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Old 11-17-12, 08:29 AM   #1
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Shorts question for spouse

My husband is riding his bike more and I expect his riding to increase when we head down to Florida. He just wears regular street clothes when riding. He absolutely will not wear biking clothes. However, he is having chaffing problems. I might have persuaded him to get some bike shorts or short liners to wear under his clothes. We will have to purchase online because of where we are located and the time of year.

He wears size 2x in most things. Guess as to size for shorts? Where can I buy liners? He has left this to me to figure out. I buy my stuff from women's places so I am not up on where the men get their stuff.
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Try Amazon.com. There are liner shorts that would replace his underwear and provide padding and chafing protection under normal streetwear.
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I wear a 42 in jeans currently, and have found the Zoic 3x shorts to be a good fit, tighter than I would like for ordinary use, but correct for cycle use. The size chart on their website worked for me. Bought mine on Amazon, to avoid feeling like a noob at the LBS. The price for the shorts including liner was not that much more than the price for the liner alone. I bought 1 pair of the Black Market and 1 pair of the Ether shorts. The Ether are a bit better in my opinion, as the black market do not have a snap or button, only velcro. The Ether have a snap, and velcro.
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I wouldn't bother with liners: most of the ones I've tried are terrible. Just buy regular lycra cycling shorts or bibs and wear them under "normal" shorts. I'm a big fan of the Falconi Deluxe shorts from Love2Pedal. The Falconi Modena appears to be the non-bib version of the Deluxe.
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Try Aerotechdesign...their sizes run bigger than Love2pedal. The top shelf model is $49, somewhat thin but chamois is comfy. The century model is $69 but much thicker material which is better for compression and transparency plu sht echaomis is pretty nice and comfy.

I used to buy Love2Pedal Falconi shorts. 3 years ago I bout 2 pair that were fairly nice and fairly comfy. 1 1/2 years ago I bougth 2 pair and honeslty, I was dissappointed with the comfort compared to the earlier models. I'll stick with aerotech from now on.

I say get shorts and wear them under baggies or soccer type shorts. I've tried undie type liners and not comfy imo. WHo knows, maybe he'll like them and give them a try someday without cover,

Are you sure your hubby is only 2x? I'm 260 (6'1) and use a 3X in Love2pedal and 3 x in Aerotech. I'm a medium big guy but I thought your hubby was a real big guy?


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Regular shorts he wears a 2x. His waist size for pants is a 44 so a 2x in shorts likely would be too small, yes? Maybe ok for Aerotech?
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Regular shorts he wears a 2x. His waist size for pants is a 44 so a 2x in shorts likely would be too small, yes? Maybe ok for Aerotech?
I myself would advise you to go up one size up on the chart. Mine fit but I think I could have gone up one and been a little better and more like my actual pant size.

I ordered after reading reviews that said aerotech chart was true to size. Which may be correct but the extra belly on me says go up one.
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I think I'll try the Aerotech in the 3x and see how that works.

What a risky purchase! I hope this works out. He really hates the idea of bike shorts but the chaffing is problematic.
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My husband is riding his bike more and I expect his riding to increase when we head down to Florida. He just wears regular street clothes when riding. He absolutely will not wear biking clothes. However, he is having chaffing problems. I might have persuaded him to get some bike shorts or short liners to wear under his clothes. We will have to purchase online because of where we are located and the time of year.

He wears size 2x in most things. Guess as to size for shorts? Where can I buy liners? He has left this to me to figure out. I buy my stuff from women's places so I am not up on where the men get their stuff.
I've always been (and still am) reluctant to go out in cycling shorts. I know they have to be tight to work but I figure the world at large doesn't need to see me squeezed into something tight enough that leaves no doubt whatsoever about my gender. That said I do like the padding they offer, so I just wear cycling shorts in place of underwear under a regular pair of baggy knee-length trousers. I get the comfort, the world doesn't get to see my wedding vegetables in excruciating detail, and for good measure I get the convenience of the pockets in the trousers.

I've recently taken to wearing cycling jerseys, since I found some stupidly cheap ones. For good measure they're lined with some form of silver compound that reduces the odour , which seems useful given how sweaty cycling can be. I was a bit skeptical at first but when I did a three-day tour in one (realising I'd forgotten to pack the other) and it still didn't smell, I started to become more convinced.
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I think I'll try the Aerotech in the 3x and see how that works.

What a risky purchase! I hope this works out. He really hates the idea of bike shorts but the chaffing is problematic.
Good idea. Sometimes the risky purchases turn out to be the best ones when it comes to bikes.

The good thing is that if it works, he will ride much more, mission accomplished. And if he does like them, he may be wiling to move on to more expensive shorts and equipment. Heck, he just may become the next Clyde poster dude!

IMO, decent shorts and a decent saddle will get most riders on the saddle more often and longer. If you don't want him to enjoy it, then get him some blue jeans and a stock saddle.

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I think I'll try the Aerotech in the 3x and see how that works.

