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Fat blokes in Lycra

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by MarcBC, 25 Jun 2008.

  1. MarcBC

    MarcBC New Member

    Location:
    Buckingham
    Okay, I am a "very well padded" 46 yr old man getting back into cycling (Scott MTB) after 25 years (What? Tyres have air in them now? ;) ).

    I have been using padded lycra shorts and am very comfortable with them. My wife, however, thinks they look awful with a baggy top (needed to hide the man cans!) and thinks I should get some of those new fangled baggy ones. I think they look wrong on a man of my age.

    Any views? (I will do my own thing anyway but am interested in others thoughts)
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    whatever makes you comfortable is good

    you can get loose fit cycle tops, I wore them for a long time until I felt honed enough for the tight cut tops which work better in the warmer weather
     
  3. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    If they are comfortable then why change. I wear lycra shorts, I do not have the figure of Kate Moss and I do not care what others think as they are comfortable. Tell you wife to butt ;) out
     
  4. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Or just wear a normal pair of baggies over the lycra to try it out and see how you feel...Personally, I think baggies look fine at any age and they do go better with a mountain bike...
     
  5. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    wear what you like....it's your bike
     
  6. Wear a pair of lightweight regular shorts over your Lycra. I'm a big fan of Lycra but you just can't wear it with a beer belly. I know this to be a fact.
     
  7. k-dog

    k-dog New Member

    Most of you are missing the point - lycra shorts do look silly with a baggy top.

    2 choices - either a new top - which, if you choose the right one, can look flattering - and will certainly look better with lycra shorts. Or, baggy padded shorts to go with the baggy top.
     
  8. numbnuts

    numbnuts Guru

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    since when!!!
    wear what you like and to hell what people think;)
     
  9. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Dude at our age we shouldn't care what people think. :rolleyes:
     
  10. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    +1 (apart from socks and sandals :rolleyes:)
     
  11. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    im 13 and got some extra padding aswell, but thats being sorted:biggrin:

    but i too will probs be wearing lycra short on a road bike, but i am gonna go into sportsworld and just get a cheapy pair of black baggy sport short things to go over them.
     
  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

  13. stoatsngroats

    stoatsngroats Veteran

    Location:
    West Sussex
    baggies over lycra when off-road, and lycra and short sleeve tight fit shirt for on-road for me....Like the man says..wear what YOU like..
     
  14. OP
    OP
    MarcBC

    MarcBC New Member

    Location:
    Buckingham
    As I said in my first post, I will do my own thing. It is good however to read the different views.

    Thanks guys
     
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    the quicker you ride the better your cycle wear looks and feels

    cane everyone's arse and you can wear what you like and look good