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Old 10-26-11, 08:16 AM
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There are nice jerseys on love2pedal, I may get one soon!
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Old 10-27-11, 07:36 PM
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I got two jerseys (my mom told me to just get two since they were cheap)from the amgen website, A little too big for me even though I got the small size. The blue/yellow one looks pretty good, the best young rider jersey has a big rabobank logo on the back which i don't really like, but only $15 so I don't really care!
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Old 10-29-11, 08:44 AM
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Super cheap Craft bibs at Probikekit

https://www.probikekit.com/ca/clothin...ib-shorts.html
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Old 10-29-11, 10:28 AM
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craft makes awesome stuff - that's a good deal.
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Old 10-29-11, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Mantis Style View Post
1) Get a job - You can stock shelves in a grocery store for minimum wage ($7 or so), do 3 5-hour shifts and have money left over. A BETTER idea would be to get a job bussing tables in a busy restaurant and make double that. You're only 16, so now is a GREAT time to learn that if you WORK to get what you want, you get what you WANT.
An even better idea, apply to your LBS' in late winter (IE: Jan-Feb). I've already gotten three job offers because I do a lot of work on my bike, and basically need to find parts. Not only will you enjoy working with the sport you love, it'll give you much more experience than a grocery store.
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Old 10-29-11, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Mantis Style View Post
1) Get a job - You can stock shelves in a grocery store for minimum wage ($7 or so), do 3 5-hour shifts and have money left over. A BETTER idea would be to get a job bussing tables in a busy restaurant and make double that. You're only 16, so now is a GREAT time to learn that if you WORK to get what you want, you get what you WANT.
Thanks for the advice, but I am just too busy right now, I have school, volunteer, SAT prep, and tutoring. I manage to fit in 2 bike rides a week on weekends.
We just moved to a new house in the summer, and my dad paid me for the work I did(leveling both yards, putting down sod, putting dry wall in 3 rooms, cleaning our attic,etc) I earned about $500 from that.

I will try to apply at our local bike shop during december when I get time.
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Old 10-29-11, 02:50 PM
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OMG, I'm 17 and I need a job too. AP and SAT Prep is kind of too much for now though.
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Old 10-29-11, 03:45 PM
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Try this one. They have a grab bag specials that have been real good for me. Click on the link...https://longscycle.com/category/specials/
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Old 10-29-11, 05:28 PM
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Consider Performance Elite or Ultra shorts/bibs. When on sale they are approx 40 bucks. Don't ever pay sticker price.
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Old 10-29-11, 06:12 PM
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so the amgen tour of california jersey ran large? I ordered one, but at 5 foot 7 ... I hope it fits.
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Old 10-29-11, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by mkmartin View Post
so the amgen tour of california jersey ran large? I ordered one, but at 5 foot 7 ... I hope it fits.
I ordered the small one and it's a little loose, but I am kinda small so it will probably fit you, They don't offer an extra small size.
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Old 10-29-11, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mkmartin View Post
so the amgen tour of california jersey ran large? I ordered one, but at 5 foot 7 ... I hope it fits.
The one I ordered was a race cut large. It fits about the same as my Castelli XL except longer. I am 5'11" 168 lbs.
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Old 10-31-11, 11:27 PM
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I went on a ride with the Amgen jersey, I think I am gonna return them. they are just wayyy too flappy. And the only jerseys i can find in my size are the euro fit Castelli jerseys which are very expensive. I am gonna try to snag something on ebay instead. The thought of wearing clothes that have already been worn by some one else kinda gross, but it's better than not riding!
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Old 11-01-11, 06:21 AM
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Ebay chinese stuff.
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Old 11-01-11, 07:10 AM
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I don't like those Primal Jerseys. It's not the graphics - it's the material architecture. I say this because I compare to a Sugoi jersey I got as a gift a good 8 years ago, and it's far superior in build compared to the Primal Jersey. Thicker material (but still light), clean inner seams. It's really noticeable when you turn the jersey inside out and see what you're brushing up on. It's also probably why it looks brand new despite wearing it on most of my mtn and road bike rides for 8 years now despite no special care. The Primal jerseys (they stock them at REI) just feel thin and cheap in comparison.
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Old 11-01-11, 07:15 AM
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If you're budget crunched, the cheapest option that still works spectacularly well is to just not using cycling jerseys. (You'll still probably want the bibs if you're riding long, and good ones at that.) I still do rides of 60-120 minutes just with regular sports clothing from Target, like a mock turtleneck. You lose the rear jersey pockets, but if you pack well you won't need them anyway on those shorter rides as you can put everything in your rear seat bag.

