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cyber_hawke 04-04-10 09:54 AM

Good source for larger biking clothing?
 
Well I have dropped my first 20lbs by biking, only another 30 to get to my first goal. I have been looking for some decent biking clothes but can only seem to find stuff designed for a person about 165lbs...not 260! Any ideas where to look? Would be a nice reward system as I drop another 10lbs.

Saltybeagle 04-04-10 10:42 AM

I purchased my first pair from www.aerotechdesigns.com, xxxl at 312lbs they have a thin chamois pad but are very comfortable and durable. Also bought some @ 250ish lbs xxl adidas shorts and xxl pearl izumis bibs, which should fit you.

Just rode new assos tir f1 mille @234lbs for century rides and have to say most comfortable shorts I ever used, but they are expensive @ $120.

cyber_hawke 04-04-10 11:48 AM

Awsome website, thanks!!

Hill-Pumper 04-04-10 01:13 PM

Also try http://www.love2pedal.com/

TrojanHorse 04-04-10 09:00 PM

mini-rant - those stupid Italian jerseys that are marked 5XL wouldn't fit a house cat.

So how do you know when 2XL is really 2XL?

Jeff Wills 04-04-10 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 10623505)
mini-rant - those stupid Italian jerseys that are marked 5XL wouldn't fit a house cat.

So how do you know when 2XL is really 2XL?

Those 5XL jerseys won't fit my cat- he's 20 pounds of floorboard testing feline.

20 years ago I fit into a 2XL wool cycling jacket. Not any more...

Ewanick 04-04-10 11:19 PM

The Trek online store has some great offerings of mostly Bontrager gear in larger sizes. Here is a link: http://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=1

Enjoy!

CranesInTexas 04-05-10 12:35 PM

Performance Bike clothing has always fit me well. The Ultra Bib is 2XL and I am 6'2" and 270 lbs. Also their 2XL shirts fit me well too. If you can't get to their stores in VA then you can always find a 10% coupon online.


http://www.performancebike.com

Seattle Forrest 04-05-10 01:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 10623505)
mini-rant - those stupid Italian jerseys that are marked 5XL wouldn't fit a house cat.

So how do you know when 2XL is really 2XL?

Your cat needs a diet. So does mine... She gets her smallest meal in the morning, so that she can't bother me over it while I'm at work, and the big one at night so she doesn't become the kitty alarm clock.

Anyway, I'm 6'1" and, well, I don't have a scale, so I don't know. Maybe 240 lbs, maybe a bit less. I find that XXL clothes from Arc'teryx pretty much always fit me, except for the damn Alpha SL rain pants. Their stuff is expensive, but the quality is second to none, it's comfortable, performs extremely well ... and makes a good reward. :D Specifically the wool base layers and goretex jackets and pants.

love2pedal.com 04-05-10 07:09 PM

Hill-Pumper, thanks for the mention.

Last season I offered members of this forum a $5 off coupon code good at our site and can offer that again this season. It is good for $5 any order.

Just type CLYD in the promotion code box during checkout

Dan

spthealien 04-06-10 12:41 PM

Thanks for leaving that coupon. What is the difference between your two types of Falconi bibs?

mwchandler21 04-06-10 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 10623505)
mini-rant - those stupid Italian jerseys that are marked 5XL wouldn't fit a house cat.

So how do you know when 2XL is really 2XL?

A lot of the time the site will have a size chart with measurements. I've found those to be pretty accurate.

BigPolishJimmy 04-06-10 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by love2pedal.com (Post 10628148)
Hill-Pumper, thanks for the mention.

Last season I offered members of this forum a $5 off coupon code good at our site and can offer that again this season. It is good for $5 any order.

