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2013-09-06 8:04 PM

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Subject: Shirtless riding
Just curious for short distances does anyone ride shirtless/jerseyless? I have a short 20mi tomorrow and then a run, most of the ride is shaded and it's pretty hot. If I can help it I really like to doff layers. For most of my sprints I biked shirtless.


2013-09-06 8:37 PM
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It sounds like a good idea until you crash.  I always wear a short sleeve jersey and gloves on training rides.  One time I forgot my jersey, I wore a tech shirt I had in my car.  Not because I was ashamed of being shirtless...I just wanted to avoid digging asphalt out of my skin if at all possible.

For racing, it becomes a "worth it" decision.  In a non wetsuit swim, going topless can save you some time by decreasing drag in the water and maybe some on the bike.  But you take the risk that you may suffer more/worse road rash if you go down.  Some people feel it's worth it...others may not.

I wish I could tell you that you will never crash, and never suffer severe road rash...but I'd be lying.

2013-09-06 9:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Shirtless riding
I've been involved in some crashes, including one in a race, and I don't even want to think about what my upper body would look like if I wasn't wearing a shirt.  I run shirtless a lot and I think it helps quite a bit.  (You might have heard that it is hot and humid in central SC.)  On the bike, the benefit is much less because the wind created by riding provides a lot of cooling.
2013-09-06 11:41 PM
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I guess I am a maverick or maybe just not that bright, if it's over 85, I go without a shirt, usually wear a helmet, but not always. Doesn't matter the length of the ride.

FWIW, I used to ride motorcycle the same way. Though with age has come some wisdom and I wouldn't do that anymore. I have crashed at over 10 MPH on a bike and it hurt, was wearing a shirt, still have the scars on my hip and leg. Stuff happens. Helmet is smart, so is the shirt. Your choice.
2013-09-07 1:39 AM
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Subject: RE: Shirtless riding

Originally posted by proudrcf Just curious for short distances does anyone ride shirtless/jerseyless? I have a short 20mi tomorrow and then a run, most of the ride is shaded and it's pretty hot. If I can help it I really like to doff layers. For most of my sprints I biked shirtless.

I'm a girl, but I would define shirtless for us as wearing just a sports bra...

All I keep thinking about is that the sweat has nowhere to go but annoyingly drip drip drip drip drip everywhere.  My Jersey and arm coolers serve to soak up sweat so it doesn't bother me and drip all over my hands and make my grip slippery.

So, no...I don't think I would enjoy shirtless riding.  Jerseys are useful for containing the sweat!



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2013-09-07 5:26 AM
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Originally posted by Jason N

It sounds like a good idea until you crash.  I always wear a short sleeve jersey and gloves on training rides.  One time I forgot my jersey, I wore a tech shirt I had in my car.  Not because I was ashamed of being shirtless...I just wanted to avoid digging asphalt out of my skin if at all possible.

For racing, it becomes a "worth it" decision.  In a non wetsuit swim, going topless can save you some time by decreasing drag in the water and maybe some on the bike.  But you take the risk that you may suffer more/worse road rash if you go down.  Some people feel it's worth it...others may not.

I wish I could tell you that you will never crash, and never suffer severe road rash...but I'd be lying.



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2013-09-07 6:32 AM
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Subject: RE: Shirtless riding
If you are riding in aero... Never!

I saw a photo of me riding in aero shirtly right before my Ironman. My BF was just under 10%. The photograph has been destroyed. Stuff sags in aero.
2013-09-07 7:09 AM
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Wow, does a top really help that much?  I went down last year and was wearing a tri suit....the suit ripped to shreds and I still had to have asphalt cleaned out of my skin (it seemed to be just as bad on my hip, which was initially covered, as it was on my shoulder and my leg, which were not covered).  

My hands certainly would have been better had I been wearing gloves, but gloves are thicker than jersey/suit/shirt material.  Maybe it could help, but in my experience, it didn't. 

2013-09-07 9:27 AM
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I wear a tight tri top or trisuit for hot rides. The evaporation keeps you cool. There is a guy around here who rides in bibs with no short. Looks a little different!
2013-09-07 11:50 AM
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Where do you store your phone/id/taxi cash/bike tools of you go withouta top?
2013-09-07 12:12 PM
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As a single female, I approve of men riding shirtless.

That said, crashes and sunburn can be pretty unpleasant



2013-09-07 12:45 PM
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I used to do this a lot years ago. Until one day I got multiple flats and had to stop at a farmhouse to use the phone. There was a nice elderly lady who let me wait while someone came to pick me up but I sure felt weird being shirtless in her living room chatting. Now I never do it.
2013-09-07 3:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Shirtless riding
On hot days i just put a tri top on and go.  That way I know where the chaffing is going to happen if it is going to happen...
2013-09-08 8:14 AM
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Lycra isn't leather and isn't doing you any good in a crash.
2013-09-08 9:33 AM
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Originally posted by RussTKD Lycra isn't leather and isn't doing you any good in a crash.

I disagree. I've crashed, and I'm lucky my jersey & shorts held up. I got road rash on my bare arm, and on my hip - just above my shorts where my jersey must have moved up. I had some really faint scratches on my upper thigh (covered by my bike shorts) and shoulder (covered by my jersey).

Lycra won't completely protect you, but it can help you.

2013-09-08 10:42 AM
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Agree with crashes, but just as important, bugs... riding shirtless and expect to get a few "stingers" when bugs slam against your skin. That's when you wish you had a shirt on...

... and of course when you get back home and shower when the sunburn get's exposed to the water. Oh that feeling! You know you're alive at that point!


2013-09-08 12:37 PM
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I don't do it. I crashed on my bike once and on that day I was wearing a tri top and not a sleeved bike jersey. For course I never thought it would happen to me but I was going 20mph and my wheel got stuck in a pit on the bike trail and down I went. The tri top got tore up but you could easily tell where the jersey ended and where my base skin was sliding on the pavement. 95% of my rides are with normal bike jerseys now, just for this very reason. Road rash SUCKS and it takes forever to heal, so anything reasonable I can do to limit the damage I'll do. Also, having your back exposed to the sun for hours on end is horrible. For me, covering most of my skin up from the sun keeps me way way cooler than taking my shirt off. A lesson that was very hard to learn while running. Even running, it sucks having some wet thing on me but I do stay cooler with the shirt on than off. For running, anything ~90+ I'm wearing a shirt and a cap to keep the sun off me.
2013-09-08 1:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Shirtless riding
Originally posted by Clempson

Where do you store your phone/id/taxi cash/bike tools of you go withouta top?


Phone/ID/Cash goes in my aero box on the top tube.

Bike tools/spare go in the extra water bottle I carry behind my seat.

I do, however, wear a shirt/jersey/tri top.
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