"Hipster" Cyclist Clothing? (Why I Ride Bikes in Long Sleeve Shirts)

"Hipster" Cyclist Clothing? (Why I Ride Bikes in Long Sleeve Shirts)

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In this vid, I tackle the controversial topic of “cycling” clothing and why I wear a long sleeve button up shirt.

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50 Comments

  1. Ronald Thomas on August 2, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I am going to try wearing a long sleeve shirt. I get really hot in the Florida sunshine in my short-sleeve bike jerseys. I can’t believe I have never thought of this simple idea before. Thanks for the great videos. I really enjoy them!!!!



  2. Scott Schraeder on August 2, 2019 at 1:35 am

    I’m with your crew broski. I’m a sandals, t-shirt kinda dude. Awesome channel.



  3. MR Jack on August 2, 2019 at 1:36 am

    That’s what I wear for the most part. I’ve only worn a jersey 3 times in 10 years during a ride and those were during a MS ride. And I really didn’t feel comfortable in them, but they were MS jerseys for that event and I thought they looked neat. I don’t really have the best body to be showing off in a tight shirt. The rest of the time I’m wearing an old Novara button up long sleeve that has reflected thread stitched in, or just a T-shirt. It even has pockets built in the back, but I don’t use them as I usually have a backpack with me with my stuff. It just gets too hot and muggy in south Texas for me to ride with a long sleeve. I always wear mtn bike shorts because I like having pockets. I don’t look out of place if I need to go into a store while riding around. I also just use flat pedals and an old pair of light trail runner shoes. I’ve never really got into the full cycling clothing thing. Perhaps if I got into racing, I would try those things though. Riding to me is just commuting or stress relief. I’ve never been called a hippie (and probably never will).



  4. Medium Rick on August 2, 2019 at 1:37 am

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  5. Jarod Thurley on August 2, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Love your work. Wear whatever you like, you never have to justify yourself to others.



  6. dirtnastyish on August 2, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Glad I watched this video, I’ll try a shirt like that next time I ride. It’s so true what you say about how getting hit directly by the sun just makes you feel like you’re getting roasted and drying out.



  7. evelasq1 on August 2, 2019 at 1:45 am

    When I started biking, I didn’t have cycling jerseys but I had shorts and short sleeve shirts and so on. But later in life, I have grown to and I have influenced myself into wearing bibs, bike shorts and bike jerseys. But in the winter, it’s a different story because I would layer up with a jacket and a sweater with cycling pants. Each is their own on how you ride as long you ride safely and enjoyed doing it just like do. I do like offroading and long rides. I have gone from New York City to New Jersey on my bike for my first time in my life and I am Happy that I did. Peace!



  8. Solar Crest on August 2, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like and uncomfortable with the cycling jersey / kit ?



  9. jon louis on August 2, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I used to wear the costume, but now I wear the same kind of shirts. Where I live all the guys I encounter wearing the costume are arrogant douche bags.



  10. Albert Batfinder on August 2, 2019 at 1:47 am

    It may be controversial, but reading the comments, you have scored 100% agreement! Consensus. What’s going on? So unYouTube. Who do I have to pay to get an argument around here?



  11. Phil Snider on August 2, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Lmao!! See rule number 1!! I agree 100%, who cares what you’re wearing, just go ride!



  12. Wheelers At Large on August 2, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I like to cycle in a shirt and at 50 definitely not a hipster, just like to be comfortable. 👌



  13. Cyclopathic Tendencies on August 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I have found that fabric TYPE matters much much more than fabric CUT. Cotton is the fabric of doom for endurance related activity. It is heavy when wet, abrasive when wet, sticky when wet… Basically, the moment cotton even gets the slightest bit damp from sweat, it becomes the bane of all existence. There are a myriad of synthetic fabrics that do everything from block wind to keeping you warm and dry.

    Although side note: evaporative cooling only works in relatively dry climates. Humid climates like down here in NW Arkansas it is pretty much nonexistent.



  14. Rob Davidson on August 2, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I wear my long sleeved, button up, hiking shirts for around town and out on the gravel on my bikes. It is a mix of Columbia, REI and off brand Peoples Factory 13. I have two Lycra jerseys I bought years ago from the REi bargain bin but I can’t wear them. I am very sun-sensitive, upper body and head, so I almost always covered up. And I like a size up snow board pant for winter riding in Wyoming and not tights. The only thing tight is much chamois shorts under it all. DISCLAIMER: I could not wear tight tee shirts in the oil field, West Texas to North Dakota when I was much younger; open breezy shirt and looser bibs or industrial jeans.



  15. Michael Baker on August 2, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Thanks for this video.



  16. Johannes Nilsen on August 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I wear motorcross & mtb(basically the same thing) jerseys, some of them are basically mesh, it keeps me cooler, but if you are close enough they are see trough, I just wear what suits my needs, but some of the jerseys can barely handle anything, like beaches a slow speed crash will tear them, but this shirt looks more robust. for now I will use up what I got, but something more durable would be nice. but I got all of them on sale.
    I saw something about CoolMax fabric, about being tough & moisture wicking, and staying cool, I saw Pole bikes sell some, quite interesting, I haven’t tried any yet.
    I wear elbow pads, so I wear baggy jerseys, the road jerseys would not work as well.



