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hi,

i am looking to get some new kit just a short sleeve jersey and some bibbed shorts.

anyone got any good suggestions/past experience with kit.

i currently have some cheap (but very good) DHB kit i use for commenting and wanted to get something new and better comfort wise.

anyone have any suggestions - i know most kit is personal preference but i just wanted to get an idea of what people have found good.

cheers!

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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PJ McNally [591 posts] 2 years ago
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Dhb are good. But for a step up, Zipvit make some excellent kit, which is very competitively priced. I think because it turns you into a rolling billboard for them. Which I don't mind! pro tip - sign up for their newsletter, they regularly do kit discounts.

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Al__S [1042 posts] 2 years ago
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I've got the Howies bib shorts. They're an updated version of the pair reviewed here- I had a pair of the original ones too, but after a design issue saw the pad fall apart, they swiftly replaced them with the updated version. They've been superb ever since. The updates, as well as getting the pad right, see the "radio pocket" removed from the back- this was more of a sweat catcher- with the back material now more of a lightweight mesh.

They're superb. Comfy. I like the look too- the matt black makes them reminiscent of ye olde woollen shorts, setting them apart from shiny lycra ones. The all-black couldn't be more "Rules" compliant if you tried, and I'm happy to back that "rule" all the way.

I've recently bought a Vulpine merino short sleeve. Not worn it much yet, but so far impressed. Not great (as they say) if you're an inveterate pocket stuffer, but if you are, reconsider how much you need to carry anyway! Not entirely convinced by the button pocket closure- I'd rather this was a magnet. Again, classy style- you're not turned into a rolling billboard  24

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Urban_Manc [31 posts] 2 years ago
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Howies only fit little people  41

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Al__S [1042 posts] 2 years ago
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Define"little"? I'm 180cm and 90kg, so I'm hardly Nairo Quintana...

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Rapha  24 24 24 24 24

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chrisp1973 [55 posts] 2 years ago
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I've got a couple of bits from Galibier Velo, a long sleeve training top and some 3/4 bibs, very good and well priced.

I have to say I'm very impressed with a pair of Altura Pro Gel bibs I bought recently, they're very comfortable over long distance and I suspect they'll become my Sportive bibs of choice.

Finally I have some rather expensive Nalini bibs and jersey and whilst they look very nice they're expensive and only as good as the cheaper stuff!

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joemmo [1164 posts] 2 years ago
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Endura FS260 Pro bibs and bib 3/4s have proven to be hard wearing and comfy but these are also a great bargain if you don't mind advertising german tyres:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/continental-logo-bib-shorts/rp-prod70225
they are bit on the smaller size so be generous.

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philtregear [114 posts] 2 years ago
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i think getting the size right is rellay important. all the brands vary. i am medium in some, xl in others, large in most. confusing or what. why not buy some more expensive dhb gear if the sizes are good for you?

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glynr36 [637 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Rapha  24 24 24 24 24

Never had any trouble with the bits of Rapha I have...

With regards to the OP, I rate castelli well, best thing you can do is see what fits you best, some brands size up differently in proportions for others and can take some trial and error to get the right sizes for the right brands.

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dunnoh [199 posts] 2 years ago
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Assos Bibs. Have a look at Prenda's for jerseys

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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I can assure you, i am lots of things but 'little' isnt one of them and have no trouble getting into Howies stuff.

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SPAM Naval [139 posts] 2 years ago
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Castelli make great gear, lasts really well!

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The _Kaner [799 posts] 2 years ago
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Try CervoRosso for premium quality and fit. It may be a little more expensive, but certainly not in the Rapha/Assos price range...the fit is very good and the comfort (pads etc) is first rate....and the selection is excellent as is the customer service (...personal touches, handwritten notes, thank you's etc)...and they look terrific too....

Check out their Facebook page, there was a discount code/promo ongoing
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AWPeleton [3345 posts] 2 years ago
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If money is no object you cannot, in my opinion beat Castelli. If money is tight try Start Cycles. Its a Newcastle based company which do their own make and its very good and ridiculously cheap.

I use a lot of their gear, its comfortable, fits well and is not adourned with numerous names and badges.

