Cold Weather Cycling with the Twin Six Fall Collection


Yes, cold weather cycling clothing is necessary even in Texas…especially if you dislike being chilly as much as I do. You’d think that a guy like me who’s from Canada would find even the coldest temperatures in Austin to be balmy sun tanning weather, but that’s exactly why I’m here and not there.  I am the biggest cold weather wimp around.

Oh, before I get into this (and in case you don’t read any further), we’ve got a fantastic Twin Six Giveaway for a Jersey of your choice.  See the bottom of this post for details.

There is a lot of great cycling gear out there (including the #bikeschool Jersey and  Loving the Bike Kit from Groucho Sports, of course), but I’ve always liked what the boys from Twin Six put out.  I had one of their T-shirts already, but when Mark from Twin Six sent me a jersey to try out from their Fall Collection I was very happy to add it to my growing closet of riding clothing….and it came at the perfect time.  Oh, and thanks for the socks as well Mark.

My “The Deluxe” jersey arrived last Tuesday and on Thursday we got hit with a short, but cold, front that moved in.  I dug out my 3/4 length bibs, put on the new Twin Six jersey, went riding, and am now ready to give you my feedback:

The Twin Six “The Deluxe” Jersey

  • In an ideal world, we’d never need anything more than a regular short-sleeved jersey….but if it does have to get cold, then a cozy long sleeve like this one is oh so necessary.
  • They call it “100% Super-Soft Micro Polyester”.  I call it comfy.
  • The temperature was around 60F (15C) when I rode, even though it felt much colder. The jersey performed beautifully at this temperature, but in anything colder I would need to wear a cycling jacket or extra layer for sure. (I told you, I’m a serious wimp)
  • Made in America – Even though I’m a Canadian, I have to say how great it is to see clothing still being made over here.  Nice job, Twin Six.
  • Coolness Factor – Being Grey and Black, the jersey doesn’t pop out as being one of the most brilliant one’s out there, but it’s super stylish and made me feel like a rock star when I was wearing it.  I’d have to say this is one of Twin Six’s strengths…they put out “cool” stuff.
  • This jersey has nice big pockets and all that jazz.  What can I say…it’s a solid jersey that fits the need.
It has since warmed up again here in the Hill Country, but there’s no doubt that more cold days are on the way.  With helpful accessories like my new Twin Six, I’m ready for it.

The Contest:

Thanks to everyone who told us about their favorite Twin Six jerseys and for entering the contest.  Entries are now closed, and we’ve selected a winner using

Congratulations to Michael Deming who is the lucky winner and will receive his choice of a “The Cross” jersey from Twin Six.  Huge thanks to Mark and the boys over at Twin Six for partnering with us on this contest.

We usually don’t make you work too hard to enter our contests, but for this one we’ll crank up the entry just slightly.  Head over to and let us know which jersey is your favorite (let us know what your second favorite is as well in case they’re out of stock).  We’ll collect comments from today through Friday at Noon EST, and the lucky winner (who we pick using will receive their dream Twin Six jersey.  How awesome is that?  Pick your jerseys, tell us about it in the comments below, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday afternoon.

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89 Responses to “ Cold Weather Cycling with the Twin Six Fall Collection ”

  1. Torsten Weirich on November 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Here are my choices:
    1. Argyle
    2. Deluxe Gray

  2. Scott on November 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Men’s THE ARGYLE (YELLOW) xl!

  3. Stephanie Gadaleta on November 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hard to choose but I think the Pink/Black/White Women’s Masher (W-2012)  jersey is my favorite wit the long sleeved School Girl (w-2010) in a close second 

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Yeah, it’s hard to choose just a couple isnt’ it?  Good luck, Stephanie….we’ll announce the lucky winner this afternoon.

  4. Shirley on November 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I like the 2012 Masher. Stripes are different, pretty cool and the pink, perfect match with my seat and bars 😉 2nd choice easy! The All City 🙂 They both look like they’ll make me fast – hah – and just look fun to ride in. 

  5. Antoine RJ Wright on November 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Interesting collection and designs there. I’m usually a bit more understated in my daily threads than much of what’s there through. If I my pick, I’d go for the T6 Wooly 2012 Green. It is just enough bling with the rest of the style. The Deluxe would be a second pick, because that one looks good for off-the-bike moments.

  6. Mark Sinclair on November 11, 2011 at 7:07 am

    1. Cabby Love (2012) Large
    2. Cabby Love (Olive) Large
    I like these, If I don’t win I’ll I’ll probably buy my first choice.  thanks.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Hi Mark, a big Cabby Love fan huh?  Great jersey and good luck in winning it.

