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Cotton Jerseys ?(15 posts)

Cotton Jerseys ?flying
Aug 28, 2002 5:36 PM
Anyone ever see any good ones?
Recently I started to have small skin irritations on my back ( like mini acne ).
When I went to a dermatologist he told me it was caused by the jerseys during the heat of summer?

He also said all the cool max or micro fiber types wick sweat but can cause skin irritations. He also claims only 100% cotton will work.

First I have heard of this.
Anyone have any experience with this?
re: Cotton Jerseys ?DaveG
Aug 28, 2002 5:43 PM
I have never heard of that, although that's not to say its not true. If you live anywhere with heat and humidity, a cotton jersey is going to turn into a sweaty mess. Perhaps experimenting with some different wicking fabrics might do the trick. You could try riding with a cotton t-shirt for a while to see if that helps.
Two Questionsjromack
Aug 28, 2002 6:03 PM
1) Do you wash your jersey after EVERY ride?

2) What type of laundry soap do you use?
Two Questionsflying
Aug 28, 2002 8:13 PM
1) Yes for sure I wash everything after every ride ;-)

2) We use what ever is on sale liquid detergents like All etc.
Aug 28, 2002 7:52 PM
I've never heard of this, not saying it might be true. Years ago most jerseys were made out of wool or cotton. Actually the old era cotton jerseys weren't too bad in the summer, during the winter they would soak up persperation like a sponge. Cotton is not very durable for a cycling jersey and the fabric tends to fade after a couple of seasons in the sun. I've also found a difference in the cool max jerseys, some are just too hot and some breath better than others. As suggested from another poster, I'd consider washing my jersey after every ride and change brands of laundry detergent for starters. Don't even know where to point you for an all cotton jersey. How about something you could wear between your jersey and skin to prevent irritation?
Aug 28, 2002 8:14 PM
Yeah I wondered about a base layer too.
I am in Hawaii so I don't think a sweaty cotton jersey would feel good ;-)
I have found...........gogene
Aug 28, 2002 8:34 PM
........using some detergents will irritate my skin. I'm guessing the sweat (moisture) and the constant rubbing of the material sort of grinds the remaining detergent into the skin. I did two things; switched detergents (I use a non-scented) and added a second rinse to my bicycle clothing. I wash all the bike stuff separately, using the detergent sparingly, and let it hang to dry. I don't have irritated skin anymore.
I have found...........flying
Aug 28, 2002 10:48 PM
Thanks your explanation sounds likely to me.
I also wash my bike stuff alone in cold water on a low water setting.
Because it is usually only 2 bibs & 2 jerseys.
Could be they are not rinsing totally. Im going to try the double rinse & mild soap.
I have found...........Spunout
Aug 29, 2002 3:30 AM
I ride with a silk tank top when it gets a bit cool, this may be an option. What about cotton mesh? Would that keep the jersey off of your back?

Laundry soap IS very important: I hand wash, cold water, and 'zero' or something without fragrance.
It is very likely, detergents NEVER rinse out...SnowBlind
Aug 29, 2002 7:52 AM
so use a true soap. (well, many rinsings will get it out, but event the double rinse cycle does'nt get it all out. run it with no detergents at all for 2 cycles and see if the detergent smell is gone.)

Got to the local organic CO-OP and use castille soap or soap flakes or whatever they got for cleaning hippies. :-)

And they do grind and irritate the skin, I used to get rashes at the cuffs and boils in the armpit (ouch).
re:Shirtless? Sun often helps the skin.dzrider
Aug 29, 2002 5:23 AM
I've had a couple of cotton shirts and not liked them much for riding. Soggy and flapping really sucks. You may want to wash your back as well as your clothes. I would need a long-handled brush to do this. How do your butt and thighs do under lycra shorts?
try wool. cotton will hold your sweat and make things worse-nmColnagoFE
Aug 29, 2002 5:46 AM
Why not a $4.99 T-shirt? Or an $8.99 CoolMax T?retro
Aug 29, 2002 7:30 AM
If you're going to ride in cotton, why hunt around and spend 50 bucks for a jersey? You can get all the T-shirts you can carry at Mervyn's or Penney's for the same money. also has CoolMax T's in the outlet store (probably the catalog, too) for $8.99. I have a couple of BRIGHT hunter orange ones I wear a lot.
CoolMax T?--that's still polyester (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 29, 2002 8:34 AM
A few times this summer I wore the standard wife beater TLone Gunman
Aug 29, 2002 5:27 PM
You know, tank top T that is ribbed cotton, covers your back does not have enough material bulk to soak up alot of sweat, of course worn under the ride jersey.