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I am not made of lard, damnit! - helen-louise
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I am not made of lard, damnit!
I have been trying to find waterproof trousers to wear over my normal clothes at this time of year when cycling.

I have mostly been unsuccessful, due to some belief by sports clothing manufacturers that only skinny people do sport. Many women's cycling clothes only exist in sizes up to a UK 14, with a handful coming in a 16, and virtually nothing in an 18. (I mean, seriously - what is up with a UK women's size 16 being classed as "extra large"? Size 16 is the modal size! Something like 40% of British women are that size.) Men's cycling clothes come in sizes up to XL or XXL, but would be completely the wrong shape for me (I am classic pear-shape - small waist, big hips, enormous arse) as well as being far, far, far too long.

This won't help everyone, but I found that Craghoppers do women's overtrousers in sizes up to 20, in both short and standard fittings. (Look at Womens Pakka Over Trousers - £30). I also found a cycling clothes supplier in the US called Aero Tech Designs, who have Big Man clothes up to 5XL and Plus Women clothes up to 4XL. Oddly, though, they don't do waterproof overtrousers at all. I should probably email them about it.

It just annoys me so much, because one of the great Myths about Fat is that fat people are fat because they don't exercise enough. Well, in that case, shouldn't clothing manufacturers make tons of big size sports clothing to encourage the fat people to exercise? How are you supposed to play sports if you don't have the right protective clothing? Grrr.

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nitoda From: nitoda Date: 19th December 2007 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
sympathies! I was recently bemoaning the lack of availability of sensible swimwear at Decathlon - I went there on Sunday and whilst they did have LOADS of swimsuits, most of them were labelled "chlorine resistance: suitable for occasional use" which is disastrous. Since joining a gym with a pool and attempting to swim regularly, along with taking regular saunas still wearing my swimsuit I've totally destroyed it, so was keen to do research before replacing it. I discovered that chlorine resistant suits do exist, and in my size and a suitable style too, but I had to purchase online to get what I wanted. of all the suits on display in Decathlon none was suitable for me. I wear a size 20 which is admittedly large, but still ... I am now the proud possessor of two new swimsuits and have learned that taking them into the sauna is probably a recipe for destroying the fabric as you're supposed to rinse a swimsuit in COLD water as soon as you come out of the pool and not wrap it up in your towel where it could get warm. So now I'm just frustrated that it isn't OK in this mad repressed country to sauna naked! Ideally of course I'd like to swim naked too, thus saving all the trouble and expense of having to get special clothing in the first place! I'm wondering if showering inbetween exiting the pool and entering the sauna would help preserve the swimsuit ... it can't do any harm, I guess, especially if I try to have a fairly cold shower ... but I still don't want to risk it until I've been on holiday. I need nice swimsuits for my January holiday at http://www.hotel-theresia.co.at/en/ :-)
rjw1 From: rjw1 Date: 19th December 2007 14:54 (UTC) (Link)
especially since inhaling heated chlorine in a sauna isnt really that great either.
johnckirk From: johnckirk Date: 19th December 2007 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
At my gym (Virgin Active, formerly Holmes Place), they have signs up telling everyone to take a shower in between the swimming pool and the jacuzzi/sauna. They have a few showers next to the pool for this purpose, so that you can have a brief rinse (as opposed to the "proper" showers in the changing rooms). I'm not sure why, but rjw1's comment about the chlorine may explain it.

Alternately, I think that some people go back into the changing room (to remove their swimsuits) then go into the sauna with just a towel wrapped around them.
a_musing_amazon From: a_musing_amazon Date: 19th December 2007 23:23 (UTC) (Link)
Of course in Germany, Switzerland and Austria you seem to be expected to not wear your swimsuit in the sauna - its unhygenic.
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 19th December 2007 14:44 (UTC) (Link)
Millets and outdoors shops I think do a wide range of sizes, but their hiking clothes might not be right for cycling.
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barakta From: barakta Date: 19th December 2007 19:56 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, kimble had fun trying to find a suitable saddle for her new bike, and if I could cycle I would have a similar problem. The saddle she got is only just wide enough for her and we don't think she's especially big in the pelvic area, I'm wider but then I have HUGE hips.

It seems that much of the womens' cycling wear/gear is designed for muscular lean women who do not have hips/pelvis or larger body shapes. Grrrr.
jenny_gould From: jenny_gould Date: 20th December 2007 10:14 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, its mad. Even the doctors seem to think that fat=unfit=not worth treating like a real human being.
adrian_turtle From: adrian_turtle Date: 24th December 2007 03:07 (UTC) (Link)
They don't seem to have much in the way of foul-weather gear, other than stuff that's insulated for skiers, but Junonia deliberately sets out to provide sports clothing in large sizes. They aren't cheap, but if a person is looking for padded biking tights for 70" hips...it's hard to find another source and compare prices.

The waterproof pants I wear now are the biggest size Marmot makes. They're great, really waterproof, with zippers all the way up the legs and drawstrings at the ankles. Unfortunately, the biggest size Marmot makes is just *barely* big enough for me. (They won't fit over full pockets, or over 2 layers of sweatpants.) When I was a little heavier, I got waterproof pants from the men's department, and they don't keep me as dry in heavy rain.
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