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How many jerseys is enough?(27 posts)

How many jerseys is enough?Elefantino
Jan 14, 2002 7:08 AM
OK, so it's a slow Monday morning here in the ol' recliner, but I saw a snap poll on some cycling site over the weekend that asked how many jerseys you have.

How many do you have?
Two short sleeve, one long sleeve...John-d
Jan 14, 2002 7:20 AM
Directly I get home I throw every thing I am wearing into the w/mc on quick wash. When they wear out I replace.

Mind you I only wear plain, I can see it could be different if I had a collection of camouflage or trade jerseys.

How is the recovery going, will you be riding again soon?

Best wishes

Oops. Forgot to answer my own question.Elefantino
Jan 14, 2002 7:31 AM
Seven short sleeve (plain white, plain yellow, Lance Armstrong Foundation Peleton Project, USPS ('00, the cool-looking one), Selle Italia, Festina, Mercatone Uno (pink, of course); four long sleeve (three plain, one Alfa Romeo).

What a poser.

PS: Nothing new. Back still broken, still in TLSO body cast. Shoulder still torn. Ribs, knee better, though. No rides 'til April.
I'm thinkin that pink jersey brings bad luck ;-)MB1
Jan 14, 2002 7:34 AM
better swap it for a yellow.

I'm thinkin that pink jersey brings bad luck ;-)Elefantino
Jan 14, 2002 7:37 AM
Naw. Bought it while recuperating from the broken neck. Never worn it.

I am, however, going to hang garlic from my stem.
it's the ultimate excuse/digclaud
Jan 14, 2002 7:43 AM
yeah so, you beat a guy in a pink jersey
haha, you got beat by a guy in a pink jersey
it's the ultimate excuse/dig reduxElefantino
Jan 14, 2002 10:01 AM
yeah, so, you beat a guy in a pink jersey with a broken neck and back
haha, you got beat by a guy in a pink jersey with a broken neck and back
Jan 14, 2002 7:32 AM
But there are 2 of us wearing the same size and we have been riding for years. We also ride every day.

Lots of different weights, materials, cuts, patterns and prints.

My oldest jersey must be close to 30 years old now. Miss M had it framed and it hangs in the hallway (a CRC of A jersey-my first racing club-anybody remember them?).
re: How many jerseys is enough?Velocipedio
Jan 14, 2002 8:05 AM
Let's see... In regular rotation:

Two long-sleeve cold weather jerseys [a red Louis Garneau microfleece jersey and a grey Bellwether sportwool jersey].

One lightweight long-sleeve jersey [in classic black].

Three logo/graphic short sleeve jerseys [two Pace Campagnolo jerseys, one Revi smokers jersey].

One Saeco team jerseys ['twas a gift].

Three jerseys I'll probably give away to a buddy because they don't fit me anymore [I lost a fair bit of weight in 2001]... A very nice S/S Nalini 2000 Lotto jersey, An equally nice S/S 1999 Specialized factory jersey, A not-so-nice, and rather worn blue cool-weather L/S jersey.

Four jerseys that are too beat-up to ride in, but work perfectly well for off-season jogging and visits to the gym: A purple/burgundy [cyclamino?] RNH S/S jersey, a grey coolmax S/S Sugoi jersey that must be 10 years old, a green cotton/lycra S/S Activa jersey that must be older and a blue and grey L/S Fox jersey.

That makes 14, but only seven that I actually cycle with, and three that I'm getting rid of.

You can never have too many jerseys. The more you have [and shorts], the less frequently you have to do the laundry.
I get by with none...Retro
Jan 14, 2002 8:27 AM
It embarrasses me to dress up like Lance to do my paltry training rides...sort of like putting on football pads to play catch in the park. I ride in Coolmax T-shirts (8 bucks from Sierra Trading Post) in summer and layer up in winter. I've tried the NASCAR Pontiac look, but it's just not me.
I do enjoy surprising all the seriously serious, seriously-clothed, seriously grim-faced wannabes when I go pedaling by in my baggy mountain bike shorts and floppy orange T's, though.
I agree thatscottfree
Jan 14, 2002 8:56 AM
they aren't necessary, and are frequently silly. I do like the back pockets though, as long as they're attached to plain, monocolor jerseys, of which I have three (none yellow).
I agree thattempete
Jan 14, 2002 9:22 AM
I ride whatever I have left of racing days. Old ones with cut-out sleeves, anything that was given to me! I just bought the Polish national jersey in honour of my wife and wife's family. That's the never quit jersey.

