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Merino is not magic, if you get it soaked it's uncomfortable and in hot weather it's probably more insulation that you need. It's just better than most other alternatives when the weather gets bad, ( cotton for instance, which can be deadly when soaked in hypothermic conditions. Merino also doesn't get as clammy as some synthetics ). Waterproof and ...
I am also wearing a waterproof jacket over it which isn't very breathable Well there's your problem. The most wickable, breathable material in the world isn't going to achieve those properties if you put a plastic bag over it. If you don't want to be caught out in the rain, keep the raincoat in a backpack/messengerbag/pannier/whatever until it's ...
Merino definitely won't work as well to wick away sweat if it's not touching much of your skin, but the rain jacket trapping all of that moisture in also doesn't help. It's hard to say which is the biggest contributing factor. Perhaps try the merino on without the rain jacket once in fair weather, and see if it performs better than just a cotton shirt.
Cycling Weekly reports that "Study finds hi-viz clothing has no effect on driver passing distances". Contrary to the researchers' expectations, there was no marked difference between ‘experienced rider' kit, and a vest marked ‘Novice Cyclist', nor between ordinary clothes and hi-viz kit.
One of the "ergonomic" saddles might go some way towards solving the problem. There's a style that just have pads for your buttocks with no "nose". This will reduce the extra wear to just that from your thighs rubbing together. Or you could go the whole hog and buy a recumbent :) This one via ...
Overall riding style probably dictates the type of saddle you should choose. I do think that a cushy, fabric covered gel saddle would be more conducive to wearing out a piece of fabric than a smoother plastic or leather saddle. Another contributor to fabric wear is machine washing. Something to consider. For comparison, I wear Levi 501 shrink to fit ...
The obvious answer would be to get some Cycling Jeans, i.e. jeans specifically designed for cycling in. These have reinforcement and stretch in the right places and often have other features such as deep pockets, a loop to carry a small lock and reflective strips. Levi, Rapha, Muxu and Swrve all make cycling jeans, so there's a fair amount of choice.
A leather saddle may be helpful.
You could try leaving earlier, maybe before the day heats up. Granted that during the summer this means a very early start, but at certain times of the year it can mean pleasantly cool morning air and maybe less traffic. Look at the forecast and aim to wear clothing that makes you feel slightly too cold at the start of your journey, while carrying a few ...
No answer mentions your fitness/cardio level. As mentioned by most answers, the faster you go, the more you sweat. But you'll also notice that the less you are in shape, the more you sweat. Take anyone who's obese on a short walk, and you'll see them sweat 5 minutes later even though you're probably just getting warmed up. If you exercise with a great ...
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