Posh new jersey

August 1, 2012 at 22:56 | Posted in bicycles | Leave a comment
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I recently attended a gathering of folks from the sydneycyclist.com web forum. As you might expect, we met up in a pub, and there was much geeky talk about bikes, endless surprise at meeting the real manifestation of various online personae (goodness, MichaelO really is tall, isn’t he!?) and beer. Oh, and the Tour de France was on the big screen. All lots of fun, in a nerdy kind of way. And there were lucky door prizes.

And I got lucky, and won a jersey from Australian cycling wear manufacture Babici. Very exciting, since I never usually win anything I actually want (although I do have a knack for winning things I don’t; over the years I’ve bagged such items as a strange tapestry, a miniature slow cooker and a dozen lavender scented candles). I didn’t really know very much about Babici, but the prize was basically any jersey from their range. So I went online and had a look. Goodness! These things cost over $150! What cycling clothes I own are all own-name brands bought from discount retailers in the sale. This was to be my first experience of ‘high end’ cycling clothes. I chose the ‘Italo’ version, and fancied once wearing it I could hang out nonchalantly in coffee shops in the manner of the model in the catalogue.

After making my selection it arrived a few days later, together with a very nice hand-written note from the Babici guys, which was a lovely touch. It also came in its own special cloth bag. Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever had an item of clothing before that came in anything other than a plastic bag.

A few days later, I wore it on my ride to work, on a morning where I had time to take the long way round, in order to test it properly. It was a lovely day; quite cool but sunny. Perfect weather for a winter jersey. Although, saying that, I actually only own one other long sleeved jersey, and don’t wear it much as I inevitably end up getting too hot – even in cold weather. So normally I just use arm warmers and end up taking them off after fifteen minutes. Was I going to get to hot in my new jersey too?

Well, there obviously is something in this expensive clothing lark, as I didn’t. The weight and breatheability of the fabric was perfect, and I was very comfortable for my whole ride – not too cold at the start, and not to hot when I got going. Actually, I have to say my new jersey is very comfortable to wear. Much more comfortable than anything else in my rather daggy collection. Perhaps I have been practising false economy over the years, and rather having a bulging drawer of tatty jerseys costing $50 each, I should just invest in fewer good ones.

Anyway, it’s a lovely piece of clothing, and I shall wear it often. I took a pic of me modelling it, and thought it paired very well with a particularly shiny pair of $15 knicks from Torpedo7. (If you click on the picture you can see a larger one, so you can see the details on the jersey better. Or ogle my crotch, as you prefer.)

Hmmm. Perhaps I need up upgrade the rest of my cycling wardrobe. And get a fancy Italian bike. Maybe then I’ll be break into the exclusive world of catalogue-modelling, espresso-sipping cycling stylistas. Still, I bet he couldn’t ride up Awaba St on a fixie

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