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    shorts or bibs for 56" waistline

    I have an acquaintance who is returning to cycling after a few years. He has put on quite a bit of weight and wants to know where to buy shorts or bibs for a 56" waistline. I did a search of several clothing websites and old posts on BF and can't find anything larger than 50". Any ideas? Thanks.
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    I'm a 50 now and will not spend any money on bike clothes that will not
    fit me once I get in somewhat better shape. So it goes for your friend.

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    first off, a 56" in bike stuff means atleast a 58 or 60" and I have yet to see anything that'd fit in that area. Not to mention, he's gonna lose weight, which means he'll have to buy more clothes.
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    I wear a 44 and 46 pant depending on the pants...I bought XXL 44-46 "baggies" and the things are like spandex on me but worse...I cant even walk in them let alone cycle. The waste fits but i cant get the spandex inner liners past my knees and the outer shorts are just as tight as the spandex on my legs. I think TRD said it best to me...they size these things small so the 28 inch waste guys can feel macho wearing 32's!!!

    I think with a good pair of shorts I could hit the trail for an extra 30 minutes or so...right now my limit is 1 hour due to sore ass and wrists..not burned legs and heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kritter
    I wear a 44 and 46 pant depending on the pants...I bought XXL 44-46 "baggies" and the things are like spandex on me but worse...I cant even walk in them let alone cycle. The waste fits but i cant get the spandex inner liners past my knees and the outer shorts are just as tight as the spandex on my legs. I think TRD said it best to me...they size these things small so the 28 inch waste guys can feel macho wearing 32's!!!

    I think with a good pair of shorts I could hit the trail for an extra 30 minutes or so...right now my limit is 1 hour due to sore ass and wrists..not burned legs and heart.
    What kinda saddle are you riding on? I'm a BIG guy and I go for about 2 hours before I start to feel any significant wear on my butt, after about 3 hours I find the discomfort to set it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    What kinda saddle are you riding on? I'm a BIG guy and I go for about 2 hours before I start to feel any significant wear on my butt, after about 3 hours I find the discomfort to set it.
    WTB Speed V Comp

    You gotta remember this is my first week back on a bike that actually needs to be pedalled. I think my ass will begin to come around soon. I also think the seat is fitted right since I have no pain, tingling, falling asleep of the boys... The bikes at the gym I can only go about 15 minutes before I get the sensation that scares me of never being able to get it up again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kritter
    WTB Speed V Comp

    You gotta remember this is my first week back on a bike that actually needs to be pedalled. I think my ass will begin to come around soon. I also think the seat is fitted right since I have no pain, tingling, falling asleep of the boys... The bikes at the gym I can only go about 15 minutes before I get the sensation that scares me of never being able to get it up again!
    you should be fine...my bottom hurt so bad after riding the first week I never wanted to get on my bike again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH
    Any ideas? Thanks.
    When I was at a 42" (or so) waist I couldn't find much in the way of bike stuff (and I really didn't want to be wearing lycra anyway)... I rode in sweatpants (this was winter) or regular shorts that were cut for leg movement (like a hiking short) until my weight came down. Also, at outdoor places like REI (I imagine... we have a place in Canada called MEC) you can get normal looking shorts with flat seams designed for cyclotouring.

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    I found these online the other day: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bigsize.htm#mens8P

    I haven't tried them but they seem like they would fit. I'm a 54" right now and have been wearning some old Canari shorts I bought a while back that only fit under the belly I think I might give these a try.

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    Okay, I can no longer resist. My suggestion: A large garbage bag with leg cutouts, and a large sponge glued into the crotch area. As he loses weight, he can re-use the sponge, tape the garbage bag less, and ultimately get some human clothes.
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    RonH, I suggest your friend read Heft On Wheels by Mike Maganuson. It's a great read about a guy who was overweight and a smoker and how he got back into shape by riding. Some might say he replaced one obsession with another but it's a funny, inspirational read none the less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pj7
    but the garbage bag won't breath very well
    I know from experience
    Good point!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ney
    I found these online the other day: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bigsize.htm#mens8P

    I haven't tried them but they seem like they would fit. I'm a 54" right now and have been wearning some old Canari shorts I bought a while back that only fit under the belly I think I might give these a try.
    Echo that.....I AM about a 52" waist. I now have 3 pair of shorts from AeroTechDesigns and they are great!!

    http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/menshort.htm

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