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wool jerseys, anyone?
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beth h
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 Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2009 05:39 pm

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Racing my cyclocross season this year got me thinking: Much as the VB kit is cool and recognizable, it is also not the warmest thing in the world on a cold November morning.
I raced in my kit with a wool jersey layered underneath and wished that VB had a bonafide team jersey in delicious merino wool.

Since I took on the job of organizing wool jerseys for Oregon Randonneurs last year and learned a lot in the process, I'm wondering how many Bellas would pre-order a wool jersey with a simple design (say, light blue words and MAYBE the kitty logo embroidered  on a stunning black long-sleeved jersey, perhaps with light blue trim at cuffs and neck).

The cheapest route would be to buy a stack of Kucharik wool jerseys (unisex sizing) in either black or blue (sorry, pink and lavender not available) and then take them a local embroidery shop to have a logo put on the front or the shoulder. Even with artwork setup cost of jerseys with simple embroidery on upper left chest would probably run around 70 bucks each.

Woolistic makes beautiful wool jerseys and trainers. Their long-sleeved jersey w/simple embroidery would probably run around 85 to 95 bucks; the heavier, pocketless trainer would run around 225 bucks. They require a minimum group order of around 40 custom jerseys.

There is no additional, special team or "pro" discount available from either supplier. In either case, arranging something like this would take the better part of a season (i.e., a group order closes by April for September delivery).

Shipping individual jerseys to various parts of the world, of course, would be extra.

Before I stick my neck out any further, how many women would buy a merino wool jersey or trainer at these prices? If not, I won't worry about it as it's a lot of work. But I thought I'd ask. Feel free to PM and let me know.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 11th, 2009 04:41 am

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I'd definitely be interested in the $70 - $85 range...the $225....um, I get dirty and spill on myself and when riding, I sweat....so....I would need to clean it periodically, and when a piece of clothing costs me $225, I fear me taking any sort of "care" of it, and dry cleaning is not in my "preferred expense" column.

But, all the above considered, yes, I would love a wool jersey at a reasonable price.  :)  Thanks for asking - I think it's a good idea...especially as MN dips in to the -30 wind chill factor!  BURRR!

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 Posted: Fri Dec 11th, 2009 03:36 pm

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Well, the good thing about merino wool is a) it resists odor, so you can go several wears without washing b) just wash it in the washing machine with woolite or sport wash, no need to dry clean. 

I would be interested in a spring order for fall delivery, but I probably wouldn't want to order anything in next couple of months.

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Another option is Oregon Cyclewear:

http://www.oregoncyclewear.com/woolcyclingjersey.html

Scroll down to about mid-page and you can see an older design for the rando club I'm in. They didn't order enough of those jerseys and when it was time for someone to do a new order two years later, I was asked to work with Woolistic, apparently for personal reasons that had nothing to do with the product quality. Oregon Cyclewear's product line has greatly expanded since then. Lettering is offered in either embroidered or old-school flocked styles. (I would recommend embroidery for durability.)

I own a trainer from OC and it's very soft and warm. Also cheaper than Woolistic's stuff.
They also have lower minimums than Woolistic, and they're local to me which simplifies things if enough ladies are serious about wool jerseys for next fall. Finally, their jerseys are machine wash-gentle/drip dry, and shrinkage is less than 1 % when laundered this way. One slight bummer is that they only offer unisex sizing, but their sizing chart is very accurate.

I'd say that if (gulp) at least a dozen ladies wanted to do this option I'd organize it. The way I did it for OR was to take pre-payment including a flat rate for postage in conus, and to collect everyone's mailing addresses in advance. When the jerseys arrived it took me about a week to ship them all off (there were 40!). Everyone was pretty happy with the arrangement. Lemme know how many would go for this in the spring, for fall delivery.
Check out prices and PM or reply here if you think this would be a good option.  --Beth

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 Posted: Sat Dec 12th, 2009 03:03 am

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I would definitely buy one!  What a great idea.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 12th, 2009 01:53 pm

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Beth -- CONUS? are you ex-military by chance?

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 Posted: Sat Dec 12th, 2009 04:25 pm

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Heavens, no. I've worked in shipping and receiving on and off for years, where "ConUS" is commonly used.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 14th, 2009 07:14 pm

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Actually, I'd be interested in one!  Being a Michigander...  we always need warm breathable clothing.  :)


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