  17. T Mayberry on August 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Who gives a cycling damn about being aero. Yes I wear what I want ride what I want stay hip my friend



  18. MrClayph0to on August 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

    For summertime, but performing cycling shirt I’ve found are the long sleeve Wrangler "Pearl Snap" western shirts.    The cheapest, all polyester ones that are woven as tight as medical gauze.  Breathes nearly as well as shirtless. Keeps the sun off.  And the pearl snaps make it far easier to button and unbutton the shirt while in the saddle.  Especially as you are moving.



  19. Colin MacKenzie on August 2, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Grant Petersen deserves some credit here….



  20. Bret Stearns on August 2, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Merino wool sweaters when its below 60° and then layer. Im talking the JoS merino wool traveler type sweater. Business casual or casual on a ride. Summertime, has got to be basketball shorts! Longer rides when the sweat isn’t trapped on the bum and cheaper than MTB stuff!



  21. Saophalkun Ponlu on August 2, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I ride in merino t-shirt. They dry fast and don’t retain body odor and they are light as well. They are quite expensive but they’re worth the price 🙂



  22. Radagast Brown on August 2, 2019 at 2:00 am

    I never get all kitted up.



  23. raees mohammed on August 2, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Motivating … kind of same thoughts I have … love from 🇮🇳



  24. Hans Schotterradler on August 2, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Each to their own, no question.
    However, I would not want to be wearing loosely fitting clothing in a headwind.
    As far as my physique is concerned; riding bikes has gotten me back in shape so that I can proudly wear tight fitting lycra.
    The heat doesn’t bother my since 80% of my summer cycling occurs under a tree canopy.



  25. morlamweb on August 2, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Given that I haven’t worn any bike-specific clothing for commuting for about 7 years, no, I’m not surprised to see you guys in long-sleeve shirts. In fact, I wear a dressier version of it due to the dress code at my office. Yes, long-sleeve shirts year-round, even in summer. They work better for me for all of the reasons that you described. I do have a couple of bike jerseys now as I’ve started getting into charity rides and, for some of them, a jersey is part of rider swag. I use those jerseys on charity rides and that’s it.



  26. LindyLooo99 on August 2, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Wear what ya want! Doesn’t matter what others think! I also wear shorts with pockets, because I am the club photographer and I shoot and ride with my Iphone. The shorts provide a pocket for me without getting the phone all wet and sweaty



  27. Phil Schaefer on August 2, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Russ, another good video. Personally, I only where jerseys for races or long training rides on my road bike, where I need the back pockets because there’s no storage on the bike for snacks or layers. Mostly I wear Carhart construction worker t-shirts in safety orange or yellow. I do have a related question for you though, I’m looking for a casual pair of cycling pants for touring. Something I can wear on chilly mornings on the bike, but looks conventional enough that I can wear them to a resturant for dinner. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.



  28. Amy Wressell on August 2, 2019 at 2:06 am

    I moved from PA to AZ and after the first summer of suffering some heat injury near misses, I learned that riding with a loose white long sleeved fishing shirt with sun reflective properties has kept me considerably cooler. Skin-clinging jerseys and sun sleeves felt horrid and did nothing to keep me cool. A slightly too big shirt buttoned with only a few of the buttons feels like I’m wearing nothing against my skin, all I feel on my skin is a breeze. And the coverage keeps me from dehydrating so quickly, besides allowing my skin to breath and sweat freely without being clogged with sun screen. Occasional soaking with water helps too! Also have tried wearing a white long sleeved linen shirt, but usually the synthetic is my fav. I am surprised to see so many in AZ "sticking" to the conventional jersey.



  29. Snwh122 on August 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Personally I tend to wear golf polos on the road. they breath almost as well as a jersey, and look a lot more… normal… off the bike. I can get them for like five bucks at the thrift store too.

    When I do offroad, I wear longsleeve stuff a lot, and pants. ’cause my area there’s a lot of trails but they aren’t groomed or anything. There’s tons of branches to scratch you, bugs, etc etc.

    If I wear shorts and short sleeves riding the trails around here, its garuntee’d that I’ll come back with a lot of scratches, and I usually get at least one bloody cut that would otherwise be a bruise. Tho that doesn’t stop me at times



  30. Intrepid 55 on August 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Eye opener bro. Oo nga naman. Yang mga tight jerseys na yan pang maalamig na clima ginagamit yan. Sa atin dapat loose, well ventilated at quick drying…Thank you bro…



  31. Ingrained Cyclist on August 2, 2019 at 2:11 am

    I mainly wear a loose fitting fluorescent jersey. Keeps me cool and visible. I started out using my bike as a vehicle to commute, and get groceries. I’ve never looked "pro" by any means. I wear whatever is most comfortable. Whether its skin tight, or loose casual stuff. Whatever you are comfortable in mate.



