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Cycle Clothing in Europe(11 posts)

Cycle Clothing in Europeblehargh
Oct 4, 2002 12:08 PM
Hey,

I heard buying cycling clothing is cheaper in europe? i'm looking to buy some castelli progetto y2 bibs there, and i was wondering how much they are across the atlantic? also i hear that they size them smaller so i should get the next bigger size than if i bought them in the US?

thx,

-d
re: Cycle Clothing in EuropeSpunout
Oct 4, 2002 1:29 PM
Sure, it is cheaper. But, check with your (U.S.?) customs people, because there may be an import duty.

In Canada, I must pay 18% to get it over. But, it is still cheaper, and of high quality(like Castelli, Santini, etc.). Anybody imported to U.S. here?

BTW, I use prendas.co.uk, tell them RoadBikeReview.com sent you!
Not that much cheaperfiltersweep
Oct 4, 2002 2:10 PM
It depends on where you shop. For the most part, full retail in Europe is less than full retail in the US, but MORE than discounted prices you can find if you look. It seems most clothing is cheaper overseas. You can also deal with the paperwork hassles and be reimbursed for VAT if you are so inclined.

To reduce your risk of paying duties (which shouldn't be an issue), just rip off all the tags and toss them in with the rest of your clothing. Don't declare a thing! Deny, deny, deny! ;)

Euro sizes are euro sizes, regardless of wear you buy them. Castelli, Giordana, etc.- a XL purchased in the US will be the same size overseas. It will be about the same as a US sized Pearl Izumi Large, however... if that is what you mean.
re: Cycle Clothing in Europezooog
Oct 4, 2002 4:21 PM
But the shipping is damn expensive to the states. Thats one of the bigger drawbacks. UNLESS you are going in on a big order
re: Cycle Clothing in Europeblehargh
Oct 4, 2002 4:46 PM
naw. i mean a friend of mine might be going to italy soon. i'm not going to ship it all the way here. :)
re: Cycle Clothing in Europeflying
Oct 5, 2002 9:27 AM
On the y2 bibs that was true a while back.
But now Zonabici sells them in Italy for $79.55 + big shipping.

On ebay you can buy them new for the same price with a fraction of the shipping.

I pay $79.99 + 7.95 ship from O2bikes who were bikes & beyond before.
Anyway they always have them & ship quick. I bought 2 pairs one from them & one from euromike on ebay.
Same bibs but O2bikes has them in stock always it seems

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1862822163&rd=1
variothicks on ebay?blehargh
Oct 5, 2002 12:44 PM
i was looking at those auctions, but somehow they guy seems confused. and it sounds like he's advertising the variothick bibs rather than the progetto Y's. i have a progetto and the chamois doesn't look like the one posted on ebay. so i'm a bit cautious... mine doesn't have the varible thickness pad...

anyways are you sure they are the progetto's that you got? if so then i'll just grab them on ebay too..

thanks

-d
variothicks on ebay?filtersweep
Oct 5, 2002 2:16 PM
I believe the PY2 is also variothick, but it is specifically the PY2 pad (the distinct Y-shape).

Euromike is excellent. I don't care if yourbikesource or whatever incarnation they are in (02 cycling) sells them for pennies cheaper- euromike is the man.

I had made another PY2 bib purchase on ebay from another seller and received shorts with a cut tag... they were seconds and had a slight run in the fabric. Mike's are the real deal!
variothicks on ebay? No they are PY2flying
Oct 5, 2002 3:28 PM
No they are the progetto's
Both Euromike & O2 bikes are selling the same thing.
I did get my 1st set from euromike a bit cheaper
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1855662743

But I am sure they are the Y2 progettos I have used Castellis for awhile. I just switched from shorts to bibs is why I had to buy more ;-)
variothicks on ebay? No they are PY2blehargh
Oct 5, 2002 5:56 PM
cool! thanks for the photo. i am reassured. :) i'll try to grab some on ebay then... gracias...

-d
variothicks on ebay?filtersweep
Oct 6, 2002 9:19 AM
OK- I think Castellis have at leas two types of pads (which is what I was trying to state)- Alcantara (I think?) and the progretto... but I believe BOTH are billed as being "variothick" or having variothick padding. Personally I find the Progretto to be superior. I don't think "variothick" means anything... any more than saying they have lycra panels...