The only ones I've bought were plain colors. If you don't pay me to wear you name, forget it!

Back pockets and breathing artificial fabric. I have eight (?) I think, gathered over the years. Glad I can actually still fit in them today.
Polish national jersey rocks! nmnaff geezer
Jan 14, 2002 4:16 PM
Polish national jersey rocks! nmweiwentg
Jan 14, 2002 6:21 PM
I think the Singapore National Team jersey would rock. but we don't HAVE a national road biking team, afaik. it's a city-state, with traffic lights every couple of hundred meters. road biking is not very big back home.
but, man! red and white would go together very nicely.
There is an explanationmr_spin
Jan 14, 2002 8:41 AM
I have a lot. I'm not really sure, but there is a method to the madness.

First, I categorize them by weather. I have heavy long sleeve for cold (Pearl Izumi Kodiak), medium thickness short sleeve for cool/warm, and really thin short sleeve for hot (Giordana!). I have a few thin long sleeve as well, which I rarely wear.

Second, I used to live in an apartment without my own washer/dryer, so I had to have multiples of each type so I could go longer without having to do laundry.

Third, I have a few "ego" jerseys for some of the extreme rides I've done, and for some charity stuff, like the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

I'm getting better. I only bought one jersey all last year!
You can't have too many,TJeanloz
Jan 14, 2002 9:23 AM
I have no idea how many I have. But they do take up their own closet- so we'll say 50? More jerseys= less frequent laundry, better odds that you'll be able to color coordinate with the helmet and bike that you choose to ride that day, better selection for varying weather. My cycling clothes are actually broken down first by weather condition (hot, warm, cool, cold, arctic), and then by comfort (in terms of how long I can ride in them before I notice any discomfort).

So, how could you possibly ever have too many?
mother saidbn
Jan 14, 2002 12:28 PM
always match your helmet, shoes, and bag
...and tires. you forgot tires. (nm)Elefantino
Jan 14, 2002 12:39 PM
with many apologies to greggElefantino
Jan 14, 2002 9:55 AM
I didn't realize that it was this cycling site that I saw the jerseys poll.

I am guilty of thread plagiarism of the worst kind and I beg forgiveness from our humble leader. (I just realized it when i accidentally went to the home page.)

But hey, I'm on pain-killers.
Speaking of jersies....dave woof
Jan 14, 2002 1:00 PM
Speaking of jersies - I used to ride plain single color jersies... even T-shirts. Got cursed at and honked way too many times. I switched to team jersies - lots of bright colors, big names, etc.. I get a lot more respect on the road from drivers and hardly ever get yelled at or honked at. I don't like promoting something I'm not getting paid for, but hey, it keeps Joe six-pack off my back if he thinks I'm a pro.

For the record, I probably have ten-12 jersies, mostly older teams - La Vie Claire (my fav), Bianchi, EV2R, Caldirola, etc.

Dave Woof
re: How many jerseys is enough?bikedodger
Jan 14, 2002 1:34 PM
Three long sleeve. Six or so short sleeve.

Ten, I think.look271
Jan 14, 2002 4:19 PM
Definately have 2 ls jerseys, the rest are short. I seem to keep accumulating them. Don't know why! I think I can hold off for while, now, unless, of course, one wears out. Then I'd have to replace it. It's a curse! Hey,my wife buys a kazillion shoes, so I'm allowed!
carefull...naff geezer
Jan 14, 2002 4:27 PM
why is it i always buy my better half shoes and love seeing them on her but she never buys me bike jersey's and cant stand seeing me in them?
Can't complain too much.look271
Jan 14, 2002 6:24 PM
She likes to see me in them (and out of them, hehe) and says I look good, so viva la differance! :-)))))
re: How many jerseys is enough?mackgoo
Jan 14, 2002 4:26 PM
I usually get two rides out of a jersey. I have 4-5 short and long sleeve to get me through the week. Performance and Nashbar specials. I won't spend more than 25$ on any piece of clothing.
re: How many jerseys is enough?Velocipedio
Jan 15, 2002 10:53 AM
I won't spend more than 25$ on any piece of clothing.

Wow! I'd love to see your suits! ;-)
re: How many jerseys is enough?mackgoo
Jan 15, 2002 11:24 AM
Ok,OK, bike clothing. I don't wear a suite riding.