  7. Jamie on November 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    1st Choice: The Deluxe (Gray) 2012 LS
    2nd Choice: The Motor (preferably Red)
    size: SML

  8. John Myers on November 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    It’s so nice to have these guys 5 blocks from where I live, although it can put a dent in the old pocketbook. Their t’s are amazing as well.

    Love the Speedy Motor City (wool) jersey and it would be awesome for the upcoming MPLS winter riding.

    Second fab would be the Mach 6. Checker me fancy for that jersey!

  9. Andy on November 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Twin Six’s jersey’s look fabulous.  I have many favs, but the two that really stand out are
    1.  Speedy London and
    2.  The Motor in Blue

  10. Richard C. on November 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I like the T6 Wooly  GRAY OR, the T6 Wooly 2012 Gray, XL. It get’s cold up here in MN! I needs me some wool!

  11. Sue Gelber on November 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    They all look great. Twin Six always has great designs. Personally, I have to go for The Schoolgirl – cute and classic. The Bird looks nice too though… 

  12. Stuebeb on November 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Twin Six is awesome! I love the women’s All City jersey! The logo pops on the all-black and would be easily seen when riding or just showing off around town. Very cool!

  13. Kim on November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Sleigher thermal- since I just did my first mountain bike race this year (Chequamegon 40)! and a close 2nd is the School girl because I don’t live in SoCal.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

      That School Girl jersey sure is a popular choice.  Good luck, Kim.

  14. Cycletwerp on November 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    1=Masher (ladies)
    2=Black metal (ladies

    Love your stuff…I already have some of your cycling clothes and would love some more!!

  15. Sshep21 on November 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    The Cross because I love Cross and Cars r Coffins and you know my thoughts on that:)

  16. Heather H on November 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Haha Darryl, I think I could easily win the competition for biggest cold weather wimp!! The School Girl is my fav, second choice the Vixen. I love Twin Six stuff, they have the best t-shirts too.

  17. Jason Morton on November 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I love the Cat 6 2012 Mens Large because that definitely describes me!  I ride to finish not to win (since I already won the battle with cancer 2 years ago!)
    I also like the Cabby 2012 Large just cause it looks cool. 

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

      That’s a great motto, Jason.  Congratulations on your battle and keep on Living Strong.

  18. Sonny Williams on November 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    The Cat 6 (2012) and The Cabby (Olive) would look awesome while I’m scorching the downhill!

  19. Todd on November 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Pretty sharp looking jerseys.

    1st – The Cabby (Olive)
    2nd – The Cat 6 (2012)

  20. Jalisa Klein on November 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The WOMENS YULE TIDE is sweet!!! I was to wear that to Christmas – and my second is the COMMUTER T – which migh tbe my fav but due to the seasons…Yule Tide wins!

  21. Alyssa on November 10, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Been a TwinSix fan for years—all but five jerseys and three pairs of shorts in my closet are theirs, but I’d never pass up a chance to win another. The Deluxe long sleeve (M) would be my first choice, followed by the 2012 Wooly Green (M). Good stuff.

  22. Malachi Doane on November 10, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Ok, a shot at a jersey, super. Dopers Suck Black would be #1 and the Deluxe LS #2 but they are all super and Medium would fit. Thanks for the offer to put in for this! It’s turned cold, wet and dark here in the southern tier of New York but I’ll be damned if the seasons not over when I say it’s over! A few weeks ago I was doing hills in the snow, today I think it looks like rain.

  23. Joe Regan on November 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    The Wooly Green (2011) is my fave but I doubt that’s in the running for the contest given the price 🙂 So it’s the Cat 6 2012 for me with the Cabby (2012) a close 2nd (I’ve got the Green Cabby already.) Love their stuff, well made too.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Any jersey is an option, Joe.  Thanks for entering and good luck.  We’ll pick a winner at Noon today.

  24. Paolo Gardinali on November 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Any of the Wooly would do, desperately looking for comfy/long sleeves durable jerseys for this season!

  25. Tony Meysenburg on November 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    T6 Wooly 2012 Large
    Cause there’s nothing quite like wool. It keeps you warm and cool and takes a while to stink up. 

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Good point, Tony.  Good luck on adding the Wooly to your jersey collection.

  26. Bluelou1 on November 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    the Masher 2011, the Motor 2012. I’ll be the first in my group to have one. Looks great!

