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  1. #136
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    Faroe - I would suggest trying to find yourself some of the stuff Louis Garneau makes. They have larger women's sizes I'm currently sporting Cameleon shorts, they are pretty comfy, don't have to be seen in spandex and have a nice pad. For jersey's (need the back pocket) I just buy a guys and go bigger I like having them a little baggy.

  2. #137
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    there are underwear that have a chamois that you can put on under any shorts. They sell them here at TE.
    Brina

    "Truth goes through three stages: first it is ridiculed; then violently opposed; finally, itís accepted as being self-evident." Schopenhauer

  3. #138
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    Also check out Terry's plus-size biking clothes. Her stuff is a bit pricey, but I've found it very comfortable. Having said that, I only have a couple of the older jerseys in plus sizes--never tried the plus-sized shorts. Terry also makes a cycling knicker (capri length), which is nice when you don't want to be seen in shorts--here in Florida, they're three-season wear (too hot for summer, though).
    Also look for Mt. Borah clothes--they make jerseys and I think shorts too in plus sizes.

    Having said that, I often just wear a t-shirt if I'm going out for a short ride--an hour or less. You can sometimes find t-shirts in wicking fabrics these days. It's nicer to have a jersey with the pockets, but there are ways to do without the pockets--tiny handlebar bag, little fanny pack, etc.

    Closing thought: dress for your comfort, not the comfort of someone who may be looking and not care for what they see--that's their problem, not yours.
    Bad JuJu: Team TE Bianchista
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  4. #139
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    when I picked my first "real" bike I went to all the bike shops - though in Richmond VA there were only four or five. I was looking for what felt good to ride, and the Bianchi at the last bike shop felt the best of all.
    I thought maybe it felt better because wtih all those test rides I was just riding better so I went back and tested some more, but they weren't better. So I went back to the Bianchi, which had been sold and I couldn't afford this year's model.
    I asked the guys why it would feel so much better and they said the stem was at a different angle, and they popped a Bianchi stem off and put it on a Giant. Voila! It was the magic proportion!
    I think it comes down to finding the bike shop people who will listen and help.
    Had experiences like Pachyderm's, though - I recommended that Virginia shop to somebody, who went out there and got a different person who informed him that no, he did *not* want a hybrid, he wanted... YUK! (and I'm not sure, but I think *this* may have been the owner, and I worked with the employees, who were "just" biker - types who wanted to share the fun in whatever way I wanted to get started!)
    There are a whole lot more options now, which is good but more complicated! I like my 7500FX a lot - still hybrid, but light and as fast as I want to go.
    Pachy, I hope also that the fearless manager had a few words with the other guy about using those two appendages on the side of one's head, not just the hole wiht the tongue flapping around in it.
    Last edited by Geonz; 06-08-2006 at 08:42 AM.

  5. #140
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    Another bike shop today

    Quote Originally Posted by Geonz
    when I picked my first "real" bike I went to all the bike shops - though in Richmond VA there were only four or five........I think it comes down to finding the bike shop people who will listen and help.
    Had experiences like Pachyderm's, though - I recommended that Virginia shop to somebody, who went out there and got a different person who informed him that no, he did *not* want a hybrid, he wanted... YUK!
    I went to another bike shop today. This one is down the street and around the corner from me--a little further than that, but pretty close. Guy was trying to sell me on a Giant Suede--or was it Specialist. It was a doofy looking comfort bike. Now, maybe that would be best for me, I don't know, the store was closing soon, I'd got there late, and didn't have time to take it for a test drive. I know the whole point is not looks, but even so. Some of those "women's" bikes look like they belong to a 12 year old girl. I'm a 46 year old woman. But I now have 2 more catalogs to look at.
    I'm going back to REI tomorrow, as they are having a bike class for women. Then I am going to check out some other bike shops. I really want to get a bike in the next month. There are lots of bike shops in this area to scout out. I don't know if I said, but I live in Springfield OR, right next to Eugene, and both are quite bike friendly towns. I see cyclists all the time, and it would be weird not to see them. And there are all kinds of them. Some for the environment, some for their health, and some because they're poor and that's how they get around. I've seen a lot of homeless people with bikes. I've never lived anywhere where I saw so many adults riding bicycles. It's kewl. But I digress......I am going to do some serious bike shopping tomorrow.
    Susan

  6. #141
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    Thumbs up Re: bike clothes

    I've been wearing Terry bike shorts in plus sizes-I don't like the ultimate chamois-too bulky; but the regular chamois in the T-short is good. I try to get them on sale, which is often easier on this site than at Terry itself. (Also check on REI.com.)

    For wicking shirts, I've had great luck with LL Bean's mens wicking t's. I found them in their outdoor gear and apparel catalog, but I'm sure they are in all of them. They sell women's active (wicking) t's as well, but I'm not small enough-yet. The guys really wash well, and dry in a hurry on the line. And they wick beautifully. Another place to find plain wicking ts is online at Sierra Trading Post.com. They often have mens sizes in "Wickers" t shirts, which don't stand up to washing quite as well as the LLBean ones do, but I've had one for over 5 years-a little "pilled," but still does the job. I'd also recommend Mt Borah shorts for plus sizes. And Bike Nashbar used to sell some plus-sized women's shorts, which were great-but I'm not seeing them in the latest catalog.

    Ride on!
    Mary S.
    Bike will get you through times of no money
    better than money will get you through times of no bike.

    (Don't know who said it first, but it's definitely true!)

  7. #142
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    Hi Everyone...
    I stumbled into this thread and am glad I did!
    I am working on losing weight... 35 lbs gone since October. And am getting back into cycling.
    I rode a mountain bike for a couple years, a long time ago when I lived in CO. Last year bought my first road bike.
    This year I joined Team In Training and am training with them for a century in October to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am scared to death and am hoping I'm not in way over my head!!! I still have 50 lbs to lose and have a hard time riding up hills. Any tips from the experts on that? LOL! Probably just keep trying and pushing I would think.
    I wish I had someone in the area to ride with as I find cycling with someone more enjoyable. Even if we're not talking while riding. But I don't know anyone at my level so I guess I'm on my own.
    Thanks, everyone for sharing you're inspiring stories. I'm happy to join you as we become healthier!
    Take care,
    Gypsy

  8. #143
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    Hey GypsyAngel,

    That is fantastic, you are doing so well. Those hills will get easier, just give it time and make sure that you give your body a break sometimes. I have noticed that the hills are easier after a rest day than when I just keep trying to get up them every day. However, that may just be me!

    Good luck!

  9. #144
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geonz
    I think it comes down to finding the bike shop people who will listen and help.
    Sue, I'm curious about the bike shop you went to in Richmond... I live in Richmond & have had some not so great experiences at a couple of them. The worst of which is the new Performance Bike store that just opened!
    "The bicycle was the first machine to redefine successfully the notion of what is feminine. The bicycle came to symbolize something very precious to women - their independence."óSally Fox

 

 

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