How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

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How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby Mossopthecat » 29 Dec 2016, 8:06pm

Hi all, I've been a bit winter shy over the last few years but would like to get out more during the colder days, however I am having difficulty finding cycle clothing to fit my lower half for winter. I'm 5'6, 36" waist with a 29" leg. I am finding bib tights that fit the waist are miles too long. I recently purchased Endura Thermolite bib shorts (L) and leg warmers (L/XL) but found the warmers too tight and long. Am I the only person in this predicament or do others with or without the same body shape have advice that they would like to share. What do you wear?

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby mattsccm » 29 Dec 2016, 8:52pm

How about 3/4 bibs? Long fitting ones may well meet overshoes and not look silly. My legs are about the same as yours. I just buy longs to fit the body and neatly turn them like I do with every pair of trews I buy.
Or 3/4 with long snazzy socks to give the plus 2 look. That's my next move.

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby NUKe » 30 Dec 2016, 1:02am

I am a similar size slightly taller, but my inside ĺeg trouser size is 29, large funkier bib tights fit fine as did theold wiggle dhb ones, Go for the waist size, the legs are stretch fit.
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Postby eileithyia » 30 Dec 2016, 6:30am

Good plan re the 3/4's but make sure you get ones that are just a tube, ie are not shaped to fit the knee, as some can be.
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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby pjclinch » 30 Dec 2016, 9:51am

Get something you like aside from the leg length, take them to a local alteration service and have them hacked accordingly, Robert's Your Parent's Male Sibling.

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby Paulatic » 30 Dec 2016, 9:56am

Go to LIDL or any where else and buy microfibre leggings priced at less than a fiver usually.
Yes there might be a picture of a woman on the packet but, like a similar thread somewhere else about socks, does it matter?
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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby Threevok » 30 Dec 2016, 11:43am

I don't buy bibs - bit of a waste of money when I've already bought shorts and base layers.

I bought a pair of One-Ten leg warmers, that I wear with my normal liner shorts during the winter. CRC currently have them on sale

It's the same thing at the end of the day - in fact - better as it's easier for toilet purposes.

Maybe I could save more money, by using my short sleeve base layers with arm warmers - rather than buying long sleeve ones ?

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby PH » 30 Dec 2016, 12:57pm

I think you were on the right lines with leg warmers, you just need to find a pair that fit well. I like these from Corinne Dennis though I don't know how they'd size for you. Always helpful, maybe give them a ring.
http://www.corinnedennis.co.uk/arm-warmers-920

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Postby Mossopthecat » 30 Dec 2016, 8:22pm

Thanks for all your responses, definitely food for thought.

mattsccm: do you manage to reattach leg grippers and zips or not bother?

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby Boyd » 31 Dec 2016, 10:15am

Why bother with all this palaver. Tracky bottoms over padded cycling shorts. They will keep you warm and you won't look a ****!!
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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby Vorpal » 31 Dec 2016, 10:28am

Cycling stuff runs small & is designed for skinny bodies. There is no way around that. :(

Running clothes are made in a wider variety of shapes than cycling stuff. You might have better luck with running tights or jogging trousers over cycling shorts. You can also try general outdoor clothes from outfitters or discount places like TK Maxx. Things to watch out for are thick seams and zippers in places that they are likely to rub, being long/high enough to cover the lower back when you are bent over on the bike, have enough flexibility in the leg to move with you when pedalling.

Many general outdoor clothes now come with long backs so that is less of an issue than it once was. I wouldn't worry about bibs, unless you especiialy like them, in which case, you may need to have some large ones modified (or do it yourself?).
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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby pal » 4 Jan 2017, 10:16am

Altura women's cruisers? (e.g. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/altura-womens-cruisers/) They have a slightly more forgiving cut (that is: they fit people with normal circumference legs!); there aren't any zips (etc) at the ankle end, so getting them shortened is unproblematic. They're unpadded, but you can wear padded shorts/pants underneath.

For legwarmers: Louis Garneau are (in my experience) a sensible length for the not-very-tall (I have 27" legs; I once made the mistake of trying some Castelli legwarmers which would have reached from armpit to big toe!).

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby NUKe » 4 Jan 2017, 10:47am

Vorpal wrote:Cycling stuff runs small & is designed for skinny bodies. There is no way around that. :(

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I would agree the likes of Castelli and Assos bias toward the more athletic, but there are some brands that cater quite well for the not so Skinny. Endura, Altura and Funkier spring to mind, along with Db and muddy fox. And some even specialise fat bloke at the back. cant comment on ladies clothing, but I suspect they are catered for within the above list as well. My own favourite is funkier which pretty much comes up the sizes I would buy in normal clothes.
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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby hamster » 4 Jan 2017, 2:08pm

Helly Hansen fleece base layers over shorts works well for me on the coldest days. Another alternative is Ron Hill Tracksters over shorts.

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Re: How a short rotund person (me) can keep legs warm in winter.

Postby Vorpal » 4 Jan 2017, 2:27pm

NUKe wrote:
Vorpal wrote:Cycling stuff runs small & is designed for skinny bodies. There is no way around that. :(

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I would agree the likes of Castelli and Assos bias toward the more athletic, but there are some brands that cater quite well for the not so Skinny. Endura, Altura and Funkier spring to mind, along with Db and muddy fox. And some even specialise fat bloke at the back. cant comment on ladies clothing, but I suspect they are catered for within the above list as well. My own favourite is funkier which pretty much comes up the sizes I would buy in normal clothes.

I may look into Funkier, then. Some Altura stuff fits me ok, but Endura don't generally. My problem is complicated by not having average proportions, and by being a bit larger than average for women. I'm not rotund, but I'm not skinny either. In normal clothes, I usually take a women's large /16, but in cycling clothes a large is more like a 12 /14, and many brands do not offer women's clothes larger than that. Whilst I don't have the OP's specific problem, I do generally find it difficult to find cycling clothes that fit me well. It has gotten somewhat better in recent years, but there still isn't as much variation available in cycling clothes as normal clothes, or those for running, or generall outdoor activities.
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