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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 11-10-12, 09:37 AM   #1
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Advice on some Clyde sized accessories

Hey gang- can anyone recommend some bibs (relatively affordable) for a 270lb'er with a full size spare tire?

Also need a heart rate monitor compatible with a garmin.

I appreciate your help. It can be a little tough to figure out the sizing since it seems to vary from product to product.
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For garmin heart rate monitor, I'd try to find either a longer strap or an extension.
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Any HR moniter/strap that is ANT+ should work with your Garmin (Edge series I assume?).

When was up close to 300lbs the Pearl Izumi stuff in XXL seemed to fit fine. I know that areotechdesigns.com goes big and seems reasonably priced.
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I second the aero tech products. For the money, they can't be beat. They're built here in the US, and when you start to lose weight, you won't feel so bad getting rid of or replacing them.
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Height and lower thigh circumference can have a lot to do with bib fit. Do mind sharing those?

At roughly 6'4"-5" and at 250-300 I've found Campy XXXL fit me best, I also have some Nalini's in and XXL that fit reasonably well. Sugoi XXL run too tight around the leg elastic for me. I also have several pair of Pearl Izumi. The Pearl Izumi's tend to run large around the belly in their club cut styles and too tight around the thighs for me. However, their P.R.O cut bibs are tighter around the waist and a little more generous in the thigh. (Probably not what you want.)
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Measured the base of my thigh a few inches up from the knee, 21"

I'm about 5'11", 270lbs. Carry most of the weight in the arse and belly.
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Edit- Called up and talked to Chris at Aero-Tech, great guy and very helpful. I like this place already, very good customer service. Putting in an order now.

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Edit- Called up and talked to Chris at Aero-Tech, great guy and very helpful. I like this place already, very good customer service. Putting in an order now.
I just bought couple pair of shorts from aerotech. I bought two pair to compare. I bought teh century shorts $69 and the Top Shelf shorts.

The century shorts are nice and thick support material. The top shelf not so nice, too thin for my taste. Comfort is ok but I don't like the feeling of having to worry about showing my arse crack to every one. The material is so thin if I put my hand against the material, I can see my finger nails. I wore them yesterday and Gina said they don't show but it's just too "thin" IMO.

Spend the extra few buck and get the century shorts equivalent bibs.The century shorts are pretty nice for the $69.

I'd return the thin shorts but I hate freaking dealing with shipping etc. I'll just wear them when I ride alone in the mountains. That ought to scare the lion and bear off.
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Are you saying your Garmin heart rate strap won't fit? I was 285 when I started wearing mine and I've got both the old Garmin strap and the new and improved version
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Are you saying your Garmin heart rate strap won't fit? I was 285 when I started wearing mine and I've got both the old Garmin strap and the new and improved version


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Are you saying your Garmin heart rate strap won't fit? I was 285 when I started wearing mine and I've got both the old Garmin strap and the new and improved version

I hadn't tried a Garmin strap yet, just curious peoples experience.

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These days I have been buying all my cycling clothing from Love2Pedal. Their prices are very reasonable and they are top notch in customer service. I am in the 6'3" / 290 range and the 3 or 4X seem to do well. I like the material and they seem to be really well made. The only thing I would change about their bibs is to make the straps a bit longer--I'm fairly long in the torso and could use a little more room.
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I have no issue with the garmin strap at 310 so you should be golden
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I just bought couple pair of shorts from aerotech. I bought two pair to compare. I bought teh century shorts $69 and the Top Shelf shorts.

The century shorts are nice and thick support material. The top shelf not so nice, too thin for my taste. Comfort is ok but I don't like the feeling of having to worry about showing my arse crack to every one. The material is so thin if I put my hand against the material, I can see my finger nails. I wore them yesterday and Gina said they don't show but it's just too "thin" IMO.

Spend the extra few buck and get the century shorts equivalent bibs.The century shorts are pretty nice for the $69.

I'd return the thin shorts but I hate freaking dealing with shipping etc. I'll just wear them when I ride alone in the mountains. That ought to scare the lion and bear off.
I bet if you called them they would send you a prepaid return label so you could send the thin ones back
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I bet if you called them they would send you a prepaid return label so you could send the thin ones back
They prolly wood but I hate messing with stuff. I just wore them, comfy chamois and Gina said CNE (crack not evident)

I'll just order the better ones next time, these will be ok, just that the others are better.
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They prolly wood but I hate messing with stuff. I just wore them, comfy chamois and Gina said CNE (crack not evident)

I'll just order the better ones next time, these will be ok, just that the others are better.
Alrighty then! The cheap bastard in me hates having something I paid for that I dont like so I return alot
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They prolly wood but I hate messing with stuff. I just wore them, comfy chamois and Gina said CNE (crack not evident)

I'll just order the better ones next time, these will be ok, just that the others are better.
How do they compare to your Performance bibs. Don't remember, do you have the Elite's or Ultra's?
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How do they compare to your Performance bibs. Don't remember, do you have the Elite's or Ultra's?
I don't wear bibs and I don't wear Performance.

I used to wear Peformance "shorts" years ago but they really cut back BIGTIME on quality and the sizes have seemed to go on the itty bitty scale rather than Clyde friendly like they used to be.
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So....I"m wrong....AND I'm wrong. If I wanted to be treated like this, I could just go home!
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I had good luck with Voler shorts, size XXL, up at 270 pounds. Get on the velowear.com mailing list and wait for coupons or sales.

Also, Performance Century bibs are pretty good for the price.

Gotta ask, where do people find really big PI stuff? The biggest I could find at their Silverthorne outlet fit me only after 2,000 miles of touring to get there.
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