General Discussion: Cycling


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figurine
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6022 posts since 14/5/07

30 Aug 2017 11:13
I've recently bought a bike and want to start cycling to work, its about 3 miles and mostly downhill so I'm thinking that I more than likely won't need to shower/change when I get in. Want to get a some jeans and trousers for cycling in that I can also wear into the office, have seen the Levi's Commuter stuff, but not sure if its any good? Are there any other brands anyone would recommend?
swede
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9982 posts since 21/3/09

30 Aug 2017 11:26
just get some uniqlo jeans and replace them more often. always found cycling jeans a gimmick and fit poorly
illwill
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4143 posts since 17/5/04

30 Aug 2017 11:31
The Levis Commuter jeans no longer have reenforced crotches so are a complete waste of time.

I have a similar commute to you and just stick to regular garms. There's no need to get anything too technical for that kinda distance unless you have mega hills to tackle.

Waterproof over trousers are nice for heavy rain but I've probably worn mine a handful of times this year cycling every morning and night.

I probably blow out a crotch a year on my work jeans which is a turnover I can deal with.
illwill
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4143 posts since 17/5/04

30 Aug 2017 11:32
swede wrote: just get some uniqlo jeans and replace them more often. always found cycling jeans a gimmick and fit poorly

I concur
andymakesglasses
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20613 posts since 26/1/06

30 Aug 2017 12:26
Have a look at Howies.
Heath
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2552 posts since 26/7/06

30 Aug 2017 12:30
I just wear cycling stuff on my ride, then change when I get to the office.

It's only 3 miles, but you might notice it on a hot day … Or your colleagues will at least.
shields88
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464 posts since 25/5/11

7 Sep 2017 18:23
anyone able to point me towards any decent enough cycling stuff that doesn't cost too much?

all shops like evans, wiggle etc are a minefield and all the stuff I see they never have my size in (large). Just looking for a few items to be worn over the winter period, looking for a couple of base layers, wind/rain proof jacket, full length trousers etc.

Ta
Doogan
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1076 posts since 13/4/14

7 Sep 2017 18:51
Take a look a decathlon.
illwill
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4143 posts since 17/5/04

7 Sep 2017 19:06
Aldi stuff is rated if you're on a budget
discobobulated
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1086 posts since 21/4/10

8 Sep 2017 06:30
figurine wrote: I've recently bought a bike and want to start cycling to work, its about 3 miles and mostly downhill so I'm thinking that I more than likely won't need to shower/change when I get in. Want to get a some jeans and trousers for cycling in that I can also wear into the office, have seen the Levi's Commuter stuff, but not sure if its any good? Are there any other brands anyone would recommend?

Look at getting jeans with some stretch mix for comfort. M&S do some ok beaters for £25 that I sometimes wear on the bike.
Best
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9941 posts since 21/10/05

8 Sep 2017 11:04
shields88 wrote: anyone able to point me towards any decent enough cycling stuff that doesn't cost too much?

all shops like evans, wiggle etc are a minefield and all the stuff I see they never have my size in (large). Just looking for a few items to be worn over the winter period, looking for a couple of base layers, wind/rain proof jacket, full length trousers etc.

Ta

Typical Fuk answer but go for rapha
I was in a similar situation to you a few years back, bought a load of gore and castelli bits which were all totally shit and practically fell apart after a couple of months.
I then upgraded to rapha and haven't looked back, I've got jerseys and bib shorts which I've washed 100+ times and they are all still perfect.
swede
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9982 posts since 21/3/09

8 Sep 2017 11:09
rapha Laughing out loud

although the gear is definitely well made and lasts ages (bibs definitely). I have never though the jerseys were that much better than cheaper alternatives

shields get some spexcel shit if you can deal with the wait (1 month delivery) and often dodgy sizing (I order a couple of sizes and flip the rest) https://www.aliexpress.com/store/2219030?spm=2114.12010108.0.0.7d847a705RGVl

saying that I have an "XL" spexcel jersey which is defo an S/M if anyone wants it for a tenner shipped
JustinCredible
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2708 posts since 11/6/08

8 Sep 2017 12:00
To give them their due, Rapha pro team bib shorts are the best bib shorts in the universe (albeit exorbitantly expensive)
figurine
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6022 posts since 14/5/07

8 Sep 2017 12:06
swede wrote: saying that I have an "XL" spexcel jersey which is defo an S/M if anyone wants it for a tenner shipped
What one? Might be interested.
likephenomenon
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560 posts since 28/2/10

8 Sep 2017 13:33
Got a bib from https://www.lapassione.cc/ - pretty good and affordable
shields88
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464 posts since 25/5/11

10 Sep 2017 09:14
I thought about Rapha but my problem is that I'm really just starting out I don't want to spend so much incase I don't get out as much as I'd like to. Maybe in a short while I'll grab some stuff.

Swede I've had a look at the Spexcel stuff, it looks alright I might grab myself a couple of the winter pieces.

Seventyfour
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9412 posts since 6/10/05

10 Sep 2017 12:20
Got some cheap cycling gear in the classifieds that would be ideal
https://www.fuk.co.uk/threads/sportwear-flyknits-cycling-mma-gym/
carlos
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973 posts since 20/1/08

10 Sep 2017 13:45
What size are those Caratti bib shorts, Seventyfour? Can't see on the listing.
Seventyfour
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9412 posts since 6/10/05

10 Sep 2017 13:58
carlos wrote: What size are those Caratti bib shorts, Seventyfour? Can't see on the listing.

Xl they fit small though
Superprecise
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2212 posts since 16/7/11

13 Sep 2017 15:54
Superprecise wrote:
swede wrote: caad12s are great. definitely buy.

I really really really want this one…


Ordered! Fark!