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    Bike specific clothes for (ultra?) clydesdales

    Hey, my buddy is starting to ride regularly and he is a large guy. I'm wondering if there are companies out there that make large clothing: the big and tall of the bike world. This guy is 6'4" and at least 260 if not 280-300lbs and wears 2X size. I am especially interested in finding some bibs for him, as I'm tired of experiencing the 'plumbers crack.' Of course, we're interested in looser fitting clothes.
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    Lala,

    At that point he is a rhino rider. Ultra Clydesale is just too mean

    I am in that range and can't find much to fit, everything for bikers is made for short people. My other biggest problem is I am not exceptionally fat but if I buy 'big' clothes they are ALWAYS toooo short. Like big clothes are supposed to be for short fat people. Oh well I went on a tangent. MEC in Canada does make some xxl xxxl stuff you could always check there.

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    They make jersey's up to 4X if I remember.

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    Assos makes a "TIR" size bibb that fits me-I have the weight, but am not as tall. Nice stuff and it holds up well. I also need the big size jerseys, and they are harder to find for some reason.

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    Sweet. Thanks, guys. I'll remember 'rhino,' instead.

    (I had to look up a rhino, just to verify what their dimensions are!)

    He feels certain that nothing will fit him and I hope to prove him wrong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Lala,

    At that point he is a rhino rider. Ultra Clydesale is just too mean

    I am in that range and can't find much to fit, everything for bikers is made for short people. My other biggest problem is I am not exceptionally fat but if I buy 'big' clothes they are ALWAYS toooo short. Like big clothes are supposed to be for short fat people. Oh well I went on a tangent. MEC in Canada does make some xxl xxxl stuff you could always check there.

    When I first started riding again, I was wearing Fox Brand xxl road shorts. Still have them, though they are a leetle too big (whoopee!). These are the less expensive (40-50 bucks) shorts, I betcha they would fit him fine.

    Tell him to look for 6 panel shorts, and try for the highest lycra content he can get. The sixpanel are a little more forgiving in the stretch-wise area than an 8 panel short is. And I have found that the higher the lycra content, the more stretchy and comfortable the shorts will be. If a bike store carries the Fox off-road gear, they should be able to order the shorts for him.

    Try the Performance "cheapazoid" bottom of the line shorts also.
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    Foehn, ironically those are the brand shorts I wear (a little tight this early in the season ) but they fit well and even make the assumtion that I am tall and have legs like tree trunks. (like I assume most bikers would) I love the shorts and plan to buy a few more than year. Yeah fox.

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    Performance 2x should work for him.
    I have had good luck with these... http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1120
    They are also available as bibs.
    Have him go to an athletic store for jerseys.
    It's not hard to find a large wicking jersey.
    My favorite jacket is a jogger's jacket made with Epic fabric.

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    I am 6'3" and now down to 268.

    I wear Cannodale shorts XL size.
    I use REI jerseys, there are very few bicycle specific jerseys that fit me, and the ones that do are skin tight (the way they are designed) and I don't think ANYBODY wants to see that.But the REI jeseys are a loose fit, and still made out of wicking material.

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    Watch out for sizing though! Some XXXL in a european sizing chart might be tight if you are a [normal american] XL. If you are ordering a european size they should have a chart that explains the sizes or else call their customer service to find out exactly whats going on!?

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    Being 6'6" (but only 225) I have simular problems. For example my team shorts are too short up to and are exposing my back in the drops. I would highly recomend bibs for anyone our size. They are also more forgiving in the waist area where you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giorgios
    Watch out for sizing though! Some XXXL in a european sizing chart might be tight if you are a [normal american] XL. If you are ordering a european size they should have a chart that explains the sizes or else call their customer service to find out exactly whats going on!?
    Dainese does this (I think its euro) and xxxl doesn't even fit me.

    As for jerseys I buy dh jerseys only. They fit 100% of the time as they are meant to go over body armour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlfitt
    I am 6'3" and now down to 268.

    I wear Cannodale shorts XL size.
    I use REI jerseys, . . .But the REI jeseys are a loose fit, and still made out of wicking material.

    HTH.
    I bought two of the REI wicking long-sleeved t-shirts to wear as base layers under the fleece top that I wear when it is cold here. They work quite well; the keep me dry and warm, but to give you fair warning, they don't stretch a whole lot like a cotton t-shirt does. They are treated to keep the stink out and this seems to be working.

    I think I will get a couple of the short sleeve ones to try for the summer, but I think I will like cotton better. It is usually so dry around here that riding in a wet t-shirt is actually comfortable!

    Look in the mountain climbing section in REI to get some shirts that look just like bicycle jerseys(even have pocket in the back), but are cut fuller and have no elastic around the bottom--they are cut longer in the back to keep your hips covered.
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    The guys have raised a good point. In Euro sizing, you guy is prob a 4X or 5X. I wouldn't worry about it, or buy them at this point.
    Then there are American imitators of Euro sizing. Many bike clothes
    say 2X but are several inches too small. Then there is what you might call true sizing. And finally there is what I call LL bean sizing, which tends to run a couple inches larger than true. I have 2X garments that are 60 inches at the waist, and about 36 inches. If that doesn't drive you crazy, you are a lot more stable than I am.

