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Shopping for Street Clothes for the Cyclist (or Active Person) in Your Life…

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My wife has a specific winter coat in mind for me…  In fact, she’s imagined me for years gallivanting about, in all of my awesomeness, wind blowing through my hair (though I would guess when she’s imagining this, she’s not seeing today’s receding hairline but the full mane of yesteryear), in a wool peacoat.  Well, this is to be the year that my wife has chosen for me to receive said peacoat at Christmas.  After which, she’ll be able to see me exit the car after pulling into the driveway after a long winter’s day at the office and quote Pam from Archer (“Sploosh”!).  Ah, I can hardly wait indeed!

Unfortunately, as you may well know, I am a cyclist.  Not any-old run of the mill cyclist who rides down to the ice cream shop and back at a measly twelve miles an hour…  No, not I!  I am one of those hair on fire guys who all of the kids on their mountain and BMX bikes try to chase as I fly by…  It’s almost as if I were firing rocket-propelled rainbows out my ass.  Nor do I opine as to how difficult it is to hit 25 miles a week on my bike.  No, I’m the guy who does that in an hour, on a Tuesday afternoon.  I’m pushing 200 miles a week on top of my full-time job.

This means, as one might guess, that I’m not a fat fellow.  Not even a little bit, though I’ve finally learned how to keep a little meat on my bones after that second year.  Ah, it is good to be me…

Except when I go shopping for street clothes.  Skin-tight Lycra?  No problem.  Street clothes cut for someone who doesn’t lead his life from the couch?  F@ckin’ forget about it.  Joy of joys, I went shopping with my wife an kids last night so we could get me set up with the proper coat and it was maybe five or six coats in before I was able to find one that was properly fitted around the waist.  For the love of God and all that is holy, do you have any idea how hard it is to find clothing for a 6′ tall man with a 32″ waist?  Good God in Heaven!

So, long story short, we finally found one that doesn’t make me look like a skin-flint – made by Nautica…  Rejoice!  For we have found the almighty jacket!  I can hear the “splooshes” already!  I look at the price tag…  $250.  Two Hundred-Fifty Dollars!  The others, made for the rotund class, were between $100 and $150.  Well, thankfully I looked up at the rack and they were on sale, half-off.

All’s well that ends well I suppose, but keep this in mind, if you’re thinking everything is sunshine and parades once you lose weight, you’re sorely mistaken.

On the other hand, everyone should be lucky enough to have my problems.


13 Comments

  1. bonnev659 says:

    its funny i read this post. i was looking at a rain/breathable jacket for running and biking… that is made in the same country that i am living in. sadly the price went up again but I will still buy from them once I save the money for it. after a few more other parts I buy first (new wheels maybe) I can dream right

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    We shall rejoice in the clothing problems for we are fit and healthy! 🙂 I hear you and felt the shopping pain vicariously in solidarity.

  3. ignace_s says:

    Recognizable…
    Tight around the quads, wide on the waist (pants offcourse), good on the shoulders, way too much space in the belly compartiment (jackets & sweaters)
    First world problems all the way, but it can sure be frustrating when you’re out shopping

  4. MJ Ray says:

    Aha! A problem that I definitely have (6′ / 32″ waist / 33″ leg) but I hope you enjoy the coat.

    I’m also noticing a deterioration in cycle clothing fit, with bagginess around the belly appearing as more middle aged men take up cycling and certain brands start chasing the fatter wallets

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’ve found some stores are better than others for guys like us… Express is fantastic for street clothes. As far as cycling clothing, i haven’t found that yet. Great.

      • MJ Ray says:

        With any luck, it’s a peculiarity to Britain then! Maybe I should go abroad for clothes… I think the Netherlands might have some tall not-very-fat cyclists…

      • bgddyjim says:

        That’s a good one. Try different manufacturer. My sister works in the fashion industry, has a degree in that field if you can believe it. It’s fairly normal for the smaller retailers to cater to we normal guys while the larger stores tend to try to fit the average person so there’s a little extra material around the midsection. Keep looking, eventually you’ll find a good one for your shape.

      • MJ Ray says:

        Yep. Sadly, there’s only a subset of manufacturers on sale in the market towns around here (mostly small branches of the big chains) and buying online is a long game of order-try-return-repeat. When I travel to a city, I always seem to find other stuff to do besides visit many shops for clothes… 😉

  5. Lol. Not that I’ve seen you, but just based on blog writings, I don’t really picture you in a pea coat. I’m glad your search ended on a half price note.

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