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question on wool jerseysQubeley
Nov 7, 2002 3:49 PM
What's the tempertature range of a short-sleeve wool jersey?
Do people actually wear them in the summer? They feel quite warm to me, I would imagine them being too hot for summer.
Only worn mine a few times, but...cory
Nov 7, 2002 5:00 PM
I bought a Rivendell Woolywarm toward the end of summer, then we had a string of 90+ days, and then I was out of town for a few weeks so I haven't used it much. Wool always gives me a sort of oogie feeling anyway (that Grant can sell anything)....
I generate a lot of heat (I'm a big guy, and not in great shape right now since the trip), and I'd absolutely rule it out in anything warmer than mid-70s (Grant disagrees). It's comfortable from there down to 50 or so, even lower if there's not a lot of wind. But I often ride in those temperatures just in shorts and a long-sleeved cotton T anyway.
So far, to be honest, I like the IDEA of a wool jersey a lot better than I like the jersey. But I'm eager to convince myself I'm wrong.
re: question on wool jerseysdesmo
Nov 7, 2002 5:35 PM
In the late 70's and early 80's it's all I ever wore, riding in Los Angeles in any weather. Nowaday's in Oregon I still prefer to wear 100% wool jerseys and usually do so in any weather up to about 85 degrees. They're not actually that much hotter than a modern synthetic jersey because they breathe so well and stay dry giving you good air flow while you're riding, but sometimes the thought of pulling one on when it's 90-100 degrees out is a little tough. The main reason I wear synthetics through our worst summer months is the longer zipper, the 1/4 zippers on vintage wool and most of the repros I've seen 'aint enough ventilation for triple digit heat. Remember if you look cool than you are cool.
Did somebody say wool!!wspokes
Nov 7, 2002 8:35 PM
I wear my woolies anywhere from 40 degrees to 60...around that range..sometimes with a lightweight woolie underneath and armwarmers. Here's some sample photos...some original from olden times...some new. Enjoy!
Anything over 70f...tamjam
Nov 8, 2002 9:45 AM
....and I get uncomfortable in my Swobos. When I got my first Swobo back in the day, I took it with me to wear while riding in Telluride on my honeymoon. Some days got up to 90 degrees. I was dying.

With a Craft layer underneath, or a vest over it, wool can keep me warm in any cold weather the SF Bay Area can dish out, usually no colder than 40 degrees.
Another question...Qubeley
Nov 8, 2002 11:12 AM
Do people find wool irritating to skin? I can feel the itch even with underlayers.
Or does it really depend on the wearer, quality of wool, age? The wool jerseys I have are quite old (not beat-up, just old).
Swobo, Spot, and Rivendell...tamjam
Nov 8, 2002 12:07 PM
...are all Merino wool, which doesn't bother me at all and I usually wear them without underlayers. I'm guessing, because I'm not sure, that the vintage jerseys are not Merino, and are probably scratchier.
Swobo, Spot, and Rivendell...desmo
Nov 8, 2002 2:02 PM
yes the older ones can itch. they are usually not 100% wool (Merino or otherwise). but some people just can't wear any of them without itching. I've got some nice free jerseys because of that!
I guess I'm the oddball hereRay Sachs
Nov 15, 2002 11:59 AM
I wear wool jerseys in any kind of weather. I wear them almost exclusively when it's cool to cold, but I've done centuries in the high 90s with woolies on also. In those temperatures, I'm equally hot in anything I wear and at least the wool doesn't stink. I have a couple of Lemond wool jerseys that Nashbar blew out for about $20 a few years ago that have pretty long zippers. My other ones don't have a lot of venting.

I'm one of the lucky folks who doesn't itch from wool.