If the first time out in public donning skin tight cycling clothes isn’t embarrassing enough, try doing it with ill fitting ones. I did the rounds of my local bike shops in search of a tall cycling jersey, but the best I came across left me revealing my belly like a teenage girl might.
And then I came across Aero Tech Designs and their selection of tall cycling jerseys and other tall cycling clothes. First I tried out a yellow tall cycling jersey. I was actually able to select the large version as opposed to standard clothes where I always choose XL to get more length (I’m 6’7″).
Pleased with the results, I contacted them about writing a blog post. They sent me some tall bib shorts and a tall cycling jacket. For tall people, standard bib shorts are not an option; you need to ride shorts low if you are to maintain any level of decency, and suspenders can inhibit that. Aero Tech Design’s tall specific bib shorts solve this problem.
The Portland Tall Cycling jacket they sent me is fantastic. It is a true fowl weather cycling jacket:
- Extra long tail to protects your butt from wheel splash
- Easily long enough sleeves that have wrist bands with thumb holes to seal in body heat
- Super reflective so cars can spot you
- Big back pocket, two front pockets, and rear water bottle pockets
- Comfortable fleece lining
I think it is safe to say this is the best tall cycling jacket you will find, anywhere.
The Portland based company has been operating since the 80’s. It was around that time that domestic manufacturing began to be challenged by overseas manufacturing. Aero Tech Designs (as it was renamed in 2004), however, has kept the vast majority of it’s manufacturing domestic. I asked if their staff was particularly tall. Not so, they replied, they just cater to what there customers need, a fine sign for anyone looking for a good quality cycling shop.
Their other tall cycling clothes include tall cycling shorts, tall cycling pants (tights), and tall cycling long sleeve jerseys. For more, see the affiliate links below.
Tall Cycling Clothes
The only thing worse than poorly fitting clothes is poorly fitting spandex clothes. You can avoid this with Aerotech’s tall cycling clothes. They make some good quality stuff in a variety of colors and for a reasonable price. I really like their jackets in particular. Check out my review of them here: Tall Cycling Jersey and other Tall Cycling Clothes
Another fine option I recently came across is Zinn Cycles. They are notorious for building fabulous custom bikes for tall people. But it turns out they also do standard bikes, components, and tall men’s cycling clothes too! I haven’t tried them out personally. But if they are half as good as their bikes (I rode Zinn’s 747 for a while), then they’re worth checking out!