This order is for shortsleeve items (including sleeveless vests) and bottoms (shorts and knickers). We are not ordering longsleeve items (jackets, armwarmers, etc) at this time but we have a number of those in stock. See our main clothing page for info on what we have in stock and other general info about GPC bike clothing.
Custom orders for jerseys, vests, and bottoms are due by Monday 30 July 2012. You have a choice of how to order: on-line or paper. In either case, please review the detailed information on this page. Most of the information will also appear in the July 2012 Wheel Truth. If you have any questions not answered here, please email us at Clothing at Grizz dot Org.
ON-LINE ORDERING. Go to the Voler Online Ordering System ("VOOS") GPC page, but first read these notes:
We prefer that you use on-line ordering if possible, because it is easier for us as well as for you.
PAPER ORDERING. Use the paper order form. You can get it here. [It was also meant to be in the July 2012 Wheel Truth, but it is not.] Instructions are on the form. Even if ordering online, this form is a convenient reference for prices, etc.
Voler sizing information is here. However, the comment on that page about free sizing exchanges does not apply to special-ordered GPC bike clothing.
Here are info updates which are not in the July 2012 Wheel Truth.
|SIZING KIT. The Voler sizing kit will be available for try-out from (approximately) Friday July 13 through Monday July 30. If you don't already know your Voler size, please plan to try it out during that time. To make an appointment, contact Margie Kirk at 510-526-9386 or tailwnds55 at aol dot com. Margie is about 1/2-mile from the Marin Circle in North Berkeley.|
This section of this page contains the same information as in the July 2012 Wheel Truth, but with updates as appropriate.
In July, GPC will place a bike clothing order from our usual vendor, Voler, for shortsleeve and sleeveless items (jerseys and vests) and bottoms (shorts and knickers). This is your ONLY chance to order non-stock items such as full-zip jerseys, race-cut jerseys, sleeveless jerseys, bottoms of any sort, special sizes such as XS or XXL, or special fabrics.
Orders are due to GPC by Monday 30 July. You can order by paper using the the order form printed in the July Wheel Truth and mailing it in. [Update: the form was erroneously omitted from the Wheel Truth. Get it here using that link.] Or, you can order on-line by following the instructions at the top of this page.
Of the items ordered in September, the only items which GPC plans to stock in inventory for later purchase are wind vests and club-cut jerseys. Everything else is a custom order. You must select your size and style in advance from the choices listed on the order form.
Even if all you want is a stock item, we ask you to place an order so that we don't have to guess quite so much about which sizes to stock. Also, you will likely get a better price if you order now rather than buying later from stock.
The remainder of this article covers many details.
By the way, Voler is pronounced “voe-LAY”, as in French.
PRICING, RIDE LEADER CREDITS. Prices shown on the order form include sales tax and shipping from Voler to GPC. You need to pay in advance. After GPC receives the items, you need to pick yours up.
You can use ride leader credits (RLC) for your items, one set of 8 credits per item. If you plan to lead rides in the coming year, you may order one item using "RLC Layaway"; that is, an incomplete set of credits. You will receive your item after you complete the set of 8, and you have until the end of July 2013 to do that. If you have not done so by then, you're expected to pay for the item instead. You may have only one outstanding RLC Layaway item, so if you currently have one from a previous order, you need to complete that set of 8 before you order any more on RLC Layaway. For questions about this or any aspect of ride leader credits, contact Debbie Miskell at LeaderCredits at Grizz dot Org or (415)789-1068.
SIZES AND SIZING KIT. If you want to order GPC Voler clothing but need to find out your size, the best way is to try the sizing samples. We expect to have a sizing kit on loan from Voler for two weeks, roughly the last two weeks of July. If you don't already know your Voler size, please plan to try the sizing kit during that time. For availability, see the sizing kit info above.
If you are unable to try the sizing kit, the manufacturer's sizing info is on the web. However, please be aware that (a) Voler's sizes may be quite different from what you're used to — especially if you are new to quality road bike clothing, which is intended to fit snugly; and (b) custom-order items cannot be exchanged or returned. For those reasons, we hope you try the sizing kit!
JERSEY CUTS. There are two different cuts of jersey: club-fit and race-fit. The sizing kit includes samples of both, in all sizes. Race-fit is more snug, particularly around the belly and waist. For men's, race cut is about 2" shorter in the rear than the club cut (as measured, for men's size M longsleeve). Thus, men's race-fit size L is about as long as men's club-fit size M, but they fit differently. For women's, the two cuts are about the same length, but club cut has no elastic at the waist as well as fitting differently. If unsure, your best bet is to use the sizing kit to try on both.
