Wednesday, August 06, 2008

R&R and quads

i will let you know if i get a response.....
dear michael ball,

i am a track racer in northern california. as such, i have huge quads. we are talking 63cm quads. of all cycling disciplines, track racers most certainly have the hugest quads. unlike many women, who would continually try to get skinnier legs, i embrace my muscular quads and want them to get even bigger so i can push a bigger gear inch and go faster in my match sprints and keirins. however, as i see it, there are two problems with this continual push to have huge quads. one practical and one mental. i believe R&R could really do wonders for both of these.

as for the practical one, R&R could really help. let's talk about women's jean design and how it makes it very difficult for big quaded women to find jeans. men don't face this problem cause their fit is slightly looser. but, us girls -- especially us athletic sprinter girls who have huge quads and slimmer waists (we'll call that the quad to waist ratio) -- just can't find jeans that fit. since a young sprinter of track & field, i always wanted to make a jean line called "AG JEANS"-- athletic girl jeans. but, my career path steered me elsewhere. however, this desire is not dead. can't you make some jeans that are for big-quaded girls? you see, i measure my quads every week, and they have gone from 58cm in the off season, to 63cm now. that is a pretty large jump, as my muscles have gotten huge. but, as a result, my jeans make me look like a teeny bopper...so i have to wear skirts now, and i am not really the skirt type of girl. anyway, it'd be sweet if you could make some sprinter friendly jeans. in fact, i think naming jeans after different cycling disciplines would be most excellent, you could call them the "keirin cut" and slim quads you could call the "climber cut."

as for the mental one, this would have to be related to self-image, and R&R could also help. we don't see many huge quaded models out there. in fact, most are skinny legged. now, if i were a hill climber and enjoyed hilly road races, such models would be fine by me. but like i said, i am a track racer, so such skinny-legged models do not support my cycling discipline. it'd be hella cool if you could get some more big-quaded models...cause, let's be real, women's sprinting doesn't exactly have a huge following... and if you could get some change in public perception of big quads in the public media, perhaps more women entering cycling will become sprinters.

well, thanks for your time michael ball. i do hope you look into my most excellent ideas. if you would like to know a little bit more about quad measurements, please look at my blog post. i think you will find it most entertaining.

thanks again-

-beth




13 comments:

velogirl said...

I bet he responds and offers you a job or a racing contract or something.

WarrenG said...

'Keirin-cut' girl, THAT was very funny. And Twinkie will appreciate the subtle way you included your latest measurement, a day early.

Will there be a little sizing chart on the hang tag so people will know which cut will best fit their quad measurement?

Gilby said...

Thank you for taking the time to address this important issue, Beth. There is a real need for the keirin cut!

CyclistRick said...

You should sign up Brooke to lobby MB, too. Check out her blog post from May 8th on trying to buy jeans to fit her quads.

chatterbox said...

I need a cut for big thighs, tiny hips and big waist. I think it would be called "Keirin-and-Tempura-cut".

teamwelliver said...

I have tears in my eyes right now...one from trying hard not to laugh out loud because I'm sitting an an airport gate and people are already staring at my stiffled giggles...and secondly from the fact that someone has finally take the time to address this very important issue facing track-sized girls! This is a huge day for us!

I can't buy jeans anymore really either, and I don't have 63cm quads. Not even close. I'd be all over some keirin jeans.

twinkiepatissier said...

R&R jeans might be cheaper than their pimping cycling jersey.

why not just go straight to Adriano Goldschmied? Or...I hear that Paige denim is the choice for the 60's club.

WarrenG said...

How about these?

http://www.makeyourownjeans.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=33

There's even a quad measurement!

chr15 tree said...

Ha love it... I have the same trouble with guys jeans... to get a size that fits my quads I get a baggy arse and 'bottoms of legs'.

I must measure my quads...

clm said...

I definitely need some of those keirin jeans!

Groover said...

This is hilarious. And yeap, I fall into that category, too. Trying to find fitting jeans is a nightmare. And I'm not even a trackie just a roadie ... Fingers crossed you get an answer. Or a contract. :-)

Christine said...

Can we also have cyclocross-cut jeans?? I'm thinkin' something lined with flannel to cushion our dismount bruises and keep us warm on cold mornings...

Jennifer said...

Um.. hilarious blog and great idea! I raced for 10 years and have ridden for well over 20. My best asset was climbing and even with 8 years of atrophy after quitting I STILL CAN'T WEAR JEANS! It is frustrating, and the waists are huge. Let's get Bonnie Blair in on this - she's famous, has a recognizable name, and the hugest quad-waist ratio I know of!

PS: I found some not too mom-jeans levi's at Sears in stretch and many sizes that worked. They were $25. It's good for now...