Just type CLYD in the promotion code box during checkout

Dan

Ha, I tried typing in CLYD last week when I finally decided to take the plunge and buy some bibs. You must of just reinstated that code because it did not work when I tried it. I'm not sore or anything, because you posted that code last year and it'd be ridiculous of me to expect it to work (but hey, you got to try). I did appreciate the coupon that came with the bibs in the mail. I'll be needing a jersey soon, so it's much appreciated. I tried on the bibs, never wore anything like that before... it feels like someone is grabbing my butt and I want to keep turning around and around to see who it is. Other than that, they seem fine and a good bargain too.

rosborn 04-07-10 08:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saltybeagle (Post 10621344)
I purchased my first pair from www.aerotechdesigns.com, xxxl at 312lbs they have a thin chamois pad but are very comfortable and durable. Also bought some @ 250ish lbs xxl adidas shorts and xxl pearl izumis bibs, which should fit you.

Just rode new assos tir f1 mille @234lbs for century rides and have to say most comfortable shorts I ever used, but they are expensive @ $120.

If you don't mind my asking, what Pear Izumi (PI) bibs did you purchase that came in XXL? I was hoping to get a pair of Elite bibs but, apparently, PI isn't making the Elites in XXL anymore.

Thanks!

Rob

love2pedal.com 04-07-10 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spthealien (Post 10631804)
Thanks for leaving that coupon. What is the difference between your two types of Falconi bibs?

The slightly more expensive one uses flatlock stitching that lays a little flatter against the skin (and comes in various colors). It also uses a slightly nicer stretchy mesh upper.

Both models use the same Coolmax seatpad and fabric.

Dan

love2pedal.com 04-07-10 09:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy (Post 10632122)
Ha, I tried typing in CLYD last week when I finally decided to take the plunge and buy some bibs. You must of just reinstated that code because it did not work when I tried it. I'm not sore or anything, because you posted that code last year and it'd be ridiculous of me to expect it to work (but hey, you got to try). I did appreciate the coupon that came with the bibs in the mail. I'll be needing a jersey soon, so it's much appreciated. I tried on the bibs, never wore anything like that before... it feels like someone is grabbing my butt and I want to keep turning around and around to see who it is. Other than that, they seem fine and a good bargain too.

I just credited your CC $5. No problem!

Dan

BigPolishJimmy 04-07-10 09:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by love2pedal.com (Post 10636048)
I just credited your CC $5. No problem!

Dan

Hey thanks, it's completely unnecessary, I totally felt like I got a good value and experience in the purchase. I was just laughing at myself about my timing. It seems like I'm always just missing the boat on stuff. I guess the boat came back to the dock to pick me up on this one ;p

rosborn 04-07-10 10:22 AM

Silly question . . . . but I have to ask anyway - in real world terms, how do the Falconi bibs compare to Pearl Izumi bibs? I have a pair of Pearl Izumi Elite shorts and I just love them. The chamois may be a tad too thick but the fit is wonderful. I want to take the plunge into the bib world and the Falconis really look attractive to me - bibs for not a lot of money. I'm just concerned about having a chamois that makes my rear end happy without being excessive. Know what I mean?

Boy, if I could get these questions answered I'd order a pair today.

Thanks,

Rob

BigPolishJimmy 04-07-10 10:38 AM

Hey Rob,

There was a 3-page review thread on this last year:

http://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdales-athenas-200-lb-91-kg/530258-love2pedal-falconi-deluxe-bib-short-review.html

After reading that last year I decided that when I was ready to take the plunge and try some fancy bicycle-specific 'trick britches' I'd give them a shot. Now I just need it to stop raining so I can get out and try them out while riding.

spthealien 04-07-10 11:31 AM

Thanks for the code. Just ordered.

Seattle Forrest 04-07-10 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by love2pedal.com (Post 10636037)
The slightly more expensive one uses flatlock stitching that lays a little flatter against the skin (and comes in various colors). It also uses a slightly nicer stretchy mesh upper.

Flatlock seams are a wonderful thing. :D

rosborn 04-07-10 12:46 PM

Howdy Jim,

Shoot, we're practically neighbors - US geography wise. I live in Chelsea, MI, near Ann Arbor.

Thanks for the head's up regarding the thread from last year. Now I'm stumped about sizing. Some people on that thread indicated that smaller sizes, than the size chart indicated, fit them well and that the sizes that the chart indicated were too big. Not really a big deal because of the 30-day return policy but, still, I'd like to get the right size on the first go around.

