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hellerphant

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I also had this issue @mr tim ! I went to the Y’s Road in Kawasaki and while the bib shorts were fine (I’m pretty slim on my legs), at 177cm and 96kg they literally only had one brand in stock that would fit me comfortably. Seems they are a brand that caters to larger folks, and this fit me fine. Now I’ve lost weight it’s fitting even better and I might just get another one of these to rotate until I get to my next weight goal.

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microcord

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Blimey, you people buy expensive stuff.

I do have a Kapelmuur rain jacket. I bought it very reluctantly as the alternatives were a lot bulkier or even more expensive. No chance of rain today, so I rode 40 km without any rain jacket stuffed anywhere. I don't have bib shorts, and I definitely wouldn't want them even if they were cheap, given the unfortunate frequency with which my intestines disagree very suddenly and dramatically with what I had for lunch. (The most recent incident was just a few days ago. If I'd been wearing bib shorts -- no, I don't want to think about it!) Anyway, today my bits were in Uniqlo underpants, and over those Adidas shorts that I'd guess were marketed for soccer or similar, and which I selected from a large pile in an odd place ("London" something-something?) in the basement of the vast "TOC" building near Gotanda.
 

hellerphant

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Blimey, you people buy expensive stuff.

I do have a Kapelmuur rain jacket. I bought it very reluctantly as the alternatives were a lot bulkier or even more expensive. No chance of rain today, so I rode 40 km without any rain jacket stuffed anywhere. I don't have bib shorts, and I definitely wouldn't want them even if they were cheap, given the unfortunate frequency with which my intestines disagree very suddenly and dramatically with what I had for lunch. (The most recent incident was just a few days ago. If I'd been wearing bib shorts -- no, I don't want to think about it!) Anyway, today my bits were in Uniqlo underpants, and over those Adidas shorts that I'd guess were marketed for soccer or similar, and which I selected from a large pile in an odd place ("London" something-something?) in the basement of the vast "TOC" building near Gotanda.
Yeah the gear is the killer. I only have one jersey and two pairs of bib shorts, which means it’s hand washing after every ride, drying it the next day, using again to ride, machine wash at the end of the week. I find longer rides without bib shorts to not agree with me.
 

microcord

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Well, you could buy another jersey. These can be cheap. (But I think we've been here before.)

My washing machine has more or less credible claims to reduce waste when washing small quantities. So I routinely toss everything into it and press "On" as soon as I get back from a ride.
 

kiwisimon

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which means it’s hand washing after every ride, drying it the next day, using again to ride, machine wash at the end of the week.
standing on the bib shorts in the shower is a way to wash shorts as body soap will wash out the sweat and clean water will rinse them
just turn them inside out before having your shower and then you hang on hanger ready for a quick dry.
 

hellerphant

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standing on the bib shorts in the shower is a way to wash shorts as body soap will wash out the sweat and clean water will rinse them
just turn them inside out before having your shower and then you hang on hanger ready for a quick dry.
I'll give that a crack. I usually throw the cycling gear into the laundry sink with some clothes detergent and agitate them, let them soak for 15 mins, then take them into the shower and rinse them until the suds stop running.
 

jdd

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Jersey and shorts go in separate net bags, and then in with everything else in the normal laundry. We have a dry room--dehumidifier on all the time--bike stuff and anything else that doesn't go in the dryer hang dry after a couple hours there.
 

OreoCookie

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Jersey and shorts go in separate net bags, and then in with everything else in the normal laundry.
That's what I do, and I use special sports wear detergent. It kills bacteria and thus, prevents your cycling clothes from becoming odorous. (A friend taught me that about 15 years ago, my sports clothes started smelling, and the smell persisted even when I took them out of the washing machine, freshly washed.) Our washing machine is smart enough to adapt the amount of water to the weight of the clothes.
 

OreoCookie

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which one? asking for a friend
I'm using Ariel Liquid Platinum Sports detergent. The refill packs that I linked to are quite cheap, a tad more expensive than our cheap, regular detergent. You might want to buy some in a bottle first.

In Europe I used Sagrotan detergent, although I think I used a sports-specific one.

