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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 05-02-10, 01:19 PM   #1
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I need suggestions for some shorts!

Like the title says, I need some new biking shorts. Right now I have a pair of Canari's that I picked up at Sports Authority for $29.99. They are doing their job, but I would like something with more padding/comfort. Anybody have some great suggestions? I'm 6'3, 270lbs. so I'm looking for something in the 2XL dept.

Also while I'm asking... does anyone else wear gym shorts over their cycling shorts? I'm not currently in spandex shape, and even if I was I think I would be a little uncomfortable wearing them. I like the comfort and support, but I always cover them with a pair of regular gym shorts. Am I defeating any kind of purpose by doing this?
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Old 05-02-10, 01:26 PM   #2
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Check out www.aerotechdesigns.com That's where I just ordered shorts from for myself and my wife.
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Old 05-02-10, 01:49 PM   #3
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I use the low end Assos in TIR sizing, pricy but very comfortable.
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Old 05-02-10, 02:16 PM   #4
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love2pedal.com has a wide variety of sizes and isn't too pricey. I like the bibs I got there. Holding off on ordering more as I'm hoping to lose weight and drop a size, but I will be going back for more at some poitn.
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Old 05-02-10, 04:37 PM   #5
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Additionally, Performance Bike has some shorts with favorable reviews.
Not to start a whole new debate, but...

Have you tried bibs?? Most folks that try bibs don't go back to shorts.

Personally , I don't see a problem w/ gym shorts over cycling shorts -- unless you feel them bunch up, etc.
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I haven't tried bibs, but I don't really think I would like the feeling of skin-tight overalls. I'm happy with shorts for the time being. I'd just like some suggestions as to some brands/models with a good amount of padding.
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one nice thing about bibs is they don't ride down and show your crack. I'm going to repeat my reccommentadaion for the deluxe bibs at www.love2pedal.com They have a nice free trial period (you can return for up to 30 days) and last I knew the code CLYD gave you $5 off (so it's essentially free shipping). Good prices and worth a try. They used to have 2 pair for $64, not sure if they still do in all sizes, but they might have in your size.

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I agree, bibs all the way. Pick up a pair, give 'em a try and you will never go back to shorts
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+1 on the Bibs. They seem odd until you try them. Very comfortable and they dont bind in the waist.

First time you snag your gym shorts on the nose of the saddle trying to make a quick getaway from a stop sign or crosswalk, you will not go back. I know I used to be self concious about wearing bike shorts and jerseys, but you just have to get over yourself. No one else cares and if you are moving along they don't see you but for a couple seconds anyway. Much more comfortable and drier. Also, one less item to wash after the ride. This year I even put on a pair of bib tights when it was in the upper 40s. Who cares.

I did see this quote on the forums once. Paraphrasing "...the public's tolerance for spandex decreases with the distance away from the bike...". That said, it is acceptable on the bike, just not doing other things.

But, whatever works for you. Just ride the bike!
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L.L. Bean has a wonderful pair of biking shorts that should do what you want. they are padded where you need it, and they have elastic but also essentially a pair of "gym shorts" over them - but without the seams that a real pair of extra shorts would introduce. so you look like a normal guy on a bike, not some spandex-clad fatty.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/48821?from=SR&feat=sr
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Anyone have any experience with the Nashbar Gel Ride Bib Shorts? They have 20% thru today and for $35.99 I was wondering if they were worth a try.
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one nice thing about bibs is they don't ride down and show your crack. I'm going to repeat my reccommentadaion for the deluxe bibs at www.love2pedal.com They have a nice free trial period (you can return for up to 30 days) and last I knew the code CLYD gave you $5 off (so it's essentially free shipping). Good prices and worth a try. They used to have 2 pair for $64, not sure if they still do in all sizes, but they might have in your size.
Yes, the CLYD promo code is still good for $5 off!

I concur with the recommendations for bibs.

If interested, here is a link to a guide I wrote on eBay for cycling bibshorts (but the CLYD code is only good for items at love2pedal.com) so don't buy at our eBay store if you want the CLYD discount:

LINK to bibshorts guide:
http://reviews.ebay.com/Bicycle-Bib-...00000010023424

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one nice thing about bibs is they don't ride down and show your crack. I'm going to repeat my reccommentadaion for the deluxe bibs at www.love2pedal.com
The Falconi deluxe bibs?
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Check out www.aerotechdesigns.com That's where I just ordered shorts from for myself and my wife.
^ THIS! Great company to deal with, and great shorts I have a pair, need to order another...
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I second the notion of not giving a crap if strangers are offended to see you in spandex. We have plenty of clydes in my club who don't really care what others thing, their comfort is paramount. There is a reason tight fitting shorts and jerseys are worn by so many, they are both functional and comfortable. I am myself no treat to see in spandex, but if people can't stand to see me in my kit, then they can stay home where nothing will offend their delicate sensibilities. I would also feel that shorts over my cycling shorts would reduce the amount of purchase I had on the saddle, resulting in more movement and thus more potential chafing, but that is just me

I personally wear voler shorts, comfy, and sometimes on sale at great prices, with a nice compromise on padding; not enough to give the diaper effect, but enough for you to notice it providing some comfort on a long ride. They go up to 2XL.
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Nothing wrong with wearing shorts over bike shorts. I do that all the time because I feel more comfortable. As well I like zippered pockets to hold my wallet, keys, cell phone, camera, change wallet, lip balm, extra batteries, snack bar and gum.

