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Old 01-03-21, 10:55 AM
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Most of my jerseys came from Performance.

I’ve had good luck with Bellwether for cycling shorts, they seem to be priced well for the quality. I will buy jerseys off eBay and 5/6 years ago I was getting NWT Bellwether jerseys for $10. I will also buy new or EUC cycling jerseys of various brands off of eBay. I generally don’t wear any team logo.

For mountain biking, I wear nylon cargo shorts and polyester athletic t-shirts without back pockets.

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Originally Posted by metz1295 View Post
I love Pearl Izumi gear, but damn it can be expensive. Even the year old stuff on Amazon has gotten pricey as the market has become more demanding.

My question for the other cyclists, what brands do you all use that are durable and affordable? I struggle trusting Amazon reviews when it comes to clothing.

Thanks in advance
The Black Bibs Elite are $87 w/ shipping. I am on my third pair and find them to be a "sweet spot" for a 5-6 hour bib w/ good compression and a comfy chamois. I considered spending more but they work for me.
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If you like their stuff go for it. Pearl Izumi makes good quality clothing that will last a while. Break down the cost over time and you are well set. I got some PI bib tights on clearance years ago and still wearing them and they are excellent, my long sleeve jersey is a little tighter but still going strong as well. My Gore gloves that I bought 7-8 years ago are still going (a little more ragged than when I first got them of course). Buy quality stuff and keep it for a while. The cost is a lot less over time.
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Up my way, in Victoria, British Columbia, we have MEC, which is similar to REI. They have their own house brands and I bought all my jerseys, jackets and shorts when they were on sale several years ago and they're all still doing yeoman service. No fancy logo's, just a small MEC label. The jerseys are all made of moisture wicking material, the shorts I use are not spandex but more like tight fitting mountain bike shorts with pockets. If you take the time to look around and shop wisely you can get good cycling clothes without spending a lot of money.
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Old 01-03-21, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Isn't riding a bent a bit different when it comes to shorts?
Yes, because on bents you dont have to buy padded shorts to protect you from your bicycle.
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Old 01-03-21, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
There's nothing about bent people that's only a little bit different.
You must be referring to our much higher IQ-------------right???
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Another happy Aerotech customer here. Bough their bibs a few years ago and they are still going strong. Not only that, they have become my go-to for long rides.
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Originally Posted by metz1295 View Post
I love Pearl Izumi gear, but damn it can be expensive. Even the year old stuff on Amazon has gotten pricey as the market has become more demanding.

My question for the other cyclists, what brands do you all use that are durable and affordable? I struggle trusting Amazon reviews when it comes to clothing.

Thanks in advance
Start looking at Assos, or Castelli, and the Pearl Izumi stuff will seem cheap by comparison!

I used to get Performance's store brand stuff, when they had a retail store nearby, so I could check it out in person. These days I'm reduced to buying online, both by COVID and because there's not a cheap LBS with a large selection of clothes nearby anymore.

I found a few years back that Louis Garneau's $100 bib shorts work well for me, so I buy one or two a year, and retire the ones where the elastic is shot. Beyond that, I go generic/cheap, though I did pick up a nice set of matching Castelli bibs and jersey when Performance was closing down their retail establishments. I had to lose 20# for them to fit, but I eventually did!
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