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T-Shirts under Jerseys(14 posts)

T-Shirts under Jerseyssuperdreadnought
Dec 12, 2003 6:22 PM
At some races I see people with what look like t-shirts under their jersey even when it is not the slightest bit cold. What do these under shirts do?
re: T-Shirts under Jerseysdjg21
Dec 12, 2003 6:32 PM
A second jersey supposedly provides greater protection from road rash in the event of a crash. It's been suggested that the two jerseys slide against each other, and that this somehow prevents the friction burns you get when you crash.

I find that the base-layer Ts -- like the mesh ones made by Pearl, also help regulate body temperature, and keep me more omfortable. I wear them on all but the hottest days!
re: T-Shirts under JerseysPEDDLFOOT
Dec 12, 2003 6:34 PM
They're probably a shirt made from a wicking fabric like polyester. They keep the moisture off your skin and allow it to evaporate quickly to keep you cooler.I used them all summer and it works very well.
Here's Tyler's undershirt.Mike Tea
Dec 12, 2003 6:44 PM
I'm not a racer, butcoonass
Dec 12, 2003 6:56 PM
I started wearing (Coolmax, etc.) t-shirts a couple of years ago. I find them very comfortable in temps <95° and exceptionally comfortable in 60°-80° rides....Performance puts theirs on sale occasionally for about $15, but you can them from Campmor for $10 (Duofold Hydroduct)....Runner's World and REI also puts them on sale too..just make sure that it is a wicking, high performance material......and definitely without any cotton...
re: T-Shirts under Jerseysrussw19
Dec 12, 2003 7:20 PM
The reason is to pull sweat away from your body so it evaporates leaving you cooler. The undershirts just help to pick up the slack from what your jersey doesn't do. Also, as it becomes hotter and you sweat more, if you only have a jersey on, it can become overly saturated and looses its effectiveness.... that is when wearing an undershirt is crucial.

I wear Craft undershirts and they rock. I like the standard cut like a wife-beater for hot days, and for cooler days I like the ones that are sleeveless but still have a full neck. You can get Craft stuff at almost any shop as Quality is a distributor. Something like 92% of all shops in the US have an account with Quality. Check them out... they are comfortable.

Also swear by Craftpeter1
Dec 12, 2003 9:45 PM
They are tubular knit, with long tails, so they fit closely. I love the long sleeve model as a base layer for all sorts of fall/winter sports and hiking. Gets a bit smelly, though, and can be a bit pricy, but I think you get what you pay for in terms of utility.
Dec 13, 2003 10:05 AM
One word. WOOL.

I've a few cheap wool t-shirts that I wear as base layers and they keep me warm and stink free.

Check out

My first set of cheapo wool shirts were something like $5. They work great, but have a small itch factor. Just ordered a few Smartwool shirts from the same company ($18 each instead of $50 each) and I'm really looking forward to getting them...Smartwool is totally itch free and great, if pricy, stuff.

just my 2 cents
ditto WOOLMariowannabe
Dec 14, 2003 7:27 PM
I often use a ultra thin merino wool undershirt. Super wicking, adds a bit of insulation, and they don't stink like sinthetics can.

Check out

They used to have a long sleeve one, too.
Where to buy?lyleseven
Dec 13, 2003 11:10 AM
Any online source for these Craft undershirts?
Yes....................Mike Tea
Dec 13, 2003 12:03 PM
.....check the link in my post.
Colo. Cyclist & World Cycling Productions (nm)coonass
Dec 13, 2003 2:42 PM sells direct if your LBS doesn't have it (nm)innergel
Dec 15, 2003 7:51 AM
Where to buy? Supergo sells Craft too. nmMShaw
Dec 15, 2003 10:30 AM