I know, get a bag.

I'm ordering a few new pairs of shorts from Aerotech tomorrow and I believe thenare having a 10 % off sale. The code is save10. There's another thread about Aerotech with a posting about the sale.
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Anyone have any experience with the Nashbar Gel Ride Bib Shorts? They have 20% thru today and for $35.99 I was wondering if they were worth a try.
*IF* some mfgr would get a clue and put the gel *only* under the sit bones, it would be a great idea.
Unfortunately, they *always* insist on extending it all the way to the front of the chamois, so it pushes up and creates pressure and chafing on the soft bits.
Avoid them like the plague.
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I've also heard that nashbar shorts run big (the one pair of baggy shorts I have from them is a little big). Baggy shorts are another option perfect for those of us (I include myself here) who are self conscious in lycra. An outer short with the lycra inner built in give you the benefits of both (and pockets) without having to worry about separate shorts that might get caught on things.
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Nothing wrong with wearing shorts over bike shorts. I do that all the time because I feel more comfortable. As well I like zippered pockets to hold my wallet, keys, cell phone, camera, change wallet, lip balm, extra batteries, snack bar and gum.

I know, get a bag.

I'm ordering a few new pairs of shorts from Aerotech tomorrow and I believe thenare having a 10 % off sale. The code is save10. There's another thread about Aerotech with a posting about the sale.
Yep Save10 for 10% off. The code is good till 5/31/10
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*IF* some mfgr would get a clue and put the gel *only* under the sit bones, it would be a great idea.
Unfortunately, they *always* insist on extending it all the way to the front of the chamois, so it pushes up and creates pressure and chafing on the soft bits.
Avoid them like the plague.
+ infinity.

Gel padded shorts are horribly uncomfortable. I had a pair when I got back into cycling; Performance Century Gel bibs, and they're comfy for about 5 miles. Then they're non-breathable, heavy, hot, and may as well be a diaper for all the discomfort from excess padding.

I agree with everyone who says "screw what other people think" about wearing lycra. It's comfortable.
I give a big thumbs-up to whomever mentioned Assos, although adding even their lowest end shorts (FI.Uno) to your wardrobe will set you back $200. I've got a pair of their FI.Mille distance shorts, and they're phenominal, but I won't even consider putting them on for anything under 100 miles.
For a good compression and good price point with decent padding, check out the Performance Ultra shorts or bibs. They're my favourites for anything up to a century ride.
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+1 for bibs. That said, I have more shorts than bibs.

Aerotechdesign makes a good biking tight that I have for cooler weather.

I also have Velor shorts and bibs that I like.

I start with a pair of Canari shorts that I got at Sports Authority as well. They aren't the best. They loosen up right in front and don't hold the chamois in place.
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Hi everyone, Newbie here to the site and to cycling for fitness, training and on the road! So I want to ask this question and I hope it's not too much of a NOOB question!

Is there a huge difference and what would the difference be, between a $30 pair of cycling shorts and a $300 pair of cycling shorts??

I need some and have been looking at different sites, I want to be sure that if I'm spending that kind of money, that it's a sound investment!

Ok...flame-on...
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Hi everyone, Newbie here to the site and to cycling for fitness, training and on the road! So I want to ask this question and I hope it's not too much of a NOOB question!

Is there a huge difference and what would the difference be, between a $30 pair of cycling shorts and a $300 pair of cycling shorts??

I need some and have been looking at different sites, I want to be sure that if I'm spending that kind of money, that it's a sound investment!

Ok...flame-on...
The difference is primarily the quality of the materials and craftsmanship. I've heard that generally, you get what you pay for with shorts, but I could never bring myself to spend that much money on shorts, unless I went pro or something.
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one nice thing about bibs is they don't ride down and show your crack. I'm going to repeat my reccommentadaion for the deluxe bibs at www.love2pedal.com They have a nice free trial period (you can return for up to 30 days) and last I knew the code CLYD gave you $5 off (so it's essentially free shipping). Good prices and worth a try. They used to have 2 pair for $64, not sure if they still do in all sizes, but they might have in your size.
I'll second this. I got the Falconi bibs from love2pedal and have now done several rides on them. I had to get over my fear of lycra, but I was surprised how comfortable they've made the ride. I like the coolmax seat pad, it's a good thing. I was looking at bike shorts at the local discount big box retailer, and the shorts there were competetively priced, but the chamois really reminded me of a diaper. In any case I'm very pleased with my small investment in bibs. I knew I needed to get shorts or bibs after last years episode of chafing, so I too the plunge. Who knows, down the road I may prefer a different brand as I get more into cycling, but for right now I'm pretty happy with these. btw, I'm 6'4" and 270-lbs
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