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Someone's gonna hafta splain it to me.(11 posts)

Someone's gonna hafta splain it to me.lotterypick
Sep 3, 2003 7:05 AM
Why is it that I've seen guys wearing craft shirts under their jersey's when it's hot? I thought the jersey supposed to be moisture managing already.

Why is it that when I looked close at some of the bikes in the tour, they looked like they had down tube shifters. I saw it on a postal and a bianchi bike. Is that some weight saving climbing thing or what?

Thanks for splaining it to me.
ok RickySteve_0
Sep 3, 2003 7:35 AM
1. Dunno; should pro'lly ask the guy's u've seen. Maybe they were chilly.

2. DT shifters are lighter than STI. Either they want they weight savings or, quite simply, they prefer DTs (some people do).
re: Someone's gonna hafta splain it to me.rufus
Sep 3, 2003 7:59 AM
1. if you crash, the two shirts rub against each other as a rider skids down the pavement, rather than the single jersey catching the pave and the flesh underneath getting scrubbed also. could also offer sweat wicking advantages.

2. weight, plus the ability to trim the front derailleur.
re: if you crash... I know a guyJFR
Sep 3, 2003 2:27 PM
A work colleague of mine wears two pairs of full length tights for road rash protection... year round.
re: Someone's gonna hafta splain it to me.MShaw
Sep 3, 2003 9:16 AM
1. I stay cooler with a base layer 'cause there's more wicking in two thin layers. If I'm riding a group ride, I always wear one. Ditto with racing crits.

2. Yup, weight weenies all. I've done the same thing on a crit bike, but usually I just run the brifters as a pair.
re: Someone's gonna hafta splain it to me.djg
Sep 3, 2003 2:04 PM
As for the shifters: it's done for weight savings but it's only done, when it's done, for the front derailleur shifter and then only for the mountain stages. They generally go with ergo or sti on both levers.

As for the undershirts: dunno--I've heard some story that it's actually cooler that way, but I didn't believe it.
I wear a coolmax T on all but the hottest days.KG 361
Sep 3, 2003 8:00 PM
It really does keep you cooler. The downtube shifters are lighter than sti or ergo.
Then why don't you do it on the hottest days?djg
Sep 4, 2003 7:13 AM
I've tried a Defeet tank in the heat and didn't notice any relief, although clearly that's a pretty ad hoc approach.

The lighter bit on the shifters is what I said.
Don't know, really. =) nmKG 361
Sep 4, 2003 10:08 AM
why i wear an undershirt, year roundtheBreeze
Sep 3, 2003 2:56 PM
I wear a DeFeet undershirt under almost all my jerseys. Many of my jerseys are kind of loose and the wicking action is not very efficient. It's because I'm small or just the way they are cut. The undershirt definately makes a difference. Plus the DeFeets are amazingly soft, they just feel great. I am sure the Crafts are of a similar quality. The only time I don't wear an undershirt is with a couple of my sleveless jerseys that are soft and clingy enough on their own.
re: Someone's gonna hafta splain it to me.deHonc
Sep 3, 2003 4:10 PM
I also always wear a vest under my jersey - the reason is if you crash the jersey will slide over the vest and you end up getting a whole lot less rash.

Don't know about the shifter thing but I'd guess its for weight savings or personal preference.