Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-17-19, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by GuitarBob View Post
It's so hot here in summer (Tucson) that I often buy white jerseys to get any benefit I can muster. Whenever it's an option, I opt for jerseys trimmed in something other than white around the collar because the nasty sweat/sunscreen ring seems impossible to get out.

This random example even has the pits covered!

I have that jersey. For $13 on Aliexpress, I couldn't resist.
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I think ya gotta be Wayne Stetina to pull off a white jersey.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Is it acceptable to wear a white jersey before Memorial Day and after Labor day?
Butbutbut, fashion has ch...



No, it hasn't.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I was driving today and saw a rider in a white jersey.

The white jersey was very visible and it occurred to me how little in the environment is white. Is it possible that white is the proverbial "Stylish high-vis?"

All the white I've ever worn gets dingy around the collar. Anti-perspirants tend to discolor the armpits. Etc.

I've been eyeing a white Rapha Pro Team Flyweight jersey for a while but keeping it clean is holding me back. Most manufacturers caution against harsh detergents and bleach.

For those who wear white, how do you keep it clean?


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Old 05-17-19, 09:36 PM
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We can't win!!!

Franciscans have it right. Just wear grey all the time.


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Nice one. I bet the Dominicans have an answer!
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
The replica KOM jerseys for the TdF are pretty darn visible. White and red dots. Lol. Can't miss that.

Especially a good one for pissing off the Velominati lovers.
LOL. True!

I just got back from Bologna to watch the start of the Giro and picked up a maglia bianca (white) jersey. It's the young rider jersey and I'm an old geezer, but it looks cool nonetheless.
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Old 05-20-19, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by mpath View Post
LOL. True!

I just got back from Bologna to watch the start of the Giro and picked up a maglia bianca (white) jersey. It's the young rider jersey and I'm an old geezer, but it looks cool nonetheless.
See, we need more of this out there. Some fun.

I think the critics confuse people having fun with thinking we are something more. I don't have any delusion about my place in the bike world. But I'll wear the polka dot jersey on any ride I darn well choose to (except a race)!
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Old 05-20-19, 08:11 AM
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The local club jersey has a lot of white. I like the spray sunscreens, like Neutrogena, that aren't greasy and don't sting my eyes. These last the whole ride, too.

Bleach!
But those sunscreens do make a yellow stain -- on the arms, around the collar, around the back pockets. Nothing worked, oxygen bleach, vinegar, etc, etc. Then I finally tried full strength chlorine bleach. The stains disappear after about 5 minutes of bleach treatment -- it doesn't look like it's working, then after a few minutes, the stains are fading.

I was very surprised that the bleach didn't affect the other colors -- at all. But, do your own tests on your colors. The bleach doesn't seem to have damaged the synthetic fabric.

It's kind of annoying to have to do the bleach treatment regularly during the summer. And other road dirt, bike grease, etc, is often very difficult to remove completely.

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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Nice one. I bet the Dominicans have an answer!
Ha, good point.

Five Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia are at my parish.

Every single one of them are gorgeous women, all with PhD's and their habits are spotless.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Anti-perspirants tend to discolor the armpits.
Why would anyone wear anti-perspirants during any type of exercise?

I'm just waiting for this conversation to descend into white shorts/bibs. No pics please!
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People sometimes do things other than exercise in the time between showering and exercise.
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Old 05-20-19, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
Why would anyone wear anti-perspirants during any type of exercise?

I'm just waiting for this conversation to descend into white shorts/bibs. No pics please!
Shower... Commute to work... Work... Commute home.
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So it turns out I already have a white jersey.

It's an Assos SS GrandPrix jerseys I got on clearance last fall. It was worn a few times and then buried it in a drawer when it got cold.




I must not have used sunscreen last fall because it is pristine.

Saturday I did 60 miles gravel and loaded up with Coppertone Sport. A white skull cap turned rust colored in spots and still has light discoloration after running through the front loader on delicate with Woolite.


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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
See, we need more of this out there. Some fun.

I think the critics confuse people having fun with thinking we are something more. I don't have any delusion about my place in the bike world. But I'll wear the polka dot jersey on any ride I darn well choose to (except a race)!
I've happened to wear an Aaron Rodgers jersey, but somehow I'm never confused with the actual person. Don't know why that is.
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I have good luck avoiding chemical stains with Right Guard Sport deodorant and Banana Boat Men's sunscreen. I machine wash on delicate and hang dry all my cycling tops and bottoms. Nothing gets stained or discolored. The Right Guard also does not stain my white dress shirts. I have some pretty cheap $17 off-brand Amazon jerseys as well as much nicer ones of various brands (Pearl Izumi, Hincapie,etc.)
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
Solid white is anything is tough to keep pristine, same goes for street clothes. maybe I’m just a slob or live in a dirty city.

I do have several jerseys with white panels. Washing as soon as possible help keeps whites bright, and occasionally i’ll add a small scoop of Oxy clean to washer with my cycling clothes, without ill effect, but you didn’t hear this from me.
First, this. ^^

And second, those sweat stain are a combination of the chemical reaction of the your perspiration and the antiperspirant.

You could try one of the those so called "none staining" antiperspirant varieties and see what happens. Wet roll-on and some sprays are the worst.

I use Arm & Hammer Advanced solid which leave zero stains. Although I've had no issue with any of the solids I've used. Of course everybody's chemistry is different. The simplest solution however, would be a base or undergarment.
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
Why would anyone wear anti-perspirants during any type of exercise?

I'm just waiting for this conversation to descend into white shorts/bibs. No pics please!
I don't think everyone showers it off before exercising.
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
Why would anyone wear anti-perspirants during any type of exercise?
I some people commute by bike

I wear a cheap baselayer like this, and never worry about antiperspirant stains.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I some people commute by bike

I wear a cheap baselayer like this, and never worry about antiperspirant stains.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I usually wear UA but it's twice the price.
Just ordered one of these to try it out, thanks.
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I usually wear UA but it's twice the price.
Just ordered one of these to try it out, thanks.
I have both and can confirm they are 9/10 of UA. UA has a scant more contours and breathability but definitely not worth 2-3x the price.
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White is boring...jersey wise. (No racial commentary, express or implied.)
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White is boring...jersey wise. (No racial commentary, express or implied.)
You only think that because you don't know how to accessorize. 😜
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You only think that because you don't know how to accessorize. 😜
Maybe...
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For those so inclined, UA base layers turn up at the second hand stores all the time.

$10 cold gear mock turtlenecks and $5 heat gear shirts are not uncommon.


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oxyclean works wonders on whites.
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