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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-17-11, 09:06 PM   #1
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clothing for us clydes?

Can anyone provide some links for places to get shorts and shirts for us...ahem...bigger guys? Also, do the sizes tend to run big or small with the cycling clothing?
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Old 09-17-11, 09:25 PM   #2
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I got a pair of bibs from Love2pedal.com They fit me really well. They seem to run a little small. They have really great customer service too! I ordered the 3XL, and im ususally about a 1-2XL. He has sizes up to like 6-7XL.
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Amazon is another source.
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No links but can tell you 5 different brands I have bought been running small. Usually have to get 2xl vs 1 xl, think it has to do with overseas sizing.
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Allen: I posted this in another thread of your. This place rocks.

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/
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Allen, I agree with Chief about aerotech.

Also, I am not sure how big of a Clyde you are, but Campmor has some great deals. I am a woman, and at 5'9/336 I can generally wear a men's xxl. I should add that I am incredibly picky about the way clothes fit....I have a super long torso and a small inseam (30 inch inseam!). Between large breasts and a long torso, I am amazed that I can get tops long enough sometimes (I prefer at least 28 inches long). So...if I can find clothes being so picky, it is definitely possible for a Clyde to find the right clothes.

I've seen up to 4/5x on Campmor. I've also gotten some decent items on amazon (duofold layers/champion wicking shirts).

PS- I love your signature! You go, Allen! Ride away.

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As far as shirts go, JCPenny has workout (wicking material) shirts in bright colors, I've seen them in sizes up to 4XL, for about $13. No pockets, though. Walmart has some similar shirts for a little bit less. I wear their shirts when I am MTB'ing, as I put all my stuff in my Camelbak.
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love2pedal rocks fast, courteous, and damn inexpensive for the quality. There is also a coupon code for clydes.
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thank you, Chef and all the rest! As far as how big, Im 5-7 281 at the moment.
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No links but can tell you 5 different brands I have bought been running small. Usually have to get 2xl vs 1 xl, think it has to do with overseas sizing.
I don't think it's limited to overseas sizing. IME, just about all cycling clothing labels are off compared to street clothes. You pretty much routinely have to go up one, or sometimes two sizes.
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Can anyone provide some links for places to get shorts and shirts for us...ahem...bigger guys? Also, do the sizes tend to run big or small with the cycling clothing?
Unless you are a fashionista ,or have special needs, overweight people look ridiculous in cycling clothing.

IMO nothing draws attention to being overweight faster than skin tight cycling clothing.

So it's loose street clothing for me.
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consider mountain bike baggy shorts, , or just any shorts, and pants .
I got pant legs tapered, alterations done to something I got at the Charity shop,

for the most part I ride in Sweat pants , and the Wicking treated Poly sold in outdoor stores for the shirt.
long sleeve = sun protection.
Got 1 red Cycle jersey, long sleeve , anyone wants it.. performance , poly..
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Unless you are a fashionista ,or have special needs, overweight people look ridiculous in cycling clothing.

IMO nothing draws attention to being overweight faster than skin tight cycling clothing.

So it's loose street clothing for me.
Thanks for that wonderful little piece of insight. But since the OP was asking WHERE to buy shorts and jerseys and not whether you approved of them how about you thread crap somewhere else.
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Thanks for that wonderful little piece of insight. But since the OP was asking WHERE to buy shorts and jerseys and not whether you approved of them how about you thread crap somewhere else.
Like the King and his new clothes unless someone tells what is you might wind up like the King walking around nude in his new "clothes".

People always want someone to tickle their ear with what they want to hear when often that's not what you should tell them...............
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People always want someone to tickle their ear with what they want to hear when often that's not what you should tell them...............
Again, the OP was not asking for your opinion, he was asking where to buy cycling specific clothing.

You provided nothing to answer the OP's original question. As a matter of fact all you have done is crap on another thread with your obvious non spandex, worksman bike biased nonsense.

