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    Baggy shorts question for Athenas

    I'm asking this question for my wife. She's trying to get back to her old college weight and wants to wear baggy shorts while cycling. She wants something that comes down past the knees. She likes my Endura Humvee 3/4 shorts but they don't make anything larger than a size Large in women's and she says she'd take at least a 2XL. Any suggestions on brands for 2XL women's 3/4 length baggy shorts to wear over lycra cycling shorts?
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    You might go on Facebook and locate The Unlikely Cyclist which is a women's cycling shop. It is owned by Lisa (Vntgdrms here on Bike Forums) and she is super knowledgeable. Her shop carries Athena sizes too. Contact her thru Facebook.
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    Not an answer to your question.

    I guess that she is self conscious about her weight and how she looks but she would be much more comfortable in just some good lycra bibs.

    If you can, give her the confidence to not go the baggy route. Baggy clothes can get caught on the seat and cause problems.

    I dress like a clown (in my casual street wear not bike clothes) and I see people laughing and pointing but that just makes my day that I have given someone something to chuckle about. When I first started wearing lycra, I was wondering what kind of reactions that I might get. Well after 7 years of lycra all I have gotten are positive and encouraging comments.

    Have her look at the embarrassed rider sticky and keep gently nudging her to just wear the lycra. She will be sitting a great example for many others.

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    I have some of these shorts and they are long: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Danskin-No...horts/22227099

    These come in a 2x and have the liner built in: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400081__400081 They're not going to be past the knees though.

    The only time I've ever fallen off my bike (so far) is when my baggy shorts got tangled up with the seat. My daughter likes to ride with the padded shorts, and she has a pair that has a skirt made over it. It's really cute but she has trouble with the skirt getting caught up in the wheel.

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    I wear some of the aerotech top shelf bike shorts under a pair of 3x Under Armour gym shorts. The gym shorts are a lyrca material and super light, plenty baggy for me not to feel weird walking around in underwear. Works well, ime.
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    A skirt over skin-tight knickers is another option -- doesn't have to be a single garment made as a set, can be two separate garments. And a skirt, as long as it's not too long, won't get caught or bunch anywhere, because it just hangs around the butt-saddle interface rather than getting in there.

    But if what she wants are non-form-fitting knickers, one place to start is teamestrogen.com -- a minute or two of clicking brought me to
    http://www.teamestrogen.com/prodSB_3102P.html
    which goes up to a cycling size 3X (if she's a 2X in department stores, that may not be high enough, but if she's already converted regular sizes to athletic-gear ones it should be). That's

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    Terry, Shebeest, Mt. Borah all make plus size mountain bike shorts for women...however... I never like the chamois in those shorts (or any MTB shorts) so what I have started to do is look for "runner's" shorts with a small amount of lycra or other stretchy material, which is likeweight and wicking and I pull those over a good pair of cycling shorts (I prefer Terry or Shebeest). I generally have good luck with REI finding a short to pull over my shorts but have also found good runner/exercise shorts at Target and JC Penny. Just need to look around. If she need protection pass her knees, she can wear a knicker under the shorts.

    Another option - Terry makes a plus size "liberty short". It's made for commuting but its a long, lycra short with attached chamois that actually looks like a bermuda short. I wouldn't wear them for a really long ride (over 30 miles) but they are great for shorter rides.
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    I will echo... if you can get her into some bibs and just ware something over them... I did it for years untill one day I went out in the near 100* FL heat (prob was 100+ heat index) and I just decided I didn't give a crap and tossed my overshorts back into the house...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiltedcelt View Post
    I'm asking this question for my wife. She's trying to get back to her old college weight and wants to wear baggy shorts while cycling. She wants something that comes down past the knees. She likes my Endura Humvee 3/4 shorts but they don't make anything larger than a size Large in women's and she says she'd take at least a 2XL. Any suggestions on brands for 2XL women's 3/4 length baggy shorts to wear over lycra cycling shorts?
    Swing by www.groundeffect.co.nz and see if you like what they've got on offer.

    I've got a few of their tops, my wife has a few of their tops, and a (male) friend wears their baggies over cycling shorts. Both he and his wife use Ground Effect tops.
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    oh yes people are talking about tops...

    i'm nearing my mid 30's and just last year finally splurged for even a sports shirt top (I really need to get a proper jersy so I can have the pockets at some point)... I'd always just worn a cotton T-shirt... what a waste of years in a soaked heavy tshirt... I had no idea how nice it was to use a good wicking tshirt... so definately spend the extra for a good shirt ... mine was under $20 at a local sports store and I can't ever see going back to cotton... but I also sweet A LOT
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    My wife felt the same way. Baggy shorts were the only option for her. Over time, she warmed to the idea of lycra. Have to say, she'll never go back now. I second the suggestion to contact Unlikely Cyclist.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheUnlikelyCyclist

