Archive for the ‘Recumbent Clothing’ Category
If you watched the Tour de France this year you saw all of the announcers wearing the new Road Id Elite bracelets. I thought they looked great. I have always liked the idea of wearing something with contact information in case of an accident. But just didn’t like the looks of the original Road Id so I put an orange tag on my bike with contact information.
My wife gave me a new yellow Road Id Elite for my birthday and I love it.
I noticed a local recumbent rider with a Safety Green T-shirt and was amazed how visible it was. After a little checking, this was the best deal I could find, $6.50 at G&L Clothing. I prefer 100% Poly but can’t seem to find anymore.
UPDate: Found 100% Poly at JiffyShirts.com for $7.48 and reasonable shipping..
- 6.1-ounce, 50% cotton / 50% polyester
- Seamless double-needle collar
- Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
- Taped neck and shoulders
- ANSI 107 Standard High Visibility (class 1)
The Gildan 2300G No Pocket T-shirt is made from 6.1-ounce, 50% cotton / 50% polyester and comes in both safety green and safety orange colors. While not approved for use along highways (ANSI Class 2 and above) the class rating may be used for parking lots, security, or another functions. This shirt also features a seamless double-needle collar as well as taped neck and shoulders
This jersey is a lot more stylish and a little above my $10 limit but it does look pretty nice. Yes, you can get it in Red. Here’s their sales pitch:
Aero Tech Designs sells a plain but serviceable Recumbent Cycling Short for $19.95. These are 84% nylon and 16% Spandex compression shorts for men and women. They have no features except 7.6 oz. fabric that is light and comfortable. Don’t look for a tie string or a pocket. They also have no annoying padding and pack very small. You do have four colors to pick from but I always buy black.
Aero Tech also make a baggy recumbent cycling short and a unpadded bicycling short but the prices are not as a attractive.
These are not my favorites but they are a well made if plain short at a reasonable price. They do the job and save you some money.
Reference: Unfortunately I can no longer find my favorite short , Craft Trail Fitness Shorts (For Men), at a reasonable price.
I don’t bicycle without a helmet. That logic has been reinforced for me several times.
Well no surprise the weather has turned cold in New Hampshire. So last Saturday I got out my Smartwool and SealSkinz socks. They make a nice combo for winter riding even if you wear sandals like I do. The SealSkinz are mildly breathable and very windproof. The Smartwool socks are comfortable and warm even when you foot gets damp.
This is the combo I used was great success when cycling in Labrador and Newfoundland in rain when the temperature was in the low 50′s and the wind was very strong. They kept my feet warm and dry even in sandals.
Unlike the SealSkinz gloves the socks stand up well in the rain and don’t absorb water (I am hoping they haven’t changed the socks). I have several pairs and always take them with me if cold rain or wind is a possibility.
I like the way that Smartwool socks fit and feel. They keep my feet warm in sandals except when it is very windy or raining on cool to cold days. The only downside is that they are fairly expensive and don’t seem to last very long. Life is reasonable but not great for the price.
For SealSkinz, Karst Sports usually has the best price. The current sale price is $35 for a pair. Expensive I know but these will last a long time and serve you well.
Remember, keeping your hands and feet warm during winter rides will go a long way towards keeping the rides fun. Layer you core so you can let it breathe as you warm up but keep your hands and feet protected if it is windy or getting towards mid-afternoon when temperatures drop.
It is time for the annual almost Labor Day Sale at Patagonia. Here’s their latest announcement.
Here’s the latest Sale at the Patagonia Freeport Outlet. I have gotten some great buys on previous year gear at these sales. Two year ago, I got 2 R0.5 Jeseys for $15 each. They are normally $70 and would have been marked down to $35 but since they were from the previous year, the price was $15 each.
Patagonia Freeport Outlet July Sale
30% Off Current Outlet Prices Storewide*
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 29Sale Hours: Sunday & Monday 10-7, Tuesday – Saturday 10-8
The Patagonia Outlet
#9 Bow St., Freeport
Click here for directions to the store:
*Sale prices apply to Patagonia(R) clothing only on days specified.
Surfboards and wetsuits are not included. Sale limited to stock on
hand. No fax or phone orders.
Here’s a nice buy on a simple Yellow Poly Jersey from Sierra Trading Post, the Columbia Sportswear Omni-Dry Top – Highland, Short Sleeve (For Men) at $7.99 each. This is an excellent warm weather Recumbent Cycling Jersey and a great first layer when the weather gets cooler.
Columbia makes nice clothing, with flat seams that don’t rub and sturdy construction. These make very comfortable cycling jerseys that really breath and don’t get soggy with sweat. No pocket in the back that just gets uncomfortable on a recumbent seat and at $7.99 if you get some grese on it, Oh Well!
The same folks from Sweden, Craft, who make the shorts I recommended also make some nice Recumbent Cycling Pants, Craft Storm Tights. They are 100% poly with a very nice finish and much nicer that anything you will see on the normal cycling sites.
The Craft Storm Tights are just the thing for that cold morning start or the day you have to ride in the rain. They are also nice off the bike at night or to wear into town. Plus they pack well. These are fairly heavy pants, heavier than the tights I would warm for summer ridinng. But they are perfect for fall and winter riding and in the rain when the temps get down to 60 or lower
The Craft Storm Tights are on sale now at Sierra Trading Post for $53.95. These pants are a very nice buy at that price.
Also see, Rain Gear for Recumbent Cycling