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    Decent But Cheap Shorts?

    I have looked on Nashbar and Performance Bike at their various inexpensive bicycle shorts and see a lot of reviews complaining about various aspects of the clothing. Since I am obviously a clyde I figured it would be better to ask here since the responses would be from folks built more like I am. I am hovering at the 230 mark right now.

    Anyway, my commute (which is mostly what I would be wearing them for) is six miles one way when I take the most direct route. I have an alternate route that is closer to twelve miles that I sometimes take on the way home.

    Any recommendations?

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    i was unhappy with shorts, the roll down factor and the gap on the back- but look at Aerotech: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ they have a full range and reasonable priced for bike clothes. Just one thought- bibs.
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    do you have a price point to stay under?

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    aevero is the cheapest for the quality that I know of.

    I think their website is aevero.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatMyA** View Post
    aevero is the cheapest for the quality that I know of.

    I think their website is aevero.com
    They don't list anything over XL! I love the looks of them and the price but I'm not going to fit in a XL for a little bit. Bookmarked it for sometime down the road. I guess that is why they made the Uber Clyde category

    dlester - thanks for posting this I was just getting ready to make a similar post.

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    I have use PI Ultra Sensors for some time now. Last pair I bought was over $100. I wasn't very happy with the quality as it seems to have taken a plunge. I tired another PI model, "Quest". Different chamois but seemed to be just as comfy on 60-70 mile rides. Fit a little different, longer length in the legs but pretty good short for $45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w00die View Post
    They don't list anything over XL! I love the looks of them and the price but I'm not going to fit in a XL for a little bit. Bookmarked it for sometime down the road. I guess that is why they made the Uber Clyde category

    dlester - thanks for posting this I was just getting ready to make a similar post.
    Performance Century Gel bibs are often on sale, and they have extended sizes. With a 46 inch waist I can wear a XL.

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    I found a Borah baggy style short, around $60, to be comfortable even on long rides. The baggy style makes my appearance much easier on the eyes of the viewer than tights.

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    Your best bet is to watch for off season sales. Buy your shorts in fall/early winter when suppliers are busy trying to offload their unsold merchandise.

    I have a pair of nashbar shorts which are nice but not as nice as my DeMarchi bibs. The nashbar shorts defiantly have some ugly stitching and I notice when I peel them off I often have thread marks from the seams imbedded in my legs, I don't have this issue with the DeMarchi's. The issue I do have with the DeMarchi's is that I feel like I am going to tear them every time I put them on because the material feels so much thinner than my nashbar shorts.

    If I recall I paid 25 for the nashbar shorts and 60 for the bibs (retailed over 300). Generally you get what you pay for but all in all I'm happy. Normally I won't wear any special shorts for a ride under 50 miles, work on your sit bones. A 6 mile ride really shouldn't require cycling shorts IMHO.

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    You might be surprised to fine the Xl is your size in the Performance Century (non gel). A good buy, on sale, and decent quality for the money.

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    I just ordered a pair of "grab bag" bib shorts from Longs Cycle for under $30. What I got were Castelli bibs and they are awesome! Their web site takes some searching but there are some awesome deals. This was the second time I ordered from them and I used the cheapest shipping option (just under $5) each time. Received the items in 3 or 4 days both times. They also have regular padded shorts starting at under $20 up to XXL (39 - 41" waist). www.longscycle.com

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    I would recommend you get your clothing in person until you know what size you are and what you're looking for. Might save you the hassle of returning them if they don't fit or don't feel right.

    That said, I've always been partial to Pearl Izumi--they used to be inexpensive but just seemed to get the job done.

    Performance's Century line also seems to get good reviews.

    BTW: for a short ride such as yours, you probably don't want a large/thick pad.

    And another BTW: there actually is a difference between inexpensive and expensive shorts. But with your lower mileage, it's probably not worth it to you. So, I don't know why I even brought it up...

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    Is this a rotund 230 lbs, or a muscular 230. Are you five foot nothing, or 6 foot. Pot bellied?

    I tip at about 240 (5'-9"), barrel chested and I get away with XL just fine. I prefer bibs these days though. Going with the cheapest shorts isn't necessarily the brightest move, inferior construction, poor fit, etc. While I'd be hesitant to drop $200 on a set of Assos, $75 for a good pair of Pearl would be reasonable, IMHO.

    I prefer the BlackBottom line. Heavy duty, old school chamois, inexpensive. I generally wear a pair of MT Bike shorts over them.
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    bibs = no 'roll-down' factor.

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    I Like Pearl Izumi. Not cheap, but better than aerotech by leaps and bounds and not much more money.
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    I have had good luck with the Nashbar Fusion shorts. Have at least one pair that I have used a lot over the last 3 years. I had to go to their largest size, but they fit and are comfortable. It sounds like you are looking for your first shorts and my experience was going to the biking skin tight style made a world of difference. I know my asthetics my not look great, but if you are going for long rides, they help me stay on the bike without binding up and giving up. (I always wear a long shirt --so I do not scare anybody).