  27. Mister Green on November 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve always been partial to the MERINO TRAINER (G) and, of course, the T6 WOOLY 2012 (GREEN)……in large

  28. Michael Parker on November 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite right now is the Cabby in yellow, but I already have that.  On my wishlist is The Deluxe (LS) for those winter days.

  29. ZachM on November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Love the MPLS Bike Love jersey.  As a MN native living in Boise Idaho, I think I need one of those.  Second fav would be The Deluxe.  Cheers

  30. Rich Long on November 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    All of Twin Six’s gear is great so pick a fave is hard. Going with the Masher 2011 1st and the Cat 6 (my true race speed) 2nd.

  31. Keith R Edmiston on November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I’m a ditto on the yellow versions of the Cabbie and the Argyle.  Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Matt Florio on November 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I don’t see how you can go wrong with The Cabby (yellow) or The Argyle (yellow).  Both scream, “Hey, I am awesome (and classy to boot)!”

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Hey Matt, thanks for entering.  I think I know why you chose Yellow…..nice.

  33. Kelli Myers Jennings on November 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    The Bird, for sure.  Then, the Vixen.  Nice lookin  jerseys!

  34. Ian Redmond on November 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Jersey 1 The  Black Dopers suck- to get out the name DOPERS SUCK as they are not real cyclists and try to become the best by cheating while everyone else does it the right way and reaches the top at the right way not the wrong way.

    The Cat Jersey – I think this jersey would stick out in a peleton here in ireland as many teams do not have checkered jerseys and it would stand out in races so people will know who you are… i  think all the jerseys are top class!!! Everygood selection!!

  35. Bob Simonette on November 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I have one of their argyle jerseys and I love it. As for the contest my first choice is The Motor (2012) #11020103 my second choice is the Speedy Milan #11020112 size XL. I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win (kind of like the little engine that could) ;^)

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Keep putting out the positive vibes, Bob.  Good luck….we’ll announce the winner on Friday afternoon.

  36. Lee on November 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I like “the Motor (2012)” and “The Motor (Red)”

  37. Brandon Eason on November 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    My favorite is The Motor (Red), but The Argyle (Yellow) is also sweet.  They have a lot of great looking jerseys and tech tees.

  38. GTJules99 on November 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Ok my first favorite isn’t on there….it’s the 2012 Fat Cyclist, short-sleeve, Women’s Large  jersey. So the next two are, The School Girl, Women’s, 2012, Large and 2nd fav is the Masher, Women’s 2012, Large. 

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Great picks, so many great jerseys….it’s hard to pick a favorite isn’t it?

  39. Kendall on November 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    first choice would be the CRC (blue) jersey. 2nd is Speedy London. 

  40. Nathan Johnson on November 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I have The Cabby from last year and love it. But my first choice would be The Cat 6 (2012). I like that design better than last years. Second choice would be The Cabby (2012).

  41. John Chappell on November 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    T6 WOOLY (GREEN) or T6 WOOLY 2012 (GREEN)
    I’m older and I’m way thinner than I used to be…but I’m also way stronger and faster than I used to be!  Seeing as how I’m now suffering more from the cold than the effort these days and seeing as how I really love to wear GREEN…I would truly love to win one of these classic Twin Six jerseys!

  42. Jessy Diamond on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I really like my Mach 6 Twin Six jersey, but if I had to buy another one (and I probably will), I’ll probably be buying a grey Wooly or a Motor jersey. I really liked the old old argyle jersey, but the new ones are too busy for my taste.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks for adding your comments and favorites.  Good luck in winning another to add to your collection.

  43. Andrew Collins on November 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

    My current fav’s are the brew pub and the new motor! Love me some twin six!!

  44. Chesla Seely-Anschutz on November 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Awesome not just because of the great styles… but MADE IN AMERICA!!
    First choice – The Vixen
    Second choice – All City

  45. Nicole S on November 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I’d go for the School Girl or the Fat Cyclist women’s jerseys.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Yeah, they make some great Fat Cyclists jersey’s don’t they?  Good luck and thanks for entering.

  46. Zach Jacob on November 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I like the T6 Wooly 2012 Green and the Deluxe Gray.

  47. Keath on November 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I think “The Brew Pub” is my favorite, too, with “The Argyle” in second.  Snazzy jerseys; a nice change of pace from the typical ones you see out there. 

  48. Michele Sun on November 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    1st choice: Women’s The School Girl (2012)
    2nd choice: Women’s The Mach 6

    Wish me luck :-p

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Nice choices, Michele.  Thanks for entering and good luck.  We’ll announce the winner on Friday afternoon.