JERSEY ZIPPERS. You have a choice of “20-inch hidden” or “full-length exposed” zipper. “20-inch hidden” is the style that we stock for shortsleeve. It looks more photogenic, to my taste anyway. But “full-length exposed” has several practical advantages. It allows you to put on or take off the jersey like a jacket, instead of like a pullover, so you need not remove your helmet, fuss with your hat, etc. It is less delicate and has larger teeth, so you can zip or unzip faster with less fumbling while your bike is in motion and/or while wearing (some) long-fingered gloves. The full-length exposed zipper adds $2 to your price, unless you are using ride leader credits. The sizing kit should include samples with each type of zipper.
THERMAL VESTS. These are a very warm fabric, far thicker and more windproof than either the jerseys or wind vests. It's the same fabric as for the thermal jackets.
WOMEN'S OUTERWEAR. New for this model year (2012): Voler now offers women's cut wind vests and thermal vests. The old cut for vests, which they previously labeled as unisex, is still available with no changes except that they now label it as men's. (Same story for wind jackets and thermal jackets; however, those are not available with this order.) The men's (formerly unisex) is no longer available in size XXS, presumably because the new women's size XS fits that person.
WHAT ABOUT SHORTS? We will order bike shorts only if there is enough interest. The club itself may order a few extra pair — to place in inventory for later sale or RLC use — if necessary to reach the minimum quantity for an order. If you pay for shorts and we don't receive enough orders, your payment will be refunded.
CHAMOIS PADS. Several different chamois pads are available for the bike shorts and knickers:
The sizing kit includes samples of all but the Trilogy pad. Although it's best to see the different pads for yourself, you can get some info on the different pads from Voler's web site. Go here for men's pads. Go here for women's pads.
If in doubt, I would suggest the time-tested standard pads: Torino for men, Diamante for women. The Trilogy is rather thick and the Estrella is rather, ummm, substantial. I ride double centuries and — for me at least — the Torino pad works perfectly for rides of that length.
KNICKERS. Unfortunately, Voler still does not make women's cut knickers. Instead, they allow men's cut knickers to be ordered with chamois pads for either gender. However, some women report that the men's cut do not fit well, so before ordering it would be good to try the sizing kit. If women's cut knickers are important to you, you should let Voler know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/VolerApparel and maybe they will respond.
PLAIN-BLACK BACK PANEL? Our shorts design includes a yellow back panel with text and graphics. It matches the jersey and — even more important — increases visibility from the rear. On several occasions, motorists have spoken to GPC members wearing the jersey and shorts and told them how highly visible they are compared to other riders. However, in the past, some people asked for a plain-black back panel instead on the shorts, with no text or graphics. This year, Voler says we can have the plain-black back panel option provided that we order a certain minimum quantity. You can specify this choice via the paper order form (only), but not via on-line ordering. Caveat: You need to indicate what you want to do in case we don't make the minimum quantity. On the paper form, under "Black Back?", write "Pref" if it is simply a preference and you'll take the regular back panel as a second choice; or write "Only" if you only want the plain-black back panel and we should cancel your order for shorts if the minimum quantity is not met. Update (2012-07-12): We have met the quantity minimum for plain-black back panel, so you can definitely order it. You can order it in any style (shorts, bibs, kickers, etc), any pad, and any fabric that you see in VOOS . . . but you cannot order it using VOOS. You need to send us the plain-black back panel portion of your order via paper mail or email. (You should still order your tops via VOOS.)
HIGH-COMPRESSION SHORTS FABRIC. Voler offers an optional "elite" fabric for bike shorts, called "Forza HC". It costs $15 more ($20 on skinsuits) and is intended for racing. It is high-compression (hence "HC"), and Voler says it has surface dimpling and is more opaque (less see-through) than their previous "elite" fabric. Most people won't want it, so it's not shown on the paper order form. Note: This is truly a high-compression fabric. So much so that the fit feels very different from the regular fabric. It will compress in ways that you may not expect. If you are considering it, you'll want to try it first if you possibly can, for both feel and fit.
ARTICO KNICKERS FABRIC. Voler offers an optional thermal fabric for knickers, called "Artico". It is warm and fleecy, and the sizing kit includes a sample of it. It costs $15 more and it too is not shown on the paper order form.
If you have questions not answered here, contact Melarie or Mark at Clothing at Grizz dot Org.
— Mark Abrahams
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The Davis Bike Club has some useful comments on Voler sizing, zipper options, and bib shorts.