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does anyone know of any good merino/sportwool jerseys that aint Rapha, or Colomba and are resonably priced, i.e. not £95 like the Rapha ones.. cheers.

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dave atkinson [6317 posts] 8 years ago
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what about www.shuttvr.com?

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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not keen on their designs but thanks anyhow, what im after is one that looks a bit like the Rapha ones, classic kinda look, but not the price tag..mmmm.

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DaSy [759 posts] 8 years ago
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You rule out Colomba, but their Club Jersey is very Rapha-esque and at a very reasonable £55.

I've seen the Peace jersey in the flesh, and quality is very good

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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seeing as your Mr. Rapha i shall take it that you know a good jersey when yopu see one, shall look again at the Colomba website, i thank you.

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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that should be 'you' btw., yopu is something completely different...

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TheHatter [770 posts] 8 years ago
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Is 'sportwool' again good. A few years back I bought a Campag sportwool jersey and its only about 20% wool and seemed to me to have no real advantages over manmade.
Personally I'd like a nice 100% merino jersey - again not at rapha prices.
I do have a retro looking Descente merino jersey which feels and looks great but the quality of the seams is appalling and I've had to don my thimble and make various repairs!

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Tony Farrelly [2899 posts] 8 years ago
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We've got a 100 per cent Merino prototype jersey in to try out, but haven't really been able to put it through its paces yet. Going to get out in it over the weekend and see how it goes - it's not scratchy around the office - so that's a start!  1

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TheHatter [770 posts] 8 years ago
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Be interesting to see what you think - the only drawback I find with wool is the pockets sag if you have anying heavy in them. Other than that I think they feel great and are usually fine for the British summer and with a base and arms get you through most of the year.

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Tony Farrelly [2899 posts] 8 years ago
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I'm going to load up the pockets to see if they go saggy

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michophull [143 posts] 8 years ago
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Looks like Swrve have a nice one for just £38 and it's 100% merino:
http://www.swrve.co.uk/baselayers.html

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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after a bit of dithering i went and ordered Rapha club jersey and a Colomba also, the Rapha went back (sadly, lovely red colour0 as it didnt fit right, too tight round shoulders and neck and saggy round middle. im skinny, tallish etc. Anyhow the Coloumba was a better fit for me, and £30 less to boot..ta for all yer help. cheers.

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Hammy [97 posts] 8 years ago
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Fringe wrote:

after a bit of dithering i went and ordered Rapha club jersey and a Colomba also, the Rapha went back (sadly, lovely red colour0 as it didnt fit right, too tight round shoulders and neck and saggy round middle. im skinny, tallish etc. Anyhow the Coloumba was a better fit for me, and £30 less to boot..ta for all yer help. cheers.

The Rapha one is probably designed with middle-aged spread in mind  39

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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to go along with the handsome pension and grandiose bonus as well i expect..my brother in Italy (who happens to live at the bottom of a few 'hills') says on sundays he sees well paid CEO's with top notch Colnagos getting driven by the wife up to the top of said hills and then coasting down dressed in all their 'stylish' clobber..

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DaSy [759 posts] 8 years ago
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Now come on guys, I'm starting to get offended here...

I'm 6'1" and weigh 11 stone 0, a 31" waist and 40" chest and Rapha jerseys fit me perfectly!

Good choice on the Colomba top though, they are very nice.

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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thanks. they are nice (colomba top that is) theres a ltd. edition Rapha jersey on ebay at the moment btw, white with black stripe and 'Aubisque' in black on the chest, very nice too... £70 starting price, if it fits, its a bargin..

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DaSy [759 posts] 8 years ago
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I've got the Pink Mortirolo version of that with a white band and the route of the climb embroidered on the back pocket. It's one of my favourite tops

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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nice. is that your pub ride jersey?!

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DaSy [759 posts] 8 years ago
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Yeah, my Treorchy high street TT jersey!

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Blackhound [458 posts] 8 years ago
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This is a really nice jersey:

http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/shop-for-men-143/bodywear-146/s-s-jerseys-...

Saw it at the Bike Show but don't need another jersey, and under £60 posted. I have the Ibex base layer, arm warmers and 3/4's and it is all quality stuff.

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Tony Farrelly [2899 posts] 8 years ago
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Yes, I thought they looked good - tried to get one in for test a few months ago, but never got a reply  2

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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TheHatter [770 posts] 8 years ago
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Fringe wrote:

this lot also do a nice looking merino.. http://www.louisgarneau.com/catalogs/catalog_product.asp?catalogue=SM9&s...

I love that jersey in white, exactly what I'm after and would even pay rapha prices if I had to (and I am a notorious tightwad). I tried their find a dealer and searched on "United Kingdom" but the nearest dealer is in Canada (though bizarrely it points it out on the map as being near Grimsby!)
I must have it!  20

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Tony Farrelly [2899 posts] 8 years ago
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You could try here, http://epgtonline.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=32680

I went for the international distributor option to try and find a UK contact on the Louis Garneau site - they certainly used to have a UK distributor - if they still do whoever it is isn't listed on the site… although if you ever find yourself in the Central African Republic with a hankering for a bit of merino action Louis G style you won't be disappointed.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 8 years ago
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Cheers Tony- I'll give that link ago.

I feel another ebay clearout coming on to ease the guilt of buying it!

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Peterh [10 posts] 8 years ago
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Hey Tony,

You may have emailed Ibex and not us, as we certainly would have replied  1

Pop a mail over if you would like any Ibex to test.

Kind regards,

Pete

AlwaysRiding.co.uk

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Tony Farrelly [2899 posts] 8 years ago
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You're right Pete It was Ibex.

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ctznsmith [92 posts] 8 years ago
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http://www.howies.co.uk/section.php/16/0 ?

Baselayers rather than 'jerseys' though.

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cat1commuter [1422 posts] 8 years ago
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Hammy wrote:
Fringe wrote:

after a bit of dithering i went and ordered Rapha club jersey and a Colomba also, the Rapha went back (sadly, lovely red colour) as it didnt fit right, too tight round shoulders and neck and saggy round middle. im skinny, tallish etc. Anyhow the Coloumba was a better fit for me, and £30 less to boot..ta for all yer help. cheers.

The Rapha one is probably designed with middle-aged spread in mind  39

I'm skinny, 6 feet tall, and usually find Rapha medium are a good fit. But their sizing is a bit unreliable. I sent one back because its neck hole was too big.

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Fringe [1047 posts] 8 years ago
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interesting to know that, next time i come into some cash i may try them again..thanks.

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Tony Farrelly [2899 posts] 8 years ago
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TheHatter wrote:

Be interesting to see what you think - the only drawback I find with wool is the pockets sag if you have anying heavy in them. Other than that I think they feel great and are usually fine for the British summer and with a base and arms get you through most of the year.

Finally got out for a couple of rides in the all merino jersey - at one point I had to stick my water bottle in the pocket - if it had sagged any lower there would have been a danger of it dropping in to my back wheel. Wasn't too bad with a phone and multi-tool though the pockets have kept their shape so far although they are starting to gape a bit.

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