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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 04-17-14, 06:33 PM   #1
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How is road gear supposed to fit a Clyde?

First, a bit about myself: 26 years old, 240lbs, 5ft 7in.

So after a week of anticipation my road gear came in. All the way to Canada. From Ireland (Chain Reaction Cycles). Given customs fees, shipping fees, wait times, etc, you can imagine that I'd hate to have to do a return / exchange. It would take forever. So, I'm hoping for some good news from you guys, but expecting the bad. Here's the deal:

Using the sizing chart and some measuring ribbon, I determined my size to be an XXL in both the jersey and the bib shorts. Seemed odd considering I'm an XL in regular shirts, but figured that since cycling is primarily a skinny person sport, that the sizing is different. And it is for most manufacturers.

The back of the jersey seems to hang very low and is quite loose. The shorts around the legs are loose too. The grippers don't meet the skin in most cases.

I can't really take them out and test them, as once they're used on the road CRC says I can't return them if needed.

So here's the pictures:















So should I be looking at a return, or is it okay for now? My main concern is that, even though it doesn't feel too bad at the moment, if I keep losing weight I'll have to buy new shorts and a jersey within a month or so.

The shorts and jersey together are worth about $200CAD, so not a major expense to replace, but still.

Thanks for the help guys, and let me know if you need anymore info.
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Do you want to wait another month to get a replacement? And do you have to eat the shipping charges? I would just wear them if it was me.
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Shorts should have a compression fit - yours are WAY too loose! Jerseys should be snug and form fitting, so yours is probably a little loose but it wouldn't bother me too much if it were me. Yours looks too long though. I would hate for it to snag on your saddle if you stood up to pedal, so you may want to get a smaller size for that reason. My jerseys hit about mid buttock when I'm standing up and then when you're riding, they obviously slide up (that's why they're longer in the back). Also, snugger jerseys stay put better when you put stuff in the pockets. You may or may not be more comfortable with a compression base layer under the jersey

For reference, I'm 6'2" and about 220 right now, and here's a picture of some of us after torturing ourselves up a stupid nasty climb: That's @tunavic in the BMC jersey not riding a BMC and looking like he's got 8 arms, that's me with the super cool dragon jersey and no, I can't explain that pose. Its embarrassing, don't make fun. What ever you do, do NOT dress like @HuffinandPuffin there on the right. So the shorts are very snug and while I (as a pizza loving Large Guy) don't really want to look like an overstuffed sausage, snug shirts work better at keeping you cool and not flapping in the wind.


Unless you are rail thin, jerseys will not look flattering on you. Even scrawny racers look like they have a gut when they're riding, people who actually DO have a gut don't stand a chance. Don't worry about it, it's not a fashion show.
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The jersey at the front is about the right distance down my chest, but the back drapes to nearly the bottom of my butt, and again is about 1-1.5 inches from the jersey to my body. That seems like a huge amount of space to have as wasted fabric. And yeah, I can picture it snagging and tearing.

Rudz, yes I'd have to pay for shipping back to CRC, and then again from CRC to me. Probably about $60CAD just in shipping. If I wanted upgraded / expedited shipping, that would cost even more. Closer to $100 total for the return. That's my dilemma. I doubt I could sell this stuff locally either.
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If it's that expensive to return, just use it.

Keep in mind the fit of cycling clothing varies wildly - it's good to buy locally where you can try it on or buy it from somewhere that does free returns, like amazon.
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If it's that expensive to return, just use it.

Keep in mind the fit of cycling clothing varies wildly - it's good to buy locally where you can try it on or buy it from somewhere that does free returns, like amazon.
My motivation for buying from CRC was the colorscheme. My LBS didn't have any jerseys or shorts that were black with blue accents.
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Unless you are rail thin, jerseys will not look flattering on you. Even scrawny racers look like they have a gut when they're riding, people who actually DO have a gut don't stand a chance. Don't worry about it, it's not a fashion show.
However, for rail thin women, it's a different story.
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I'd learn to sew. Or, find someone who does and bribe them with fabric and a six pack to take the things in, if needed.

