Shirt week – and the 2014 peloton

One of the most regular search terms that bring hits to our blog are people looking to buy the Specialized-lululemon team kit.  Their 2014 kit isn’t in the team’s online shop yet, but they do have some of the 2012/2013 design left for women at the moment.

However, if you like the styling, and want more, I do have a solution for you –  This company is part-owned by Specialized-lululemon owner/manager Kristy Scrymgeour, and you can definitely see the Spec-lulu influence in some of their clothes, especially around the neck – and they have men’s clothing, but as you might expect, much more women’s, including t-shirts in male and female cuts.  The women’s clothing range from USA XS to XL (UK 8-16, but they have a comprehensive size chart with inches, cm and conversions to standard sizes) and because they’ll start shipping in March, they have a pre-order promo code for 10% off.  Have a look!

(I hope you know by now, none of the Shopping posts benefit me in any way, it’s just stuff I like, and think you might like too!)


If you’ve been wondering what the rest of the 2014 peloton will look like, I’ve pulled together a Podium Café post with the jerseys from all the big teams and two wild cards, with a poll for which like best.  You can talk about why, or what you don’t like, or anything else, in the comments (or just lurk and see what everyone else is saying…).   Voting’s been nice and busy, and if I know you can buy the kit, I’ve put in a link.  Head over and have a look – there have been lots of changes and lots of variety, I can’t wait to watch them race in it all!


Cycling clothing for curvy girls 2 – sizes XL & XXL

Yesterday I was looking at companies that do women’s cycling clothing for the “Plus” sizes – those that go above UK size 18, USA size XXL, 46 in Euro sizes.  Of course, all of those companies do smaller sizes too, so if you’re a medium or small size, hopefully there’ll be things you like too, but today I’m focusing on what, for a lot of cycling clothes makers, are the largest sizes – 16-18 UK, what wikipedia tells me is 10-12 USA (except when it’s not…).  I’ve got a great range of things here, from lycra to merino, “proper” bike jackets to pretty raincoats for cycling in, clothing for road to MTB to pottering around town in, jeans to skorts, and more.  Don’t know what a “skort”?  I’m still not sure I do, but I like the look of ’em!

Before I start, I said in my original post about trying to buy cycling clothes as a curvy girl that I’ve never even tried to try bib shorts, and if you’re in the same boat, but would like to change, I’ve got two things for you.  Firstly, a sensible “Why Bib shorts?” article by Kirsty Ho Fat, editor of Total Women’s Cycling, and then a guide to shopping for bib shorts by rpmx2 that had me laughing out loud.  I’m still not convinced any bib shorts will fit with my chest size, but at least those two took me one step closer to trying!

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