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.