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  1. #1
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    Where do you shop?

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    Where do you get the majority of your biking clothes? LBS? Sporting goods store? REI? Online?

    I'm really wishing Target would get into making some biking clothes. A few years ago when I was into running, they had a great selection of running skirts (skorts). I bought all colors and ended up with a great wardrobe of relatively inexpensive stuff that fit surprisingly well for lower end clothing. I also really liked shopping at race expos for run gear, but the downside is that it's kind of like shopping online. You can't always try things on.

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    Terry and TE. I don't think I have ever bought any cycling clothing in a physical store. Just gloves.
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  3. #3
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    Like with any purchase one needs to shop-shop-shop around. For example I just got a Primal Wear Maori Jersey for $46, while many other sites listed it for $66. The first trick is to figure out sized required. There is a link on this already on this forum because size runs small.Yes, TE, REI and many others have nice stuff. Yes, keep checking because when on sale, it won't last long. The other thing I do is a squirrel stuff for the off season when on sale. I get to buy more, top of the line things.
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    I'm in the UK and get clothes from minx-girl. I'd love to shop at TE but can't really justify the airmiles and customs charges when there's such lovely stuff here too. Other than that I try to make sure that "normal" clothes are as bike-friendly as possible.
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    I've gotten most of mine from tri sites recently. I like Trisports and OneTri.

  6. #6
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    I've purchased most of my cycling apparel at either TE or Terry. There are a handful of styles by a handful of manufacturers I've found that work especially well for me, so I have multiples of those. Some of my gear is also from TE and Terry, but I've also picked things up here and there, both online and at brick and mortar shops. I shudder to think how much money I've spent on cycling. When I first started riding, I rode A LOT. I ended up buying multiples of nearly everything so that I didn't have to do laundry all the time. Now I don't ride quite as much, but I added running and hiking into the mix so I have gear for that, too. Add in a yoga practice, too, and I have more athletic wear than non-athletic wear at this point.
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    I tend to try and purchase from local shops so I can try things on. So far PI and Terry bike clothes seem to fit me the best, though have found a nice Gore jersey. The only online shop I tend to order from is TE.

    Like Indy, I shudder to contemplate what I have purchased in bike clothes and gear over the last year... thankfully I am at the point where I've enough "sets" that I can go several days without having to do laundry - wheww. Hopefully I've enough for the season and can just focusing on riding and riding and...

    I also like to hike, and am trying not to spend anything on that - already have a pair of light hiking shoes. Hiking is just something I do to give my legs something else to do than cycle - though I do enjoy it.

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    TE and Sierra Trading Post.
    Sometimes the LBS too, when they discount last year's stuff.
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  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by malkin View Post
    TE and Sierra Trading Post.
    Sometimes the LBS too, when they discount last year's stuff.
    I'd add Performance Bike, Nashbar, Altrec, REI, Speedgoat, Colorado Cyclist, and Campmor to the list. Google is helpful when you're looking for a deal because it will pull up the prices at various retailers if you Google a specific item. A lot of these retailers offer online coupons, too, so it pays to sign up with them. If you've had your eye on something, wait until they offer a percentage off coupon and then snag it. Year-end and off season sales are good, too. You're much more likely to get good deals on winter apparel right now, for instance, than come November/December.
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    On sale at LBS, TJ Maxx here sometimes gets stuff in, and our Goodwill sometimes gets some cool jerseys (one of the perks of living in Denver, I guess!). My marathon group and mountain bike club both get discounts at local stores so that helps too.

    I'm too picky to buy stuff online unless I've tried it on somewhere first.

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    I get jerseys at Voler (on line) and shorts online.

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    I think the only things I've bought from LBSes have been socks and gloves. (Well, not counting the one jersey from a bike shop in Arizona--they had a decent selection of women's clothes.)

    TE, Amazon (well, Backcountry and Bikesomewhere via Amazon), Performance, and Primal Wear (direct) are my usual sources. I don't buy that much because I'm not riding a whole lot these days, but as it gets warmer...I should probably buy another pair of shorts!
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    I have a couple of jerseys from Voler, too. But, DH trolls the internet for this stuff. It's not directly from Voler.
    We buy all of our bike accessories and parts on line, mostly from Performance, but once in awhile from another place. My DH was even pictured in the Performance Catalog, back in maybe 2003, back when he was buying a ton of stuff to support DS racing (i.e. crash=new parts).
    I guess I found a couple of brands that fit me and stuck to them. I have had to return very little. I do try to support local businesses, generally, but there is no way I am going to pay 120.00 for a jersey.
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  14. #14
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    I'm finding that you can spend a small fortune on cycling or a large fortune! I'm also finding that lately I couldn't care less about shopping for work clothes--which is a HUGE change for me. I've always been a clotheshorse. I'm much more interested in shopping for workout clothes these days.

    When it comes to cycling clothing, I've found that the three LBSs around me don't have much selection. I prefer REI, and I've been stalking Ebay for jerseys, but there's something slightly icky about the idea of cycling shorts on ebay.

    Speaking of REI, does anyone know if they price match? I've found the cycling shoes I think I want online for $15 less than REI charges. I want to try them on before purchasing. I'm thinking of going to my local store and bringing the printout of the site where I found them cheaper.

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    Bike Nashbar, Performance Bike, TE, Terry, REI, Campmor, Ebay, LL Bean, physical stores, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target.
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