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Thanks for reading my extremely noobish question about pants.
I am getting to the point where I am doing 50km+ rides a few times a week, and so I'm looking to invest in some padded pant/short things (knicks?) to make things a bit more comfortable. I live in Nowheresville so my LBS has a limited range available to try on, and won't get something in just for me to have a go of.
I have seen lots of posts by people who are looking for Extra Small pants, but I have the opposite problem. I am quite overweight (weight in the low 70s, on a 163cm frame), so I need to find some long and/or loose pants with padding, so as not to scare the morning commuters. Do these things exist? My other concern is that I am quite wide of hip (sit-bone wise, as well as because I'm chubby) and large of bum, and have a hard time finding normal pants to fit - I worry that it will be even harder to find bike pants, when most cyclists seem to be of a more narrow-hipped, 'athletic' frame.
Any and all advice about what to try and where to buy, is welcome!
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Good luck with it.
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I wear Lycra Knicks but have had some issues finding correct sizing. I have a larger butt and thighs but a waist under 80cm so most of my shorts and pants tend to be elastic waisted or more on the hit. Baggy shorts with a liner have tended to either fit my thighs and swim on my waist or I can't get them up!! Lycra on the other hand stretches and is fine.
I prefer a longer leg due to the shape of my tight (read: fat). Seriously, many women's brands insist the women want to wear their Knicks really short. I like just above the knee. I wear a lot of Pearl Izumi brand knicks in either a large or extra large. Both fit fine. I also prefer Knicks that aren't shiny but that is more to do with saddle comfort than look. You may find the shiny ones make you a little more self conscious.
If you need time to get used to Knicks, then definitely wear normal shorts over the top. Lots of people do this. One day, you won't be bothered anymore and won't think about it!! Honest - been there, done that.
Netti are a common brand but I found their legs a little narrow around the gripper (the bottom of the legs) so I've never bought any of these. Everyone is different though so I'm afraid you'll need to try some different brands. I've seen plenty of cheap knicks on o/s sites so you should investigate this option. This way if they don't fit, you could sell them. I'd try to buy locally first though to avoid the issue of not fitting. If I find a brand that fits, I'll stick to it and you'll probably be the same
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Baggy shorts with a liner have tended to either fit my thighs and swim on my waist or I can't get them up!! Lycra on the other hand stretches and is fine.
I can relate to this! It's also a problem when buying swimmers, I have to go the two-piece singlet and bottoms way, because I either can't get a one piece that fits over my bum, or it fits my bum and is baggy round the middle. I'll check out the brands you recommended
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