I've been riding regularly to work now for a week and a half and enjoying it immensely. My body is adjusting nicely, so I figure I now can justify getting geared up for more comfortable riding. The biggest problem is the LBS does not keep a very good stock of a lot of stuff, and the times when I can make it there they do not have their knowledgeable people working. I'm looking for a bit of advice on some things, as the search function makes it hard to find some things (if it doesn't time out on me).
First off, clothing. I currently have half-finger gloves and love them. Saved my hands on my first and only crash. What I am looking for now is a jersey and some shorts.
For the jersey, I don't want a tight fit. I am currently pretty large. My waist is just a hair above 38" (and dropping), and I think my chest is around 44" (not positive about this, but it's close). Is there anything in particular I should look for? I've been looking at some of these:
Novara Hurricane Bike Jersey
Sugoi Mack Daddy Bike Jersey
Novara Draft Bike Jersey
Novara Encounter Bike Tee
Cannondale Fly-By Jersey
Cannondale Atomic Jersey
Fox Flow Jersey
Pearl Izumi Micro Sensor Jersey
Any thoughts or suggestions on any of these? Something else?
Next up is a good pair of bike shorts (to wear with no underwear underneath). I would prefer to avoid the "tights" look for awhile (until I feel a bit better about my appearance). I get enough snickers and laughs already by working out and cycling a lot (apparently people find exercise to be amusing for someone like me). What I want is a nice light pair of shorts with the inner tights with chamois but an outer liner that masks the appearance. I want to avoid the heaviest of the mountain-biking-type shorts. Any thoughts here? I've only been able to find these online. Don't know if they are good.
Fox Mid-Ranger Short
Cannondale Fitness Baggy Short
Nashbar Trail Short
Novara Exposure Mountain Bike Double Shorts
Novara Rail Mountain Bike Double Shorts
My next purchases are going to be fenders, a rack, some panniers, shoes, and clipless pedals. I want to do some more research before bugging the forums for advice again.