  49. Katie on November 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love the School Girl and the Metal jerseys, though I own the teal the bird & green hoodie, which is a fav.

  50. JuliaS on November 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’m loving the long sleeve School Girl. Or the same in short sleeves. 

  51. Kim on November 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Since it’s already cold where I live I’d pick long-sleeved jerseys. I like the Deluxe (gray), even though its a men’s jersey, because I like gray and black. My second choice would be the School Girl long-sleeved, 2012.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Sounds good, Kim.  It’s always cool for a girl to get a men’s jersey…..but not generally the reverse.  Good Luck.

  52. PedalmanTO on November 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I think that top picture should be used for Christmas cards this year. 60F is getting chilly for you? oh boy… I guess you won’t be visiting me this Jan?
    I have a TwinSix jacket that has seen huge wear and it still looks new. They make their products to last! I’m up for this contest for sure. My first choice would be the Speedy London and my second the Deluxe LS.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Hahaha, yeah that would make a nice Christmas card picture.  Good luck Ian, I know you’ll put them it to good use if you win.

  53. Bethel Strong on November 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    1st choice: The Argyle (Yellow) XL size
    2nd choice: The Cat 6 (2012) XL size

    Bethel Strong

  54. Russell on November 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Sound like a great opportunity, especially since I rode to work today in short sleeves. How about the
    Speedy Motor City,  I here Merino wool is great for taking the chill out of a morning ride!
    I like their old skool look like the Masher reminds me of the Little Rascals (for those of us old enough to remember)

  55. Dave Boyd on November 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Those are some fine looking jerseys! Oh Santa…
    I’m a cold-weather wimp like you Darryl, and the cold snaps in STL usually last more than a day. I could definitely put ‘The Deluxe’ Thermal to good use (size L). I also like ‘The Motor’ LS since daylight is in shorter supply these days. I’m glad you encouraged us to check out the website.

  56. Bob A on November 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I presume this contest does NOT include Woolies.  If not, then…
    1) Brew Pub (red)
    2) Cabby (yellow)

    If so… 1) Merino Trainer (grey) or 2) T6 Wooly (grey)

    Great to see you partnering w/ so many fantastic companies, Darryl! Keep on Loving The Bike!

  57. Ian Jonathan on November 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Kind of hard to just pick two isn’t it?  I’ll go with The Speedy London and The Deluxe.  Good luck to me, I need a new jersey.

  58. Suzanne M. Kinnison on November 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    The Masher is the bomb! The Mach 6 isn’t shabby, either!

  59. Biff Ulm on November 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

    For the cool weather starts this time of year in Minnesota (22F this morning) it would have to be the Deluxe or Deluxe Thermal.  But man, the Argyle is pretty rock’n for some new summer/trainer kit!

  60. Mbeaky73 on November 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I love “the brew club” as it is almost identical to my favourite Aussie rules football team. I also like “dopers suck” in black. So many great designs to choose from. I could list more.

  61. Michael Deming on November 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I’m diggin The Cross and The Speedy London (2011). Cool Jerseys!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      That Speedy London seems to be a popular choice.  Thanks for dropping in and entering.  Good Luck.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Congratulations, Michael.  You were selected as our winner in the Twin Six Giveaway.  Please send us your mailing address to [email protected] so we can get it out to you.

  62. Will Zager on November 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Can they be casual or do they have to be technical? Definitely the long sleeve Speed Motor City and T6 Wooly 2012 if casual, technical I’d give the nod to The Masher and The Cat 6

  63. Spargota on November 9, 2011 at 7:54 am

    The Deluxe is awesome – my favorite. Second favorite would have to be The Cabby (Steelers colors). 

  64. Eric Peters on November 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

    T6 Wooly green (M) or gray.

  65. Ashley Hill on November 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

    School girl LS or SS 🙂

  66. BrennanAnnie on November 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

    They have a great stuff over there and I guess I should tell you I like the men’s jerseys in hopes of winning something for my handsome husband but the truth is the Masher matches my bike so well that I couldn’t resist that one and the Mach is very cute. Thanks for introducing me to a new place to spend this money that just burns a hole in my pocket – haha

  67. Julie Starling on November 9, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Okay, I’ll give it a go.  They do look comfy!  The women’s Masher 2011 is my favorite.   I love the turquoise color and the stripes.  The long-sleeve School Girl would be my second choice.   🙂


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