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    Pearl Izumi are my expensive choice. for a GREAT baggie short (read cargo style short with built in chamois)- look to Hoss Gear. The Ponderosa short - VERY cheap and great looking and long lasting. I bough two pairs for $19.99 on blowout sales. BUT they are still a great deal at $40.

    they go WAY up in sizes too!

    http://www.hossmtb.com/
    they make very nice larger size jerseys too.
    I am 6'2 and need XL for everything up top as I have a very long torso and shorter legs.
    I bought my shorts from likin bikin - a bit clunky web site but I've dealt with them twice and had good service twice. They take paypal too.
    http://www.likinbikin.com/Products/Hoss_Pond_Mens.html
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    check out love2pedal.com

    I got the Falconi 8 panel shorts and like them alot ($30.00 or so)

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    love2pedal.com

    I agree with the love2pedal recommendation.
    I had good experiences with the Falconi shorts and bibs - the ones I got were rather bigger than usual.

    Quote Originally Posted by kgriffioen View Post
    check out love2pedal.com

    I got the Falconi 8 panel shorts and like them alot ($30.00 or so)

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    Thank you lutz and kgriffioen for the mention!

    Here is a coupon code I created just for members of this forum for $5 off any order: CLYD

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    By the way, I agree with superdex on bibshorts!!! It is all I use now and love them. Dan

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    Just my opinion (for what it's worth)......
    I've gone through several pairs of "activewear" type shorts, then moved to cycling shorts, then found a cheap bib and tried it. Ever since... it's all about bibs. I've now advanced my collection of bibs to 1 pair of thermal bib tights, 2 pair of bib knickers and 1 pair of bib shorts. I like the bib knickers because they go down over my knees which seems to look a little nicer (having pretty thighs and all).

    anyway... so my suggestion is to try bibs. No roll down, keeps the tummy compressed a bit (which seems to make me feel more comfortable and able to spin my pedals a little more at ease.

    I've yet to buy a pair of bibs or shorts from any of the online or local bike stores. I've been pretty exclusive to:
    www.bonktown.com
    www.chainlove.com
    www.geartrade.com (used stuff, got my first bib here)

    excellent way to find some hella discounted items and Bonktown and Chainlove are both parts of BackCountry.com. Awesome customer service and they are great communicators. They also are great with returns. You will have to pay shipping to return them, but it's well worth it.

    I'm 5'10ish and about 240lb. I get XLs and they work great. Everything I've got so far is Castelli (bibs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber View Post
    Is this a rotund 230 lbs, or a muscular 230. Are you five foot nothing, or 6 foot. Pot bellied?

    I tip at about 240 (5'-9"), barrel chested and I get away with XL just fine. I prefer bibs these days though. Going with the cheapest shorts isn't necessarily the brightest move, inferior construction, poor fit, etc. While I'd be hesitant to drop $200 on a set of Assos, $75 for a good pair of Pearl would be reasonable, IMHO.

    I prefer the BlackBottom line. Heavy duty, old school chamois, inexpensive. I generally wear a pair of MT Bike shorts over them.
    Last year I was clearly rotund, but I am 5'11" so I guess by your stature scale I would have to classify myself as pot bellied. By this time next year I expect to have all overweight references not applicable to me. I started at 313 pounds. The rate of loss has slowed, but it still continues in the right direction. Another 20 pounds or so and I will be at 18% body fat according to all the measurements my doctor has done. He says I should be between 15 and 18% to be healthy. I will see how I look when I get there and decide for myself.

    I am not really looking to go with cheap shorts exclusively to save money, although saving money is always a good thing. I am assuming that my commuting distance doesn't really necessitate higher end shorts. Last year I was wearing just whatever I had in the drawer and would periodically have issues with chaffing thanks to the seams in standard shorts. Over the winter I have been wearing pants made for me by Lou at Foxwear, but warmer weather is coming and I don't want to go back to chaffing.

    So, the rationale goes that I can get a few cheaper pairs for commuting, then have something nicer for longer weekend rides. I just don't want the cheaper ones to be too much of a disappointment so I was interested in the opinions of everyone here. There is definitely some interesting information here to follow up on.

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    Cheap is all relative depending on what your cheeks can handle. Unfortunately mine are not so tuff. I donít think Iíve spent under $100 for a pair of bibs (PI, Etxe Ondo, Specialized). But my cheeks have been happy on any ride up to 100 miles thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SambaMixte View Post
    i was unhappy with shorts, the roll down factor and the gap on the back- but look at Aerotech: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ they have a full range and reasonable priced for bike clothes. Just one thought- bibs.
    I'm a convert to both bibs and aerotech over the winter

    It's not pretty putting the bibs on - I've vowed never to let my wife see me wiggling into them - but they're very comfortable and also help with keeping padding where it should be on your bum. Also the no roll-down factor is a plus.

    And the Aerotech bibs I bought are beautiful, seriously a much higher quality piece of clothing that I've ever worn biking before. Lots of little things. I love them.

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