Sizing & FAQ | BRANDT-SORENSON

Sizing & FAQ

 

BRANDT-SORENSON Cycling Apparel is made-to-measure for the ideal ergonomic fit in the riding position to the cyclist's build. The cut is snug  while also allowing for comfortable deep breathing in the chest and upper stomach areas. Men can can find their exact sizing match on our chart or submit measurements. The diagrams below shows how to measure using a flexible tape for men and woman. BRANDT-SORENSON customers are required to measure prior to submitting an order. We offer sizing for riders outside of our men's size chart range (such as the super thin climber, the extra muscular or tall athlete). Women cyclists, please select the custom option at checkout. Send custom measurements to: info@brandt-sorenson.com

MEASUREMENTS: Use a flexible measuring tape flat against the skin. Be accurate and do not rely on jeans or other clothing sizes for your numbers. Men: find your measurements on our chart. (there is no need to 'size up or down'.) We have our own sizing/grading rule that is unique to our brand. BRANDT-SORENSON has no relevance to off-the-rack sizing. 

NECK: Around the neck.
BICEP: Keep the arm straight and un-flexed.
BUST: Around the full bust.
UNDER BUST: Under the bust, around sports bra elastic line.
WAIST: Around the narrowest part of high waist.
NAVAL: Around the low waist at naval.
HIP: Around the wides part of hip.
THIGH: Around the upper most thigh.
LOW THIGH: Around leg at short line.
INSEAM: Straight from groin to the ground, along the inner leg.

NECK: Around the neck under the Adam's Apple.
COLLAR: Around the collar line at trachea.
CHEST: Around the largest part of the chest.
BICEP: Keep the arm straight and un-flexed.
WAIST: Around the navel with relaxed stomach. This is bigger than the low waist.
HIP: Widest part around the hip flexors and gluteus.
INSEAM: Straight from groin to the ground, along the inner leg.

 

BIB CYCLING SHORTS: 

Our straps are high stretch and cut longer on the back and shorter on the front for the riding position. Ideally they should feel tight on the chest when standing upright, then comfortable with hands on the bars. Our uniquely designed leg bands offer comfortable even firmness, with a thin silicon strip to keep them at the desired thigh position. The groin is cut mildly firm for ideal blood flow on the saddle, then supportive when standing or walking. The rear panel and quad has light compression for pedaling efficiency and stability on the bike. We use a special soft stretch thread on the seams for maximum comfort.

The cycling short is the most critical piece of equipment for the elite cyclist. The perineum is the key point of power transfer at the saddle between upper core and lower legs. Our design has a hand placed pre-stretched chamois which snaps into position. The chamois is four way stretch and pre-positioned within the garment to match the expansion of the textiles when pedaling. The chamois is large on the sides and front with variable density and high breathability anti-microbial design. There is no inseam which could cause chaffing. We use a single needle zig-zag stitch rather than a rigid rough 5 thread flat lock stitch. The chamois may feel large when standing, but on the bike it melts away. Riders say its like sitting on a warm block of butter.

 

JERSEY:

The design of the front zipper is for the riding position. It may feel slightly short standing upright, yet lays straight when riding. This prevents zipper puff and jamming into the groin.  Given the flexible zipper and fabric flap, the bottom can even be rolled up 1" at the bottom when riding for a perfectly straight fit on the chest. Our most ideal fit can be found on the 1/2 or 1/4 length zipper jerseys. These will have a smoother and longer stomach fit. A full zipper is a fitting challenge, but the ease of use and venting potential unzipped on a hot climb is unmatched.

The side and back length should fit precisely around the hip and down the back. Our pockets are cut slightly higher and our unique design helps to prevent pocket sag, flopping and over heating. The length of our jersey prevents riding up and allows for expansion in the pocket. Our original four way stretch mesh liner expands on the inside rather than sagging down from the outside as on traditional jerseys. The high waist is cut firm but loose and stretchy enough to allow for deep belly breathing when riding at lactate threshold.

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FAQs from bicyclists:

- I am too busy to measure, can I just guess and then exchange for another size? 

No. Using a flexible measuring tape is easy. Or visit your local tailor. 

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- What's the difference between stretch-to-fit and made-to-measure? 

Stretch-to-fit requires high spandex content fabrics (up to 50%) and does not adjust for length. Made-to-measure utilizes appropriate fabric blends for correct compression, stretch range, length and girth. Made-to-measure offers greater wear longevity and a proper distinct fit.

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- Does 'luxury cycling apparel' just mean 'high price point'? 

No. We make bespoke and made-to-measure cycling attire in Los Angeles, California. Less than 3% of the world's clothing is bespoke or made-to-measure. Most apparel is off-the-rack bulk factory production with averaged sizing (this includes custom printed cycling kits).

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- Your prices are premium is there a 'secret' discount code? 

No. The prices are competitive for bespoke and made-to-measure garments from Los Angeles, California. These are the actual prices to make the clothing. We cannot offer clearance discount codes. 

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- How long will it take? 

3-4 weeks lead time, let us know if you have a hard date. Orders are queued based on purchase date. Lead times may vary. 

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- Can I stop by and try something on? 

No. Our workshop is private. This protects our intellectual property and keeps our made-to-measure pricing competitive with off-the-rack bulk production. 

 

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- Can you print our bicycle club name (instead of your trademark) on the clothing? 

No. 

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- If I submit measurements or find my match on your chart, will it fit? 

Yes. We stand by our workmanship.