What a risky purchase! I hope this works out. He really hates the idea of bike shorts but the chaffing is problematic.
No one was more hesitant to buy bike shorts than me but I was having chafing problems this summer so I decided to take the leap. I purchased a couple of pairs from Aerotech and I could not be happier. I do wear gym shorts over them though, so as not to scare the neighbors.
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...He wears size 2x in most things. Guess as to size for shorts?...
Sizes like "2X" are meaningless. He'll need to measure his waist and hips and compare it to a size chart.
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Sizes like "2X" are meaningless. He'll need to measure his waist and hips and compare it to a size chart.
The reviews of clothing for sale on Amazon are often helpful as to how the sizes are running. I'm bigger than your husband but the tips I got from Amazon Customers plus using the size chart helped me decide which one to order.
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I don't have an answer for you, but I just wanted to say what a nice spouse you are to handle this for hubby!
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I have been trying to find the manufacturer of the padded underwear I bought many years ago when I lived in L.A. Today I finally had success and found their website http://www.andiamounderwear.com/shop/

I ordered two pairs. I wear these padded undies under my bike shorts.
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Find him bike shorts that fit then some long shorts or knickers even. AeroTech has some nice ones. Pair it with a non-cycling shirt and he then looks "normal". No requirement to wear the lycra shorts by themselves.
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I have Pearl Izumi liner shorts. They retail for about $35. The liner short has an excellent chamois. It can be worn under any short. A 2x should be just fine. If he has never worn any before, they sure will feel strange to him when he first puts them on. But once he hops on the bike he’ll never do without them.

Liner shorts are a good idea but he shouldn’t shy away from shorts. There are some excellent “baggies” out there and they are likely to be more comfortable than regular shorts because they will not have sewing in the crotch and will place the pockets on the side. Maybe a good start will be liner shorts and if you have some free time in Florida stop at a bike shop and try on some clothes. When biking on vacation, I try to buy a local jersey. I have quite a collection including one from Florida.

Have a great time.
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I would go for bibs instead of shorts. IMHO, they are far more comfortable due to the lack of waistband. I've got a couple of pair of the Falconis from Love2Pedal and they are awesome. And only $36 w/ shipping (and I think there is still a discount if you type "CLYD" in the coupon spot) and, though I haven't needed it, they have a great return policy. I wear a 38 waist in pants and the XL fits me perfectly so would think the XXXL would fit as he wears 44 wast pants. And I wear gym shorts over them on occasion as I am a youth leader and take teenagers on rides occasionally. Figure they have enough trauma in the world without seeing me in spandex.
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I wear regular bike shorts under jean shorts or hiking shorts when I'm cycling casual and don't want to stand out at local cafes and convenience stores. An athletic wicking t-shirt and MTB shoes with athletic 1/4 socks completes the ensemble. I fit in pretty well with the non-cycling locals and am still plenty comfortable for a long day on the bike. I have one pair of liner shorts too, but 9-inch inseam regular riding shorts work fine. The 11-inch inseam is adequately hidden when I'm standing but sticks out a bit when I'm seated unless I'm wearing really long shorts over them.
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I would say despite the sizing issue is a confidence issue. Be sure to compliment you S.O. when s/he finally puts on some bike shorts. I know I'm still a little rounder than I'd like but I feel sexy when I wear mine, and OMG it's so much better than trying to ride in anything else.
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Nasbar and Performance are also good.

Dont forget the chaffing cream.....that helps A LOT!! I prefer Chamois Glide

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I wouldn't bother with liners: most of the ones I've tried are terrible. Just buy regular lycra cycling shorts or bibs and wear them under "normal" shorts. I'm a big fan of the Falconi Deluxe shorts from Love2Pedal. The Falconi Modena appears to be the non-bib version of the Deluxe.
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I too am a fan of Love2Pedal. Got some Falconi Bib Shorts and some big 3x jerseys with nice rear pockets. The Bibs are great protection against the jokesters in the club. I'm big and cut through the wind, so most smaller dudes just suck wheel. I try hard to hold my line and do a fairly great job at cadence and steadiness. But the bastards can sneak up and pull tricks like water down the crack or worse, chocolate syrup and granola. Not kidding man and talk about chafing and granola down the backside. Or they've tried to pull the shorts down and show where the sun don't shine! Yowsers!

Well, that has taught me to:

a) swerve a bit more unpredictably +/- 6 inches or so when in the lead so they won't dare get that close
b) get bib shorts with a higher back, and wear a thin polypro shirt underneath that bib just in case,
c) safety pin the back of the jersey to the back of the bib short especially if you know the biggest club jokester is planning something bad.
d) always carry some small pack of disposable wipes.... don't get me started... and know what poison oak looks like.
e) don't stay in front for too long
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I have a couple pairs of Aero Tech Cargo shorts that I like. I'm not a tight fitting, lyrca kind of a guy, and these have been a good compromise.

http://store.aerotechdesigns.com/meaetecashpa3.html
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Do you have an REI nearby where he can go try on shorts? They generally carry a nice selection of mountain bike shorts (liner and shell) in larger sizes. Also consider buying a good pair of technical riding shorts and just wearing them under regular shorts. I make sure the regular shorts have alittle stretch to them however; much more comfortable that way.
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