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So I recently brough my first bike. I didn't get an all out road bike, I bought a hybrid, Cannondalee quick 4. I planning doing some riding for excercise for 30-60 mts 3 times a week with occasssional longer rides on weekends as time permits. For me to get some bike shorts and jersey, would that be overkill? Would the real road bikers look at me as a wannabe or is it just whatever I feel comfortable? I am sure the shorts might be more of a necessity but what about the jersey? Is it standard for anyone who rides?
 

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knrstz said:
So I recently brough my first bike. I didn't get an all out road bike, I bought a hybrid, Cannondalee quick 4. I planning doing some riding for excercise for 30-60 mts 3 times a week with occasssional longer rides on weekends as time permits. For me to get some bike shorts and jersey, would that be overkill?
No. If you're going to be riding hard enough to sweat for an hour bike shorts are much more comfortable than other clothing. Jerseys do better at wicking away sweat than a cotton T-shirt, don't flap as much in the breeze, and give you a place to put cell phone/wallet/keys/food.
 

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No. If you're going to be riding hard enough to sweat for an hour bike shorts are much more comfortable than other clothing. Jerseys do better at wicking away sweat than a cotton T-shirt, don't flap as much in the breeze, and give you a place to put cell phone/wallet/keys/food.
Great answer.
 

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if you come across someone while riding that is worried about what you are wearing that's their problem. I'm a big guy and I wear baggy bike shorts and and wicking Tee Shirts because that's whats comfortable for me.
Wear what feels good and get out and enjoy.
 

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By the way no matter what you ride, how you ride, what you wear, how fast you go, how far you go you will come across a lot of great people and the occasional jerk.
Again get out and enjoy.
 

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There are many things cycling related that are 90% marketing hype and 10% substance, but IMO/E cycling specific clothing (for the most part) isn't one of them.

Lycra padded shorts (or bibs) are designed to keep you relatively comfortable in the saddle without restricting movement, flapping in the wind or bunching, and good quality jerseys wick away moisture, also keeping you comfortable without restricting movement.

Continuing, helmets are a given, and (IMO) padded gloves have a two fold purpose of insulating your hands from road buzz/ vibrations and offering protection in the event of a crash.

Lastly, just because you ride a hybrid and may be geared more to casual/ recreational riding doesn't mean you shouldn't ride in comfort, and indirectly there's a safety factor in doing so.
 

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you can get a couple of wicking t-shirts pretty cheap from the sale rack at Dick's or Academy Sports pretty cheap. If you spring for a jersey, you can get a mtn jersey which isn't as "form-fitting"...jerseys though are worth it in the long run as they're made to handle all the sweat and wind. Cotton t-shirts suck - the flapping in the wind will annoy you and the more you sweat, the more they sag---particularly at the collar which gets to be a distraction.

You'll like padded shorts and gloves on the longer rides too....don't worry about looking like a "wannabe"....they're just jealous of your cool new bike and you're actually doing what they don't have the guts to do!
 

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wicking shirts also available at Target, look for champion C9 stuff. Cheaper, but they don't have pockets. For short rides, you won't need that much stuff and can put keys/etc in a small saddle bag.
 

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Wicking shirts can also be found at Old Navy, look for the RecTec Brand, They are usually on sale for about $6 each.

If you want a bike shirt, try REI or Performance on line and look for their closeouts. You can find some very high quality biking jerseys for less than $30.

The gloves are especially important on a hybrid, as it reduces the road shock to your hands, which can cause pain to your nerves.

Now get out and ride, that;s the most important thing.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I don't mind wearing the shorts or a jersey, I'll check out some of the place mentioned.
 

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Veloware has some great closeouts sometimes too
 

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I bit the bullet today and bought a pair of Performance bibs and a jersey and went for a quick ride. It was far more comfortable than shorts and tshirt.
 

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Performance is having a sale for 12 hours. 20% off all clothing. Definitely check it out you can pick up some cheap jerseys/shorts. But staying on track on the thread wear what you want to. When I started riding I wore cargo shorts and form fitting cotton t-shirts. I still wear cargo shorts but now wear jerseys/wicking shirts to help with sweat. Its whatever you feel comfortable riding in.
 

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hxcadam said:
Performance is having a sale for 12 hours. 20% off all clothing. Definitely check it out you can pick up some cheap jerseys/shorts.
Some pretty good deals. I love the Sugoi stuff and the items that are on sale plus the additional 20% make is a steal.
 
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