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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-28-06, 07:47 PM   #1
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Clyde-sized bibs?

I am new to bike clothes, and 5' 11'' but well over 200 lbs, so I have a waist-size issue with most cycling clothes. I have a pair of XXL bike shorts (PI) that fit great, though I have some waistband rollover. I keep reading about the advantages & comfort of bibs. The trouble is, I don't want to cough up $150 (gulp!) for something that fits my waist, but has droopy straps. Is sizing too hard to permit internet shopping? I invite your constructive comments. I can't be alone in this.
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I'm 5'11" and 230lbs. I get my bibs from Velowear.com, size XL.

They fit great, cost less than $50, and they have a no hassle/no cost return policy. If it doesn't fit, send it back in the postage paid envelope they provide.
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Performance has good prices also. I'm 5'8, 240 and I buy large bibs...otherwise they are way too long.
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So, the key factor in fitting is the strap length? Is the waist size is pretty stretchy? Would sizes L, XL, XXL all fit the range of 40-44" waists?
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So, the key factor in fitting is the strap length? Is the waist size is pretty stretchy? Would sizes L, XL, XXL all fit the range of 40-44" waists?
They're pretty stretchy, spandex does that well. I wear a 2X at 6'3" and 229, w/ a 42 waist in my Sugoi Knicker Bibs.

Size is based more on height than weight. I can wear an XL, but can't get the straps on the shoulder
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Size is based on height, because they assume most cyclists are pretty thin. I wear a 36/30 in jeans and find most cycling clothing to be too long. depending on your definition of 'well over 200 lbs' you shouldn't have much problem at all. I don't even buy cycling shorts. the waistband tightness is uncomfortable. I wear bibs for indoor workouts; easier to breathe.
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Size is based on height, because they assume most cyclists are pretty thin. I wear a 36/30 in jeans and find most cycling clothing to be too long. depending on your definition of 'well over 200 lbs' you shouldn't have much problem at all. I don't even buy cycling shorts. the waistband tightness is uncomfortable. I wear bibs for indoor workouts; easier to breathe.
Do you know this to be true?

Not trying to be difficult but this contradicts my experience and the sizing charts on Nashbar. ------>

I'm 6'1" down to a 42" waist. I find that I am a little more comfy in XLs now than I was 6" of waist ago. (Well, truth be told after last week, 5" of waist ago...)

I think the Nashbar Century Gel Bibs are great. But I've never spent big money on shorts so I have no comparison.
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Do you know this to be true?

Not trying to be difficult but this contradicts my experience and the sizing charts on Nashbar. ------>

I'm 6'1" down to a 42" waist. I find that I am a little more comfy in XLs now than I was 6" of waist ago. (Well, truth be told after last week, 5" of waist ago...)

I think the Nashbar Century Gel Bibs are great. But I've never spent big money on shorts so I have no comparison.
In my experience it is true. It's harder for you to notice because you are taller. I've been cycling for 14 years now and as you go up in size most brands get longer faster than they get bigger around. I'll give you some examples.

- I bought a pair of large Pearl Izumi knee warmers recently. They're supposed to go from mid-thigh to extreme upper calf. At 5'8 If I pull them all the way to my butt they still cover most of my calf. On the other hand I have an old pair of medium Pearl Izumi leg warmers. They fit fine length-wise and are not much tighter than the knee warmers.

- I have a XXL Canari jersey that fits me like a skirt. It covers my butt entirely. I need XL in this brand. It must be club cut because even XXL is tight in a racing cut jersey.

- I have some Performance Century Gel Bibs. A friend said it best, they feel like you're sitting on someone else's ass.

Even though by any definition I am a huge guy, albeit short, I have to buy bike clothes a size smaller than I'd prefer just so they won't be ridiculously long.

In street clothes I wear a 38/30 slacks and 36/30 jeans.
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It's been my experience that different brands fit way differently. For example, I wear a size L in Performance bibs. With the Volers, I can fit into a L but the XL fits much better. Voler brand runs small compared to Performance.
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Every brand fits different for sure. I've bought Canari (sp?) the last couple of times and the XL seems to fit well. The Nashbar gel bibs at $49 fit good too. I'm 6" and 220 lbs. I wear 36/32 jeans.
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This has been a very helpful discussion - and I hope to others besides me. Clearly, all Clydes are not shaped the same - I am betting 2XL fits me best, but I think I will have to start at my local store first, or one of those outlets with good return policies that were mentioned. Of course, now I need leg coverings ....
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give the volers a shot. the bib is great and the straps have a ton of play in them!!! plus theyre cheap as hell!!!
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I have not used their bibs but their shorts are the best I have ever found. This is a small company and make all their clothing in Pennsylvania. They have a very informative web site.

Aerotech Bibs
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I had a shock the other day. I ordered Performance Ultra bibs size large. I already had the Elites and Century Gel in that size. I got the Ultras and couldn't even get them past my knees. I could hear the seams ripping. They felt like Pearl Izumi smalls! Needless I returned to the nearest store.
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I'm 5'11" and 230lbs. I get my bibs from Velowear.com, size XL.

