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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-26-12, 12:14 PM   #1
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Plus sized bike shorts.

I need some. I tend to wear skirts only in the summer, and it was surprisingly windy today and I think I flashed half of our town on my last ride I need something that will go under my dresses and skirts.

I don't really need padding (although I've never had a padded pair, so maybe I do?). Never shopped for bike shorts before, but the ones at our LBS do not go to the size that I need (around a 16-18 in womens). Where's a reasonably priced place to shop for them and what am I looking for?
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Old 04-26-12, 12:23 PM   #2
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Try here: http://www.love2pedal.com/

or here: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/

You can also get bike liners to wear under your normal clothing if you want to ride with a skirt. As for padding, I guess that depends on what kind of bike/saddle/riding you do. A thin chamois is generally best, not some super huge gel padding.
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Old 04-26-12, 12:27 PM   #3
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Try here: http://www.love2pedal.com/

or here: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/

You can also get bike liners to wear under your normal clothing if you want to ride with a skirt. As for padding, I guess that depends on what kind of bike/saddle/riding you do. A thin chamois is generally best, not some super huge gel padding.
Thank you I typically just ride my children around town on my Breezer Uptown Infinity. I have a 2 year old that sits in a front mounted Yepp, and a 4 year old on a trail a bike. They are usually just trips to and from the 4 year old's school and then to the grocery store. I have a Brooks saddle (that I find comfortable) on my bike.

What is a bike liner?
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Old 04-26-12, 12:32 PM   #4
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any exercise class sort of unpadded shorts to be found?

there are liner shorts wit a crotch pad, made to go under other shorts like bermuda shorts
or maybe culottes .. seems basket ball players are wearing almost that length.
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Old 04-26-12, 12:37 PM   #5
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For quality, and a wide range of sizes, but not inexpensive, I really favor Terry products. They are sold not only on the Terry website, www.terrybicycles.com, but also a variety of other places, such as Team Estrogen. http://www.teamestrogen.com/terry/pr...m_campaign=dns


If you don't have much of a need for padding you might look into tri-shorts. The padding is minimal. For example: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...ri%2Caps%2C333

Or, you could look at compression shorts or underwear, like these:
http://www.amazon.com/Compression-Sh...465489&sr=1-15 or http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ression+shorts Pretty inexpensive, no padding, preserves modesty.

The guys here really like love2pedal and they do have a range of larger sizes for women in regular cycling shorts. They are reasonably priced.

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Old 04-26-12, 01:52 PM   #6
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One last question, mostly related to my vanity. Does wearing bike shorts cut in at the top (like will it make a muffin top)? Vain, I know
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Old 04-26-12, 05:57 PM   #7
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Since you don't really need bike shorts with a chamois (pad) how about something like this:

http://www.justmysize.com/plus-size/...-womens-shorts

Or these...the XXL's may work for you:
http://www.target.com/p/C9-by-Champi...s/-/A-13943456
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I just ordered some form AeroDesigns. First set.
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Depending on your physique, yes to the muffin top question. Some shorts come up higher than others and will alleviate that.
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If you don't want padding, Old Navy has bermudas that are really nice. http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/produc...2&actFltr=true I have some of their capris and they're comfortable, not too hot, and no muffin top.


My daughter wears these: http://www.skirtsports.com/shop/prod...iser-Bike-Girl She loves the hidden pocket and says the padding is a must.
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Afraid of Muffin Top -

go for Bibs. Scary sexy too
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I like aerotechdesigns for shorts. I've got a few pair of baggy shorts from them.
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I wear a 16-18 in women's street clothes too. I use Pearl Izumi shorts in the XL women's size. I once got a pair of XXL and I find they move around too much and cause chaffing. The fabric they are made of stretches quite a bit.
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I need some. I tend to wear skirts only in the summer, and it was surprisingly windy today and I think I flashed half of our town on my last ride I need something that will go under my dresses and skirts.

I don't really need padding (although I've never had a padded pair, so maybe I do?). Never shopped for bike shorts before, but the ones at our LBS do not go to the size that I need (around a 16-18 in womens). Where's a reasonably priced place to shop for them and what am I looking for?
terrybicycle.com. Great shorts for plus size although depending on your shape you might be able to wear XL...(I'm an 18 and do). Invest in a good pair - like the Tshort. They will last a long time with proper care. You will be surprise what a pad does for your riding. You might also like their commuter short - its inbetween a roadie and mtb short. They also sell plus size skorts (skirt and biking short in one).
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One last question, mostly related to my vanity. Does wearing bike shorts cut in at the top (like will it make a muffin top)? Vain, I know
No if sized right they should fit without binding at all. They are scretchy you know!
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