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Summer Riding : Jersey or T-shirt?(17 posts)

Summer Riding : Jersey or T-shirt?Fez
Jul 1, 2003 5:49 AM
Why wear the jersey every day? Is it because traffic acts safer around a cyclist with a bright jersey?

I don't have much use for the back pockets or the front zipper when I ride alone at a slow pace. I have lots of snug fitting wicking T-shirts. They actually feel lighter on me and I feel less hot in them. Would wearing a T-shirt while cycling be too Fred?

Does a jersey offer more road rash protection in the event of a crash?
Here goes...eschelon
Jul 1, 2003 5:54 AM
Wear T-shirt: get lots and lots of heat rash up and down your back

Jersey: look goofy but no heat rash and you stay cooler and more comfortable.
The T-shirt isFez
Jul 1, 2003 8:56 AM
The T-shirt is a wicking one and is form fit so no parachute effect. Lighter, cheaper, cooler. Just doesn't look "roadie" enough...
Don't worry about the look...let your legs do the talkin' nmeschelon
Jul 1, 2003 9:14 AM
Jersey or T-shirt?andy02
Jul 1, 2003 6:06 AM
I wear jerseys because I need the rear pockets for gel etc. But If you don't refuel on rides then it is no problem to ride in a T shirt IF IT HAS SOME SORT OF WICKING ABLITY. IE NOT COTTON
Differences between "wicking" T-shirt and Jersey....biknben
Jul 1, 2003 6:16 AM
I was intrigued by your addition of the word "Wicking" when you mentioned the T-shirts you have. So these aren't Cotton T-shirts, right?

There are nice thin wicking T-shirt available (Nike). The only difference between these and an actual bike jersey would be the pockets in the back and the elastic on arms and waist.

I say wear whatever you want. A wicking T-shirt would actual be a more fashionable choice if you were going to spend any time off the bike during your outing. If you have no need for pockets and don't mind a little flapping at the waist, go for it.
Jul 1, 2003 9:01 AM
Yes, some of mine are the real thin Nike DriFit ones. They are slim cut and do not chafe. No flapping at the waist if I tuck it in, a little bit if I leave it hanging.

I think they were made for runners.

I agree it is a much more fashionable choice if I spend time off the bike.
I wear cool-max tees over my bibs much of the time lately.dzrider
Jul 1, 2003 6:37 AM
I have the handlebar bag on the bike for a couple of brevets in the coming weeks so I don't need pockets and they fit a little tighter than they once did which works well on the bike. I find them cooler on real hot days and I like the notion of saving the expensive shirts for rides where I want to "dress up".
re: Summer Riding : Jersey or T-shirt?TNSquared
Jul 1, 2003 7:18 AM
For t-shirts that are coolmax or other "high tech" wicking fabrics, you might also try running stores and catalogs. Several running apparel companies make very nice and affordable wicking t-shirts. You might try I think they have a house brand that is less than $30 per shirt.
Here's a cheaper optionstronracer
Jul 1, 2003 7:46 AM
I've picked up Polo Sport jerzees and wicking shirts at Marshall's, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc for $10 - $15 apiece. I've even seen the Joe Blow pump that retails for $30 - $40 for $15. Check it out.
I wear cotton t-shirts all the time . . .Drone 5200
Jul 1, 2003 8:13 AM
I spent so much on the bike that I'm holding off on the jersey thing for a while. Most of my rides are between 6 and 9 am, so heat hasn't been a problem. I don't care if people think I don't look right.
It not looks it is about sweat and rashs from sweatandy02
Jul 1, 2003 8:58 AM
You can keep the tshirt just get ride of the cotton!
Polyester works finejrescpa
Jul 1, 2003 9:04 AM
The high grade wicking shirts sold to runners are light and very comfy, but no pockets. I occasionally ride with them instead of a bike jersey. Regular cotton gets wet and heavy in the So. Cal heat.
I Rode for Years in T-ShirtsMisJG
Jul 1, 2003 9:54 AM
I rode for many years in old t-shirts that I cut the sleeves off. Never had a problem. Rode RAGBRAI in 1995 in a heat wave, regular t-shirts with short sleeves, no problems. I agree with another poster. Wear what you want, let your legs do the talking.
Wear what you want.djg
Jul 1, 2003 10:09 AM
A cotton t-shirt tends to get wet and heavy if it's hot and/or you're working on the bike. This is unpleasant for most, and irritating for some.

A real jersey offers several benefits--wicking fabric, pockets, and a zipper (a long zipper can be pretty useful if it's real hot). Some folks appreciate the close fit too, although you can get that from different things. I tend to wear actual bike jerseys, but I happen to have a bunch--even so, there are days when the jersey I wore to work didn't dry out so I just pop on a t-shirt for the ride home.

The fact is, there are all sorts of configurations of hi-tech wicking fabrics out there these days and a soccer or running t may be just as good, especially if you're not doing long rides and don't need the pockets. I have a Polo "mtb" t-shirt that's one of the coolest things I own, as far as temperature regulation goes. Got it cheap.

One thing I would not expect from either a real bike jersey or a t-shirt is much of any protection from road rash--these things may be better than nothing in that respect, but they shred pretty darn easily.
Au contraire. Quality bike jerseys offer much more protection..Brooks
Jul 1, 2003 1:06 PM
in a crash than a cotton t-shirt or even a lightweight "wicking" t-shirt due to the multiple weave. From personal experience during a 25mph slide on my arm, chest and hip. Shorts cut to ribbons, jersey scuffed up. At low speed as the original poster was going, it probably doesn't matter much. You fall, you bounce or have a short slide. Wear what you want, but be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each fabric.
Gee, I dunno.djg
Jul 2, 2003 7:44 AM
I've seen a pretty broad variety of bike jersey fabrics, and I've seen a pretty broad variety of wicking t-shirts/soccer shirts/etc. A wet cotton t-shirt may be likely to stick in a slide, and that's not good. I'll grant you that. But I wouldn't invest in a typical road jersey as protective wear--I just wouldn't expect much out of it.

Like I said, I generally wear a cycling jersey and I'd be hesitant to do otherwise on a long ride (or if I got back into racing). But I don't think the world comes to an end every time somebody sits on a bike without a proper jersey.