Perfect Fit Guide
Get The Perfect Fit The First Time
Want the best fit for your cycling investment? Sure you do! Hey, cycling stuff ain’t cheap, so making sure it fits right and looks and feels good is a big deal. But what size should you get? Are you a medium? A large? Extra Large?!? It can be confusing, and frustrating when you get that new jersey or bibs just in time for your next ride and it doesn’t fit. What to do? Time to go to school on sizing in the cycling world.
It All Starts With Sizing Charts
Every manufacturer has a sizing chart. We really can't emphasize enough how important it is to reference them if you want the right fit the first time. We’ve provided those for you here, but we know you probably aren’t going to go whipping out the measuring tape to figure out what size to buy, even though we really want you to. If you do, you might get the fit you’re looking for. Yes, we said might. For most things – like bibshorts, tights, warmers, gloves and shoes – sizing charts can be a big help. But for jerseys, a measurement is only the starting point. What you really have to understand to ensure the right fit is the cut of the garmet. Check this out…
There’s a certain way manufacturers cut their jerseys. Some are loose, some kind of snug, some tight as a second skin. There are reasons for all of these cuts, but the problem is how do you know which cut you’re dealing with? Classic Cycling is trying to make that easy for you so you’ll get the fit you’re after every time you buy from us. Here’s how we do it. All of our jerseys are marked with one of three stamps, either Sport, Pro, or Race, and that way you’ll know what to expect when you get your clothing. So whip out that measuring tape, get a general idea of what you need, but then consider these cuts before you make your size decision.
Know Your Fit
What’s a Sport Fit?
If you can picture your favorite oversized t-shirt, you’re well on your way to knowing what a Club fit is going to look like on you. Loose-fitting and relaxed, a jersey marked with a Club stamp is targeted for easy rides around town in a style that’s going to give you more than enough room to move around. We've got them all marked for you with our fit stamps, but it might help to know that Giordana calls these jerseys "Super Fit" and Hincapie calls them "Club Cut". You should see these names listed in the product's description.
What’s a Pro Fit?
If you’re more comfortable in a slightly more tailored look, then the Pro fit is probably the fit you’re looking for. More fitted to the body than the Sport fit, the Pro fit is going to begin to give you some of the performance features of a higher-end jersey, but it’s still going to offer some room to breath. About 85% of all of the cycling jerseys we carry are going to fall into this category. You can look for our fit stamp to see what you're dealing with, but be careful. In this category, even a Pro Fit will vary from manufactuerer to manufactuer, so it's very important to take your mesaurements and reference each company's specific sizing charts. For instance, what Giordana calls a "Sport" jersey would be on the looser end of what we consider a Pro Fit to be while a Giordana "Euro" jersey would be on the tighter end of the Pro Fit spectrum. And as for Castelli, we reccommend that you order a full size larger on all of their products, regardless of their fit stamp.
What’s a Race Fit?
If you’re considering a jersey with a Race Fit, you’re shopping for some serious cycling gear. Jerseys with this cut are very form fitting in order to offer you the benefit of aerodynamic riding. They are the tightest of the three cuts available, and therefore most people who buy this cut wind up buying sometimes even several sizes larger than they would in a different cut.
So check out site and look for the cut stamps so you’ll know which size will be right for you. If the jersey you’re eyeing is a Pro cut, you may need to order a size up from what the size chart tells you. If it’s a Race cut, maybe even a few sizes up is what you’ll need.
No-Hassle Returns If It's Still Not Right
Of course, there’s really no substitute for trying something on, and with Classic Cycling’s No-Hassle Return Policy, you can always return your unused item, no questions asked. But here’s something to remember before you decide it’s not right for you. Cycling sizes are determined by how they fit you in the riding position, not just standing up checking yourself in the mirror. So in order to know if it really fits, you need to bend over and see what you think. Is the fabric in front long enough to cover your midsection, but not so long that it bunches up uncomfortably? Can you move your shoulders freely in front of you? Is the back of the jersey long enough to cover your backside? You’ll only know this if you lean over and get into the riding position before you check that mirror.
So, check your manufacturer’s size chart, then look for the cut stamp, then bend over to check yourself out once you get it. Then you’ll know for sure if it’s the right size for you, and you can sport your new duds on that next ride, rather than packing it all back up and returning it for another size. Get it right…and get out there.
Castelli Sizing Charts
Castelli cycling jerseys, bib shorts, shorts and other items tend to be on the lean size and fit rather snug based on the chart below.
Note: We have modified Castelli's sizing chart. Originally it was measured in centimeters but we have converted it to inches. Sorry for the half inch increments but that comes from the conversion from centimeters to inches. We have also created a size range for each size based on our customers experience.
Jerseys: If you prefer loose fitting jersey we suggest going up one size. For example if you are a 39 inch chest you would need a large. A large would be snug and there will be no extra material to flap in the wind.
Shorts: Our suggestion on shorts is that if you are in the lower end of a sizes measurements I would go with that size. If you are at the top end I would bump up to the next size. For example if you are a 30.5 I would go with a medium. If are a 32.5 inch I would go with large.
Giordana Sizing Chart
Giordana cycling jerseys, bib shorts and shorts as well as other items runs true to size.
Jerseys: If you perfer a snug and tapered fitting jersey we suggest going with the size the sizing chart indicates. If you prefer a loose fitting jersey we suggest going up one size.
A few notes about Giordana and their different cuts on jerseys:
Superfit: Sport Fit, cut very large and will fit you like a loose T Shirt
Pro Jersey: Pro Fit, typical Giordana fit and will be snug and tapered
Some notable Giordana Jerseys and their fit:
Team Jerseys: Pro Fit
Alta Gamma: Race Fit, tight and body hugging
FRC: Race Fit, tight and body hugging
Giordana Sport: Fits almost as loose as a Sport fit. For example I normally wear a large in a FRC jersey and in this jersey I need a medium. Even at medium it is not skin tight but more of a Pro Fit.
Shorts: Sizing chart runs true. We do suggest though that if you are at the top end of size, such as a 32 inch waist, we would go up to the next size. For example the sizing chart suggests a medium but 32 is the top end of this size so we would suggest going with large.
Hincapie Sizing Chart
Hincapie Cycling jersey, bib shorts, shorts and other items tend to run true to size.
Note: We have modified Hincapies sizing chart to reflect our customers experiences.
Runs true to size. Exceptions include Gran Premio, Equipe and BMC jerseys. These are Race Fit cuts and will fit rather tight.
Shorts: Runs true to size.
Biemme Sizing Chart