You tell me, mister, is the rain going to let up? You see it before I do! LOL!

Rob

BigPolishJimmy 04-07-10 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rosborn (Post 10637085)
Howdy Jim,

...*snip*...You tell me, mister, is the rain going to let up? You see it before I do! LOL!

Rob

Time to start building an Ark

As for the sizes, I don't really know. As you see from my writings in that old thread I just got around to getting some bibs. They seem to fit me ok(following their size charts), but I've never worn bibs before, so I can't tell how they're going to be on a long ride. I'd have gotten them sooner, but I ended up getting a recumbent bike last year, so no bike-specific shorts needed for that. I'm getting them now because I've found that there are times I love my recumbent, and times I'd rather be riding my diamond frame bikes. If I were you, I'd PM Dan about it, I'm sure he'll get back to you.

Jim

love2pedal.com 04-08-10 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rosborn (Post 10636298)
Silly question . . . . but I have to ask anyway - in real world terms, how do the Falconi bibs compare to Pearl Izumi bibs? I have a pair of Pearl Izumi Elite shorts and I just love them. The chamois may be a tad too thick but the fit is wonderful. I want to take the plunge into the bib world and the Falconis really look attractive to me - bibs for not a lot of money. I'm just concerned about having a chamois that makes my rear end happy without being excessive. Know what I mean?

Boy, if I could get these questions answered I'd order a pair today.

Thanks,

Rob

Rob,

Maybe someone who has ridden both the Falconi bibshorts and Pearl Izumi will chime in with a comparative analysis, but I can add that due to a variety of body shapes some people will prefer one brand over another based on the cut. I have had customers tell me our bibshorts are more comfortable than their Pearl Izumi bibs and have bought additional pairs and occasionally I get a pair returned because somebody thought they were uncomfortable.

Overall there is no magic involved in bibshorts design resulting in one brand that will be the best fitting design (even though the marketing departments of the cycling apparel companies will disagree). Designing the patterns for bibshorts is pretty low tech compared the design work needed for most everything else us cyclists buy for our sport. It boils down to personal preference. We have sold 1000s of bibs and know from the minute amount of returns that our design is dialed in pretty good for most people.

The primary reason our bibs cost less is that I buy them directly from the factory with no middlemen involved + I have extremely low overhead with no salesmen, sales managers, marketing department, ads in magazines or sponsored athletes etc etc.

Dan

CliftonGK1 04-08-10 12:21 PM

cyber hawke - you mentioned weight but I didn't see mention of your height, so it's tough to know what kind of larger rider clothing you need; large waist only, big and tall, fit but really tall?

I'm 6'6" and 230 pounds, and these are the clothes and sizes I've been happy with:

- PI Ultrasensor bibs, XXL
- Performance Ultra II bibs, XL
- Craft Winter bib knickers, XL
- Assos FI.Mille S5 bibs, XLG (not TIR)
- PI Gavia Plus bib tights, XXL

- Louis Garneau wool jerseys, XL
- Woolistic brand wool jerseys, 3XL (European sizing. 2XL isn't long enough in the sleeves or torso)
- Garneau lycra jerseys, XL (club fit)
- Voler lycra jerseys, 2XL (race fit)
- Primal lycra jerseys, 2XL (club fit, and it's slightly big on me)

Quote:

Originally Posted by love2pedal.com
Overall there is no magic involved in bibshorts design resulting in one brand that will be the best fitting design (even though the marketing departments of the cycling apparel companies will disagree).

There may not be magic behind the general design, but the differences between companies will make for differences in fit and comfort depending on the rider, their bike, and their type of riding. I do quite a bit of long distance riding, and there are bibs I won't wear past 200k (Ultrasensors), and others I won't wear for anything under 300k (FI.Mille). There are others I just can't wear at all (Castelli) due to cut of the torso (apparently I have no "attack position"), or the feel of the padding (also Castelli).
One brand may not be the best fitting for everyone, but everyone will find the one brand which is best for them.


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