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    Clyde Clothing Questions - How to Measure?

    So I'm thinking of trying out a bib and jersey to wear on the weekends and my days off when I can ride more than my usual 4 mile R/T commute to work, and have the need to stay comfortable for longer periods of time, especially when the weather starts to warm up. So far, I have been using basketball or cargo shorts and one of those mesh type polyester T-Shirts. I've seen some nice stuff I'd really like to order online (easier to find bigger sizes online than locally and probably at a better price). Problem is, I have no idea how I should be measuring myself to chose the right sizes.

    For instance, when measuring chest, should I measure across the nipple line, above, below? Should I take a deep breath and flex my chest as much as possible, or stay relaxed? Similar thing with measuring waist. Across the belly button where most of the gut is, or under it where I (and probably most of us) wear our pants. Also with bibs, should I be looking to match my height to the size charts as well?

    On another note, can I expect any bib/jersey to look some what flattering, or am I just going to look like a shrink wrapped ham till some weight comes off? Will wearing thin mesh shorts over bibs work if I don't like the look, or will they ride down because of the lycra?

    If at all useful, I'm somewhere between 5'7"-5'8" and 240#. 50" around the gut, 44.5" where I wear my pants. Chest somewhere between 46" and 49" depending on how I measure. I'm looking at this jersey and these bibs. Bibs got a pretty good review here.

    I'm also welcome to suggestions of other sites to look at, but it seems Love2Pedal is well liked around here, have a good return policy, very clyde friendly with carrying big sizes, and judging from some posts by Love2Pedal.com, they have great customer service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSurfR View Post
    For instance, when measuring chest, should I measure across the nipple line, above, below? Should I take a deep breath and flex my chest as much as possible, or stay relaxed? Similar thing with measuring waist. Across the belly button where most of the gut is, or under it where I (and probably most of us) wear our pants. Also with bibs, should I be looking to match my height to the size charts as well?
    My general rule is to take the measurement across the widest body part that the clothing will cover. If you want to look like a stuffed sausage, suck in your gut, hold your breath, and tighten the measuring tape as much as possible. If you want a more relaxed fit, stand normally and leave the measuring tape a bit loose. If you're on the borderline between one size and the next, order the larger size for a more relaxed fit. Ideally you'd like to try to match your height to the size charts, but the shoulder straps for most bibs will stretch a bit. If you're significantly shorter than the recommended height, you may find that the shoulder straps are too long.

    On another note, can I expect any bib/jersey to look some what flattering, or am I just going to look like a shrink wrapped ham till some weight comes off? Will wearing thin mesh shorts over bibs work if I don't like the look, or will they ride down because of the lycra?
    I thought my first Primal Wear jersey made me look like a million bucks! But all of my measurements were right in the middle of their size ranges. Lycra is a bit slippery, so you'll probably want shorts with a belt if you're going to wear something over your bibs. When I cycle from work, I usually throw a pair of baggy hiking shorts on over my bibs.

    If at all useful, I'm somewhere between 5'7"-5'8" and 240#. 50" around the gut, 44.5" where I wear my pants. Chest somewhere between 46" and 49" depending on how I measure. I'm looking at this jersey and these bibs. Bibs got a pretty good review here.
    Warning: The linked you've posted is to a different pair of bibs than the ones I reviewed! The ones I reviewed are $36.95/pair or two pair for $64. Looks like the chamois is different in the $30 pair that you linked. These are the ones I reviewed in your size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    Warning: The linked you've posted is to a different pair of bibs than the ones I reviewed! The ones I reviewed are $36.95/pair or two pair for $64. Looks like the chamois is different in the $30 pair that you linked. These are the ones I reviewed in your size.
    Whoops! I thought something didn't look right.

    Edit: And thank you very much for your input.

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    BTW, the $30 bibs may be very nice. I just haven't tried them so I can't say.

    If you've got the money I'd suggest taking advantage of the two pairs for $64 deal. If you're at all like me, you'll end up wanting more bibs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    BTW, the $30 bibs may be very nice. I just haven't tried them so I can't say.

    If you've got the money I'd suggest taking advantage of the two pairs for $64 deal. If you're at all like me, you'll end up wanting more bibs...
    Unfortunately I don't have the money to go for the 2 pair deal. Figure I'll see if I even like wearing lycra, and go from there. If I do, there's plenty of extra hours available at work I can put in to get more. Currently at the tail end of a 6 day work week, and already I'm starting to spend it (placed my order last night).

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