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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 10-22-07, 02:55 PM   #1
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Clydesdale cycling apparel survey

Since getting back into cycling, I've been frustrated by the scarcity of cycling clothes for guys my size. I am currently taking an extension business course, and thought this would be a good topic for a case project. So, as part of the project, I put together a brief survey about clydesdale cycling clothes preferences - if you have a few moments, I'd appreciate if you could help me out by filling it out. I promise to share the results with the forum once the survey is over.

To take the survey, click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?s...bYLQdTUA_3d_3d

Also, if you have any feedback on the survey or the topic, feel free to add it to this thread.

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Old 10-22-07, 03:05 PM   #2
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Why not!
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Old 10-22-07, 03:08 PM   #3
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Not a problem, I've used BF for class projects before myself!
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don't be a mug guys ... this is just a fishing exercise for sales and marketing purposes. The questions are nothing to do with what you wear .
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Old 10-22-07, 03:19 PM   #6
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At the worst it won't hurt, and at the best, it'll get more Clyde stuff to market Worse case, if Spyponder turns out to be a spammer, well, I do have the blue star and can deal with it

Spyponder, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here, so don't disappoint me
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Old 10-22-07, 06:00 PM   #7
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Thanks Tom.

Earleybird, you're reading too much into this. Actually I was going to try collecting email addresses in the survey so that I could send the results directly to the people who respond, but I figured that people would think I was a spammer. So I took the email address question out of the survey, and I will publish the results to the forum. I have no way of knowing who responds, and all responses will be anonymous.

A bunch of people have responded so far - I appreciate it!

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At the worst it won't hurt, and at the best, it'll get more Clyde stuff to market Worse case, if Spyponder turns out to be a spammer, well, I do have the blue star and can deal with it

Spyponder, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here, so don't disappoint me
I think that someone who's been a member since August, and has posted more than a couple of solid posts here in the C/A forum is probably not a spammer--even if he did not properly introduce himself in the Introductions forum .

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Thanks East Hill. I don't post a lot, but I do get a lot of useful info from these forums. When I post the results of the survey, maybe one of the cycling gear companies will take notice and we can all benefit.
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I filled out the survey.

East Hill. I want to apologize to you as well as to all the other forum members. I don't think I introduced myself in the Introductions" forum either. I am such a REBEL!
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up to about 50 responses so far - thanks all, keep 'em coming
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Also, if you have any feedback on the survey or the topic, feel free to add it to this thread.
If you have a recumbent bike, you generally don't need to wear any bicycling-specific clothes--just general synthetic fitness clothing that you can buy cheap at local sporting goods stores. You can buy recumbent-specific riding shorts but they are just plain lycra, they have no padding at all.

"Regular" bicycling clothes don't even work that well for recumbents--the padding in the shorts is rather uncomfortable on a recumbent seat, and it's irritating to sit on the seams and zippers of the back pockets that bicycling shirts and jackets have.

Recumbents do generally cost more than upright bikes but if you are big and/or tall and you also want to buy a couple of warm & cool-weather riding outfits, then the amount of money that you will spend on clothing can easily make up that price difference. And that is assuming that you can even find bicycling clothing in your size, which if you are very overweight for your height, probably isn't going to happen.

If you try to wear regular clothes on an upright bicycle, the shirts tend to slide up and pants tend to fall down, especially if you are overweight at all.

Lastly, the recumbent is generally much more comfortable to ride overall. Partly because of the seat, but also due to no hand pressure or neck strain.
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My biggest gripe is the exceptional amount of sizing variance between brands/cuts/country of design. Only YOU can change your size, but it would be easier to buy stuff if I actually knew what it was.
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Old 10-24-07, 12:58 PM   #19
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I agree. It is not exactly a boost to self-image when you look at cycling shorts and find your size has gone from 2XL to 5XL from rack to another.

Up to 75 responses, thanks all, keep 'em coming!
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Done...

Even when working at a shop, it can be difficult to buy the right size stuff. Even the 2XL stuff tends not to fit me well. My Aerobelly that works well on the recumbent doesn't work so well on the MTB. LOL!

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My final comment was about how there are plenty of 2x and 3x jerseys and shorts out there, but not all of us are only big around the middle. Some of us gorillas need 2XL gloves and extra wide shoes and might appreciate a wider selection of helmets.
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My final comment was about how there are plenty of 2x and 3x jerseys and shorts out there, but not all of us are only big around the middle. Some of us gorillas need 2XL gloves and extra wide shoes and might appreciate a wider selection of helmets.
Kind of opposite of my comment....some of us big guys are big around the middle but other areas are not necessarily in proportion with that. This is especially true of a cyclist.

I have a big waist and chest, but I don't have big meaty legs automatically because of that big waist. Most pants (bike shorts are designed tight, so not so bad) that fit in the waist are HUGE in the legs. Same with shirts, if they fit my stomach/chest, the arms are waaaaay too wide.

Don't even get me started on the fact that shirts/jackets assume one length because everybody has the same size torso and all the length is in the legs. Us long torso guys (which seems to be common among Clydes, it seems) have most jerseys and jackets too short and always coming up to show gut or shirt underneath.
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