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Another question regarding jerseys(19 posts)

Another question regarding jerseysglobalhelipimp
Jul 1, 2003 11:13 AM
Do you find that short sleeves vs. sleeve-less really makes that much of a difference? I'd like to stay as cool as possible, except if I ride in the morning, I don't want to end up being cold (mind you it'll probably already be into the 70s around 6-7am this summer).

Also, for those of you that own a black jersey and another colored jersey, do you find the black to be warmer? Bothersome? I know that black absorbs heat and am curious to whether a difference can be felt in different colored jerseys.

Thanks in advance.
Jul 1, 2003 11:38 AM
Riding at 6-7, I doubt you necessarily have to worry about the color of your jersey being warmer than the other. I would say the type of material has more impact than anything. As long is a decent lightweight material, I think you will be fine. Remember it doesn't absorb heat, it just doesn't reflect light. I personally like the jerseys that have a full or longer zipper. But that is just me.

I am not a fan of the sleeveless, although it will reduce the ever-present cyclist tan somewhat. Perhaps if you have hulking bi's and tri's, then give it a whirl to impress the girls or to frighten potential evil-doers. However, if you have beanpoles under them sleves, you might want to cover up (haha).

So sayeth the funk.
Yes, get sleeves. They are better with arm-warmers.dzrider
Jul 1, 2003 12:03 PM
If you plan to do early morning rides arm warmers are real nice to have. I can't tell much difference between light and dark jerseys.
Color doesn't seem to matter....t0adman
Jul 1, 2003 12:11 PM
I have light and dark colored jerseys and I don't really notice a difference. When I'm moving fast the wind generally keeps me "dry" while I sweat profusely. I like sleeveless for those really hot day and to prevent the cyclist arm tan. I only have one and like it quite a bit.
Sleeveless problems...Fez
Jul 1, 2003 12:22 PM
1) Sleeveless offers less protection in the upperarm/shoulder area in the event of a fall.

2) The upperarm/shoulder area is pretty vulnerable to a nasty sunburn. Use sunscreen if necessary.

3) Make sure the sleeveless jersey doesn't have a sloppy fit. If sloppy, air goes into your torso and the whole thing becomes a parachute.

Light vs. dark? I'll wear dark blues and purples for jerseys, but since all shorts are pretty much black, adding a black jersey = too much black.
Another Sleeveless problem...Dave Hickey
Jul 1, 2003 12:59 PM
I wipe the sweat off my face with my sleeve......
But color does matter with respect to visibilityms
Jul 1, 2003 12:55 PM
I have a black bike and wear black shorts. Thus, I try to wear jerseys that create a contrast. I stay away from green jerseys (even though I am an Erik Zabel fan) and I do not wear my largely dark orange jersey in the fall when the surrounding foliage is the same color. I agree that color does not seem to matter with respect to heat retention -- one of my coolest jerseys is a black Castelli. The big differences from a heat perspective are the weight of the fabric and the length of the zipper (i.e., you can open up the front of the jersey further and get more air with a long zipper).
Color does matterMel Erickson
Jul 1, 2003 12:56 PM
But not for keeping you warm or cool. It matters for keeping you alive. Bright colors will be seen better by motorists, especially in the morning and evening hours. I prefer yellow and gaudy multicolor jerseys. I've got a tie-dyed jersey in yellow, red and orange; a neon greenish-yellow one, one with a spouting volcano in yellows, oranges and reds; a red, white and blue Banesto; a couple of plain yellow; one plain red and one plain blue. The plain red and blue jerseys are worn the least, mostly mountain biking. Short sleeves only and the longer the zipper the better to show off my manly chest hair and bib straps, drives the girls wild (mainly my daughter).
You might try pro kit jerseys . . .Look381i
Jul 1, 2003 12:55 PM
I avoid bland and plain dark colors for early rides, especially to be more visible to drivers in the murk and fog. But I prefer bright, colorful jerseys -- usually old pro kit -- generally. They are well made, have long or full zips, use high-tech fabrics and are cheap. I have probably accumulated 15 such jerseys. Some are gifts, but I have never paid more than $40, usually in the $25-30 range. Some are over ten years old, have been worn and laundered hundreds of times, and still look like new. It's amazing what special processing can do with a barrel of crude. ;-)
Jul 1, 2003 1:00 PM
Last years Kelme looks great!!! Especially when worn with the Look Team 381i Team CSC frame! So they say...

Hey, I resemble that remark . . .Look381i
Jul 1, 2003 1:05 PM
I have last year's Kelme jersey (cost: $28) and it's in the rotation.

(By the way, I have the yellow Kelme Team 381i and my name is Chris, too.)
another 2002 Kelme kit wearer here....nmt0adman
Jul 1, 2003 1:23 PM
dude, that is freaking weirdfunknuggets
Jul 2, 2003 7:30 AM
your 381 have Campy or Shimano... DA here w/ Kysrium SSLs and Easton 90 stem/Bars, flite SLR.

Hey, I can get my hands on a whole buttload of Lotto, Kelme, and Fakta bibs. Any takers?
m2¢: Short sleeves and colored jerseyscoonass
Jul 1, 2003 1:39 PM
are my picks.....whenever I've tested the pavement with my upper body, it's always been with the shoulder, forearm and elbows....I have pitched a few jerseys (over 20+ yrs) that had road rash/holes on the shoulders and only had some strawberries on my shoulders. My jerseys are light colored to let the vehicles see me better and to be cooler....nothing scarier than to be caught in the rain, or low light conditions, and have a dark jersey on....Dark colors do absorb the heat of the sun; that's why winter gear is black, navy or red and my preference is for a minimum 10" zipper.
Sleeveless rule!CritLover
Jul 1, 2003 5:08 PM
I couldn't imagine riding the summer in only sleeved jerseys. Unfortunately, USCF prohibit racing in sleeveless jerseys or else I would have've cut the sleeves off all my jerseys. Yes, a little sunblock is necessary in July and August, but I wear it regardless of jersey type.

And for colors, I have found no relationship between light and dark colors. Material is where it's at. I just ordered a black jersey, and I can't wait to get it (I plan on taking off the sleeves-will be altered by a seamstress). I occassionally ride early in the morning and have had no problems with visibility when sunrise is early. Although, I don't think I'd do it during the late fall and early spring-not worth the risk.
Actually, I DON'T want to see your armpit hair (nm)Kerry Irons
Jul 1, 2003 5:23 PM
don't worryCritLover
Jul 1, 2003 6:08 PM
it's shaved. I'm a chick. Ha!
I like to ride bar chested best!!!sparklenuts
Jul 1, 2003 8:05 PM
At about 220, I think I llok best with no jersy at all. Passing motorists have no problem noticing a fat very white guy on a bike. In fact they sometimes turn around to get another lokk at me. I think they want to see if the front is as hairy as the back! I also like to ride in VERY low cut shorts. I can hold my superfalte in my buttcrack! Just get whatever jersy fits good and you like. Some topics are so nerdy!
Bare chested or in my case Bear cheasted oopssparklenuts
Jul 1, 2003 8:06 PM