Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Ruby Pro aka "Rhubarb" / and a backup road bike
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My wish list?
The only women-specific cycling gear I've found that fit me in my choice of colors are XL gloves and bike shorts.
The women's jerseys have generally been a disaster. Sleeves too short and too tight, seams irritate skin, inadequate pockets, XXL too tight, I like having loose elastic at the bottom hem, shoulders too narrow, waist too tight, baggy at the hips, length too short. When I'm in an aero tuck I don't want the jersey hanging down showing my midriff.
The cycling tights don't fit my calves/ankles.
Jackets are just too tight and colors are all wrong.
The socks are too snug both on the foot and around the ankle.
I've had poor luck with shoes until I got my Keen bike sandals -- and I think they are a men's model too. The largest women's bike shoe's I've tried are too short and too narrow and don't give clearance for my high instep.
The jerseys that fit me the best are the Performance in-house men's club cut cheap jerseys. That's what I end up wearing on most of my rides.
The usual men's club cut jerseys in other brands are a little too snug at the bottom and are a little too long. I usually have to size up an additional size for sleeves that don't bind.
I like pink and bold flower graphics for group rides; I like HiVis for solo rides. I do not wear subdued colors or dark jerseys, I want to be visible to motorists and others in my group.
I bought a cycling skirt but was very disappointed that the shorts liner was too short no grippers scratchy fabric and zero compression. I've never had a ride short enough where it would be comfortable enough. Looking at other models, they seem similar.
My wish list?
Simple black cycling shorts with longer length, excellent moisture management but extremely durable fabric on inner thigh and over sitbones. Correct rise and loose-enough waist so it doesn't fold over and give the tied potato sack look. Legs that cover most of the quads, provide good compression, and have grippers to hold them in place. No pockets. Stitching that don't fall apart in the wash. No scratchy tags or diaper-thick chamois. Understated logos or brand names (unless I'm being paid to wear them).
Jerseys with long-enough short sleeves, 3 rear pockets with a bit of elastic at the top, loose elastic at the hem, light bright colors, fabrics that keep me cool on 100F days.
I like the idea of an integrated short-sleeve jersey/sports bra with a full-length zipper in the front. Something that will let my heart rate monitor strap stay in place too. Full coverage, snug where it needs to be, loose otherwise, concealment as needed but not having double layers everywhere.