Allen: Love2pedal has great shorts for a good price and the customer service is top notch.
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L2P and Aerotech, they both have clyde-friendly sizes, are hard to beat price wise, and agreeable customer service.
Also, paisan is right in post #15.
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+1 for Dan at Love2pedal.com

I have received 2 orders from him so far and have been really happy with the product, the price, and the communication during the transaction.

As to Sizing...

It seems to run perfectly true to the sizing chart but beware, it is not "vanity sized" as most men's clothing appears to be these days. (Almost all the pants in my closet are size 38 and fit very well despite my waist actually measuring almost 41"). Take a minute to actually put a tape on your waist and chest and order the corresponding size on the chart. Don't order the "size" you normally wear in street clothes or they will likley be to small as noted above.

I also just received and order from Aerotech for my wife and it seems to be a good product at a fair price as well.

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As to Sizing...

It seems to run perfectly true to the sizing chart but beware, it is not "vanity sized" as most men's clothing appears to be these days. (Almost all the pants in my closet are size 38 and fit very well despite my waist actually measuring almost 41"). Take a minute to actually put a tape on your waist and chest and order the corresponding size on the chart. Don't order the "size" you normally wear in street clothes or they will likley be to small as noted above.
I don't disagree about vanity sizing, nor about the sizing charts being accurate. My point was that regardless of your actual inch measurements, if you find that the majority of street clothes labeled "L" (for example) fit you correctly, you can be sure that among cycling clothing you're going to be looking at an XL. Likewise, if you're typically an XL in street clothes you'll probably need a 2X in cycling garb. And so on.

Your suggestion to take an actual tape measure to your body is a good one, and about the only way to be sure of what you need to get.
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I dont give a crap what other people THINK about what I look like when riding. I am riding, for myself, for my health, with friends sometimes and to have a great time. The clothes I wear is a choice I made. Not out of fashion but out of comfort.
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Thanks for that wonderful little piece of insight. But since the OP was asking WHERE to buy shorts and jerseys and not whether you approved of them how about you thread crap somewhere else.
I no longer read the Poisonous One. Is he peddling his 'fat people can't wear Lycra because it's bad for their health' nonsense again? He diagnosed me with 'circulation problems' from a photograph.
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I dont give a crap what other people THINK about what I look like when riding. I am riding, for myself, for my health, with friends sometimes and to have a great time. The clothes I wear is a choice I made. Not out of fashion but out of comfort.
THIS I find it comical yet sad when I see fat people hiding with loose clothing....Guess what? The world still knows we are fat and we look like slobs! wear the clothing that you are comfortable in while riding and you will ride longer and become stronger and somewhere along the way you wont look so bad in that lycra anymore.
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what.... u mean the big shirt didnt hide my fat? damn it!
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I dont give a crap what other people THINK about what I look like when riding. I am riding, for myself, for my health, with friends sometimes and to have a great time. The clothes I wear is a choice I made. Not out of fashion but out of comfort.
+1 couldn't have said it better myself.
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I secretly wanted your jersey but I couldnt catch you on my bike
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Bike specific clothing isn't about being a fashionista. If you wear good bike shorts, it cuts down on chafing. Jerseys help wick away sweat and keep you cooler, the back pockets can hold a few things. A regular t-shirt won't zip down the front and starts to feel choking around the neck.

Merino wool is very comfy. 'nuff said.

Good shoes help with keeping your feet warm and dry and have a nice stiff sole-- important if you use platform pedals like mine that have metal teeth. Regular tennis shoes are nice in hot weather because they breathe, but that's only 2 months a year where I live.

I personally HATE clothing that flaps in the wind. For me, sleeves need to be fitted. All that flappy flap is distracting. On short trips I like jeans and sweats, but hate them when they are stuck in my chain. On longer trips I hate jean seams digging into my skin. It's just easier to wear shorts or tights that wont get into the chain. I also like my long tights to have zippers at the ankle so they will go over shoes easily.

Bike specific clothing also has reflective strips sewn in which help with visibility. While not a need, it's a nice touch I like. Sure everyone can tell I'm fluffy, woo woo.

I hope you find clothing you enjoy and suits your needs. That's all that matters!!!
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