6 modern vintage swimsuits that will make you feel like Merckx
Wilier Triestina 1975 Jersey
Inspired by the wool jersey used in the mid-1970s by the Rossano Veneto amateur team, this lightweight wool and acrylic offer is vintage with a short brass zipper in the front and center and three zippered pockets. buttoned at the back. Pockets are sewn-stopper to be extremely durable when filled with your favorite snack and drink on the bike; I love a San Pellegrino Pompelmo with my mid-ride sammies with Parma ham, figs and ciabatta soft goat cheese. As with most wool swimsuits, a base layer can help with comfort, but the softness of a 50/50 merino-acrylic blend means that on the warmer days, it can be foregone. € 116 (around $ 132). —Mike Yozell->
Cima Coppi Donostia Raglan Jersey
Spanish clothing manufacturer Cima Coppi offers a variety of retro-style woolen jerseys in modern, vibrant colors for both men and women. The Donostia Raglan is made of mid-weight European Merino Wool 380 GSM (grams per square meter) at the Cima Coppa facility in Oviedo, Spain. It has an 8 inch zipper and three back pockets. It can be ordered on the Cima Coppa website or from its two US resellers. 105 € (around 118 $). – Ron Koch
Cima Coppi Donostia Raglan Jersey, $ 118.00
Woolistic Molteni Wool cycling jersey
Nothing says vintage racing like this cool-colored Molteni replica jersey from Woolistic. In a fun historical move, Woolistic has included rainbow stripes on its sleeves and collar, as the team’s most notable member, Eddy Merckx deserves. The merino wool jersey also features three back pockets and embroidered logos on the front, back and sleeves. Woolistic also offers replica jerseys from lesser-known teams like Wolf, Wiels and Lucifer-Criterium, as well as a white rainbow stripe Molteni jersey, Merckx edition, through its Vintage Velos site. $ 140. – Ron Koch
Molteni Woolistic cycling jersey, $ 140.00
Brooks cycling jersey B1866 in wool
Produced by DeMarchi for the 2014 Brooks Cycling Team to wear at the original L’Eroica in Tuscany and L’Eroica Britannia in Derbyshire, this limited edition wool and acrylic blend pays homage to John Boultree Brooks and the company he founded in 1866.
B1866 is also the Brooks Company store at Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London. A self-proclaimed cathedral of all things Brooks, shoppers can find all of the merchandise that made the company famous, while browsing its more modern offerings. 160 € (around 183 $). —Mike Yozell
Brooks cycling jersey B1866 in wool
Rapha Lombardia Long Sleeve Jersey
This limited edition jersey pays homage to the 1909 Giro di Lombardia, the fall classic for a day around Lake Como in Italy, known by its lyrical nickname, “The Race of the Falling Leaves”. But never mind: let’s talk about another part of Europe, where this side button collar comes from.
Rapha calls it a Breton pass; it probably buttons up at the shoulder rather than the front due to a connection to the windy weather in Brittany, where front zip sweaters would be instantly ripped from your chest by offshore winds. And yes, the buttons are correct: Although the forerunners of the zipper date back to 1851, it was not patented until 1917 and was not widely used until about a decade later. The Lombardia jersey additionally uses these buttons as a closure for three spacious and deep pockets where a true Breton could stash some pre-PowerBar energy food. When putting away these snacks, browse the center panel, which recalls this monument’s route from a long time ago.
The Lombardia jersey is the classic Rapha Sportwool, known for its soft touch and durability. It comes in just one color scheme, a dark forest green with a mustard center panel above a lower third in a chocolate plum hue. It’s woody and earthy and a bit melancholy, as we all experience when the summer riding season begins to pass. From color to history to style, the Lombardia swimsuit is to wear when you want to stand out, whether it’s on a ride or under a blazer for a happy hour. $ 240.—Joe Lindsey
Rapha Lombardia Long Sleeve Jersey, $ 240.00
Bontrager Classic Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey
The Classic is a great jersey for the rider who wants a touch of classic style, but not the frills, both trendy and historic, that come with limited-edition heritage pieces from other brands. While the Lombardia jersey is deeply rooted in European racing history, the Bontrager Classic carefully avoids such specific references. It’s no less stylish for that, with a subtle and understated tricolor graphic on the left chest and right back pocket, against a one-color fabric available in a sunny sky blue or a harsh dark gray called Smoke.
The fabric itself is something Bontrager calls Profila Thermal, essentially a merino knit fabric offering the pleasant blend of softness and warmth of wool. The fit is fitted, with generously long sleeves, a moderately dropped tail, and a draw flap behind the full-length zipper. On the outside of the right back pocket is a small water resistant pocket with a snap cover, but it does not fit larger phones like the iPhone 6 or Samsung ‘phablets’. Modest reflective piping runs the full length of the outer pocket seams. $ 230. —Joe Lindsey
Bontrager Classic Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey, $ 230.00
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