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I am not ready for spandex(17 posts)

I am not ready for spandexcyclingforhealth
Aug 24, 2003 5:14 AM
I plan on buying a bike today from a local shop. I know that I will need some other things to get started like clothes. I am not comfortable with spandex and lycra. Is there any clothing made for larger cyclist. I don't want to embarrass myself. I have seen some larger women riding in spandex. It isn't flattering.
re: I am not ready for spandexorange_julius
Aug 24, 2003 5:36 AM
I think having a chamois pad is nice, but lycra is not
as important. You can get mountain bike-style shorts
that are loose-fitting. Your local stores, and online
stores like performancebike carry them.
Well I happen to find larger women riding in spandex sexySpoiler
Aug 24, 2003 6:23 AM
Especially fatty-moms pulling Bobtrailers. Lookit 'em work!To each his own.
Especially when it's stretched to it's limit and you have a niceHigh Gear
Aug 24, 2003 9:10 AM
view of her butt crack. I'm joking. It has happened though.
Another hog-lover comes cleanSpoiler
Aug 24, 2003 10:23 AM
"I'm joking."
Yeah right. Don't deny it. Embrace it and the world is your oyster, so to speak.
Be comfortable!TNRyder
Aug 24, 2003 7:07 AM
The most important thing is that you are comfortable with the clothes that you wear while riding! They should be functional, but if you are not comfortable with tight fitting stuff go with the baggies and looser cut shirts styled for MTN bikers. If you are comfortable with the clothes, you are more likely to ride!
re: I am not ready for spandexaliensporebomb
Aug 24, 2003 7:19 AM
Try checking out
My wife has ordered from them since they have athletic
apparel for larger sized women.

Check it out.
re: I am not ready for spandexc722061
Aug 24, 2003 7:32 AM
Put on a comfortable saddle, not a racing type. With a good cushion saddle, you can use baggy short. Spandex or lycra shorts only appeal if you are in shape on a racing bike.
re: I am not ready for spandexnovardr
Aug 24, 2003 9:58 AM
I feel for you mind freind. But being comfortable goes a long way to make a better ride. I started with baggies but could never get a good fit due to my extra baggage around the waist. I now where bibs and they hold every thing in place and keep me cool. I cover up with a polyester basketball shirt which has the same wicking/cooling effect as the lycra shorts. I a function before form kind of person so, if it works, I use it. Good luck and keep on spinning.
Air induction on Mustangs good, not so for crotch.jesse1
Aug 24, 2003 11:17 AM
The first time a yellowjacket gets sucked into your pantsleg and makes a beeline (beeline-get it?)to your crotch, you'll remember this reply!
a serious replyoff roadie
Aug 24, 2003 1:07 PM
My girlfriend weighs a bit over 200 lbs and recently decided to make a serious effort at becoming a good cyclist. Her attitude was about the same as yours, though I tried to convince her spandex shorts would be most comfortable. I obviously LIKE her figure, for bigger or smaller, but her persoanl confidence is obviously important if she's gonna get out and ride. An option I suggested for her is padded briefs and some longer nylon "surf" shorts. If you aren't riding real fast, the looser fit won't hurt any. Its nearly as comfortable as real bike shorts (I wear them over tights in winter) and cheaper than dedicated MTB type shorts. "Skorts" are another "backside concealing" option for women.

I think she ordered some stuff from "Team Estrogen"- they carry womens clothing exclusively, including larger sizes, and have several "skorts" as well as MTB shorts.
Mt. BorahAlpedhuez55
Aug 24, 2003 5:58 PM
Try Mt. Borah. They have nice clothes in larger sizes. I have a pair of their baggys and they were well worth the price. Also performance bike has some good quality clothing in extended sizes.
Baggy surf/basketball shorts over Lycrawoofers
Aug 25, 2003 12:45 AM
Go for the lycra cycling shorts. You can always wear another "normal" pair over them.
let your freak flag fly man! just wear lycra (n m)ColnagoFE
Aug 25, 2003 7:05 AM
Wear something loose over spandexkilimanjaro
Aug 25, 2003 9:51 AM
If you don't like the way you look in spandex. The top doesn't really matter. You might find it nice to wear a coolmax type shirt under a t-shirt to help keep you dry.

I used to get a lot of chaffing between my legs and crotch from riding bikes as a teeager. Going to form fitting shorts solved that problem for me as an adult. I would still recomend against too baggy shorts. I get the short openings caught by the saddle nose sometimes when I am out for a short ride whith the kids on weekends.

Once you get in better shape you can reconsider form fitting
Some info for youKristin
Aug 25, 2003 10:32 AM
Sigh. I'm afraid that some of the posters on this board are not very mature. They act like pre-pubescent boys at a Madonna concert. Forgive them. :-) (Heh. They think I'm some kinda mystery babe. If I ever posted a pic, I'd get the ribbing of a lifetime!)

Okay, on to the important stuff. I know exactly how you feel. I'm 33 and have been 30-40 pounds overweight for 4 years. For me, the top priorities are covering my butt and remaining reasonably comfortable and dry.

If you're going to ride at a moderate pace in reasonable tempuratures, you can probably get away with a baggy cotton t-shirt over your shorts. However, if its hot or you're planning to do long, hard rides, cotton will be uncomfortable. You can buy baggy cycling shorts, wear a baggy nylon shell short over your cycling shorts or buy longer, loose-fitting jersey's. They make some looser jersey's specifically for women. I have one I like very much which is made by Hind. It covers up my butt, and is cut like a cycling jersey with a zippered front and 3 back pockets. I wear it 90% of the time. Terry also makes plus sized cycling clothes, tho they're rather pricey.

Another option is to go with a plain coolmax shell. You can find these in abundance at any Galyans store, and they carry the Hind label, so you can try stuff on. Personally, I've found that when I wear traditional cycling shorts and jersey, I get a lot more respect from the roadies I pass than when I'm wearing a t-shirt.

Welcome aboard. Cycling is great fun. And if anyone ever makes you feel badly about your appearance, ignore them. They're morons!

A couple more linksKristin
Aug 25, 2003 10:54 AM
Team Estrogen is also a good place to shop. Based on what I have and what I've tried on over the years, I believe these woule work well too. They key is finding jersey's that don't have tight elastic waists. (I may order a couple of these myself)