Seems like the best place to talk about cyclist
friendly everyday clothing.
That is, clothes that cater to a cyclist's physique.
We put on muscle in different places to what normal people do.
I've always had a hard time finding pants, and especially jeans, that fit me. Anything that fits over my thighs and/or @rse has major gaping at the waist. Anything that comes close to fitting my waist... well, I really don't know, because it's never happened. Anything that should theoretically
fit my waist I can barely pull up past my knees. I'm well used to having a bunched waistband under my belt.
This was a problem even before I doubled my annual mileage last year. Now things are even worse. Not claiming to have a totally ripped 6-pack, glutes of steel or quads of Forstemann
... but I'm 178cm , 82kg, with a waist somewhere around 80 cm (30-32"). The vast majority of my weight is south of the border, so to speak (nudge nudge wink wink). My hip to waist ratio is off the charts, especially for a bloke.
So, I went on a mission. Find off-the-hook jeans that fit me.
Skinny jeans are apparently a thing now. Not sure why they call them "skinny" in the larger sizes. They're kind of shaped like a funnel. If you have muscle wastage in your legs and a massive beer gut, 40" "skinnies" are for you. Exactly the opposite of what I need.
"Straight" and "relaxed" fit means gaping at the waist, skin-tight in the thigh. I found a style labelled "baggy" which came close
to fitting thigh and waist, but were cut like a cheap hotel (a cheap hotel doesn't have a ballroom
). In general, I could usually shoe-horn myself into 36" or 38" waist jeans, that gives me about 6" of excess waistband which is going to get damn uncomfortable scrunched up with a belt.
So... I think... it's really all about the hip to waist ratio. Blokes - especially blokes with big hips - aren't supposed to have a waist. But... hmmm...
Yeah, I went there. I started trying on jeans from the other
I figured that a big-ish girl with big-ish hips might also have big-ish thighs, yet still have a waist. Turns out... women aren't supposed to have much of a waist either these days. I guestimated that the big-ish girl I might be a body match for might be about a size 16? Nope. Snug in the thighs and booty, gaping at the waist. Still.
Finally hit the jackpot. As it turns out, in a special "curve enhancer" cut of jeans, I'm only a size 12
. The jeans shop girls (who were, by now, quite amused by my dilemma and being very helpful) even got me to try on a size 11 in the same style, which were a bit tight, but far from the least comfortable jeans I've tried.
Aside from the curvy shape, the only things I can really pick as different from mens' jeans are that the fly is a bit shorter, and the front pockets a little bit shallower. I can live with that.
So there's my cyclist clothing tip for the season. If riding bikes has left you with overdeveloped quads and glutes, man up and get into some ladies' pants.
I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...