Join Date: Jan 2009
Bikes: More than 1, but, less than S-1
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I've resorted to using a stich cutter (seam ripper) to unstich the lap joint to the gripper elastic in the hems of my shorts in order to make room for my thighs. The down side of not doing so for me, has been the on set of premature cramps. Without cut seams at 0:45-0:55 minutes into a training ride I would start to cramp. I could stretch or move the elastic, or stop and rub my legs for just a few seconds and that would solve them for approximately another 0:10-0:20. This was different than cramps of old, which would be much slower unset, much easier to manage and much more difficult to get rid of. Prior to cutting the elastic, everyone was telling me that it was just me and that I wasn't in condition. But, the only thing that had changed from a few months earlier was the purchase of some new shorts.
I started cutting the inside seam of some of my hems and voila! No more cramps after 2:00-3:00 rides.
Not sure about their ability to provide girdle like support but, Pearl Izumi run a little looser all around than some. I find their XXL almost too loose. Sugoi definately seem tight on the thighs for an XXL. Ive purchased a couple pairs of Campagnolo in XXXL and they seem to provide just the right combination of thigh to waist sizing for me. Although, their chamois' have a spot that seems to hinge back and forth and can pose a chafing issue if "things aren't positioned just right".
Don't know your size but I'm 6'4 1/2", currently weigh 115kg/253lb, have a 50" chest, 41" waist and 29" thighs.
Hope this helps.
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