    One alteranitive is custom. You could try Col D'Lizard. I like their stuff. But if you have a large sporting goods store in your area, you should be able to find part of what you need. One thing to remember, you said you wanted loose. Loose pants chafe, loose shorts and jackets flap in the breeze and slow you down.

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    Go into any Tj maxx or sporting goods store and you can find athletic synthetic clothing for MUCH less than the cost of a cycling jersey, and it'll fit a lot better. They make cycling shorts pretty large, and they DO stretch, after all. Why does the guy need a cycling jersey, to make him more aerodynamic? I would just get a plain basketball jersey, it'll fit, be comfortable and no more plumber's crack. Cycling jerseys are for guys who need the slight advantage they provide, let your friend drop about fifty pounds before you think about getting bibs(!) and skintight jerseys for him. Seems like throwing money down a well, since he'll lose weight if he cycles regularly enough, anyway. But what do I know, I'm cheap AND fat!
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    Check out the selection at Velowear. They carry 3X sizes and I have been very pleased with the products I have bought from them in the past.
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    True! I don't care what he wears, as long as he's comfy and decent and rides! We heart tjmaxx/marshalls. He does need to learn about wicking fabrics to...nasty old sweatpants!


    Quote Originally Posted by krispistoferson
    Go into any Tj maxx or sporting goods store and you can find athletic synthetic clothing for MUCH less than the cost of a cycling jersey, and it'll fit a lot better. They make cycling shorts pretty large, and they DO stretch, after all. Why does the guy need a cycling jersey, to make him more aerodynamic? I would just get a plain basketball jersey, it'll fit, be comfortable and no more plumber's crack. Cycling jerseys are for guys who need the slight advantage they provide, let your friend drop about fifty pounds before you think about getting bibs(!) and skintight jerseys for him. Seems like throwing money down a well, since he'll lose weight if he cycles regularly enough, anyway. But what do I know, I'm cheap AND fat!
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    There ought to be a law against big guys in tight spandex. Oh the humanity!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
    There ought to be a law against big guys in tight spandex. Oh the humanity!!!
    But what you don't realize is that it takes real GUTS to wear spandex when you are big, male or female! I can only imagine what I look like from the rear in my cycling shorts. I refuse to think of it because I ride for myself--not for anyone who might be shocked/grossed out/agast at my attire. I say if the equipment works then wear it.

    There are definate advantages to getting older--one is that you don't give a s##t about what someone else thinks of your attire. . .!
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    Quote Originally Posted by foehn
    But what you don't realize is that it takes real GUTS to wear spandex when you are big, male or female! I can only imagine what I look like from the rear in my cycling shorts. I refuse to think of it because I ride for myself--not for anyone who might be shocked/grossed out/agast at my attire. I say if the equipment works then wear it.

    There are definate advantages to getting older--one is that you don't give a s##t about what someone else thinks of your attire. . .!
    It takes real guts to wear one's underwear outside of their pants too but it still doesn't look right in public. Although I guess Michael Jackson can wear pajamas to court. Strange world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
    It takes real guts to wear one's underwear outside of their pants too but it still doesn't look right in public. Although I guess Michael Jackson can wear pajamas to court. Strange world.

    Oh, golly, gee, look at the names: Underwear--means you wear it UNDER something, right? Cycling shorts--means you wear them bicycling, nothing said about where to wear them right? It seems self-evident to me that anyone should be able to wear cycling shorts in public (and if they are too embarrassing, look for a higher chamois in the front, to smooth out "those akward bumps and bulges").

    Women smooth out things all the time with their bras; you buy a bra with no padding in the cup if you don't mind the "perky" look and you buy a cup with light padding to avoid the "perky" look. Now as for heavier padding in the cup--this is something else, somtimes akin to stuffing the bra with tissue paper! And I can imagine some guy being dissappointed when they go for what they think is "Whoo-hoo" and grab "What's with this!?"

    Contrary to the belief by some men, all women are not checking out every guy's package. Usually the women that a man wishes to check out his package are interested in another guy's. So don't worry, wear cycling shorts and be happy--and if you are lucky someone might be checking you out.

    As for Michael Jackson--what an idiot (among other things. . .)!
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    Ok I am 68 285 I have been cycling (racing and Fast club rides) since 1976.. . I know that Zinn was manufacturing cycling clothing for a while but not any more.. Some one needs to step up to the base and hit a home run..

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    On a bike tour I stayed with a family in Colorado Springs. They went to all the LAB (then LAW) events and she spent all her time fitting people for her custom made bike gear. What do you need and how much can you spend? There are people who can provide it. Sorry, I have no Idea how to contact that lady.
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