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Wool Jerseys, explain the advantages(16 posts)

Wool Jerseys, explain the advantagesLone Gunman
Aug 23, 2001 6:07 PM
I saw a previous post about wool jerseys and a few sites that were listed and checked them out. One post mentioned cheap prices on these in Italy. Sister lives in Palermo and could probably do me a major score on these and Castelli kit. Knowing that ALL current day kit is synthetic stuff, what is the allure to the retro wool jerseys? What is it going to feel like on an 85 degree day or do I not want to find out? I assume that wool jerseys are very lightweight wool and airy otherwise they would be unbearable. I think I have caught the retro bug. Anyone who wears them, please chime in.
re: I jumped on the band wagon and bought one.mdooley
Aug 23, 2001 6:32 PM
I'm looking for cooler weather. The jersey feels soft and doesn't look like wool, it's finely woven.
re: I jumped on the band wagon and bought one.Lone Gunman
Aug 23, 2001 6:46 PM
I saw the Moltini ones and $120 each for something to sweat in? I don't think so. Some of the other reasonable prices that are less than synthetic kit, okay. Not $120
Wool Jerseys - Haiku against your skin?PdxMark
Aug 23, 2001 7:26 PM
One site, www.vintagevelos.com, has an interesting range of retro and modern wool jerseys... one for a home town shop... River City... hmmm...

being a synthetics guy, I can understand wondering about the extra effort of keeping wool... and the cost... yikes.... but, maybe there's an objective feel or quality... haiku against your skin... that a good wool jersey might give... (ok, maybe with a synthetic cycling undershirt - so the wool is close to your skin)... on a cool/wet fall/winter day, it might talk to you like a nicely tuned quality bike does... there's no good reason, maybe... but I bet most of us would like it...

and I have discovered that as far as socks go, the sythetics I have are miserable in comparison to wool socks on a cold, wet day... so if $12 socks are reasonable, why not a $100 jersey???
I just wear them in cool weatherHank
Aug 23, 2001 7:47 PM
Wool jerseys are nice in cool weather. They can fit a bit strangley, though - I'd be sure to try on anything before you buy it. I wear wool socks - light or heavy, depending on the season - pretty much exclusively.
I love my wool jerseyDog
Aug 23, 2001 7:50 PM
I have a wool Bianchi jersey. Of course, we used to use nothing but wool, jerseys and shorts. I wear my wool jersey almost every ride in the winter.

Wool breathes well, so that in cooler weather, it doesn't hold sweat while climbing, so that you don't freeze on the following descent. Plus, it retains insulating power even if wet. Not many other fabrics do that.

You really don't want to use it over 75 degrees or so, though. It's just a little too warm compared to some of the lighter jerseys now.

Dog
re: Wool Jerseys, explain the advantagesRick Francisco
Aug 23, 2001 8:05 PM
I have two wool jerseys one a Swobo and the other a Salsa both great
for spring and fall riding. Also good for winter riding too, both are
made of Merino wool which is very soft. Too bad Swobo went out of business they where a great company to deal with. Wool jersey don't
retain odors like some poly jersey, and they keep you warm even if
they get wet.
re: Wool Jerseys, explain the advantagesDINOSAUR
Aug 23, 2001 9:15 PM
Wool jerseys are great in the winter, especially long sleeved ones. I've seen new era, retro type, machine washable, wool jerseys and I've thought about buying one. Wool breaths and wicks sweat. You can get socking wet and it will dry very quickly. In my former occupation I wore long sleeve wool shirts in the winter. Nothing works better for regulating heat. Wool will last for a long time if you take care of it, just make sure you don't shrink it and watch out for moths
re: Wool..... itchier than an ant-hole.bikeman
Aug 24, 2001 2:45 AM
I tried one on in a store once, and had to take it off after three minutes, because it was becoming WAAYYYY too itchy. I don't know how people can wear such a thing - stick to synthetic clothing. Don't you people have a cynical bone in your body? Some companies will try anyhting just to make money. Wool is dead.
Some wools are, some aren't.MB1
Aug 24, 2001 4:56 AM
Just as wool makes great socks it also makes great undergarments but not cheap wool. The number of fibers per ounce is a good indication of comfort. As you noticed, wool with a low number of fibers per ounce is going to feel like a hair shirt. Other wool like Alpaca, Marino or Super Wool with a high fiber count per ounce makes very fine light comfortable fabrics with excellent wicking properties.

A caution about cheap wool, you usually get what you pay for.
re: Wool Jerseys, explain the advantagesJack S
Aug 24, 2001 5:11 AM
Wool is great, but you gotta get the shorts (no bibs) too, and these usually suck, especially when wet and after worn a bit and bagged. A wool jeresey with lycra bottoms looks ridiculous IMO.

A full kit would be old leather Dettos with toe clips, Cinelli hairnet, crochet-back pigskin gloves, and a 6- or 7-spd steel bike with downtube shifters and exposed brake lever cables.
fall, and temperature changesclub
Aug 24, 2001 5:41 AM
the temperature when I roll out in a little while will be about 50 degrees F. It'll be 75 when I'm done with my daily 3 hours of singletrack. I'll be wearing wool, and I'll be comfy the whole time. then I'll hang the jersey up and wear it again tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that, without washing it. It won't stink at all.
No, wool isn't the smart choice when it's 85 degrees out. But it rocks in the spring, fall, and in winter with other garments over/under it.
Not at all bad in hot weather, imhoRay Sachs
Aug 24, 2001 6:33 AM
I wear wool jerseys pretty much all the time. I have one that's pretty heavy that I only wear in cooler weather, but I have five light ones that I wear year round, even when it's hotter than 100 degrees out and humid. They handle sweat better than synthetics for my money. The key advantage is that they don't stink. With my five jerseys in rotation, I only tend to wash them about twice per season (and maybe one more time in the winter)and my nose-sensitive wife and daughters have NEVER complained. They used to raise hell when I'd come in from rides in synthetic jerseys. This is a really huge advantage on a tour when you may not be able to do laundry often. And when you might want to walk into a half-decent restaurant or pub for lunch during your ride.

Oh yeah, wool socks are all I use on the feet also. Wool shorts are another story though - I avoid them like the plague. The shorts are OK, but they don't interact with chamois very well and you have to wash your shorts out a lot for reasons more important than stench.

I've never thought that wool jerseys with lycra shorts looked any goofier than any other cycling clothes, which aren't exactly fashion statements to begin with.

-Ray
the mythspook
Aug 24, 2001 6:40 AM
Wool is hot... that's what people who have never tried wool jerseys think. Wool wicks and breathes great and is often cooler than synthetics.

BTW, you only wash your jerseys 3 times a year?! GROSS! OK, maybe you don't ride much.
the mythRay Sachs
Aug 24, 2001 9:02 AM
No, I ride quite a lot, about 4,000 - 5,000 miles per year. But that's five jerseys in rotation during the summer and about 7 in the spring, fall and winter. Believe me, my wife and kids let me know when they start to smell and it takes a lot of rides, particularly if you let the jerseys dry out well between rides.

-Ray
Thanks all for the replys!!Lone Gunman
Aug 24, 2001 9:26 AM
The bug was put into Sis's ear by e.mail today. She has some cycling Doctor friends who will know where I can get my hands on some of this kit cheap. Thanks.