|question on wool jerseys||Qubeley|
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 jerseys||desmo|
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.
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 here||Ray 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.