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New 2016 race kit, skinsuit and shoe covers have arrived

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by  
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A couple days ago I received the cycling kit (bib shorts and race cut jersey), the long-sleeved skinsuit (used for Time Trials) and the shoe covers (also used for Time Trials) for the upcoming 2016 race season.

I knew my sizes for the kit and the shoe covers, so I wasn’t worried about those things, but I wasn’t 100% sure about the skinsuit since I’ve never needed one before.

For almost all brands I usually wear an XL bib short, and a M race cut jersey. The reason I have to size up the bibs is because of my big quads. I can’t even get M bibs over my quads, and L bibs are uncomfortably tight. The XL bibs are little “long” for me, but they fit my quads well, and so I go with those.

The thing about skinsuits, though, is they are a singlet design–no mixing and matching of top and bottoms is possible. Skinsuits are supposed to be extremely tight, almost to the point that it is difficult to stand up straight. After talking with a few friends who are about my size, I decided to go with Medium. I was worried that I would not be able to get the thing past my quads, but I knew anything larger than a Medium would probably be baggy up top, defeating the purpose of a skinsuit.

Thankfully the skinsuit fit perfectly! It’s very tight, but not uncomfortably so. All I can say is it’s a good thing I decided to cut, as there’s no way the skinsuit would have fit me 1 month ago. I’m glad I still have another 5 pounds to go, as this sucker leaves nothing to the imagination.

Trying on my Team KBS Time Trial skinsuit.

Trying on my Team KBS Time Trial skinsuit.


I was already excited about the upcoming race season, but now I’m even more stoked!

Reminder: I am selling my upgraded 2013 Trek Madone Di2 with Zipp 404s. If you’re interested please read this and contact me.

John Stone Fitness Comments

6 Responses to “New 2016 race kit, skinsuit and shoe covers have arrived”
  1. Great pic John! Quads look great. Quick question for you, my dad recently got into biking. He’s been riding about an hour a day for a couple of months and absolutely loves it. He’s been complaining about thumb pain recently which I think he developed from switching gears on the bike. He is older, 68, so I don’t want him to stop riding because of the pain. I’m thinking about buying him some riding gloves to help. Have you had any experience with this? Any particular brand of glove I should buy? Any guidance would be appreciated!

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    • I have not personally experienced any thumb pain, no.

      Is this a bike with thumb shifters, or is it a road bike with lever shifters?

      If it’s a bike with thumb shifters, I doubt gloves will help much since the pain is probably being caused by the force required to make a shift. If that’s the case, you might want to look into twist grip shifters.

      Gloves will help with road vibration, which can be painful, and they also protect the hands in a fall. My favorite gloves are the Louis Garneau 12c Air Gel Gloves. Those are the only gloves I’ll wear now.

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