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OK, another strange topic. But one that was frustrating me a little. In San Diego, we don't really have winter like, well, everyplace else, but it gets chilly. Last year Bell Helicopters gave me a nice Team Osprey long-sleeved, high necked black T that I've worn for most of my long rides since.

But, as I say, this is San Diego, and you can't find wool, have a hard time finding long sleeves except dress shirts (never touch them), and if you want cold weather duds, you shop the ski shops. I went to one lookng for a hard-finished canvas khaki Patagonia shirt (they had none) and ended up buying a bunch of long-sleeved, high necked, black Russell Athletic cotton T-shirts. Matches the bike, my leathers, boots, photography and the helmet that should be in today. (Think I'm overdoing that black thing?)

Wonderful shirts. Except that cat hair shows, but that's another story.

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(Think I'm overdoing that black thing?)

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I've gotten pretty fond of those capilene type long sleeve t-shirts, they don't get clammy if you stop and start to heat up under the riding suit. That and thin polarfleece long sleeve shirts from Columbia. I live in those things.

Try REI.com for this sort of stuff, as you're disadvantaged by being in San Diego and all. ;D
 
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I've gotten pretty fond of those capilene type long sleeve t-shirts, they don't get clammy if you stop and start to heat up under the riding suit. That and thin polarfleece long sleeve shirts from Columbia. I live in those things.

Try REI.com for this sort of stuff, as you're disadvantaged by being in San Diego and all.
 

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Yeah, I use the polypropylene long johns on longer rides, light and medium, and have a couple of long-sleeved T-shirts, too, all bought at REI as a matter of fact. They're warm, compact and so on, but they get pretty ripe after a couple days on the road. Style-wise, a little too slinky to be used as outer wear on my rather mature form. As a quasi-Luddite, I like cotton and wool and leather (yeah ... heh, heh, heh ... leather...and vinyl, lace, velvet, and studs and chains and...well, maybe this isn't the place...)

Oh yeah. Well, hrmph, REI, you say. Thanks.

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Oh yeah. Well, hrmph, REI, you say. Thanks.
Also try bicycle shops. In San Diego, you should be able to find enough bicycle/triathlon shops. I find great clothes on their discount racks, but this time of year you probably won't find anything long sleeve on sale. The pants will have a chamois, but the tops are great- they're even cut longer to prevent plumber's butt. At the very worst, they'll sell you separate arm warmers.

Then try Sierra Trading Post (www.sierratradingpost.com). If they don't have some clothing for you, you're too hardcore/geeky. Prices are better than Patagonia (but who isn't), though you may not find your size if you're a clydesdale or a natural gymnast.
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Not sure how you feel about fleece, but The North Face makes a wide variety of tops that can suit any winter athletic need. They're great layering pieces too. They're pricey, but I've had mine for several years now. Their retail stores are few and far between, but some outdoor centers carry them. Check out their website for a catalog, or visit the online retailers (e.g. planetoutdoors, campmor, etc.). Hope this helps...
 

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----------snip------------ As a quasi-Luddite, I like cotton and wool and leather (yeah ... heh, heh, heh ... leather...and vinyl, lace, velvet, and studs and chains and...well, maybe this isn't the place...)
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Dunno, Don, you're gonna have to back up that 'quasi' contention.. :)

Cotton, wool and leather are all good. Those other 'materials', well, there's a proper time and place for them ;)

I've got an ancient pair of wool bicycle shorts with the chamois crotch, they're the bomb for preventing 'monkey butt'. Recently got a pair of PolarMax longjohns, they're really good.

You don't have a black cat???
 
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here in the south it gets chilly, 23 this morning! (note putting the nice electric blanket on the ducati in the cold garage is likely to piss off SWMBO, but its safer than dragging the duc into the dining room).

I went riding last week when it was quite chilly till the afternoon. I have a long sleeve shirt from a now defunct dot.bomb that has a texture I can only liken to long thermal underwear (you know that weave). Its got a lowcut turtleneck or maybe its a high collar, either way it doesnt matter.

Its a nice thick shirt and kept me quite warm and comfy. I'm looking for some more. Gonna hit REI this week maybe.
 

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I find that a layer of windbloc fabric in there somewhere works pretty well. It isn't too bulky and is quite warm for its thickness. Mountain Hardwear makes some really nice, if pricey stuff.
 

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Dunno, Don, you're gonna have to back up that 'quasi' contention.. :)

Cotton, wool and leather are all good. Those other 'materials', well, there's a proper time and place for them ;)

You don't have a black cat???
Actually I do have a black cat, with patches of white. Tri-X, I call her.

The other materials, the ones after leather, I usually just photograph, displayed appropriately.

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She's not real fast stock, but can be pushed.
 

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Ordered a bunch of stuff from SierraTradingPost. Thanks for the tip.

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