If you don't know any seamstresses/tailors... check craigslist and the yellow pages.
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I'd learn to sew. Or, find someone who does and bribe them with fabric and a six pack to take the things in, if needed.

If you don't know any seamstresses/tailors... check craigslist and the yellow pages.
My wife's mother knows how to sew fairly well. Wasn't sure if you could "Take in" Lycra. But I guess... why not?
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Don't worry about it, it's not a fashion show.
What about those shoes?
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I wonder if this would work:

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My wife's mother knows how to sew fairly well. Wasn't sure if you could "Take in" Lycra. But I guess... why not?
You can. It's best done with a serger and patience... but it can be done with a regular machine as well. It's just fabric. The tricky part about it is the stretch.

Believe it or not, there are people who sew up their own swimsuits and whatnot out of the stuff. I sew, but I would rather sew almost anything else....that was why I mentioned a bribe. Lycra is tricky! LOL
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What about those shoes?
Yeah, I noticed everybody else was wearing those funny looking shoes also!

It's not about the shoes!

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In the future, go by height for sizing, not girth. The stuff stretches around the middle. The one pair I got with real chamois (my first pair) was bought using chest and waist for sizing. It felt and looked like I was wearing a loaded diaper.
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I would wear them for now. I am looking for another pair of shorts right now because 35 lbs ago they were fine but now the chamois bunches up sometimes and becomes very uncomfortable.
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Unless you are rail thin, jerseys will not look flattering on you. Even scrawny racers look like they have a gut when they're riding, people who actually DO have a gut don't stand a chance. Don't worry about it, it's not a fashion show.
Hope your not refering to the ladies in the photo.
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However, for rail thin women, it's a different story.
What's a "rail thin woman"? None around here.
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Hope your not refering to the ladies in the photo.
They look in shape and fine.
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I talked with someone over at Outdoor Gear & Clothing | Run, Camp, Bike & More | Backcountry.com (where I got some Giordana EXO gear) and they pointed me in the right direction for sizes. Trying to decide what make/model to get, I ended up (not surprisingly) back at the EXO bibs and jerseys. Knowing they'll fit and be good for a long time is almost convincing, but the $600 price tag is just about prohibitively expensive. This Adidas set only cost $200.

I'm torn with the options:

1) Exchange them. Cost: $100 in shipping and customs fees. No credit for exchange / shipping / etc.
2) Return them, buy elsewhere. Cost: $30 plus however much I spend elsewhere, minus a $200 credit on my creditcard for the items.
3) Try to shrink them / alter them. Cost: Free, however doing either of these procedures could destroy the use of these items.

#1 is ridiculous. If I wanted to spend $300 on shorts and a jersey, I'd've done that in the first place.
#2 is probably my best bet, but being the long weekend and whatnot, I won't have gear in time for my first group ride.
#3 is the easiest. Just wear it as it is, slightly baggy, chalk up the $200 loss, get whatever use I can out of them.

Out of these options, what would you all go for?
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Option #2 , without hesitation.

Then buy
A) gear you can try on, so you know you like it
B) gear so inexpensive you won't worry about having to eat the cost.
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#2 is probably my best bet, but being the long weekend and whatnot, I won't have gear in time for my first group ride.
Return them, get something inexpensive from MEC/REI/local shop (the bigger stores tend to be more likely to have XL/XXL on the shelves, though) that will do OK for this weekend. You'll end up wanting to have lots of kit so that you don't have to do laundry after every ride anyway.
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Returning gets my vote as well. Shorts/ bibs that are too big make for discomfort when the chamois bunches as has been mentioned. jerseys slightly too large is not really a big problem but the fit you show is at least one size too large.
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Definitely return it and get what fits. Don't settle for " it will do ". I learned this the hard way after buying a jersey online that was too big I told myself that it would do and now when I stuff my pockets it looks like I got on a dress. (By the way I have never worn a dress just saying I imagine that's what a dress feels like. Just to clear that up as others have said they are made to fit snug and if you're a Clyde, you will look funny. But keep in mind that the only people laughing at you are the ones who sit on the couch while you actually do something with your life. Just my 2 cents.
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