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Old 07-08-14, 06:11 AM
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Jersey History Question

Does anyone know around what year jerseys starting becoming full zip down the front?

It seems to me that around the turn of the century, there was a change in jersey technology from the quarter zip, to a full zip front, allowing riders to fully open the jersey up climbs for ventilation. Even the MJ jersey of the Tour de France during the late 90s was quarter zip.

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I too have noticed the same thing but don't know when this occurred and if it was gradual. If you have some time on your hands, I suspect google images with dates could be an interesting project that would give an answer.

I know my bike club's jerseys started going full length zipper only about 2006/7 but we are probably a few years behind the pro's.
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Full zip jerseys have been available for a long time. My team kit from 1987 has a full zipper jersey.
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BTW, Ullrich wore full zippered jerseys back then.






The MJ was a generic jersey, with the Team's logo decaled on. It wouldn't work with the iron on and full zipper.






The Yellow jereseys appear to still not be full zipper, presumably for that reason.

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Supposedly Greg Lemond gets partial credit for this. In one of the TdF's, 85 or 86, it was real hot and he started tearing his jersey on mountain stages for more venitlation. Story is he had someone start cutting out the factory zip and sewing in longer zippers. Seems like the full zips came not that long after that.

Caused a few riders to cross the finish showing nothing but a skinny pale torso and bib straps.
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Originally Posted by busygizmo View Post
Supposedly Greg Lemond gets partial credit for this. In one of the TdF's, 85 or 86, it was real hot and he started tearing his jersey on mountain stages for more venitlation. Story is he had someone start cutting out the factory zip and sewing in longer zippers. Seems like the full zips came not that long after that.

Caused a few riders to cross the finish showing nothing but a skinny pale torso and bib straps.
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That's what I remember and seeing the open jersey on the CBS Tour de France broadcast around 1985.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
BTW, Ullrich wore full zippered jerseys back then.



Those images date around the 2005/2006 season so I am not surprised that the jerseys were full zip.


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The Yellow jereseys appear to still not be full zipper, presumably for that reason.

Also there are two variants of the Yellow jersey that the riders receive that we should not confuse. The image of Kittel shows podium variant which has a full zip down the back, so the rider can slip it on whilst on the podium. They are for show, and to my knowledge don't have any front zippers. Then they receive a race Yellow jersey which these days is full zip and has no restriction from the team logo/sponsor square on the jersey.





I think a good reference would be the book, The Jersey Project. Unfortunately this book is sold out and out of print, but it provides many photos of jerseys from the years and could be the best way to pinpoint a date. If anyone has this book please comment!

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Originally Posted by crad159 View Post
Those images date around the 2005/2006 season so I am not surprised that the jerseys were full zip.




Also there are two variants of the Yellow jersey that the riders receive that we should not confuse. The image of Kittel shows podium variant which has a full zip down the back, so the rider can slip it on whilst on the podium. They are for show, and to my knowledge don't have any front zippers. Then they receive a race Yellow jersey which these days is full zip and has no restriction from the team logo/sponsor square on the jersey.





I think a good reference would be the book, The Jersey Project. Unfortunately this book is sold out and out of print, but it provides many photos of jerseys from the years and could be the best way to pinpoint a date. If anyone has this book please comment!

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They have zippers on the back, they slide them on the rider backwards and you can see them zip it from the back.
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+1, Podium jerseys have a full zip on the back. to put them on for the ceremony.
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
They have zippers on the back, they slide them on the rider backwards and you can see them zip it from the back.
I know. Did you read what I wrote?

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The image of Kittel shows podium variant which has a full zip down the back, so the rider can slip it on whilst on the podium.
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I know. Did you read what I wrote?
Apparently 11am is still too early for me

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Jersey History Question

Looks really bad when guys do the full unzip. Worst innovation ever. That along with white shoes, and those helmets(yikes), the pro peloton looks ghastly.

And what kind of exposure do these sponsors get?. I cant read anything on those jerseys. Unzip them and the pedaling billboard is gone.
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Vaughters tweeted out "Congrat's to team pasty nipples" for this one.

Great for promotional material.
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Looks really bad when guys do the full unzip. Worst innovation ever. That along with white shoes, and those helmets(yikes), the pro peloton looks ghastly.

And what kind of exposure do these sponsors get?. I cant read anything on those jerseys. Unzip them and the pedaling billboard is gone.
You don't have to unzip the jersey to get the benefit of having a full zipper. Easier to put on and take off.

As for the Billboard, you just need to win with clean wheels so you have time to zip up the jersey before the line.
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I had the impression that full zip jerseys followed bib shorts somewhat. I know that full zip jerseys are easier to remove when you need to take a #2 dump as opposed to pulling a partial zip jersey over your head with a wallet, cell phone, etc. in the pockets.
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