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Old 03-20-12, 10:33 AM
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Attn: Athenas...need sizing assistane with Love 2 Pedal for the missus

My wife recently started riding with me (yay), but she has no real bike clothing. We were looking at the Love 2 Pedal stuff as I have some and bought some for my daughter. The sizing charts make it look like she's going to need XXL which she's refusing to wear (LOL) So...anyone wearing their shorts care to assist me with sizing on these shorts? My wife isn't a big person...5-2 160#. How accurate are the charts?

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I have no experience with the wimmins stuff but IMO, they run a bit small. I use a 2XL in LBS shorts when I can find them (PI Ulta Sensors for example). But when I order the 3XL from Love2P, it seems they fit the same as the 2XL Ultra Sensors....that is my experience in shorts.

But when it comes to Gina's shorts, I wouldn't go with Love2P shorts. Their "best" short is ok but nothing to write home about. Now the Terry shorts for wimmin are much better in construction, durability and the chamois looks and feels so much better (wish I could wear them). A bit more expensive at $90'ish but well worth it IMO. Just a suggestion since part of keeping the wife happy on the bike is comfort.
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I'm afraid that's just how it is with women's gear. I'm 220 pounds and size 18 pants... I wear 3X in women's bike stuff but in regular clothes just a 1x. I wear a lot of men's gear too since it's usually cheaper. Women's bike sizes always run small. :/
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My spouse recently lost 50# and pays little attention to the size listed -- if it fits, it fits.
I'm the same way, dropped 45# and wear 33-34 depending on the pants. Shirts are even worse: some M a lot of L...drive me nuts.
Bike gear is probably some of the worst -- years ago when living in Italy and Japan and actually in shape courtesy of the USAF I still wore L and XL Pearl Izumi and other brands...
Buy her one item you think will fit and rip the tag out!!
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Originally Posted by SuncoastChad
My spouse recently lost 50# and pays little attention to the size listed -- if it fits, it fits.
I'm the same way, dropped 45# and wear 33-34 depending on the pants. Shirts are even worse: some M a lot of L...drive me nuts.
Bike gear is probably some of the worst -- years ago when living in Italy and Japan and actually in shape courtesy of the USAF I still wore L and XL Pearl Izumi and other brands...
Buy her one item you think will fit and rip the tag out!!
I didn't say it was logical, but she is who she is and if she doesn't want to wear something with an XXL tag in it, I'll oblige her. It's the least I can do.
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Originally Posted by Biggziff
I didn't say it was logical, but she is who she is and if she doesn't want to wear something with an XXL tag in it, I'll oblige her. It's the least I can do.
Good luck.
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My wife's about that size (5'4, maybe 150+) and wears a medium pearl izumi... I can't imagine your wife will really need an XXL. Maybe you just need to go to an REI or Performance bike store and try a pair on. They're not supposed to be baggy.

I second the motion to not buy cheap shorts. I'm a huge (ha ha, not a double entendre I assure you) Pearl Izumi bike-short fan. I love 'em and don't skimp on shorts, and my wife likes hers as well. There's no reason to be uncomfortable in that particular area!
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Do you know what her regular pant size is? What size would she normally wear in say a T-shirt (S, M, L, XL)?

I am a size 14/16 pant and can get away with most XL shorts, though i have 1 pair of XXL's. But jerseys....that 's a whole 'nother story. I can usually wear an XL or 1X t-shirt, but there is no way an XL or even XXL jersey will fit me. Well, they fit, as in, I can get them on, but there is NO way i'll wear them because of how ridiculously tight they are. I just wear bike shorts and regular moisture wicking shirts (mostly Champion from Target).

