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It's getting harder every year(12 posts)

It's getting harder every yearmike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 10:05 PM
not to look like a dork on the road. I'm in the process of shopping for summer lightweight, full-zip jerseys to help endure the blazing San Fernando Valley summer that will be upon us soon. No offense to anyone who's wearing the euro-pro gear or the colorfully decorated jerseys such as the Assos "Edelweiss" or "Tobi" jerseys*, but I'd like to find something that is: 1) inexpensive; 2) light and cool; 3) not flashy; and 4) not completely dorky. In other words, I'd like to find some jerseys like I used to be able to find everywhere in the '80s and even the early '90s. I remember one favorite: a lightweight Descente jersey that was white with black pinstripes. So what to do now? The Castelli "Simple" jersey is not too bad looking, but it's $65 to $70 everywhere I've seen it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance for the help.

*See page 48 of the Excel Cat. #55. Will anyone on this board admit to having paid $90 for either one of those jerseys? I've never seen either on the road, but someone must be buying them.
re: It's getting harder every yearMystery bike
May 18, 2001 11:11 PM
Buy from Europe. The biking industry is raping the American people!! You need to check out Euro sites. In Europe (at least Ireland or the UK) cycling is a blue collar sport and so prices are a lot lower. In the US. (at least in CA) it's more of a trendy sport and so the prices are higher. Check out or they might have what you are looking for. Performance cycling may have long zipper jerseys (Last time I was in LA I bought some there).
May 18, 2001 11:32 PM
re: It's getting harder every yearCliff Oates
May 19, 2001 1:36 AM
I've become a big fan of Voler jerseys. I have two from a couple of rides I've done, and they're comfortable, well designed, and they seem to be well constructed of good quality materials. Voler sells some plain jerseys at at prices ranging from $30 to $50. They don't have a full length zipper, but at 19" long, it opens down to my navel and that's more than enough.

I've also got one of the Castelli simple jerseys and it's one of my favorites. $65 (Excel, CC) isn't inexpensive though.
re: It's getting harder every yearDaveG
May 19, 2001 7:46 AM
I think the Performance Coolmax jerseys are cheap, basic, and functional. However, the Castelli Simple is my favorite jersey overall.
Yeah, I like the look and feel of themmike mcmahon
May 19, 2001 7:57 AM
But, dang, they're expensive for a "simple" jersey. Zonabici sells them for about $30.00 each. The problem is that shipping charges are about $30-$40. I've been thinking about doing a big order from ZB and including a couple of the Simple jerseys. The Simple jersey has been about the only one I've found that has the more classic look. I'd better order fast from ZB if I want my order in time for summer. ;-) Thanks for the input. I'm off for a ride.
Yeah, I like the look and feel of themSkip
May 20, 2001 9:55 PM
Sign up a mass order from all here that are interested and share the shipping charges.
Not a bad ideamike mcmahon
May 20, 2001 10:18 PM
Anyone who's interested in ordering merchandise from ZB should take a few minutes to look at the web site. The prices are really amazing. I suppose this is due at least in part to the continuing weakness of the Euro. In any event, the prices typically end up being about 1/2 of what they are through U.S. mail order outfits. As I've documented elsewhere the only "problem" I've encountered so far is the lengthy delivery time (app. 1 month). Some time in the near future, I may be interested in a few more jerseys and a stem/bar combo. Please let me know if you have any interest.

Problem solved with Castellimike mcmahon
May 20, 2001 3:41 PM
I just placed an on-line order with I picked up a Simple jersey in blue and the Progetto Y bibshorts in black for $126 delivered. The bibshorts alone (without delivery) are $150 and the jersey $70 at Excel Sports. With delivery charges from Excel, I'd be at $226 for the combo, so I save $100 by ordering through ZB. I like Excel, but not enough to give them $100. The downside is that I don't expect to see my merchandise for a month, but I'm in no big rush.

With the shipping charges from ZB being high, people on this board who live in the same area may want to consider group orders from ZB to share shipping charges. The club I used to belong to does group orders for that reason; also, I believe large enough group orders get a discount on already low prices.
re: It's getting harder every yearcycleguy
May 19, 2001 8:16 AM
I have two Performance coolmax jerseys that I have had for four years. They were under 20 bucks on sale. They are light, zip halfway down, with mesh side panels. And they are just plain looking which is a nice change. When it gets over 90 in the Sac. Valley they are still my first choice.
Try Nashbar, or mountainequipmentco-op.comLargo
May 19, 2001 9:38 AM
Seriously, they have some decent, plain long sleeve jerseys for cheap(more or less)
Also, Mountain Equipment Co-Op here in canada has some house brand cycling clothing that is quite good, and for you folks south of the border, the exchange makes them really inexpensive.
How about 9-buck Coolmax T-shirts?Retro
May 21, 2001 10:27 AM
I can barely bring myself to wear a team jersey--it's like putting on your Brett Favre uniform to go play catch in the park. Nashbar and Performance both have plain Coolmax jerseys for less than $30, but my favorite summer clothing is plain Coolmax T-shirts I bought at Sierra Trading Post (there's an outlet here in town, but you can order online) for either $7.99 or $8.99. Come in short and long sleeves, in a range of colors tending toward drab, but I got three BRIGHT orange ones, one long-sleeve and two short.