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Old 12-16-14, 10:56 AM
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Cold-weather jersey advice

Hi all-

I have a Performance long-sleeve jersey -- old, but not over-used -- that I'm using a lot now as I bike my kids to school. On very cold days, I layer it under a windbreaker and a merino sweater. The problem is that although it is of course longer in the back for bending over the handlebars, the tail of the jersey still rides up my back, leaving bare skin exposed to the cold cold air. Is there a solution to this? Can anyone recommend a jersey with a long enough tail to cover my lower back when I'm bent over?

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Old 12-16-14, 11:12 AM
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Keep the jersey; wear bibs and/or a longish baselayer.
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Old 12-16-14, 01:15 PM
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Our Edam Jersey should be long enough.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Keep the jersey; wear bibs and/or a longish baselayer.
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I've got a couple of PI Elite Thermal jerseys and a Gore Thermal jersey. None of them ride up, as far as I know - cuz I wear bibs and/or a longish baselayer (Icebreaker merino wool), or I wear a softshell jacket (PI or Castelli) that's cut long in the back.
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Merino wool base layer, I like the Patagonia ones.
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Old 12-16-14, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
Merino wool base layer, I like the Patagonia ones.
Thanks for the responses. Not knowing any better, I wear the merino wool over the jersey. Do folks hear wear it beneath the jersey? Don't you sacrifice the jersey's sweat-wicking feature? Isn't it itchy?
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The wool base layers are superb. Merino wool is a different kind of sheep, does not itch. The ones I get are 80% wool, better for wear and not shrinking. Not cold and sweaty, wicks great and drys fast. Really a game changer.
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Old 12-16-14, 02:55 PM
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Layers wicking materials

wool wets some is absorbed, polar fleece carries the moisture on it's surface.. I can fling the stuff over a railing and put it back On and it's drier.
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I was rabid during my first winter riding - 15F (cold by my wimpy standards). I'd do lots of layers on top with a rain jacket over that. I'd control the temp by zipping up or down.

2 years ago I got an actual cycling jacket - it made life much simpler. The jacket with a SS wicking T are sufficient down to 25, although anything under 40 requires extra attention to neck, head, hands, and feet. My jacket is by Castelli, but I don't know the model (I think Competitive Cyclist said list was $200 - I paid $50).

Your Q is about tops, but FWIW I find bibs w/ cheap Nashbar leg warmers are totally adequate down to about 20F. In my first year I used lots of layers (tights + thermals) - taking a whiz was a big deal (the leg warmers allow easy access to the bottom of my bibs),
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