Bicycle clothes/gear for big bodies?
October 14, 2010 9:39 AM Subscribe
I like riding my bicycle, but I'm having trouble finding clothes that fit. I'm 6'1", 305 lbs. I've researched other askme's, and there was some good stuff-- including the only company I can find so far that even comes close to fitting me-- 3XL the Minus 33 merino shirt
, and even that is pretty small and tight on me. But I'm looking for more information and pointers than I can find on my own. I know there is a passionate bicycling clique here at Metafilter, and I'm hoping they can offer me some advice and sources for clothes to fit my odd-shaped body. Details below the jump.
It took me 20 years to learn to love a bicycle again. After my riding experiences as a Mormon missionary in the 1980s US south, I didn't want to see one of the things ever again. But now here I am, age 42, finally with a little bit of free time and one year left on my assignment in one of the world's great cities-- Washington DC. So over the summer I've been loving riding my mountain bike on the many public trails in the region. I wish now I had a road or touring/expedition bike, but that will have to wait for another day. I've basically been wearing my regular gym clothes with a helmet and reflective vest, but the weather here is turning colder. I hope the hive can help locate some bicycle approprate chill weather gear. There have been some great questions here on gear and commuting in general, but I have an odd shaped body. I'm not quite 6'1" (185 cm) and 305 pounds (138 kg). My chest and shoulders are very wide (54"/137 cm) and my legs are proportionally quite short. For most clothes labels, I usually take something in the range of XXXL and if a "Tall" size is offered, I always take it because my torso is so long. Even though I ride about 70-100 miles/week, I'm still pretty ignorant about bicycle culture and equipment. Those pant thingies with the pads? Jacket (jerseys?) with pockets on the lower back? It's all unexplored territory for me. What should I be looking for? What is best? I've heard about special seats that can protect my man-parts. Is that a scam? One thing I won't be looking for are shoes or toe-clips since previous research has made me quite happy with power straps
and my regular gym shoes. I'm mostly riding 50-70% on trails (walking trails, not for mountain bikes, just for regular city hikers), the rest is street riding. I read something about solid tires, but they have to special build them for you if you weigh as much as I do. Obviously my goal with biking is to lose weight as well as have fun. Finally, does anyone have any recommendations for GPS/heart rate tracking? Something like this
? Thank you for any pointers you have. I love this web place!