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Old 09-28-11, 11:46 AM
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cheap clothing...best place to find it

My friend is jumping into cycling, he just bought a 2009 caad9-5. The bike will be here in a few days but he still has no cycling clothing (ie bibs and a jersey), shoes and helmet are taken care of.

What is a cheap place to buy clothing online? I usually buy most of my stuff through a LBS, but he spent more than he should have on the bike so now he needs to go cheap.

thanks for any guidance
(he's a big dude btw, like 250#. which is another reason he wants to go cheap because he is planning on losing weight)
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Old 09-28-11, 12:09 PM
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MY LBS has a close-out rack, with last years clothing heavily discounted. Check out yours, you might be able to get good gear done dirt cheap.
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Don't go too cheap on the bibs at least. Bad shorts will be uncomfortable and that it may discourage him from riding. I would also suggest trying to find something decent on closeout instead of buying something that starts out cheap.
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Old 09-28-11, 12:26 PM
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Bonktown.com frequently has insanely good prices on clothing. I've purchased numerous Castelli jerseys for ~$40 and highend bibs for ~$80 (normally ~$200 I think). Also just got a 3 pack of Castelli socks for $14 there. Add 1 size up at least on jerseys and bibs - Italians are very tiny people. If you go to www.aliexpress.com and do a search on cycling clothing you can buy Chinese knock offs for around $50 for jersey and bibs. I ordered one to experiment. Material and looks were very good. Very happy with the jersey, bibs fit a little weird. Not uncomfortable just cut very high in the front.
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I would recommend against buying cheap clothing online, especially since sizes for cycling clothing varies so much (moreso than regular clothing). Try clearance racks at your LBS's. If you want to go "generic cheap", try Performance Bike. I wouldn't go cheaper than that, having tried a bunch of crap from KBCyclewerks. I haven't tried eBay knockoff jerseys though, supposedly the quality can be good but seems hit-or-miss.
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love2pedal.com has some pretty decent stuff. Sure I wouldn't compare them to my best bibs in terms of feel, but they're definitely the best <$40 bibs I have and I think maybe if I'd ordered a size smaller I'd be higher on them, but I liked it a little loose when I first started out.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
Bonktown.com frequently has insanely good prices on clothing. I've purchased numerous Castelli jerseys for ~$40 and highend bibs for ~$80 (normally ~$200 I think). Also just got a 3 pack of Castelli socks for $14 there. Add 1 size up at least on jerseys and bibs - Italians are very tiny people. If you go to www.aliexpress.com and do a search on cycling clothing you can buy Chinese knock offs for around $50 for jersey and bibs. I ordered one to experiment. Material and looks were very good. Very happy with the jersey, bibs fit a little weird. Not uncomfortable just cut very high in the front.
I picked up the Castelli bibs and bib knickerrs on Bonktown for $49 each. I was surprised at how nice they are. My only complaint is that the inseam on the bib shorts is a bit short and I have long legs. Otherwise I am very happy with both, especially at the price.
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Closeout rack at your LBS is always a fun place to rummage through. Bonktown, Aerotechdesigns.com, love2pedal.com are great sources for inexpensive shorts.
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Lots of real cheap stuff on EBay from people who bought online and it didn't fit.
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Buy right or buy twice.

Do a little research on which products have a great reputation for being comfortable and durable. Don't underestimate looks either. I'd much rather buy a pair of $100 bibs that will last and look good on me rather than a pair of $40 dollar bibs with a crazy design and obnoxious branding.

That being said, Performance bibs are cheap, decent, and have an understated style. For a little more money, I'd go for Giordana Silverline bibs.
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It's even less expensive to use the clothes you already own. ( Or to ride naked. ) I get a lot of my wool tee-shirts at Backcountry Outlet.
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Their poor use of the english language has me slightly scared and their too good to be true prices make me suspicious of the quality. Have you purchased from them? Is the stuff any good?
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Their poor use of the english language has me slightly scared and their too good to be true prices make me suspicious of the quality. Have you purchased from them? Is the stuff any good?
I've purchased from them. That's who I did my little experiment with (they sell on aliexpress.com as well I believe). Materials are fine and look good. Cut on the bibs was a little weird. For the price I can't complain too much.
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This time of year there should be some good LBS closeout. For your first set of kit it might be a good idea to be able to get your hands on it in person - - for example to figure out whether you must go for the ignominy of 'club cut.'

From there you can measure your good-fitting kit to compare to online charts better.

Failing that, Bonktown and PBK, probably. Check the coupon codes forum for your 5, 10, or 15% off at PBK...
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Originally Posted by wants185s View Post
I picked up the Castelli bibs and bib knickerrs on Bonktown for $49 each. I was surprised at how nice they are. My only complaint is that the inseam on the bib shorts is a bit short and I have long legs. Otherwise I am very happy with both, especially at the price.
I'm increasingly amused by how much I've started seeing those two or three styles of Castelli kit - everyone's hitting up Bonktown these days... (I mostly just get the past-sell-by gels and flavors-that-nobody-wanted drink mix)
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I've found some pants that I use for cool weather riding and they are very inexpensive. They are considered base layer pants but work great for cycling.

If you're interested, go to ebay and search for "paradox pants". I'm a size large, but I buy these pants in men's medium so they fit like tights. They are not real heavy and are very comfortable. For extreme cold you'd want something over them, but I've used them down to 40 degrees. I've bought them for as little as $12 shipped. You can't go wrong really.
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Performance bike has excellent deals once in a while. I bought two nice jerseys for about $30 last month. I have bought a few tights,
shorts, and Jerseys from them. No problems.
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Remember the weather will change soon. He may want to be looking into LONG sleeves and foundation lowers.

Im not a jersey/shorts kinda guy, anyway. But I did get some used jerseys on ebay for about $8-$10 each. They were in A1 condition and random designs or solid colors - "no team jerseys if you arent on the team..." and all that.

But let me suggest he get them in XXXL. I'm 6' 1", 225 and even that big they suck for fit.
AS for shorts, well, I dont own any so there you go....

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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
love2pedal.com has some pretty decent stuff. Sure I wouldn't compare them to my best bibs in terms of feel, but they're definitely the best <$40 bibs I have and I think maybe if I'd ordered a size smaller I'd be higher on them, but I liked it a little loose when I first started out.
Himespau, thanks for the mention! If interested, members of this forum can use the following coupon code during checkout for a $5 discount off of the total: CLYD
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I'd also encourage you to buy from a store where you can try them on. PB has em cheap on sale at times and there look and fucntion well.

My PB jerseys bought in store fit well and are XL
Hincapie bought online are L and fit well
Louis Garneau bought online are L and are WAY too big. Medium would have been better.

In other words depending on what brand I buy, I'm either a medium, L or XL.
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The compression stuff sold at Walmart under the "starter" brand is ok as a baselayer but the sewing on the seams sometimes seems to be a bit shoddy at times (bad, 8 year-old, get to work on that). Not a fan of their "moisture wicking" t's as a baselayer though as those just seem to collect moisture and stick to me like cotton rather than wicking it.
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Here you go. this company has all levels and has good quality stuff.

https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/
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This time of year many of the local shops are blowing out their '11 product to make room for the new stuff, so that's where I would check first.

For online, nashbar.com and love2pedal.com

love2pedal.com seems to have a cult following for their bibshorts.
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