  32. Brian Fisher on August 2, 2019 at 2:11 am

    I don’t wear a jersey, I’m a big guy and it ain’t pretty. I will wear bibs but with a little t-shirt.



  33. Expedition Overlanding Nomadic Adventures on August 2, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Wear what you like, because you are supposed to satisfy your own personal comfort and not anyone else’s needs, desires or beliefs. 👌🏾😊😁👍🏾✌️🏾😎



  34. jp Santos on August 2, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Freedom of choice!😉



  35. Misanthropic Kat on August 2, 2019 at 2:14 am

    As long as you’re riding a bike you’re already winning



  36. David Mithen on August 2, 2019 at 2:15 am

    @Path Less Pedaled You have me keen to try it, what type of synthetic material is it made from? Some synthetics are not comfortable. Thanks, love your channel.



  37. David Cote on August 2, 2019 at 2:15 am

    There are people that "hate" because you don’t wear cycling jerseys? I see some people who are fat wearing spandex, and it’s like "do you know how ridiculous you look?" You don’t say to them, but definitely think it. I’m sorry, I’m NOT wearing spandex or a jersey just to "fit in" with other people on my way to work.
    I applaud them for trying to get into shape, but save the tight clothing until you’ve lost some weight… PLEASE!!!



  38. Dave Ebert on August 2, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Right on Russ, I agree with all your reasons. I think your choice of shirt embodies the "supple" biking lifestyle. I do not wear jerseys, t-shirts only and now I might have to try a long sleeve shirt like yours. The elitist attitude displayed by some fully decked out riders is off putting. I wave at every cyclist I meet and I can’t begin to count the number of Jersey wearing cyclists that don’t wave back. I guess riding a mountain bike on the road wearing a white t-shirt makes me less worthy. Wait til they see me in a plaid shirt.



  39. Malcolm Lyon on August 2, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Horray! I ride miles and miles in normal clothes. I too have found shirts in modern fabrics that pack tiny and aresuper comfortable and never need ironing! You are really sensible. Well done.



  40. Jonathan Poon on August 2, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Any chance of reviewing the Overlander series from Morvelo. Casual bike touring clothing but with some cycling function



  41. Smokey Bear Grill & BBQ on August 2, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Thanks for that information. Your right… So what about shorts. Any recommendations? Thanks



  42. Billy Miller on August 2, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I ordered two hiking shirts from REI. Your points are excellent. What shorts do you prefer?



  43. Billy's Bikes & Brews on August 2, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Great info.. helps the budget.. Thrift Stores.. love the idea.. I am getting tired of putting sunscreen on.. I might do a similar story.. I am starting a series on “BikePacking on a Budget” love your content..



  44. Michael Weaver on August 2, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Rode cotton t shirts for years including a 4500 mile over the summer trip with cut off shorts. I now wear jerseys and I MUCH prefer them as they evaporate the sweat and the pockets are very useful. They also cover my back and I have no problem exposing my arms to the sun, probably because I have very hairy arms. Jerseys are not that expensive without team logos or graphics and they last a long time. I do agree cycling clothing tends to irritate a certain segment of the population and it always makes you stand out. I am considering buying less form fitting cycling clothing to blend in better. To be honest I don’t look good at all in tight clothing anyway.



  45. Douglas Herr on August 2, 2019 at 2:23 am

    If we’re not bicycle racers why do we need to look like one? A comment to all your views, not you. I don’t wear a jersey or the bike shorts.



  46. Lake Tahoe Outdoors on August 2, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Denying the hipster title… typical hipster. At 40 your the exact right age to be a hipster, "supple life" come on, hipster as it gets, you got hipster bikes you ride to coffee outdoors, if I wanted to go after a "hipster" persona I’d start with you as my role model… hipster! Grow mustache already!😉



  47. Handy Dandy Dalton on August 2, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Hey man! Love the channel. Training to go on my first bike camping trip. Very inspiring.



  48. Squirrel on August 2, 2019 at 2:30 am

    I agree with all ur points, but wear cycling jerseys because

    – pockets
    – full zipper in front
    – wicks away moisture
    – easy wash and line dry
    – high vis
    – aero

    Wear cycling bib shorts for

    – padded chamois
    – prevents chafing
    – more comfortable than a waistline short
    – compression on legs



  49. Joachim Macdonald on August 2, 2019 at 2:32 am

    I don’t wear cycling kit, but I kinda think the one advantage they have is the back pockets – they just look so damn convenient!



  50. Ravin' Dave on August 2, 2019 at 2:32 am

    long sleeve t-shirt for me. Nice and s-t-r-et-c-h-y, absorbs sweat that cools me down while riding at 15mph, and you can get them in a variety of colors. Now if I could only find the old-style touring shorts with pockets . . . .