April 17, 2018

We were recently told by one of Britain’s greatest Olympians, Chris Hoy, that anyone over 49kg wearing Lycra looked ‘awful’. For a man that weighed in at nearly double that (92kg) and spent most of his life wearing the stuff, we wondered if he was just having a bad day.

So, what is the reason for thousands of bicycle riders squeezing themselves into skimpy shorts made from Spandex (as Lycra is still known in the States)? Is it because they think it will make them look like a professional rider and, by default, faster than they really are, or is there some other, more rational reason?

Thankfully, unless you are a genuine fashion victim that spends more money on your bike than your car, for most cyclists the reasons are entirely practical. Lycra is extremely comfortable. Lycra is a wonder fabric which could have designed with cyclists in mind.

It wasn’t of course; designed in 1959 by a scientist called Joseph C. Shivers at the DuPont chemical company in America, Lycra was supposed to be the material to replace rubber in women’s corsets. Within a year or so of being launched, it was in all of them. And as corsets went out of fashion, and swimwear and nylons inherited the magical yarns, we began to use it to make our clothing fabrics fit more comfortably. It wasn’t long before athletes realised that moisture-wicking polyester (invented in 1941!) combined with Lycra yarns, provided the perfect sports fabric.

By the 1970’s we were all wearing it. There was no other material that provided the fit, comfort and wicking properties of Lycra-infused Polyester.

The answer to original question is, of course, no. Wearing Lycra is a choice that is governed by how comfortable you want to be. Lycra shorts with Coolmax pads mean that, with a little practice, you can genuinely stay in the saddle all day. With cotton shorts and no padding, the likelihood is that the seams will cause you very painful sores in places not to be discussed. It’s not worth even thinking about.

Did Chris Hoy really mean what he said? Surely, notwithstanding that he was a track cyclist with hugely developed leg muscles for his lightning sprints, surely, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are over both 49kg? Yes, they are, and they both look fine. If you were beginning to think that being overweight should preclude you from enjoying the comfort of Lycra, then you’re wrong. In fact, no matter what your shape or size, properly fitting Lycra cycling kit is a must. But you still don’t have to wear it.


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Size Charts & Buying Guide

Size charts & buying guide

 

Below are the Tenn sizing charts, and some information about measuring, and technical properties which we hope will be helpful. If there is anything you need a hand with, that we have not included here, please Contact Us and we are always happy to help!

Measuring

As a general rule, keep the measuring tape firm, but not too tight. If you're measuring yourself, try to take them more than once, to average out any change in your posture.

Measuring your chest:

Simply measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping the tape level under your arms and across your back.

Measuring your waist:

Just measure around the narrowest part of your body at your hips.

Measuring for gloves:

Wrap a tape measure around your strongest hand just below the knuckles and fingers, make a loose fist. Please round up to the nearest size and (not down).

 

Mens Sizing

Base Layers / Jerseys / Jackets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK/US

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Euro cm

85-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

112-117

117-122

122-127

To Fit Chest inches

34-36

36-38

38-40

40-42

42-44

44-46

46-48

48-50

To Fit Chest cm

85-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

112-117

117-122

122-127

 

 

Shorts / Leggings / Trousers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK/US

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Euro cm

66-71

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

To Fit Waist inches

26-28

28-30

30-32

32-34

34-36

36-38

38-40

40-42

To Fit Waist cm

66-71

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

Gloves / Mitts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

XXS

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

 

To Fit Circumference inches

6-7

7-7.5

7.5-8

8-9

9-9.5

9.5-10

10-11

 

To Fit Circumference cm

15-18

18-19

19-20.5

20.5-23

23-24.5

24.5-25

25-28

 

 

Footwear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

Euro

38-39

39-40

40-41

41-42

42-43

43-44

44-45

45-46

46-47

US

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

 

Womens Sizing

 

Base Layers / Jerseys / Jackets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

16-18

18-20

20-22

Euro

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

US

4-6

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

16-18

18-20

To Fit Chest inches

28-30

30-32

32-34

34-36

36-38

38-40

40-42

42-44

To Fit Chest cm

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-97

97-102

102-107

107-112

 

Shorts / Leggings / Skorts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-14

14-16

16-18

18-20

20-22

Euro cm

56-61

61-66

66-71

71-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-96

US

4-6

6-8

8-10

10-12

12-16

14-16

16-18

18-20

To Fit Waist inches

22-24

24-26

26-28

28-30

30-32

32-34

34-36

36-38

To Fit Waist cm

56-61

61-66

66-71

71-76

76-78

81-86

86-91

91-96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloves / Mitts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

XS

S

M

L

 

 

 

 

To Fit Circumference inches

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

 

 

 

 

To Fit Circumference cm

12.5-15

15-18

18-20.5

20.5-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footwear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

 

 

 

Euro

37-38

38-39

39-40

40-41

41-42

 

 

 

US

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11