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Old 04-17-24, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Fredo76
How else do you get the same fit in XL as XXXL?
Primal offers "kits" where you can choose the size of each individual piece, just in case you care.
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Occasionally I’ll throw a Rapha windbreaker over a Le Col jersey when I have to. However if I’m on a Sunday ride than it’s matchy match all the way down to the baselayer and socks.
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Ironically, I put on a jersey today that I picked up at a yard sale. I noticed it was a Canari ... which matches my shorts. That rarely happens.
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I keep a Bontrager tube, an Eklind allen key set and generic tire irons in my kit.

I wear a mix of synthetic T shirts from EMS, REI & Under Armour with Nashbar house brand tights or baggy shorts. I gave up the "I'm a bike racer" look 50 years ago when I stopped bike racing. Small panniers and top tube bag are on the bike all the time so I don't need that silly, hard to reach rear jersey pocket.

I do have a Rapha windbreaker and Showers Pass jacket for those times when I want to look stylish.

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What brands Iím wearing makes no difference to me. Most of the time, I probably couldnít tell you which brand Iím wearing.

If I had a bunch of fanboy team kits, no I wouldnít mix my Telecom with US Postal but since I donít have any of that stuff, itís cool.

I do have a Spectrum jersey that I will only wear when riding the Spectrum. Does that count?
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Originally Posted by BobG
I gave up the "I'm a bike racer" look 50 years ago when I stopped bike racing. Small panniers and top tube bag are on the bike all the time so I don't need that silly, hard to reach rear jersey pocket
That almost made me consider ditching the jersey with rear pockets... almost.
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I don't really have any kit worth mentioning the brand.

For jerseys and shorts/leggings, I've been wearing the cheap Baleaf and even some Sponeed stuff from Amazon. This stuff is disposable, so I don't want to spend more money than just what it takes to be comfortable. The silly branding on the Chinese stuff is objectionable, but I don't care that much.

I do have a name brand helmet and shoes. (Bontrager) but even those are lower-end stuff. I'd rather spend the money on hardware and actually going out to ride.

"Cerotipolar" top and "Sponeed" bottom (both fleece, from Amazon) for the win! Wind vest is name brand, but I forget what. It's too tight for my belly; fits like a sausage skin. This is my typical cool weather kit.

Notice my smile; I was having fun, not worry about being dapper. I guess if I was younger and thinner I might think about it more, but I'm an old married man now. (47)
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
Occasionally Iíll throw a Rapha windbreaker over a Le Col jersey when I have to. However if Iím on a Sunday ride than itís matchy match all the way down to the baselayer and socks.
OMG! Rapha over Le Col!!! Such heresy. I bet they are battling it out when you wear them together. The horror!
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Usually would not care but my Endura bibs and SS jersey really fit me great in an XL so if it works and it is the same brand, so be it!
Absolutely love Endura. I wear them for long rides - so comfortable.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Absolutely love Endura. I wear them for long rides - so comfortable.
My team/club kits last year were made by Endura. They were fine, but I didn't think they were any better than Voler (which we have gone back to this year) or Pactimo.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
My team/club kits last year were made by Endura. They were fine, but I didn't think they were any better than Voler (which we have gone back to this year) or Pactimo.
I need to do a price comparo between the two. Good to know.

Edit: Done - Endura wins by a wide margin.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
OMG! Rapha over Le Col!!! Such heresy. I bet they are battling it out when you wear them together. The horror!
OK, so this morning I was all over the place, but it was dark almost the entire time and the only ones that would have even noticed my fashion faux pas was the deer and turkeys. I had on PI bib tights, a Velocio thermal jersey, PI skull cap, Gore Windstopper base, 45Nrth boots and Gore gloves.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
OK, so this morning I was all over the place, but it was dark almost the entire time and the only ones that would have even noticed my fashion faux pas was the deer and turkeys. I had on PI bib tights, a Velocio thermal jersey, PI skull cap, Gore Windstopper base, 45Nrth boots and Gore gloves.
Sounds like the Royal We.
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I can't remember the last time I had a matching kit. I've got a variety of bibs, but my most plentiful are higher-spec Sugoi bibs that I can often find on sale and that I really like. For tops, I've got quite a few of the Black Bibs Company "snug fit" jerseys. I really like the fit of them and the length of the sleeves, the price doesn't hurt either.
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I wear a free t-shirt and some sort of riding short or track pants(if the bike is comfy). Last time I had matching kit was 10 years ago when I was on a team. Too many free t-shirts that I need to go through.
On hot days I wear athletic moisture wicking shirts. I don't wear jerseys much since I am not lean and don't want to show people my uhhh excessive fat.
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No, and my purse, belt and shoes always match
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Originally Posted by Camilo
No, and my purse, belt and shoes always match
I'm more of a helmet, gloves, and shoes kind of guy. Is it okay to wear a while helmet after Labor Day?
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I'm more of a helmet, gloves, and shoes kind of guy. Is it okay to wear a while helmet after Labor Day?
Helmet, gloves, shoes and of course saddle and handlebar tape!
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I'm a self-acknowledged "Fred" but I would never mix my Carhartt T-shirt with my Wrangler shorts.
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I wear what I want when I want and don't care if I mix brands...doubtful anyone notices as I ride by lol.
But I always wear Pearli bibs...love them! ! !
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On occasion, I'll wear Louis Garneau shorts and Aerotech Designs shirts. Most of the time it's all Aerotech Designs. Low-cost gear compared to the Italian bike apparel many people wear. It's held up well over time. Some of my bike shirts are 8-10 years old... with many racked up wash cycles.
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