Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Bike Clothing Models vs Reality

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Bike Clothing Models vs Reality

Old 05-09-21, 02:17 PM
  #1  
climber has-been
Thread Starter
 
terrymorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 7,060

Bikes: Scott Addict R1, Felt Z1

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 3,503 Times in 1,767 Posts
Bike Clothing Models vs Reality

Dear Bike Clothing Company:

Thank you for the advertising email.

Your new bibs look nice:





Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion they won't look the same on me:





Do you have any photos of your company’s bibs over chicken legs, like mine (above)?

Thanks.

Last edited by terrymorse; 05-09-21 at 05:38 PM.
terrymorse is offline  
Likes For terrymorse:
Old 05-09-21, 02:37 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 25,209
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8239 Post(s)
Liked 8,938 Times in 4,436 Posts
I want to see the ads for jerseys with an aerobelly and love handles.
big john is online now  
Old 05-09-21, 03:07 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 8,507
Mentioned: 69 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3228 Post(s)
Liked 2,504 Times in 1,509 Posts
Originally Posted by terrymorse
Dear Bike Clothing Company:

Thank you for the advertising email.

Your new bibs look nice:





Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion they won't look the same on me:





Do you have any photos of those bibs over chicken legs?
Aren't the legs in the 2nd picture chicken legs?
seypat is online now  
Likes For seypat:
Old 05-09-21, 05:34 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Utah
Posts: 770

Bikes: '88 Trek 1200, '91 Trek 1400

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 125 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by big john
I want to see the ads for jerseys with an aerobelly and love handles.
Yeah this was not the thread I was expecting...
Shinkers is offline  
Old 05-09-21, 08:52 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: VA
Posts: 1,437

Bikes: SuperSix Evo | Revolt

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 733 Post(s)
Liked 815 Times in 414 Posts
Ride more and you can look like the model? Works for me
Rides4Beer is offline  
Likes For Rides4Beer:
Old 05-09-21, 10:11 PM
  #6  
climber has-been
Thread Starter
 
terrymorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 7,060

Bikes: Scott Addict R1, Felt Z1

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 3,503 Times in 1,767 Posts
Originally Posted by Rides4Beer
Ride more and you can look like the model?
Tried that, didn't work. Chicken legs are chicken legs.
__________________
Ride, Rest, Repeat. ROUVY: terrymorse


terrymorse is offline  
Likes For terrymorse:
Old 05-09-21, 10:30 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 23,208
Mentioned: 89 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18883 Post(s)
Liked 10,646 Times in 6,054 Posts
Lift weights, eat enough protein and carbohydrates.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 05-09-21, 10:57 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,911

Bikes: Colnago, Van Dessel, Factor, Cervelo, Ritchey

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3924 Post(s)
Liked 7,226 Times in 2,922 Posts
If only the manufacturers of cycling clothing used ordinary-looking people for models, like the rest of the clothing industry ...
tomato coupe is offline  
Likes For tomato coupe:
Old 05-10-21, 05:35 AM
  #9  
Full Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Adirondacks
Posts: 335

Bikes: 2018 Diverge Comp, 2016 Specialized SL4 Comp,

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 42 Posts
It's the jersey's that bother me. I've a 44-45 inch chest (genetics) so need to get at least xxl's. Fit like a parachute around the waist and long enough to catch on the seat. I've given up.
Champlaincycler is offline  
Likes For Champlaincycler:
Old 05-10-21, 05:36 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
blakcloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,595
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 608 Post(s)
Liked 352 Times in 225 Posts
Good thread @terrymorse. I had a nice chuckle this morning.

I do remember seeing an article on closer to real life mannequins. Here is an example of Dad Bods.


blakcloud is offline  
Likes For blakcloud:
Old 05-10-21, 11:22 AM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
thehammerdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: NWNJ
Posts: 3,704

Bikes: Road bike is a Carbon Bianchi C2C & Grandis (1980's), Gary Fisher Mt Bike, Trek Tandem & Mongoose SS MTB circa 1992.

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 722 Post(s)
Liked 353 Times in 226 Posts
Originally Posted by terrymorse
Dear Bike Clothing Company:

Thank you for the advertising email.

Your new bibs look nice:





Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion they won't look the same on me:





Do you have any photos of your company’s bibs over chicken legs, like mine (above)?

Thanks.
Quadzilla..is it you,?
thehammerdog is offline  
Likes For thehammerdog:
Old 05-10-21, 11:27 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: VA
Posts: 1,437

Bikes: SuperSix Evo | Revolt

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 733 Post(s)
Liked 815 Times in 414 Posts
Originally Posted by terrymorse
Tried that, didn't work. Chicken legs are chicken legs.
Genes can be cruel sometimes, yell at your parents.
Rides4Beer is offline  
Likes For Rides4Beer:
Old 05-10-21, 12:58 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 2,098

Bikes: 1999 Schwinn Peloton Ultegra 10, Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 821 Post(s)
Liked 1,954 Times in 941 Posts
Just wanted to share I put the chocolate covered almonds back in the jar and scooped out the kale salad after seeing man-boob pregnant guy in my immediate future.

Originally Posted by blakcloud
Good thread @terrymorse. I had a nice chuckle this morning.

I do remember seeing an article on closer to real life mannequins. Here is an example of Dad Bods.


