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rcannon100
09-07-2012, 11:21 AM
Any recommendations on where to purchase merino wool bike garb?

Looking at wool to replace spandex as the stench of spandex is a bit overwhelming. The lit says wool is naturally antibacterial and will not stink. But I am not seeing it in many of the LBS online inventories.

eminva
09-07-2012, 11:31 AM
Ibex (http://shop.ibex.com/Apparel/Mens-Ride)

Icebreaker (http://us.icebreaker.com/Biking/mens-biking,en,sc.html)

These are the two I have tried and liked. Make sure you look on Sierra Trading Post before paying full retail.

Liz

Bilsko
09-07-2012, 12:13 PM
Swrve uses Merino for some of their tops (jersey and zip sweater): http://swrve.myshopify.com/products/wool-jersey-blk-label
I think they have a Merino cap too.

Not sure what to recommend for pants

Dirt
09-07-2012, 12:43 PM
Ibex Merino base layer is arguably my favorite garment EVAR! I originally bought it just for cycling, but now wear them as normal shirts. They're expensive, but if you care for them well, they will last. I suggest you go to their store and buy direct. I think Boston is the closest. While not at all practical or inexpensive, it would make for a really fun weekend.

(Just kidding about the whole go to boston thing.)

Dirt

rcannon100
09-07-2012, 01:14 PM
From Swrve:

wool naturally wicks sweat away, is odor resistant and fire proof!

Well that's an F'ing relief! When I get into that accident, and my gas tank explodes, my jersey wont catch fire.... Wait a minute.... :p

AndBTW thanks for the input. Look like good choices.

jopamora
09-07-2012, 01:28 PM
I noticed some 100% merino sweaters at Costco the other week for $20. Just normal everyday wear, but could definitely double as bikewear.

Greenbelt
09-07-2012, 02:17 PM
Ibex Merino base layer is arguably my favorite garment EVAR! I originally bought it just for cycling, but now wear them as normal shirts. They're expensive, but if you care for them well, they will last. I suggest you go to their store and buy direct. I think Boston is the closest. While not at all practical or inexpensive, it would make for a really fun weekend.

(Just kidding about the whole go to boston thing.)

Dirt

I love wool jerseys. Perhaps we should schedule a ride to Boston and stock up?

consularrider
09-07-2012, 02:20 PM
For socks and baselayers, it's hard to beat Smartwool (http://www.smartwool.com/). But not cheap. Sierra Trading Post (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/)frequently has the socks for less. STP also has a number of other merino wool products.

consularrider
09-07-2012, 02:27 PM
I love wool jerseys. Perhaps we should schedule a ride to Boston and stock up?
Maybe the MassCycle people should fund a study trip for BikeArlingon?

krazygl00
09-07-2012, 02:52 PM
Any recommendations on where to purchase merino wool bike garb?

Looking at wool to replace spandex as the stench of spandex is a bit overwhelming. The lit says wool is naturally antibacterial and will not stink. But I am not seeing it in many of the LBS online inventories.

Hold on, I've never noticed that spandex has a stench in and of itself. Unless you neglect to wash it, it should be odor-neutral. And if you neglect to wash merino, antibacterial properties notwithstanding, you will likely have the same problem. Make sure to wash athletic clothes immediately post-workout, and add a little clorox 2 to the wash. I've been doing this for a long time with my bike-wear and it looks and smells like new.

Also: Febreeze.


I noticed some 100% merino sweaters at Costco the other week for $20. Just normal everyday wear, but could definitely double as bikewear.

Costco also seasonally carries Merino baselayers that look pretty nice. I'll be looking to try some out when the weather turns cool.

Oh, and I should throw in my shill for the bestest-warmest-most-favorite-baselayer-garment-ever-ever-ever (even though it is not Merino), the Bontrager Hooded Long Sleeve Baselayer (http://store.trekbikes.com/product/bontrager+b3+hooded+long+sleeve+baselayer.do). I know Spokes Etc. carries them when the cold weather comes.

consularrider
09-07-2012, 03:36 PM
Oh, and I should throw in my shill for the bestest-warmest-most-favorite-baselayer-garment-ever-ever-ever (even though it is not Merino), the Bontrager Hooded Long Sleeve Baselayer (http://store.trekbikes.com/product/bontrager+b3+hooded+long+sleeve+baselayer.do). I know Spokes Etc. carries them when the cold weather comes.
This (http://www.smartwool.com/mens/baselayer/m-midweight-hoody-8054.html) is what I want for Christmas. And it is merino, but 'spensive!
1690

krazygl00
09-07-2012, 03:56 PM
This (http://www.smartwool.com/mens/baselayer/m-midweight-hoody-8054.html) is what I want for Christmas. And it is merino, but 'spensive!
1690

Hmm, that looks great. And Smurfy.

rcannon100
09-07-2012, 11:58 PM
Hold on, I've never noticed that spandex has a stench in and of itself.

It's too late at night for me to find the articles I have been reading, but yes, apparently synthetic fabrics manage to capture sweat and more importantly bacteria - and can just stink. My joy with this started when my son played hockey. Ever want to go to a toxic hazmat site?? Got to a hockey locker room. Ug. Anyway, I soon discovered I was quite allergic to it all... and had to remove the trigger to my allergies. (there is a whole industry dedicated to cleaning hockey equipment).

