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Old 05-25-09, 08:44 AM   #1
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The wife has been riding the bike we got for her almost daily. She complains about a sore butt a lot, but it has only been a couple of weeks so hopefully she will just getused to it. I still remember starting out and it didn't matter what I did, it just hurt back there.

I want to surprise her with a jersey and some shorts, but here is the awkward part. I know her bra size, but jerseys aren't sold by bra size and I cannot just ignore the dimensions added by her female chest parts because they are beyond trivial.

So, the question is this. Short of grabbing a tape measure and trying to make up an excuse that will likely blow the surprise, what exactly does one add to the chest dimension to allow adequate room for the DD components that will be sharing the space?
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Look at her Bra size, it'll tell her chest measurements as well, for example, if she wears a 36DD, her chest size is 36 at the chest wall and her cup size is DD. You would need to make allowances for the protuberance of her Mammalian features (How's that for a polite way to answer?). Jersey material will stretch, too.
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Old 05-25-09, 10:38 AM   #3
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I am interested in how much allowance to give for the DD. I have all the 'numbers' so to speak. I just don't know what I need to add to the chest size to compensate for the cup size. If she was strutting around with an A or a B I wouldn't be all that worried about it.
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Estimate the amount of forward projection and add that to the radius of the chestwall measurements radius and multiply by Pi.

(And you thought you'd never need alge"bra". Funny that a "Bra" measurement came into this. )
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You could try and sneak out of the house with one of her tops and take that to the store. Maybe the guy behind the counter will be able to figure the right size for her.
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OK inthe name of helping with the suprise...I will reveal all ...
go to her closet and see what size dress she wears...pants too. So if she has never ever had a weight problem she should fit into bike outfit at store. I am a size 12-14 and if you must know a size 36-38DDish. I wear a Large Pearl Izumi womens attack short and size L or XL Club cut bike shirt.


OK so is she a tenth of my size (go with Small) comparable to me - Lg or XL....
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Old 05-25-09, 01:54 PM   #7
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A size tag should still be in her regular clothes to use as a starting point. If you leave the hang tags on the new bike clothes and keep the receipt, you should be able to make exchanges if that wasn't right. Check with the LBS before purchase.

Size will also depend on "cut" and "fit" preferences. I like the shorts to fit tight (better support/compression) as long as the bottom "gripper" doesn't pinch my quads; but I like the shirt to fit more loosely. Jerseys will vary a lot in cut, with "recreational" (club) cut allowing a looser fit and no elastic about the bottom hem; a "performance" (elite) cut will be more skin tight.

My L bike shorts work fine with my 14-16 jeans.

You could take the bra to the bike store, put it on & stuff it with socks, and try the jerseys on yourself. Just kidding...

Alternatively, you could buy same outfit multiple sizes and offer the smallest one first. Then if it fits - don't mention the larger alternatives.
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Take the number part of her bra size, and add to it 1 if A cup, 2 if B, 3 if C, 4 if D, 5 if DD (or E), 6 if DDD (or EE), and so on. Example: 36DD would be 36+5 = 41.

Then look up the result (ie 41) in the sizing charts for the brand of gear you're looking at. Note though that this is inexact as there are statistics that say that many women wear the wrong bra size.
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