I need xxl, the largest size, just to get the length even close to long enough. Stirrups pull them down if I use them and being about 6-8" less around the waist they're like clown pants.
Anyway, IMHO they fit short or tubby people but their design and fabrics are perfect for your needs. I run in mine but only in the dark, late at night in places I won't bump into ppl.
If anyone knows something like Ron hills but fit the taller, slim person I'd appreciate the recommendation. I'm only 6feet 5 inches and 34 inch waist. I can get walking trousers, jeans, smart / casual trousers, etc in the right size but nothing like Ron hills. I would have thought runners are all slim so why 38" waists with 33" legs? Same leg length as smaller sizes.
Martial arts never did much for my fitness. Perhaps ju-jitsu Is different to your style but I needed gym work on top just to keep fit. It did help me keep my flexibility and helped my balance and coordination.
I've found some chains are better than the local bike shop. Near me is Evans and their service is always exemplary. By contrast the lbs near me range from complete elitist bike snobs looking down their noses at you or conmen. I always do my research but never let on in the shops. I let them hang themselves trying to sell something with better margins/bonus for them. Then I ask a really pertinent question that sends them into a tailspin trying to do a 180!!!
Look online at spec's, prices, reviews, etc. Ask on specialist bike forums like road cycling UK. Then find where you can buy from and be prepared to spot bad advice. You shld get a feel on whether you can trust the retail assistant even if you don't spot the con.
Brands like specialized and trek are decent bikes. Trek are overpriced a bit IMHO. Try Scott too. Also consider a cyclocross bike too. If you are not planning on racing that is. They're tougher versions of a road bike with a slightly more upright frame. They're fast but more comfortable if the roads near you are poor. Plus better if you fancy off road on towpaths or even tracks. Spesh tricross is in your price range. Can also take a rack if you want to tour or commute. Or ridley make gd cxers.
Also look at Ribble bikes. They will do a bike in your range I think. They're supposed to be gd and might be n your scheme.
Also look at audax bikes. They're better if you plan longer rides or riding in all seasons. They have better clearance for mudguards, take a rack too and more comfortable ride. If you're lucky a local shop might build up their own bikes. One near me does and can build to a price. Also need to be lucky if they do the cyclescheme you're on.