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    Possibly strange question

    Hello fellow Clydes/Athenas!

    I am fairly new here and have a couple of comments followed by a strange question.

    Just wanted to say I have been watching what I eat and bicycling for just over 4 weeks and have dropped from 270 to 254!

    I have been biking in just cotton boxer shorts and cargo shorts. It was fine for a while but did my first 40+ mile ride yesterday and I am a bit tender in a bad spot

    Some friends of mine went in together and bought me a pair of mtn biking shorts (with padding) and they are 42" shorts but are nylon. Now I DO have a 42" waist but since they are nylon shorts with a max opening of 42" (with no fly) I can't get them over my big butt!

    So, on to my question, what size of shorts do I need? Do they make shorts with a fly? I am so new to this it is laughable!

    Thanks for any help you can give!

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    I have the same problem. There is no easy answer... and keep in mind that bike clothes are sized notoriously small. Expect to buy at least a 2XL. (I like Sugoi myself.)

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    No, they don't make shorts with a fly, but it's not a problem. Over the top works quite well.

    Look at Aerotech.... www.aerotechdesigns.com for Clyde sizes, among many other sources.
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    aerotech


    While I was looking for another one, Tom beat me to Aerotech.

    I was trying to find a link to some Insport baggies that I bought at Academy sports. They have a built-in liner,
    a zip fly and they button up. No luck there.

    I also have a couple of pair of these Zoic Phenom shorts that work well for me. They also
    come in larger sizes than most cycling clothes.
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    Excellent! Thanks for the pointers, I'll see what they have.

    Wish me luck.

    OH, on another note, I was walking across the livingroom tonight and my son said "HOLY CRAP, DAD! Your butt is getting TINY!"

    Now, I KNOW it's not tiny, but it IS smaller! My FIRST complement! Biking ROCKS and this site is right up there too!

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

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    Get a normal pair of bike shorts and wear your cargo shorts over them.

    You can't go by the generic S,M,L,XL, and XXL for bike shorts. Louis Garneau XXL shorts are a 38 waist and ungodly tight in the thighs. Check with each manufacturer for their sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Get a normal pair of bike shorts and wear your cargo shorts over them.

    You can't go by the generic S,M,L,XL, and XXL for bike shorts. Louis Garneau XXL shorts are a 38 waist and ungodly tight in the thighs. Check with each manufacturer for their sizing.

    Also, read my signature.
    I have a 42" waist, and wear the Louis Garneau XXL shorts, no problem with the fit not even the thighs....

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    Another voice for Aero Tech. They're size guides are accurate, the products are quality goods, and the shipping was unbelievably fast! I ordered 2 pairs of shorts and 1 pair of women's capri length from them and love them. AND, they're made in America! I used the capri length on my first Century ride last week and was extremely happy with the comfort level. They are pricey then other companies but well worth the money even for nothing else than to get something that fits the FIRST time you order it.

    FYI--I had tried ordering from 2 other companies prior to turning to Aero Tech in attempts to save some money but found out that the sizes given were so off that it was almost impossible to figure out what size to order, even when using company given size charts. I didn't find that with Aero Tech--what size they listed is the right size and everything fit perfectly.
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    More good info. Thanks folks! I'll check them all out and see if I can find something I can get my big can into!

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    And think about bibs instead of shorts. Eliminates plumbers butt, and other "issues"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    No, they don't make shorts with a fly, but it's not a problem.
    Allow me to disagree: I own a pair of Novara Exposure mountain biking shorts from REI and they most definitely have a fly. In fact, there seem to be quite a few padded mountain biking shorts that do... The nice thing about MTB shorts is that they have more abrasion resistance than a typical cargo or athletic short. This is something to consider if you move around on the seat a lot...

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