CAT7RDR is offline  
Likes For CAT7RDR:
Old 05-10-21, 04:26 PM
  #14  
climber has-been
Thread Starter
 
terrymorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 7,060

Bikes: Scott Addict R1, Felt Z1

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 3,503 Times in 1,767 Posts
Observation:

On the spectrum from "quadzilla cycling model legs" to "chicken legs", the grand tour GC contenders cluster closer to "chicken legs".

Hmm.



2017 le Tour de France podium
__________________
Ride, Rest, Repeat. ROUVY: terrymorse


terrymorse is offline  
Old 05-11-21, 02:06 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Andy Somnifac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,297

Bikes: Too many.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Liked 174 Times in 86 Posts
Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis
Same here. At 6'1, I have a 52 inch chest. I have to get 4x -5x to fit my upper body but so long that if I have something in m rear pocket, the jersey can drop over my butt. I did a climbing event and got a 5 mtn pass finisher's jersey. Biggest they had was a 2XL. I can get it the full zipper up around my torso but once I hit my chest, the zipper will rip if I try to go above. Darn little climber guys.
Yeah, but us little climber guys will end up looking for the big guys when we need to open a pickle jar. It evens out in the end.
__________________


Andy Somnifac is offline  
Likes For Andy Somnifac:
Old 05-11-21, 08:11 PM
  #16  
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 19,508

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3876 Post(s)
Liked 1,923 Times in 1,372 Posts
I have a fair bit of Voler gear and 20.5" quads. Mediums fit me fine. It's good gear for the price.
__________________
Results matter
Carbonfiberboy is offline  
Old 05-12-21, 04:47 AM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Fox Farm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Posts: 2,750

Bikes: Merlin Extra Light, Orbea Orca, Ritchey Outback,Tomac Revolver Mountain Bike, Cannondale Crit 3.0 now used for time trials.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 126 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 34 Posts
Originally Posted by blakcloud
Good thread @terrymorse. I had a nice chuckle this morning.

I do remember seeing an article on closer to real life mannequins. Here is an example of Dad Bods.


this cracks me up! they really have mannequins like this?
Fox Farm is offline  
Old 05-12-21, 06:43 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
gear64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: STL Missouri
Posts: 473

Bikes: State Black Label All Road, Univega Gran Premio, Lotus Classique, Terranaut Metro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 105 Post(s)
Liked 94 Times in 62 Posts
Baggies/club fit for me. Plain T if errand bike with pannier. In my case it's a hobby, not a sport, I'm not going to fret over micro losses in aero efficiency. I rarely look at the models. I typically by blind based on past experience, if it works I ride that horse it until no longer offered. My bigger annoyance with clothing at large is trends change way to quickly. It seems there would be some value in catering to loyal followers rather than changing so I go to brand B, who changes so I go to brand C, who changes so I go to brand D. Maybe I'm a rarity in finding something I like and wanting to repurchase same forever as old wears. Just the right shoes not being available the next or second year is the worst. All things being near equal I buy the thing with the smallest, least noticeable logo. No logo is golden.
gear64 is offline  
Likes For gear64:
Old 05-12-21, 10:52 AM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
obrentharris's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Point Reyes Station, California
Posts: 4,524

Bikes: Indeed!

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1505 Post(s)
Liked 3,451 Times in 1,128 Posts
Originally Posted by Champlaincycler
It's the jersey's that bother me. I've a 44-45 inch chest (genetics) so need to get at least xxl's. Fit like a parachute around the waist and long enough to catch on the seat. I've given up.
Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis
Same here. At 6'1, I have a 52 inch chest. I have to get 4x -5x to fit my upper body but so long that if I have something in m rear pocket, the jersey can drop over my butt. I did a climbing event and got a 5 mtn pass finisher's jersey. Biggest they had was a 2XL. I can get it the full zipper up around my torso but once I hit my chest, the zipper will rip if I try to go above. Darn little climber guys.
Bouré does custom sizes.
Brent
obrentharris is offline  
Likes For obrentharris:
Old 05-13-21, 02:01 AM
  #20  
Pointy Helmet Tribe
 
guadzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Offthebackistan
Posts: 4,338

Bikes: R5, Allez Sprint, Shiv

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 519 Post(s)
Liked 627 Times in 295 Posts
Originally Posted by Rides4Beer
Ride more and you can look like the model? Works for me
Dude, Contador had chicken legs
guadzilla is offline  
Old 05-13-21, 09:13 AM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
Racing Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 2,231
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1335 Post(s)
Liked 318 Times in 216 Posts
Originally Posted by terrymorse
Dear Bike Clothing Company:

Thank you for the advertising email.

Your new bibs look nice:





Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion they won't look the same on me:





Do you have any photos of your company’s bibs over chicken legs, like mine (above)?

Thanks.
Im the opposite. Im sure id be called "Thick" if I wasnt male, lol. No chicken legs here, quite the opposite, but nothing fits anyway as everything seem to be designed with a slim 19 BMI in mind. Im at BMI 27 (!) and Im not that fat. I just Work for a living a seem to pile on the pounds lately. Result, - if I can even manage to get it the legs and arms are Way long.
Racing Dan is offline  
Old 05-15-21, 11:36 AM
  #22  
just having fun
 
GnipGnop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 102

Bikes: 1994 TiCycles Softride, 199X Cyclops Stealth Softride, 1999 Rocky Mountain Soul, 1973 Colnago Super

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 56 Times in 29 Posts
Try standing in the exact same post and flexing, with a few camera flashes set up to accentuate the muscle.

Might get you a third of the way there.
GnipGnop is offline  
Likes For GnipGnop:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.