In fact, I'm pretty sure those form-fitting Target mock turtlenecks or form-fitting tech T shirts work as well as my cycling jerseys. I used to use a bento box on my toptube, and with that, I never even noticed the lack of rear pockets. (A bento box costs about $15.) I still rock them from time to time on short rides, and it's funny when I use them on a roadie group ride since I'll invariably get a bunch of 'great ride dude' at the end since folks think I'm a newbie cyclist who has the talent to keep up due to the lack of a jersey. (I don't get those at all when I wear the jersey LOL)
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Old 11-01-11, 07:20 AM
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I got my TOC sprinters jersey yesterday. It was a large and might be a little on the loose side, but not horrible. I have to admit though, it's hideos in person. It is high quality piece of kit, and for $15 I'm not going to complain too much.
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Old 11-01-11, 07:42 AM
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Find your local race team and see if they have left overs. I have some left over race jersey from years gone by, if you would be interested.
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Old 11-01-11, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Mantis Style View Post
1) Get a job - You can stock shelves in a grocery store for minimum wage ($7 or so), do 3 5-hour shifts and have money left over. A BETTER idea would be to get a job bussing tables in a busy restaurant and make double that. You're only 16, so now is a GREAT time to learn that if you WORK to get what you want, you get what you WANT.

2) Wait for the deals - Winter is coming and from what I remember everywhere starts to clear out inventory. Signup for email newsletters of all the main internet sites for sales. Set up an alert on Bonktown (product sometimes isn't worth it though). I always look for deals, but I've realized that if I add up the hours spent on the internet searching and searching for the RIGHT product, I could have used that time doing work, riding, or otherwise being more productive.

3) Get an early Xmas present

4) Ask parents to offset cost- If you are able to spend $40, maybe your parents can chip in $30. I can't imagine my kid saying to me that they need clothes to keep in shape and me saying "no". Its not like you;re asking for a $4000 carbon bike.

5) Stress the importance of bibs- If you were playing baseball, your father would spend money on a cup without question. If you were playing football, your mom would buy you a good helmet. Most parents (and many cyclists honestly) don't understand the importance of a good pair of bibs. A helmet, of course. Bibs, not so much. For a growing 16 year old, I think it is essential that you have the right equipment for your ehem, equipment.
Weirdly enough, now that I'm a working professional, I wouldn't necessarily recommend most kids to try to work at age 16. The kind of work entailed is usually minimum wage, low-skill jobs. Not that those jobs aren't worthwhile, but at age 16, you should be polishing your academics in school to open college doors to the professional jobs. I'd place a far higher priority on being in the top 20% or higher of your school. If you're already there, then work experience can be added on top, but otherwise, I'd definitely prioritize the education. I did a few minimum-wage like jobs in both high school and college, and in retrospect they added nothing for me; even the money wasn't worth it. I didn't come out and 'wiser' about the realities of working - I worked wayyyy harder for far less tangible assets in the classroom, which are skills necessary to succeed at most of the high personal investment (and high paying) jobs that you should target down the road.
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Old 11-01-11, 08:37 AM
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Find your local race team and see if they have left overs. I have some left over race jersey from years gone by, if you would be interested.
My local race team were selling jerseys a while back. $100 for a jersey and $150 for bibs. wayyyy too expensive for me.
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Old 11-01-11, 08:58 AM
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Become a pro cyclist - they give you your kits for free.

Kidding aside - the team I'm on pays for a couple of kits each for the Cat 1,2 guys on the team. They also get all their racing expenses reimbursed.
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Old 11-01-11, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
I don't like those Primal Jerseys. It's not the graphics - it's the material architecture. I say this because I compare to a Sugoi jersey I got as a gift a good 8 years ago, and it's far superior in build compared to the Primal Jersey. Thicker material (but still light), clean inner seams. It's really noticeable when you turn the jersey inside out and see what you're brushing up on. It's also probably why it looks brand new despite wearing it on most of my mtn and road bike rides for 8 years now despite no special care. The Primal jerseys (they stock them at REI) just feel thin and cheap in comparison.
Thanks for the feedback, I will look somewhere else for jerseys... But damn their designs are great!
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Old 11-01-11, 11:39 AM
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https://amgentourofcaliforniastore.com/index.php

Look in the upper right corner for the current 50%+ off code. Their jerseys are Hincapie and Voler. My favorite jersey is a green Hincapie sprint jersey I got from there.

There are ads on them but they're not too obtrusive.
Oh wow. If only I had stumbled upon this thread one day earlier :/ .
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Old 11-01-11, 11:52 AM
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I recently found a new place for cycling gear. It's www.geartrade.com. I picked up a brand new Castilli Podium Collection bib short for under $50. Those bibs retail for around $220. You can't even beat these prices on eBay. Some stuff is new and other stuff is not, however if you check around you'll find some great deals on this site.

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