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Why are cycling clothes so expensive?

Old 09-13-08, 06:55 PM
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Why are cycling clothes so expensive?

They use the same wicking materials as UnderArmor, etc. but charge ridiculously high!
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Old 09-13-08, 06:57 PM
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Hype.

Look for last year's models. Shops always have closeouts.
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I find that the high quality cycling attire is usually very expensive, but if you hunt enough you can definitely find good quality stuff at bargain prices.
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I wear Nike DryFits.
Does its job keeping me dry
Does its job for $14.99
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Originally Posted by cuteo100 View Post
They use the same wicking materials as UnderArmor, etc. but charge ridiculously high!
They don't use the same elasitic materials, or the same construction, or the same labour.
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Originally Posted by leooooo View Post
I wear Nike DryFits.
Does its job keeping me dry
Does its job for $14.99
Then you don't get zippers or pockets. It's worth the extra 10 bucks for those.
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The market will allow it. $100+ gets you a few bucks worth of materials and a little cheap labor (usually).
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BT's post = CORRECT.

Experiment: buy a good Pearl Izumi cycling jersey, then buy some unknown polyester cycling jersey. Notice the difference.

Honestly, I try to find my stuff in the discount bin. There's no need for me to have the latest and greatest, unless someone's paying for it.
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Originally Posted by jsmithepa View Post
Hype.Look for last year's models. Shops always have closeouts.
spot on. I get discounted 'new old stock' Nalini, Santini and Vermarc bibs for about $60. I reckon the discounting of older model kits is becoming more common since the increased popularity of The Tour here (and I suspect there, too) because all the weekenders wanna wear the latest stuff

But anyway, the cost is a joke! There's probably a few bucks of lycra in there. At the risk of getting smashed again by the commie bashers, I dunno why good quality cycling clothes are about the only thing not made in Asia for a couple of cents.

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Old 09-13-08, 07:08 PM
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Rear pockets are expensive... all that extra fabric
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Originally Posted by tekhna View Post
Then you don't get zippers or pockets. It's worth the extra 10 bucks for those.
VERY true.
But I have never worn a jersey, so I don't know how to appreciate the use of pockets.
Don't need zippers much as my idea of training rides are in NYC roads.

I believe that pocket may come in handy, but as of right this moment, ignorance is bliss.

BTW where can I find cycling jerseys for 24.99?
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Originally Posted by leooooo View Post
VERY true.
But I have never worn a jersey, so I don't know how to appreciate the use of pockets.
Don't need zippers much as my idea of training rides are in NYC roads.

I believe that pocket may come in handy, but as of right this moment, ignorance is bliss.

BTW where can I find cycling jerseys for 24.99?
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Under Armour isn't expensive? It's overpriced in my opinion anyway.
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A good portion of the money goes into the manufacturing, not the base fabric. High end cycling gear is contoured to fit snugly but without binding. Shorts have to hold the chamois pad in place even though your legs are constantly moving. UnderArmour outer layers have a simpler, more boxy cut. If you like the lose fit, then the cheap stuff at Performance should be fine for you.
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I am looking to buy some material and my wife is going to create some for me using a pattern we bought online. She used the pattern and made one out of basic material and it worked pretty good, so the wicking version ought to be good. Should run me about $10-$15 a jersey based on the amount of material I buy. I have gotten several sample packs for the material and waiting for a few more to come in. Then I can have custom jerseys for a low cost.
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If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Originally Posted by cuteo100 View Post
They use the same wicking materials as UnderArmor, etc. but charge ridiculously high!
Under Armour is a ripoff for what it is.

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They don't use the same elasitic materials, or the same construction, or the same labour.
The materials aren't exclusive, the Fieldsensor fabric used on my De Marchi jerseys are available in boatloads from DuPont to anyone, same deal with lycra, which, DuPont manufactures and hold the patent to.

Construction is a coy to add marketable value to the jersey, there is a lot of unnecessary stitching on a frickin' jersey. Descente Stratos bib I have used laser welded seams: WTF, it makes almost no differences in comfort.

Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
Experiment: buy a good Pearl Izumi cycling jersey, then buy some unknown polyester cycling jersey. Notice the difference.

Honestly, I try to find my stuff in the discount bin. There's no need for me to have the latest and greatest, unless someone's paying for it.
Pearl Izumi is crap. I won't say this enough. It works however if you are American size. Don't knock most unknown polyester jersey, you haven't tried them, hell, I haven't tried them and I'm not about so write them off.
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Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
BT's post = CORRECT.

Experiment: buy a good Pearl Izumi cycling jersey, then buy some unknown polyester cycling jersey. Notice the difference.

Honestly, I try to find my stuff in the discount bin. There's no need for me to have the latest and greatest, unless someone's paying for it.
PI? heck i think champion makes a better jersey then PI. to each his own. later.
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get your wife to make me like 5 of them. thanks.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
Under Armour isn't expensive? It's overpriced in my opinion anyway.
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I always thought Under Armour was very overpriced. Also, I think that you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to cycling clothing. My Sugoi RS bibs retailed for $160 (I didn't pay that much, I bought mine through the team) and they would definitely be worth the full cost in my opinion.
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duno... i get mine pretty cheap... and its got all kinds of sponsor logos and team logos in two different colors... then again, its what i feel is cheap... its also way more comfortable...
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but many out there guage their status on a good $$$$ hosing.
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You get what you pay for.
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Because people buy it at that price.
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It would be interesting to compare the percentage of profits for various companies that goes back into advertising. Since someone brought up Under Armour, I'd guess that a HUGE reason you can pay $40 for a T-shirt is that there are a zillion sponsorship deals with pro baseball/football/etc etc.

Then there's a company like Assos. Very little or no advertising, does a lot of R&D/design work, and has no big sponsorship deals. Their stuff is still ungodly expensive, but it's not like they're laughing all the way to the bank.

I'm guessing, though, that cycling clothes are low-volume and require more R&D/testing than your average pair of running shorts or the $30 undershirt.
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Don't be discouraged. Do what Pcad does. Eschew pricey cycling socks for Walmart Crew Socks.

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