EDIT: forgot to add their make is "More Mile"

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Milltag.cc are great for colourful, unusual jerseys. Sets you apart from the logo-plastered big brands like Castelli, or the minimal Rapha/Torm/Chapeau style ones.
Bibs - I'm happy with my Chapeau ones, and the Assos are obviously good too.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Also, Milltag are a UK company, run by just a couple of people. So support them!

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Scoob_84 [381 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not impressed with castelli jerseys. Parted with a lot of money last summer for a fuga jersey only to find it ladders like cheap womens stockings every time I wear it. I swear i put a ladder in it as i took it out of the packaging.

I also own a rapha long sleeve brevet jersey which cost a bomb, even in the sales. With all their chat about the importance of fit, after a few washes i'm starting to find the forearms too tight and the torso to loose. I'm tempted to cut the lower arms off and ping it back to rapha to repair it into a short sleeve.

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OldnSlo [135 posts] 2 years ago
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You could go fir Planet x's own brand for training and summat decent like endura/castelli - for those long days when a good set of padding and a decent fit help a great deal.

Saying that, go to a good LBS and try stuff on. You'll be surprised at the difference in sizing and fit. Personally for me louis garneau tights are the worst fit. Altura are the best.

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bollandinho [64 posts] 2 years ago
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I love Castelli, and I'm becoming an even bigger fan of Sportful, which is the same company but cheaper and often a bit more subtle.

I also have a lot of DHB stuff that is really good.

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S13SFC [134 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm a big fan of Pearl Izumi. The sizing is spot on for me and the bib tights, 3/4s and bib shorts are comfy even after 6hrs in the saddle.

It's well priced as well, especially in the sales.

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Jack Osbourne snr [445 posts] 2 years ago
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From my recent experience:

For bibs, both long and short, I love the higher end Giordana stuff. The cheaper end can be a bit thin. Castelli also make great shorts.

Jerseys-wise I like Torm and Castelli depending on where in the world or what time of year it is.

Some of my favourite stuff though is Campagnolo and a brand called Oneten neither of which are available any longer.

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NickK123 [93 posts] 2 years ago
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For a cheaper take on Rapha, try Torm. Have a great, well made jersey, at a third of the price!

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Stratman [81 posts] 2 years ago
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My wife and I have both become castelli fans. The Gabba has been fantastic, worn throughout winter with a merino baselayer, sorpasso bibs (the pad is excellent, the same as the body paint shorts that I wore for London to Paris 21 hours in the saddle over 2days)

Not cheap though, although end of season bargains can be found

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matthewn5 [792 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 for Castelli, you can find bargains on Ebay, the fit is superb once you get your sizing right.

+1 for Giordana, their FR-C jersey is just amazing for cold days that might rain.

And don't forget Decathlon, they make good stuff for peanuts for city riding and touring.

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TheHound [117 posts] 2 years ago
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Castelli for me. Just size up from whatever DHB gear you have and remember Castelli are race fit so it will always be snug.

I got the Body Paint shorts in the end of season clearance recently for £105, down from £175.

The Gabba and Nanoflex stuff is awesome too.

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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try on different stuff from brands that you like on, find the best fit and stick to that brand forever, eventually you will find what items fit best from each brand.

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chris75018 [99 posts] 2 years ago
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Sportful all the way for me - good quality, very good pads in the shorts / tights and not barmy at cost. I also have a Torm jersey which is great quality and as mentioned above sensibly priced compared to other "Sportwool" / Merino brands

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longtimejones [5 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 for Giordana bibs - Fusion or Silverline is great for sportive activities.
+1 for Castelli jersey.

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massspike [139 posts] 2 years ago
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If you are only getting one top-of-the-line jersey, I would highly recommend a Merino wool cycling-specific jersey. I have 2 Icebreakers but I like the look (and price) of the Torm's mentioned in an earlier post.

I used to reserve mine for commuting but last year I made it my standard kit for all but the hottest (>30C) days. The comfort and thermal/moisture balance can't be beat by a synthetic. The newer knits fit like everyday cycling jerseys should.

And the best feature is you can wear them for multiple rides between washings...just hang them to air dry...which saves money and they last longer. I do mine once a month (> 20 hours of riding).

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