So this summer I began to acquire polyester bike jerseys, normally having worn cotton before --- and wretch!!! Cotton can be washed. Poly for some reason retains stench. Even the slightest whiff, and I am unhappy. So I am again removing the triggers. No problem with my cotton shirts and my cotton gloves.

And now the shorts... time to remove the trigger. And the wool promises no stench and anti bacteria.

No, this isnt about the way I care for the fabric. Because of all this, I am most vigilant about keeping more equipment clean. Synthetic fabrics simply have this property. You may not have notice it; but that probably has to do with you being less sensitive to it that I (which is good for you; sucks for me).

vvill
09-10-2012, 08:47 AM
I have a bright hi-vis orange hooded jersey (not merino wool) from Performance I bought when I was first commuting more often. It's extremely distinctive and amazing how well the hood works if you need it.


This doesn't seem too bad a price for a name brand merino long sleeve jersey:
http://www.rei.com/product/824932/sugoi-wallaroo-290-long-sleeve-bike-jersey-mens-2010-closeout

jopamora
09-10-2012, 09:24 AM
I wonder if REI is trolling this board. Not cycling specific, but a really great price for a Smartwool sweater (http://www.rei.com/outlet/deal-of-the-day)

Tim Kelley
09-10-2012, 09:53 AM
It's too late at night for me to find the articles I have been reading, but yes, apparently synthetic fabrics manage to capture sweat and more importantly bacteria - and can just stink. My joy with this started when my son played hockey. Ever want to go to a toxic hazmat site?? Got to a hockey locker room. Ug. Anyway, I soon discovered I was quite allergic to it all... and had to remove the trigger to my allergies. (there is a whole industry dedicated to cleaning hockey equipment).

So this summer I began to acquire polyester bike jerseys, normally having worn cotton before --- and wretch!!! Cotton can be washed. Poly for some reason retains stench. Even the slightest whiff, and I am unhappy. So I am again removing the triggers. No problem with my cotton shirts and my cotton gloves.

And now the shorts... time to remove the trigger. And the wool promises no stench and anti bacteria.

No, this isnt about the way I care for the fabric. Because of all this, I am most vigilant about keeping more equipment clean. Synthetic fabrics simply have this property. You may not have notice it; but that probably has to do with you being less sensitive to it that I (which is good for you; sucks for me).

Why not consult Dirt on this? http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1108-Vanquish-stinky-cycling-clothing

Dirt
09-10-2012, 10:30 AM
Why not consult Dirt on this? http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1108-Vanquish-stinky-cycling-clothing
I've also found that there may be something special about my own personal funk. While most people say wool doesn't retain odors, I've found that it does in my case. Using Sportwash or Assos helps with that. Both appear to be gentle enough to not damage the wool. Having a front-loading washer really helps with the longevity of cycling clothes. Actually my mom has a new washing machine that is a top loader, but it doesn't have an agitator like the old style washers. It seems to work very, very well. Saves water like a front-loader too.

rcannon100
09-10-2012, 12:26 PM
Many thanks!!!

One note: Be careful about sprays and stuff that claim to eliminate odor. They eliminator odor not be eliminating the cause of the odor, but by eliminating the ability to smell the odor. Many of these nice smelling sprays and scents and stuff are basically oils, that get into your nose, that block your smell receptors. So yes, everything smells like lilacs - but the problem that is causing the smell is still rotting in your gym bag.

KelOnWheels
09-10-2012, 12:31 PM
This: http://www.soakwash.com/

Certifried
09-10-2012, 01:17 PM
I use a packet of Tropical Punch Kool-Aid in each load of cycling clothes. Works great!

5555624
09-11-2012, 03:17 AM
I use a packet of Tropical Punch Kool-Aid in each load of cycling clothes. Works great!

Just don't use the sugar-free version, because you want to smell sweet.

jopamora
09-18-2012, 10:13 AM
More deals on merino at REI Outlet (http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?query=wallaroo).

TwoWheelsDC
09-18-2012, 10:43 AM
I have a couple Endura BaaBaa base layers that are absolutely awesome. I usually wear them under a long-sleeve jersey or jacket and they can go several days without a wash before they even begin to smell "used". Another awesome thing about wool is that it's great at regulating temperature, so it'll keep you warm when it's cool out, but if it warms up, it won't make you overheat. A lot of the shops in the area sell Endura stuff, so they should be relatively easy to find, and I've been very pleased with the quality of all my Endura stuff.

Regarding polyester stuff, I find that if I hang dry, or immediately wash my jerseys/shorts after a ride, they don't really get funky at all. But if you crumple it up or leave it laying in a pile before it dries, then you're gonna have problems.

Dirt
09-18-2012, 11:23 AM
At Shenandoah Bicycle Company (http://www.shenandoahbicycle.com/) in Harrisonburg this weekend they had a pretty good selection of Ibex jerseys... both long and short sleeve. I was picking up my registration packet for the Alpine Gran Fungus and got seriously distracted. I really wanted to snuggle with those jerseys. I'll be wearing these this winter.

consularrider
09-18-2012, 11:49 AM
More deals on merino at REI Outlet (http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?query=wallaroo).
Some great prices, too bad the jerseys are only in black or gray. :(