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Budget tip for new riders: You don't NEED cycling clothes (well, except for shorts).

Old 02-28-11, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by TurbineBlade
Basically - a cheap, usually white (sometimes greasy) tank top often associated with "less affluent" members of society, who apparently are often involved in domestic issues.
Sometimes? man I live in a rural area and once a day there's an arrest for spousal abuse. More often than not around here the husband takes the beating. There's some "beefy" wimmenz around here. And a lot of alcohol arrests along with the azz kicking. Now back to your regularly scheduled debate.
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Old 02-28-11, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by TurbineBlade
+1 -- love cotton as well. Funny - people just parrot what they read on REI's website (or something) about how "cotton kills" in cold conditions, then they also add how you shouldn't wear it in the heat because it "feels bad" or something.

It can't be both. The same properties of cotton that are bad in the cold actually are great for cooling the body in the heat. The fibers contract when wet, and it retains moisture for a long time....this is great in hot summers.
When cotton gets wet, from rain or sweat, it stays wet. Wet cotton is heavy and clingy. Cotton also doesn't breath as well as many poly/nylon based fabrics, making you hotter in the first place.

You like the feeling of soggy cotton against your skin? I guess it's a matter of personal preference. I can't stand it myself, especially not when I'm involved any soft of athletic activity. Bike jerseys and bibs are plenty comfortable when completely drenched, and don't feel so heavy.
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Old 02-28-11, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by shouldberiding
When cotton gets wet, from rain or sweat, it stays wet. Wet cotton is heavy and clingy. Cotton also doesn't breath as well as many poly/nylon based fabrics, making you hotter in the first place.

You like the feeling of soggy cotton against your skin? I guess it's a matter of personal preference. I can't stand it myself, especially not when I'm involved any soft of athletic activity. Bike jerseys and bibs are plenty comfortable when completely drenched, and don't feel so heavy.
Ugh. Especially soggy cotton underwear. That's a recipe for monkey butt.
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Old 03-01-11, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by TurbineBlade
Bike jerseys are ridiculously expensive for what they are. I also hate the pockets in the back -- much rather have my stuff in a basket or rack...or front handlebar bag.
They are??? Quite a few of my jerseys cost about $10 and, with the exception of event jerseys which are also souvenirs, I don't think I've ever paid more than $30 for a jersey. Is that expensive?
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Old 03-01-11, 06:31 AM
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They are??? Quite a few of my jerseys cost about $10 and, with the exception of event jerseys which are also souvenirs, I don't think I've ever paid more than $30 for a jersey. Is that expensive?
Bulk retailer? Performance? Come on now, it's playing games to claim that the typical price of bike-specific jerseys is cheap when compared to regular t-shirts.

Ugh. Especially soggy cotton underwear. That's a recipe for monkey butt.
I don't argue with this -- I usually wear poly-mix or wool here for that reason. Or, I'll wear cotton underwear with linen shorts....excellent combination for summer, dries pretty quickly.

When cotton gets wet, from rain or sweat, it stays wet. Wet cotton is heavy and clingy. Cotton also doesn't breath as well as many poly/nylon based fabrics, making you hotter in the first place.
It's just personal preference. I actually pour water onto my head and shirt in the summer when it's really hot - so yes, I do like soggy cotton shirts cooling me down.

Wet cotton is heavy >dry plastic stinks
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Originally Posted by TurbineBlade
Bulk retailer? Performance? Come on now, it's playing games to claim that the typical price of bike-specific jerseys is cheap when compared to regular t-shirts.
I've purchased most of my jerseys from Nashbar and MEC which usually have low prices, however, I have also purchased a few from bicycle shops here and there. I don't have a usual bicycle shop I'm loyal to, but if I happen to be in a place with a bicycle shop, I'll drop in and flip through the sale rack. I've picked up several nice jerseys all for under $30.

More recently, I've been keeping an eye on the jerseys on sale at Torpedo7, and actually, I just took a quick look in there and saw a jersey I like on sale for $30. Like I need another jersey, I've got so many!!

Now admittedly, cotton T-shirts are <$5, so they are indeed less expensive than jerseys priced between $10 and $30. But still, I wouldn't say jerseys are "ridiculously expensive ".
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
I acually hate wearing a jersey. Before I stated carrying my cameras a couple years back, I wore tank tops and IN-N-Out t shirts. So yeah, in my case, only the shorts are a must.
I never wore jerseys, but when I was normal weight I did wear cycling shorts. Not anymore. Now it's 100% cotton t-shirts/tank tops/shorts. Call me weird, but I absolutely cannot stand the feel of even 50% polyester clothing, let alone 100% poly. It is too hot. I love wet shirts in the summer. I usually pour water over my head and get my shirt wet to cool off.

I used to have several In-N-Out shirts, but after several instances of people asking me "do you work at In-N-Out?", and then looking at me like I have three heads after I told them no, I gave them all away.
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Old 03-02-11, 06:44 AM
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Cotton is still King in the Deep South, in the high temps and humidity, it will cool you in the heat through evaporation.
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I sweat a lot so all the stuff I wear is wicking. I use the same stuff x-country skiing (except the shorts) as well. I've ridden without proper shoes but I since I ride clipless on both bikes use SPD mountain shoes on the hybrid and SPD-SL on the road bike. If I had a bike with platform pedals I'd just put on anything that had a rigid sole since I'm prone to foot cramps. I never ride with sneakers.
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One more thing. I never ride without gloves. It's not because I'm afraid of getting road rash if crash, it's just easier on my hands.

I never used to ride a road bike with bike shorts years ago but I never seemed to have needed them with a leather saddle. Now that I've got a new bike, I sprung for the shorts.
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In breaking away the kid wears gardening gloves with the finger tips cut off
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