Good luck to her...if you can at least get her some shorts, she should be fine.
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Thanks all....I'm going to order a few pairs for her to try. No REI or Performance within 3 hours of us. I have a bunch of PI stuff and I like the L2P stuff as well or better (personal opinion) so I'll try a couple pairs of those to start! Anything is better that what she's wearing now...some old poly/nylon gym shorts!
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take the tag off , and call it what ever she wants ?
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As a thought, Amazon has some pretty amazing return policies if you don't get the size you need.
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I agree with Beanz on Terry brand items. I have been very happy with the quality. The size charts seem accurate. www.teamestrogen is a good place to order from and you can call them to get ideas on sizing for different brands and for different body shapes. They also do a good job with size charts.
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Unless she has extreme proportions, i.e most of weight in lower or top half only, there is no way she's a 2Xl unless she wants really baggy club cut style. I'm very slightly taller and weightier than her and only ever wore a large top and bottom(sometimes med bottom) in Twin Six, P.I., Canari, Cannondale, and Shebeest( and this is with 15-20lb weight fluctuation). I do wear my gear form fitted with no loose fabric wrinkles, she may prefer something more modest. I'm assuming L2P is a more generous/forgiving cut. We women MUST try things on, rubberband stretch lycra included.
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Originally Posted by goldfinch
I agree with Beanz on Terry brand items. I have been very happy with the quality.
Gina was doing 40 milers with some discomfort with PI and a few other brands. As soon as she switched to Terry, she was doing 70-80 mile rides with no discomfort.

Any rider wanting their wife to enjoy riding, shorts and the saddle is no place to skimp.

Honestly, Gina used to ride off and on for a 2-3 months at a time then skip 3. In 2006 uprgraded the saddle and shorts. Since then she has been riding consistently 3000+ miles every year, every weekend. Prior to the new shorts and sadddle, she only did 100 per year, now she "wants" to ride. I can't get her to stay home.


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Originally Posted by goldfinch
I agree with Beanz on Terry brand items. I have been very happy with the quality. The size charts seem accurate. www.teamestrogen is a good place to order from and you can call them to get ideas on sizing for different brands and for different body shapes. They also do a good job with size charts.
I pretty much only wear Terry brand shorts (different ones for different things). I would think she can get away with an L or XL in the T-Short. I am 5'8" and weigh over 200lbs and wear the XL short and it's not tight on me. 1X is too big... except in the mountain bike shorts then its too small. Go figure.

Unfortunately I am not familiar with Love2Pedal so can't comment. Us women will tell you an XL in one brand may be an 2XL or L in another - sizing is not standardized unfortuntely.

By the way if your wife is uncomfortable about wearing tight shorts, Terry makes a Lycra "tourista" short which is a hybrid between Lycra shorts and a MTB style baggy. It's a mid-price short with an OK chamois and good for shorter rides like 15 - 20 miles.
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How important is having shorts tailored for women? My wife wants some women's specific shorts and is only willing top wear baggies or a skort. No skin tight lycra for her,and must be designed specifically for a woman. My daughter borrowed a pair of my Performance Flint shorts recently and says they are the best cycling shorts she's ever worn and could I buy some for her?
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Originally Posted by Biggziff
I didn't say it was logical, but she is who she is and if she doesn't want to wear something with an XXL tag in it, I'll oblige her. It's the least I can do.
If she finds a pair of shorts that fit her well, hand her a pair of scissors after the third ride and tell her to cut the size tag off. Then she won't have to look at it.
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
How important is having shorts tailored for women? My wife wants some women's specific shorts and is only willing top wear baggies or a skort. No skin tight lycra for her,and must be designed specifically for a woman. My daughter borrowed a pair of my Performance Flint shorts recently and says they are the best cycling shorts she's ever worn and could I buy some for her?
The waistband may be too big, if she has a curvier figure. The rise is slightly higher in women's shorts as well, I believe. Other than that, there isn't as much difference as there used to be, now that all manufacturers use a seamless chamois.
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(Thread hi-hack!) Has anyone tried the Shebeast mountain bike shorts? I've just ordered a pair online because they got rave reviews on the Team Estrogen site. Do they fit fairly close to the charts?
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If she finds a pair of shorts that fit her well, hand her a pair of scissors after the third ride and tell her to cut the size tag off. Then she won't have to look at it.
Will do...thanks!
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Originally Posted by Rhodabike
(Thread hi-hack!) Has anyone tried the Shebeast mountain bike shorts? I've just ordered a pair online because they got rave reviews on the Team Estrogen site. Do they fit fairly close to the charts?
Shebeest uses true sizing which means it will be exactly as the chart says problem is we get so used to vanity sizing - and alot of stuff is getting bigger but saying a smaller size. I do love the Breezer short I just had to order it bigger than ther shorts I wear...
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