I started hacking sleeves off my t-shirts in '85 or '86. Don't exactly remember exactly. My mom used to tell me that I was ruining my clothes, but if I was more apt to wear a sleeveless t-shirt than one with extra fabric covering my upper arm, then allow me to define "ruined" for myself. Besides, t-shirts are way easier to fold when they are nothing more than a rectangle.
I don't always want to ride in a regular cycling jersey. The freedom of something other the a zippered, high-collared, pocket-laden blouse is a beautiful thing. A ride just becomes more pleasant when you feel less geared up and performance oriented. Sleeveless t-shirts don't allow for the same kind of airflow as an unzipped jersey, so that's why I became a fan of the button-up, sleeveless riding shirt.
Anyways, I've always just cut the sleeves off cotton, button-up Goodwill shirts wishing for a more technical/breathable fabric. My own line of Club Pride shirts were born out necessity, as I probably woulda hacked the sleeves off a regular Club Ride shirt, but I found myself swimming in their size small. SWIMMING. I've won/been gifted three of them in the past and had to pass them along to my chubbier friends.
So, last year at Interbike, they came out with the Billy Bob jersey... still no sizes smaller than small. Sigh.
photo cred: Bike RumorI was disappoint.
Time passes, Aaron Chambermaid of Singletracks.com starts getting chatty with the folks at Club Ride, he tells them of my fondness of sleeveless riding apparel, and just like I never left "the industry," one is on its way to me.
And it was too big.
So I took it to my favorite alterations place, paid to have the mesh side panels taken out, and everything sewed back together. Happiness.
Inspired by their inclusion of us wee people into their folds, my interest in owning some Club Ride stuff was once again piqued, and I went ahead and placed an order for some other things.
The Link, a long-sleeve base layer. I like base layers, I like black, I like thumb holes.
Pit Stop shorts. I don't really like tech-fabric looking shorts. I only wear them when it's raining at work and that's about it. Otherwise, cotton. These shorts are a cotton-Spandex blend so they look like cotton and stretch like Spandex. The legs are nice and tapered, and all these things make for a pair of shorts that don't make me feel like a tiny dork swimming inside a huge pair of short pants. Oh yeah, normal pockets to make them look like normal shorts and one inconspicuous side pocket for my phone. Nice.
Warning. Warning. Warning.
I'm out until next Monday. Kid's at camp, so going to enjoy some childless time for awhile. Riding, playing, drinking, walking, people watching with the The Pie for the next four days.