General Cycling Discussion - Problem with cycling shorts
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12-26-03, 09:25 PM
I have a problem with cycling shorts not lasting. I'm not hard on them, I just ride in them. I have a pair of Garneau's, the seam down the pad inside started to rip (doesn't feel too good on the man berries), and they're wearing thin in the back part where I don't sit. I have a pair of Italia national shorts made by Castelli, and one of the seams in the back tore on those after about 5 months of riding. I expect a lasting product when I pay $45-$80 for something. I'm an average sized guy, and I wear shorts that fit me properly. Does anyone else have this problem, or could you direct me towards shorts that are known for their durability?
12-27-03, 06:29 PM
Are you following the care instructions when you wash & dry your shorts? How often do you use/wash each one in a week?
12-28-03, 12:11 PM
I wash them on the gentle cycle, and let them air dry, I don't like to put my clothes in a dryer. I used these two pairs of shorts for all my rides for the past year +, riding most days and quite a few long rides. But I still expect them to hold together, because all I'm doing is riding in them. But if the life expectancy of a bike short is only a year, I think the money one has to shell out for a "good" pair is a little steep.
I get way more than one year even from cheap lycra shorts. I never machine wash them, always wash by hand with mild soap.
I really believe machines are rough on bike shorts.
I wear Pearl Izumi bibs. Machine wash them in cold on gentle cycle and lay them flat to dry. I have one pair that is almost five years old. The pad and leg grippers are shot but the seams are fine. I have three pairs so they get washed about every other week.
12-29-03, 08:44 AM
40-80 is on the cheaper side of shorts.80 bucks is about where they start to upgrade
12-29-03, 09:02 AM
i buy Pearl Izumi attack shorts, i have 2 pairs i wash and use on a almost daily basis all year long. I dry them and wash them on the gentle cycle. I also make sure not to throw anything sharp in the wash with them like velcro.
I have 4 shorts.. I try to ride everyday.. The only damage to the shorts are the prints which starts to peels off after 5-6 months..
Other than that, the shorts are as good as when I bought them.
I machine wash my shorts and hang dry...
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