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Cycling kit - full kit vs separates

Old 04-02-19, 09:43 AM
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Cycling kit - full kit vs separates

I'm finding that I prefer to have a matchy-matchy cycling kit. One where the jersey matches up with the bib shorts. The challenge for me is finding the right matching kit. Most of the matching kits I see for sale are from Tour de France teams and I'm not comfortable sporting a kit of Astana when I couldn't name one member of the team. Heck, I even have a kit for Bianchi and I don't ride a Bianchi bike and I feel strange wearing it...

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Buying separates is easy enough to do and a simple solution to finding a good kit to wear. I just prefer a matching one.

What about the folks here? Any preferences? Or am I just too fussy?
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My one and only velo is an '84 Peugeot I bought new. My kit consists of Detto shoes (they have the '84 L.A. Olympics logo on them) because I still ride with straps and cages, plain black bib or shorts and the jersey? Well, of course it's a checker board Peugeot jersey. What else could it possibly be?
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You can get a matchy matchy kit from Voler. Check it out here: https://www.voler.com/browse/cat3/?cat=mens&ecat=z
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Matchy-Matchy Voler Skinsuit, FTW:



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Black bibs + classic team jerseys(nothing from 2000-2019)
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Can't go wrong with black bibs and a class jersey from Rapha.
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I prefer black bibs and whatever for a jersey.

...that said, if you want matchy-matchy, one manufacturer to check out is Twin Six. They have a "commit to the kit!" deal and will discount matching bibs/jersey and they often have matching socks and even bottles.
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everything goes with black.

that being said, probikekit.com has some nice kits.
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+1 for black bibs and whatever jersey I want to go with it. I do have one matched kit, just patterned, I like it.

Waiting on new matching kits that should be here in a couple weeks, but those are for a team that I'm on. I wouldn't wear a team kit from a pro team or a team I wasn't on, but that's just me.
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Old 04-02-19, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
I'm finding that I prefer to have a matchy-matchy cycling kit. One where the jersey matches up with the bib shorts. The challenge for me is finding the right matching kit. Most of the matching kits I see for sale are from Tour de France teams and I'm not comfortable sporting a kit of Astana when I couldn't name one member of the team. Heck, I even have a kit for Bianchi and I don't ride a Bianchi bike and I feel strange wearing it...

Anywho...

Buying separates is easy enough to do and a simple solution to finding a good kit to wear. I just prefer a matching one.

What about the folks here? Any preferences? Or am I just too fussy?
Lots of brands sell matching jersey and bibs. Castelli, Nalini, Pearl Izumi just to name a few. Now, if your looking for Team kits, well you may find sites that sell retro and other current teams just about any where. https://procyclegear.com/
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
everything goes with black.

that being said, probikekit.com has some nice kits.
Back in the day before I joined a team I would buy lots of clothing from PBK, when that's literally all they sold. It was really good stuff and I have to believe it really was surplus team kit.
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The most matched I get is some navy blue bibs to match the navy on a few of my jerseys. Other than that is black bibs and a nice simply designed jersey (splurged on some Velocio kit last year that I absolutely love and I have a few more jerseys from them that should be arriving soon).
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Skinsuit saves you time both on the bike and just getting dressed!

recommend Castelli San Remo and Ale
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
You can get a matchy matchy kit from Voler. Check it out here: https://www.voler.com/browse/cat3/?cat=mens&ecat=z
The Orion chamois pad is meh. I would go for the high density foam multi density 4 way stretch 6+ hour chamois. https://www.voler.com/browse/product/li/1110789. Considering your saddle sore issue, do no skimp on the chamois whether you buy Voler or other. All the clothes I get from my team have chamois selection or it is the best chamois that is offered by the manufacturer.
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Nope. Plain black bibs or shorts, and mostly solid color jerseys with few or no logos or graphics.

But I'm tempted by that mid-'80s La Vie Claire kit.
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Nope. Plain black bibs or shorts, and mostly solid color jerseys with few or no logos or graphics.

But I'm tempted by that mid-'80s La Vie Claire kit.
I was tempted by that jersey for over 30 years, and I finally gave in.
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Black bib go with everything.
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I like matchy kit. I also like separates. One of my favorite combos is bib shorts with black/white patterns and a more subdued jersey. I'm a rule breaker.

Off the bike, I mostly wear black - it's kind of my thing. Bike kit is fun because I get to leave the house looking like a clown barfed on me, something I wouldn't do were I not road cycling.
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The only thing standing between me and that Mondrian influenced La Vie Claire jersey is Bernard Hinault and his Paris-Nice punch.





If I can get some fool to distract Hinault I might be able to steal his jersey.



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Most of my kit is separates, so black bibs and various jerseys. My club kit is matching. And my favourite set of kit is matching. But mostly black bibs, and a jersey.
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Matchy matchy sure is fun to say. It rolls right off the tongue. Kit wise, black shorts and some kind of jersey. No high socks, either.
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No high socks, either.
IKR. They should be grounds for imprisonment.
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I cannot imagine Merckx or Hinault ever uttering the phrase “matchy-matchy.” Good Lord!
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
The only thing standing between me and that Mondrian influenced La Vie Claire jersey is Bernard Hinault and his Paris-Nice punch.





If I can get some fool to distract Hinault I might be able to steal his jersey.



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