itself. Obviously, a fitting saddle goes without saying.
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I do 30-100 mile rides on a regular basis wearing regular underwear (both cotton and synthetic) and shorts or jeans
It happens that I do 30-100 mile rides on a regular basis... on a unicycle.

But that doesn't make it a typically recommended equipment choice any more than cotton briefs and jeans are.
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