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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-20-07, 07:42 AM   #1
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Cycling shorts question?

Not totally sure if this is the right place but, I'm looking to get some compression shorts and i've never worn them before.

I'm 6'4" 225 34-36 waist with 34" inseam would large work or x-large THANKS!!
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Old 04-20-07, 08:56 AM   #2
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i just ordered some from Aerotech Designs. they literally arrived at my office 30 minutes ago so i haven't worn them yet but:

•the price was right
•fast shipping
•look to be well constructed
•made in the USA
•came highly recomended by several other forum members. (I'm lookin' at you Tom)

as for sizin, different brands will be different. any company worth ordering from will have a size chart.

you wear a "large" if you order form aerotech. since they are compression shorts, they are supposed to be tight.

*i do not have any affiliation with aerotech other than being a customer.
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Old 04-20-07, 09:50 AM   #3
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Aero Tech +1

Kathy is a great lady to deal with, products are very well made!

If I need shorts again thats where ill be buying them Bought 3 pair of topshelf shorts 18 months ago.

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Old 04-20-07, 11:37 AM   #4
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Sizing: I'm 6'4", 225 lbs, 35" inseam and have tried several brands of shorts. Finally my wife bought an (expensive) pair of Pearl Izumi 3D Pro Vertex Microsensor ($ 120!) a year ago and I've not looked back. Size XL. Not too tight in the leg, comfortable waistband, durable.

In fact, just ordered a 2nd pair from REI because the other brands of shorts couldn't compare with these - the $ 20 pair, the $ 50 pair, the $ 70 pair...

All the other shorts I tried did not have dense enough padding to keep me cushioned for a couple of hours' ride, especially after I started to sweat. For what it's worth, these shorts are the only 'real' cycling clothes I own, the rest of my cycling 'outfit' consists of T-shirts and regular athletic clothes. But I'll bet my *ss on those shorts...
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Sizing is not uniform from one manufacturer to the next. One companies XL may be a 42-44 waist, another is only 36.
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I'm 6'3", 230lbs, 36" waist and 36" inseam.

In American made shorts I generally prefer a Large although I can get away with an XL.

If I were you I'd start with a Large in American shorts (Voler/Pear Izumi) and if you decide to by some European shorts, I'd try an XL.

Oh, and from what others have told me Performance brand shorts are all over the place
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Thanks for the good info!
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Just got a couple of pairs of Top Shelf Bike Shorts delivered from Aerotech last week - best shorts I've ever worn. I was a touch skeptical looking at the contouring on the MLP pad, but one ride was all it took to convince me. Fantastic service yet again from the Aerotech folks - even shipped here to Switzerland quick. Thoroughly recommend them.
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i just ordered some from Aerotech Designs. they literally arrived at my office 30 minutes ago so i haven't worn them yet but:

•the price was right
•fast shipping
•look to be well constructed
•made in the USA
•came highly recomended by several other forum members. (I'm lookin' at you Tom)
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Aero Tech +1

Kathy is a great lady to deal with, products are very well made!

If I need shorts again thats where ill be buying them Bought 3 pair of topshelf shorts 18 months ago.

"John"

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Just got a couple of pairs of Top Shelf Bike Shorts delivered from Aerotech last week - best shorts I've ever worn. I was a touch skeptical looking at the contouring on the MLP pad, but one ride was all it took to convince me. Fantastic service yet again from the Aerotech folks - even shipped here to Switzerland quick. Thoroughly recommend them.
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I didn't know so many people here wore aerotech. I am interested in their shorts but am skeptical because I never hear much about them.

What shorts do you all use? Topshelf?

Are the Topshelf their best ones?

I am very interested in trying them and they seem to be a great deal. Thanks
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I have used both the Top Shelf and the Pro Shorts and I prefer the Top Shelf, but I recently tried the Bib Shorts and they were so much better than the regular shorts. I will be a dedicated Bib Short user from now on. If you are looking, definitely give these a serious look.
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I didn't know so many people here wore aerotech. I am interested in their shorts but am skeptical because I never hear much about them.

What shorts do you all use? Topshelf?

Are the Topshelf their best ones?

I am very interested in trying them and they seem to be a great deal. Thanks
I guess I am the odd clyde out, I have a pair of Louis Garneu shorts, and they work very well, cost me $55 though. I'd like another pair, but I'll wait until the fall bike show, they usually have a bunch of places with sales on at the show. I wouldn't mind the Aerotechs, but customs and brokerage fees probably make them too expensive. Now if my wife were to get into cycling, and we could order a couple pair for me, a couple of pair for her. maybe get the Brother-in-law in for a couple pair, it might be worth it, because shipping and customs brokerage are front-end loaded charges (the first item costs the most, additional ones are an order of magnitude cheaper).
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Another vote for Aerotech, love their bib shorts. Also have had very good service from the people at Voler.
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Old 04-21-07, 07:41 PM   #15
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Another fan of the Aerotech Bib shorts.
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+1 for Aerotech bib shorts. Wore them for the first time today for a 60 mile ride. I won't wear anything else from now on.
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Wow seems everyone loves the aerotech bibshorts too. Just a question. Can these be pulled down to go to the bathroom #1? I hear thats a big thing with bibs. Or do you have to take the tops down? Also I understand everyone says bibs are so much better but arent they hotter in the summer bc they cover more of your body?
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I basically pull the leg opening up. It can be a little tight, but it works for me.
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I ordered a pair of aerotech pro shorts to try out. I'll post the results after a while, but they did come highly recommended and for a lot less money than some of the more "known" bike shorts.
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If they don't do it, try Boure Pro...
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I basically pull the leg opening up. It can be a little tight, but it works for me.
This is what I do.

My Voler ones are low enough cut you can sling it out over the top.
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I just ordered some new voler shorts and they seem like a great deal for $40.
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I just ordered some Aerotech bib shorts, XL (38-40 waist) and hope they fit okay. They cost around $72us shipped to Canada and will probably take weeks to arrive and then get abandoned in the rain (UPS uses a local company here that loooooves to abandon any and all packages rather than knock or ring the doorbell, even with multiple vehicles in the driveway)

Anyway, I was a bit iffy about the XL size as I could possibly require something bigger these days (one reason I'm getting back into biking after a good 8 year "break") but if they're too small I can order the XXL's and will have the XL's when I start losing some weight

The XL's will probably fit fine. Boy, I sure hope someone calls to tell me my bike is ready today
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Just a question. Can these be pulled down to go to the bathroom #1? I hear thats a big thing with bibs. Or do you have to take the tops down? Also I understand everyone says bibs are so much better but arent they hotter in the summer bc they cover more of your body?
You pull them down just like any other pair of shorts. It's NO big deal.

and they're not hotter; the straps tend to be mesh and not noticeable.....
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