With the help of you guys here on the forum, I got myself my first bicycle in fifteen years and have really enjoyed riding it. The only problem has been my lack of appropriate attire - not enough old ratty t-shirts to share between gym days and biking days. I took advantage of the recent sale at Nashbar to pick up a cheap riding top and shorts with a chamois.
The clothes arrived yesterday, and I tried them on, but there's some confusion on my part. Do I tuck the shirt, which is long, in to the shorts, or let it hang over? Also, and more importantly, are the shorts supposed to feel like I'm wearing a gigantic diaper stretching from the back of my butt to the front of my groin? I know that they're for riding, not walking around, but seriously - even with the shorts pulled up as high as possible, it feels like there's three pounds of Pampers between my legs.
By riding top do you mean jersey? I tend to wear my jerseys on the tight side and they barely come to my waist. I have yet to find one too long. Also, this is the reason I wear bib shorts. Mainly to avoid showing crack or a gut.
Cheap shorts tend to have more of a diaper feeling to them IMHO. The ones I like tend to have a thinner chamois but the diaper feeling never fully disappears. No biggie. It's not like a wear them off the bike.
Yeah, it's a sleeveless jersey. I was unsure of which size to get, M or L, and the online Nashbar employee told me to go with a L. It's not ridiculously big, and I think a medium would be too small. I'm not doing road races and I feel no need to wear skintight clothing (although I guess the shorts take care of that), so I'll be fine with the large. I'll keep it untucked, and when it gets cold out, it'll have enough room for me to throw on a thermal long-sleeved tshirt.
As for the jersey pockets, a decently made jersey will allow you to stash amazing quantities of stuff in it.
However, I have found that many looser fit jerseys droop in the back and have loose pockets. Tighter jerseys actually allow me to stash more items in them.