    Lisa is very knowledgeable and helped me buy my wife a pair of knickers based of a description. They turned out to be a PERFECT fit and PhotoJoanne LOVES them. She actually likes them so much we just went and bought the shorts version of the same shorts. I don't know the model name (T-plus???) but they're more of a "clothy" feel than shiny lycra and she says they are super comfortable.

    http://www.terrybicycles.com/Plus/Plus-Bottoms

    If your wife isn't comfortable wearing just the shorts, pull some baggies over them. The shorts/knickers will still do their job.
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    With her it's mostly a self-image thing. She had been wearing lycra shorts when we'd ride in the past but now she wants something that will cover her knees. I think her best option will probably be padded knickers with baggies over those. I understand what some folks say about baggies getting caught and such, but honestly I don't see it. I've been wearing baggies for two years now and I commute over 120+ miles per week and I've ridden multiple century rides wearing baggies over separate padded cycling shorts. I think if you get a good quality pair of baggy shorts that aren't ridiculously too large for you then you won't have them catching on the seat. To each his own.
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    Ya know my 60+ wife and her high school girl friend got together for thier birthdays and I rally stuck my foot in my mouth when I told them they should get into some short shorts so we could relive the thrill of catching a look at their cheeks...

    Oh well...

    I routenly wear running shorts over my spandex ridding shorts - They don't have to be baggy - They also have pockets for my phone and wallet - I like the microfiber Walmart cheap ones so I can just throw them away when the crotch gets torn out...

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    Target.com usually has lots of plus sized activewear. Here are some capris:

    http://www.target.com/p/merona-women...lot=medium_1_5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi View Post

    These come in a 2x and have the liner built in: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400081__400081 They're not going to be past the knees though.

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    I have these shorts. I really like them, they are flattering and nice and stretchy. The liner comes out so it is easy to wash the liner separate from the shorts. I like the shorts so much I just wear them around as regular shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiltedcelt View Post
    With her it's mostly a self-image thing. She had been wearing lycra shorts when we'd ride in the past but now she wants something that will cover her knees. I think her best option will probably be padded knickers with baggies over those. I understand what some folks say about baggies getting caught and such, but honestly I don't see it. I've been wearing baggies for two years now and I commute over 120+ miles per week and I've ridden multiple century rides wearing baggies over separate padded cycling shorts. I think if you get a good quality pair of baggy shorts that aren't ridiculously too large for you then you won't have them catching on the seat. To each his own.
    Maybe it is the geometry of my bike (it has a very short top tube), but I have had far too many incidents of getting shorts caught up in the seat. It even happens to me with lycra shorts if the rear end isn't good at tight.

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    Hmmm for the last may years or so my cycling gear has consisted of cotton shorts/tshirt and running shorts. I have done centuries, long rides, hot rides all in this same get up. Colder days I layer up w/ thermal under wear and a jacket. i have never gotten any of that caught on anything, and as I have a million pairs of cotton tshirts changing after a ride does not pose much of a problem. The best part is that the entire getup probably costs less than $100, excluding my shoes which are sneakers because I use (gasp) platforms and use Merril running shoes (with size 15 feet I am averse to getting specialty shoes, plus when I get wherever I am going I like to be able to, you know walk around that place comfortably.

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    I live in my Terry's plus size mountain bike baggie shorts from about late April until late October (and longer, when possible). I hated the huge, flat, weird foam and nylon padding and removed the stitches and instead wear Aerotech bike shorts beneath the baggies. These shorts wear like iron because they've only recently started showing their age (7 years) and I wear them off bike as well. They are nylon-spandex blend that are always comfy and I absolutely adore the zippered pockets. I can carry wallet, keys, snack, and cell phone without any fear of losing half of it on a bike ride (or walk to Starbucks). I bought 4 pairs (3 regular short length and 1 pair of capri length) from Team Estrogen when they were 50% off. Such a deal!

    If I didn't have these shorts, I'd try a 2x in men's mtb shorts and get rid of the liners since they may not fit comfortably. One thing about men's mtb bike baggie shorts is they typically come in a larger variety of colours. The shorts I wear came in black and only black. It's a shame that plus size women's clothing are available only in black or in something Mrs. Roper would wear on an epsiode of Three's Company.


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    Find some cycling shorts with a waistband or "bib" shorts that are comfortable. She can wear hiking shorts over them to cover up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty View Post
    It's a shame that plus size women's clothing are available only in black or in something Mrs. Roper would wear on an epsiode of Three's Company.
    thats pretty much what my wife said. Only she is 31 so she wouldn't have used a 3s Company reference

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