In any case, the point is that you want something antibacterial, because a lot of the bacteria which create these odors by breaking down sweat are not killed with regular detergent at 30–40 degrees. Washing sensitive fabric such as bib shorts at higher temperatures is out of the question, so you should use antibacterial detergent.
 

mr tim

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Interesting stuff!
I've been cycling in adidas sports shorts and t-shirts just fine for a couple of years. I rather fancied a cycle jersey for the pockets to put snacks in on the back as much as anything. Turned out to be quiet a mission, but an interesting quest so far.
I've been meaning to have a look in the Rapha store, but I wasn't too inspired by the website. Kapelmuur maybe I'll visit. I've just found Bici Amore for second hand stuff, again not been yet. Y's road Ueno looks like it specialises in clothing. But it all seems to get expensive real fast, to the point where I figured I could probably design my own darn jersey. So yeah, I'll let you know how that works out :)
 

OreoCookie

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Interesting stuff!
I've been cycling in adidas sports shorts and t-shirts just fine for a couple of years. I rather fancied a cycle jersey for the pockets to put snacks in on the back as much as anything. Turned out to be quiet a mission, but an interesting quest so far.
I've been meaning to have a look in the Rapha store, but I wasn't too inspired by the website. Kapelmuur maybe I'll visit. I've just found Bici Amore for second hand stuff, again not been yet. Y's road Ueno looks like it specialises in clothing. But it all seems to get expensive real fast, to the point where I figured I could probably design my own darn jersey. So yeah, I'll let you know how that works out :)
I’ve cycled on gym shorts for the better part of 15 years, and my experience is mixed. If you get good ones, it works fine. If you don’t, at least I got severe chafing, which led to ingrown hairs. (I’m a very hairy dude.) Switching to cycling-specific shorts was a big, big upgrade, especially coupled to a chamois.

You are right about pockets, these are immensely practical and necessary for longer trips. Also, T-Shirts fare horribly when you really start sweating. I assume modern gym shirts are better. But then you are price-wise in the same bracket as cheaper jerseys.
 

Kangaeroo

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Interesting stuff!
I've been cycling in adidas sports shorts and t-shirts just fine for a couple of years. I rather fancied a cycle jersey for the pockets to put snacks in on the back as much as anything. Turned out to be quiet a mission, but an interesting quest so far.
I've been meaning to have a look in the Rapha store, but I wasn't too inspired by the website. Kapelmuur maybe I'll visit. I've just found Bici Amore for second hand stuff, again not been yet. Y's road Ueno looks like it specialises in clothing. But it all seems to get expensive real fast, to the point where I figured I could probably design my own darn jersey. So yeah, I'll let you know how that works out :)
Nearly all my cycling wear is customized and made via Aliexpress. I get a full kit (jersey, vest, cap, bib shorts with pockets) for about US$60 with a customized design. The fabric doesn't feel as good as the pricier kit I have bought, but it is far more durable, and at 1/20th of the price. Highly recommend Aliexpress.
 

Kangaeroo

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I should add that I am fat and lumpy, so no clothes ever fit well, but the Aliexpress kit was a better fit than the pricier clothes I have bought.
 

Half-Fast Mike

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Nearly all my cycling wear is customized and made via Aliexpress. I get a full kit (jersey, vest, cap, bib shorts with pockets) for about US$60 with a customized design. The fabric doesn't feel as good as the pricier kit I have bought, but it is far more durable, and at 1/20th of the price. Highly recommend Aliexpress.
I can attest that @Kangaeroo's vanity jerseys, advertising his personality cult* of one, are da shizzle.

*not a typo, this time.
 

hellerphant

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Nearly all my cycling wear is customized and made via Aliexpress. I get a full kit (jersey, vest, cap, bib shorts with pockets) for about US$60 with a customized design. The fabric doesn't feel as good as the pricier kit I have bought, but it is far more durable, and at 1/20th of the price. Highly recommend Aliexpress.
Since I started cycling I've lost like 19kg (most of that was due to the liquid diet after the accident mind you) but I'm determined to get another 10kg down. So maybe I'll check out some AliExpress options for jerseys and stuff until I hit my goal weight. Don't want to drop tonnes of cash if it's going to be too roomy in 6-12 months. Thanks for the recommendo!
 

mr tim

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I should add that I am fat and lumpy, so no clothes ever fit well, but the Aliexpress kit was a better fit than the pricier clothes I have bought.
I'll investigate aliexpress for sure. I was looking thru Fiver too for someone to provide some sketches. I quite like the creat exercise.
 
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