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What exactly is the point of the long sleeve jersey?

Old 10-01-04, 05:48 AM
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What exactly is the point of the long sleeve jersey?

Ok so I got a long sleeve jersey for fall riding...do these things have a point? It is supposedly 45* here this morning (so says the weather.com not independantly verified ) and I wore this plus a wind proof vest and I froze my a$$ off on my morning commute. Body was fine but my arms froze and I only do about 17 mph avg.

What temps are these things good for?
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I wear l/s jerseys when the temps are in the 50s to low 60s. If it's colder than that I wear a windbreaker jacket (w/sleeves) or arm warmers under the l/s jersey. My arms get cold before my body.
L/S jerseys, just like l/s shirts, keep your arms warm when the weather is cool, not cold.
When riding in cool or cold weather you have to wear layers, just like any other cold weather outdoor activity.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Ok so I got a long sleeve jersey for fall riding...do these things have a point?
It's another layer. It's that simple.
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arm warmers & leg warmers. this is the way to go.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Ok so I got a long sleeve jersey for fall riding...do these things have a point? It is supposedly 45* here this morning (so says the weather.com not independantly verified ) and I wore this plus a wind proof vest and I froze my a$$ off on my morning commute. Body was fine but my arms froze and I only do about 17 mph avg.

What temps are these things good for?
Get some arm warmers and put them on under the jersey...the layers work wonders and you can snake them off if you get too warm...
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Ok so I got a long sleeve jersey for fall riding...do these things have a point? It is supposedly 45* here this morning (so says the weather.com not independantly verified ) and I wore this plus a wind proof vest and I froze my a$$ off on my morning commute. Body was fine but my arms froze and I only do about 17 mph avg.

What temps are these things good for?
And go faster...if you ride over 27 MPH for your commute, the wind won't actually hit you...it doesn't touch me
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I usually wear the long sleeve and a jacket on top when its cold out.
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Originally Posted by venga venga
I'm glad to be living in Texas......
I second that! Yeehaw!

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To answer the question, they're a bit warmer than a short sleeve jersey. Duh.

For me, a long sleeve jersey is great with a sleeveless base layer and a vest on the downhills as long as it's above about 55F. Below that and I'm putting on a windbreaker or wearing a long sleeve, windproof base layer under it.
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I hate my long sleeve jersey. I always wear it thinking it'll be warmer, then I freeze my ass off on the ride. I then say, "man, I'm never wearing that again" and I put it on the bottom of my drawer until the next chilly day when I say, "oh, I'll wear my long-sleeve jersey!" and the process repeats itself.
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Originally Posted by Phatman
I hate my long sleeve jersey. I always wear it thinking it'll be warmer, then I freeze my ass off on the ride. I then say, "man, I'm never wearing that again" and I put it on the bottom of my drawer until the next chilly day when I say, "oh, I'll wear my long-sleeve jersey!" and the process repeats itself.
I am pretty sure that is EXACTLY what is going to happen with me.
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LSJ and a nylon vest is perfect for evening rides when it's 15C and the sun is getting low. I might be cold for the first few km but I warm up. As a rule if it's too warm for a jacket and too cold for a SSJ then wear a LSJ and (optionally) a vest.

I also tend to wear LSJs when I'm wearing waterproof shells just to keep the clammy jacket material off my arms.
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No need for a long sleeve jersey, atleast for me. Ok, I am in Arizona. In winter I wear a shortsleeve jersey with arm warmers, knee warmers, thin gloves and a band over my ears. By the time I get to work I have pealed down to just shorts and jersey!

Why not just wear arm warmers?
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Layer without a jacket.
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If it is that cold outside then you certainly wouldn't be better off with a short sleeve. If it's chilly then use the long sleeve, if it's freezing then obviously you should be wearing a friggin jacket.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
...I wore this plus a wind proof vest and I froze my a$$ off on my morning commute. Body was fine but my arms froze and I only do about 17 mph avg.

What temps are these things good for?
I think you just need to do whatever you need to keep yourself warm, as everyone is different. Depends on where you live and what time of day you ride, but most importantly, your own tolerance for heat and cold - my wife's freezing, but I need the air conditioning on (why so much variation?). The range of temperatures something is good for is a personal comfort issue.

Like many others have said, maybe you should just get some arm warmers and see if that works for you. I only have one light jacket, one long sleeved jersey, one short sleeved jersey and the rest are sleeveless because the weather is pretty temperate most of the year, I don't get cold easily (I tend to ride in the afternoon) and like having the freedom of movement.

Stay warm
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Layers, layers, layers.

Long-sleeved base layer....
Long-sleeved jersey....
Long-sleeved wind jacket or heavier jacket...

If ThAT doesn't keep you warm then it's cold enough out that you should be inside on a trainer then!
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Ok so here is a question: Since I have a bunch of waterproof and wind proof outerwear from Golf will that work or am I going to look like a total dork in a FootJoy jacket and Sidis. Half kidding there, I think I will toss my golf jacket on next time but I worry a little since it is black and I am riding at dawn...I do have my flashers on though.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
...I worry a little since it is black and I am riding at dawn...I do have my flashers on though.
I'd worry too - crazy out there in the morning commute...if you really don't care how it looks, maybe you should consider a reflective vest as some early morn runners wear - no weight/warmth added and makes you visible. Otherwise, buy the screaming yellow bike windbreaker
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Ok so here is a question: Since I have a bunch of waterproof and wind proof outerwear from Golf will that work or am I going to look like a total dork in a FootJoy jacket and Sidis. Half kidding there, I think I will toss my golf jacket on next time but I worry a little since it is black and I am riding at dawn...I do have my flashers on though.
Try a silk base layer. Alot of the ultralight hiking gear and clothing should work for cold weather rides. Go Lite makes a WindProof ultralight wind jacket that is around 125 on sale at Gearheads.com I think. I tried the poly or synthetic base layers and I like the silk better bec it provides the same protection and warmth at a greater weight reduction. REI.com and Seirra Trading Post is also good choices to price shop for lightweight windstopper gear.
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I'm going to hop on the bandwagon: the long sleeve jersey is good for 58-63 degrees F when dry, on 63-70 degrees when raining. It's a small range, but a very important one.
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at 45 deg F, I have a jacket on. long-sleeved jersey alone won't do.
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I couldnt ride with a jacket,best i do is a no sleeve breaker with my layers.
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Originally Posted by shokhead
I couldnt ride with a jacket,best i do is a no sleeve breaker with my layers.
If you lived in Iowa you could ride with a jacket or you wouldn't ride at all when it was cold.
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