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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 09-20-13, 09:48 AM   #1
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What's the best bib for a Clyde?

I have one Aerotech Design top shelf bib and love it. Anything else worth looking at? 2x-3x size. How tight should they be by the way?
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Old 09-20-13, 11:20 AM   #2
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Hard to say ... different body types, sizes, etc ...

I have many pairs of bibs. I've got two from love to pedal, which gets a lot of love here, and they're a good bib. I have a pair of canari bibs and a pair of pearl izumis ... the PIs are my hands down favorite. Oddly, they're an XL, not a 2X.

Anything tight enough to cut off circulation is bad
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Old 09-20-13, 12:12 PM   #3
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My LBS has their own bibs which I recently switched to from Louis Garneu. With the Louis', I previously bought the ones with airgel chamois but after some longer rides, they are no longer my go-to bib. I also have a pair with 4 motion chamois which are very comfortable.

As far as fit, not too tight around the legs and little chamois movement. When I started losing weight, I took quick notice of how the chamois constantly moved around on my butt while riding especially when shifting my body around.
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Old 09-20-13, 12:12 PM   #4
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Now that the weather is cooling, I'm considering some of these

http://www.dickies.com/mens-clothing...b-overalls.jsp

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Old 09-20-13, 12:48 PM   #5
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I like mine tight! The legs should provide compressive support and nothing should be moving around. They're lycra, they stretch.

My favorites right now are castelli but note that they run small.

Pearl Izumi runs large (except for the PRO line, which is closer to Euro sizing)

I also have a nice pair of craft, which are really too large even though they're the same size as all my other bibs (so they are similar to the lower levels of PI bibs/shorts)

If you are extremely tall for your size, some bibs run short in the straps,so you'll need to try them on. If you're under 6'2" or so you should be OK.
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Pearl Izumi has some nice ones, but I've only found XXL in one store.

Voler makes some nice bibs as well (voler.com).
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I have used Castelli for a few seasons. The Kiss3 is a very nice chamois and I didn't find them running small for their size, YMMV. They are newer in style.

I also have a couple pairs of Twin6. If you're tall, these are long, like Lemond battling Hinault on Alpe d'Huez long. But I find them to be comfortable. They are more like an old style traditional bib with 8 panels.

I have a pair of Vermarc Lotto-Belisol team bibs which are, like most pro kit, small.
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After trying a few others that didn't work out for one reason or the other, I have found these to be the best for me. The fact that they're sewn here in CA is a plus too. Note: they make many different bibs, the black label is their best. Fit is true to size (at 6ft 220 lbs the L fits me well). The largest size these come in is 2XL.

http://voler.com/browse/product/li/1110554
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After trying a few others that didn't work out for one reason or the other, I have found these to be the best for me. The fact that they're sewn here in CA is a plus too. Note: they make many different bibs, the black label is their best. Fit is true to size (at 6ft 220 lbs the L fits me well). The largest size these come in is 2XL.

http://voler.com/browse/product/li/1110554
I bought a pair of specialized bibs in 2010 and complained and moaned about the price - $150. I needed a pair for an upcoming ride and had little choice in my size. at the LBS. 3 years later they are without a doubt the best clothing I have ever bought for my cycling. The bibs are light, snug, and the pad unobtrusive and super-comfy. I also later bought a pair of 'no-name' bibs for $40 - they are terrible and feel like Im wearing a diaper. I wear my Specialized bibs on 75% of my rides. They are tattly now but I will certainly buy the same again when they eventually wear out. This time without the moaning.
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I'm a big fan of the Falconi Deluxe bibs from Love2Pedal.com. For $37/par (or two pair for $64) they're a great value. Not quite as nice as my $250/pair Asos FI.Mille bibs, but better than any other "house" brand shorts I've tried. For the price, I haven't found anything that comes close... though I'll admit that I haven't really looked since finding the Falconi's
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I like mine tight! The legs should provide compressive support and nothing should be moving around. They're lycra, they stretch.
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If you are extremely tall for your size, some bibs run short in the straps,so you'll need to try them on. If you're under 6'2" or so you should be OK.
+1

I buy for height not girth. They will stretch a lot around the middle, but if you get them big enough to not be streched around the middle, they will droop in the seat and the pad will look and feel like you dropped a load in your pants. I get mine here. http://www.kucharikclothing.com/-c-2...7gocedcqqvpvk6 I found them looking for a Bear Flag Jersey-I now have two. I shrunk out of the first one. I still wear the first one short rides but it flaps in the breese a bit.
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When I first started riding, I only wore baggy mountain bike style shorts with liners underneath. I still have a those laying around in size 42 and 40 waist. They haven't fit in a few month. Once I got down to a 38 waist, I decided to try out a pair of bibs. I picked up a pair of Castelli Velocissimo Duos in XL from my LBS. I was about 230lbs at the time and the XLs were quite tight. I wore those every day for a couple of months. They recently started getting a little loose, now 205 lbs, so I bought a new pair of the exact same bibs in size L, WOOO HOOO, about 2 weeks ago. These bibs are not cheap by any stretch, however they are very comfortable so I will likely just stick with them. I like mine very tight in the lower regions so that nothing is able to move around.

Since getting my first set of bibs, I only wear baggy shorts when mountain biking!
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