The end of season sale catalogue arrived from Evans the other day and I've been drooling.
From the £2,300 Pinarello to the £15 C02 pump, I want it all. Mr Weenie rolled his eyes when he came home to me reading it as he'd been wondering when I'd spot it. He encouraged me to get the jersey I wanted though.
I haven't got any real jerseys so I bought one. Shockingly though I'm an XL in Pearl Izumi tops. I'm a size 14 and a bit top heavy so I was a little offended that it was classed as an XL. Luckily I checked the sizing chart supplied on the Evans website, ironically because I was unsure whether to get a medium or a large. I have a pair of Pearl Izumi arm warmers. I bought a large and they're quite tight but I thought that was just to keep them on, apparently not.
A size 16 woman would be classed as XXL and they're not listed any bigger than this on the site. In fact, I know from experience that finding anything above a size 16 can be very difficult. At my heaviest I was a tight 16 but my boobs were an issue in most brands, particularly cycle gear. Now that I've lost weight it's less of a problem but I still find it disappointing.
Surely women who want to lose weight should be catered for in sports clothing, including cycling. Apparently you can order bigger stuff from the states but why should we have to. I love the jersey I've bought as it's quite stylish and that's unusual and it was on sale but I'd think twice about the brand in the future.