Tilting with windmills
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Texas 'Burbs
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Welcome Sharky! Nice choice on the ride.
Clothing sizes are a bane of the Clyde and Athena community. I think it starts around size XL with strange ideas of sizing. Some manufacturers seem to think that an XL cyclist weighs 180 lbs
One thing to look for is if the jerseys are club cut and not race cut. Race cut is very tapered and club cut is more relaxed. For jerseys, there are a lot of alternatives available at Walmart and places like Academy Sports that won't break the bank. If you have a Performance Bike in your area they run sales all the time. I have trouble finding my size in sale items in the store but you can try stuff on and order it and have it shipped to your house Orr to the store. REI is another good alternative.
I would concentrate on shorts at first if you are working with a budget. Heck, I ride with a t-shirt if it's not extremely hot, and you can ride with a $10 Walmart compression/wicking under shirt with them. There are also mountain biking/commuter shorts that have the lycra sewn in as a liner and the outer short looks like cargo shorts if you don't want to wear just the lycra. The shorts are almost a life saving device for comfort and chafing, but there are folks who don't use them.
There are a ton of threads on clothing sources. up in the right hand corner of the sub-forum home page there is a "seach this forum" link. Click and type in clothing sizes or options, or something of the sort, and you will get a ton of links to previous threads with sources and manufacturers.
Welcome to the herd!