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Old 05-23-12, 04:38 PM   #1
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Had to learn the hard way...

Got a bike jersey on line and it was supposed to be an xxl as im a big guy......it said xxl and when i put it on it would not have fit Billy Barty......never gonna do that again......that's what i get for being cheap...Also ,i just hate the elastic at the bottom...Next time i wont be cheap and go to my lbs and try a few on...My dad was right,cheapness is a disease.
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I've found that, unless you know the size you need for a particular manufacturer, you're rolling the dice. Castelli is notoriously inconsistent. Pearl Izumis not so much. Paying the return postage eats into the supposed savings.

Yet...the on-line prices are hard to resist sometimes.
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Old 05-23-12, 05:09 PM   #3
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yep ....live and learn
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The European brands are at least 1 and sometimes 2 sizes smaller than U.S. equivalents. If you get a jersey that's a "club" or "recreational" fit it will be a little looser, kind of like a golf shirt.

You never need to pay full price for bike clothing. Armed with the right info you can find anything you need at a deep discount.
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If possible, email them and ask for a pit to pit and top of collar to hem measurements.
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Old 05-23-12, 09:37 PM   #6
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I've found that, unless you know the size you need for a particular manufacturer, you're rolling the dice.
Agreed, find a brand that fits and then start ordering them online. The closeout rack of the bike shop is a good way to find brands that fit at a reasonable price. I can't bring myself to spend $80+ on a jersey. I actually don't like spending more than $40 if I can avoid it.

Some online vendors have good return policies. I just returned a jersey that was too loose to Nashbar and they include a pre-paid return label in all orders. They charge a flat $6.95 fee that gets deducted from your credit. That's very reasonable in my book and beats standing in line at the post office to ship something back.
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You can also look for little clues like "race fit" "club fit" or "euro fit" because unless you're a beanpole, you want club fit.

You can return stuff to Amazon for free btw (maybe that's because I sprung for prime)
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Old 05-23-12, 11:21 PM   #8
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Pearl Izumi, Canari, Performance, and whatever the REI house brand is definitely are on the larger side.
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I ordered 3 jerseys from the TOC website(Small race fit) and all of them were wayyyy too big. Ended up costing me $15 for return shipping.
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When it comes to fitness clothing, I shop on the cheap because I don't need anymore than I already have as it more of a want. I have paid no more than $12 for a jersey by Canari that is a tad bit too big for me. If one doesn't care about design, it is always best to purchase from store that either have free shipping/returns or from a store that allows in-store returns like REI.
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Old 05-24-12, 07:22 AM   #11
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People talking about jerseys that are too big or too loose sounds like science fiction.
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People talking about jerseys that are too big or too loose sounds like science fiction.
Not when your chest is only 28 inches......The only jersey that realy fits me is a BMC jersey I got from a local store: XS Race Fit.
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If you have a gut (like me) there's a fine line between something that is loose enough that you don't look like you're wearing a sausage casing off the bike, but not so loose that it flaps around like a t-shirt on the bike. A specialized jersey I recently bought after trying on in the store seemed to shrink after I washed it which is another variable.
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Try on different brands and stick to that brand. For a long time I wore Castelli cause it it fit like a glove. Now my shape is more of a boxing glove so I just wear the Performance brand, cheap and durable.
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I try to find a sizing chart on the product page. They are not 100% accurate, but better than nothing. I just returned a Canari P2 Jersey to Nashbar. Sizing chart suggested I needed a 2x, though I am wearing a 1X these days. I went with that, knowing cycling clothes tend to be sized small. It was indeed a 2X and too big for me.

Yes, it's a crapshoot when mail ordering.
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If you have a gut (like me) there's a fine line between something that is loose enough that you don't look like you're wearing a sausage casing off the bike, but not so loose that it flaps around like a t-shirt on the bike. A specialized jersey I recently bought after trying on in the store seemed to shrink after I washed it which is another variable.
I have the same exact issue (though I'm working on losing the gut, it's still here for the time being). I've found Hincapie jerseys (XL for me, I'm 6'2", 210#) toe that fine line nicely. The Tour of California sometimes has sales on prior year merchandise where you can get them at a great discount.
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Also have to consider the gut, some people has a bigger stomach than their chest and with jerseys having the V shape this can be a problem!
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Old 05-24-12, 02:27 PM   #18
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If you are an "american" xxl, you might want to skip a road jersey and go with a mountain bike jersey instead. looser fitting(aerodynamics isn't a big issue I'd assume) and you still get to have the pockets in the back.
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+1 on Hincapie (though I do a XXL usually), they seem to fit well for a 6'2" 230 frame. PI is similar in that they run true to size or even slightly larger than most. PI has an "outlet" shop down in San Diego area with a ton of jerseys and bibs you can try on. I bought a few there and when I got home I ended up wanting something different and they shipped out the replacement free of charge.
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I'm 6'1" ~158lbs, and I've tried tons of jerseys on. Of the ones I bought, I've ended up with 3 sizes:

I wear a SMALL hincapie 'club fit', and it's a little loose.
I wear a MEDIUM hincapie 'race fit' and it's a little loose (wrinkly). MEDIUM PI 'elite', altho I can fit in a small PI pro as well if it weren't for being about 2" too short.
I wear a LARGE castelli 'aero race' fit, and it's just a little wrinkly. Could probably fit in a medium for a time trial.

Point is, if you care about how they fit you either gotta stick with a brand and certain 'fit' within their line, or you have to try before you buy.

I "learned the hard way" with the ATOC jerseys that were on sale last year. Medium club cuts might as well be the jersey equivalent of MC Hammer pants on me.
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Who's Billy Barty?
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They charge a flat $6.95 fee that gets deducted from your credit. That's very reasonable in my book and beats standing in line at the post office to ship something back.
I have USPS & UPS accounts online, so I can do my own shipping labels, then just drop them in the outbox at work. Saved me about $1.50 sending a jersey back to Nashbar the other day, so was able to do a 1 for 1 exchange without them needing to charge me again. For larger or heavier items the $6.95 might be a good deal.
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Who's Billy Barty?
You're from Los Angeles and don't know who Billy Barty is or was? Back in the 60's he had a T.V. kid show. A dwarf or commonly referred to as midget.
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You're from Los Angeles and don't know who Billy Barty is or was? Back in the 60's he had a T.V. kid show. A dwarf or commonly referred to as midget.
Uhmmm... I don't think I was born back in 60s...
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Uhmmm... I don't think I was born back in 60s...
Best decade, especially the music!! Check out the history books ...
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