They fit great, cost less than $50, and they have a no hassle/no cost return policy. If it doesn't fit, send it back in the postage paid envelope they provide.
I just picked up a great pair of Victory Brewing Company XL bib shorts from Velo. They are awesome and were under $50 on closeout!

I like the Victory shorts almost as much as I like Victory Hopdevil.
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Anyone know any bibs that have generous waist, but not-so-long-it-covers-my-knees inseam?
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The usual source:
http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bibshort.htm
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Not trying to be funny or off color here but, I bought a pair of bibs numerous years ago when a group of us Clydes decided to race the 24hrs of Canaan(MTB). The fit was right, they felt good, but when it came time to drain off some protien drinks and water...the bibs were a pain in the @$$! At my size I'm not in a habit of going around shirtless. Bottomline, I haven't worn them since although the lack of a waistband was nice.
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Not trying to be funny or off color here but, I bought a pair of bibs numerous years ago when a group of us Clydes decided to race the 24hrs of Canaan(MTB). The fit was right, they felt good, but when it came time to drain off some protien drinks and water...the bibs were a pain in the @$$! At my size I'm not in a habit of going around shirtless. Bottomline, I haven't worn them since although the lack of a waistband was nice.
That's an issue with bibs, Stretch the front down and pull the bits up and over and you can drain to your hearts content!
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I was hopeing for a response like yours, thanks.
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Anyone know any bibs that have generous waist, but not-so-long-it-covers-my-knees inseam?
Pearl Izumi's - I am 5'10" 260#, 44-46' waist, they fit, and are not too long.
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and speaking of bibs, am I the only one who hates to wear these in public? :-) I usually wear Pearl Mtn Bike Impact shorts...
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That's an issue with bibs, Stretch the front down and pull the bits up and over and you can drain to your hearts content!
Mindfull of this, some brands have higher fronts than others. And when you are doing this, it helps if you kind of shrug and bend at the waist.

Truth be told, the discomfort of having to pee in bibs is such a small fraction of the additional comfort they provide on the ride that this would never stop me from wearing bibs. Just the fact that I never have to worry about anybody behind me getting a little extra view of my... bacon... well, that is enough.

On a real concreate note: I was always a discount Nashbar/Perofrmance on sale kind of bib purchaser. If they were more than $50, I waited.

Santa brought me a pair of Pearl Izumi's. I told Santa I didn't want to get used to the better bibs. SO I hadn't worn them.

Yesterday everythign else was dirty. So I pulled them out. Like butter. Holy cow they are comfy!
Slice UltraSensor® Bib Short #0186

This could be a costly learning eperience.

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I should have included, I hav ethe XXL. I am 6'2". I wear a 42" pant. (Like most fat guys, I wear them on the hips so this is not really a waist measurment.) YMMV...

Did I mention they are really comfy?

Oh, and I don't mind wearing cycle shorts in public anymore. I work at a religious institution, so I was super self-conscious when I started riding to work everyday. They are kind of immodest. So, at first I wore sweats/sweat shorts over them. After a few weeks I stopped doing that and didn't even realise I wasn't covering up.
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Mindfull of this, some brands have higher fronts than others. And when you are doing this, it helps if you kind of shrug and bend at the waist.

Truth be told, the discomfort of having to pee in bibs is such a small fraction of the additional comfort they provide on the ride that this would never stop me from wearing bibs. Just the fact that I never have to worry about anybody behind me getting a little extra view of my... bacon... well, that is enough.

On a real concreate note: I was always a discount Nashbar/Perofrmance on sale kind of bib purchaser. If they were more than $50, I waited.

Santa brought me a pair of Pearl Izumi's. I told Santa I didn't want to get used to the better bibs. SO I hadn't worn them.

Yesterday everythign else was dirty. So I pulled them out. Like butter. Holy cow they are comfy!
Slice UltraSensor® Bib Short #0186

This could be a costly learning eperience.

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I should have included, I hav ethe XXL. I am 6'2". I wear a 42" pant. (Like most fat guys, I wear them on the hips so this is not really a waist measurment.) YMMV...

Did I mention they are really comfy?

Oh, and I don't mind wearing cycle shorts in public anymore. I work at a religious institution, so I was super self-conscious when I started riding to work everyday. They are kind of immodest. So, at first I wore sweats/sweat shorts over them. After a few weeks I stopped doing that and didn't even realise I wasn't covering up.
My favorite set of bibs is a set of SUGOi Bib knicks.....talk about comfort! XXL/TTG is the size, and I wear 40 waist jeans now....lost another two inches! WOOHOO!
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I have not used their bibs but their shorts are the best I have ever found. This is a small company and make all their clothing in Pennsylvania. They have a very informative web site.

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I have used their shorts for a while, but I bought my first set of bibs from Aerotech and I will never go back to shorts. These things are great. I use a 3x and the fit is great.
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