Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 56
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    105
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    UHM... Nearly 60 and bike shorts

    I don't look like I am 21 anymore. So what kind of bike shorts are practical but kind of make me look a little better? Okay, so I am self-conscious. I just don't like everyone seeing my jiggling butte. Maybe I need tighter shorts?

    Do you buy expensive bike shorts or less expensive? I have a fairly expensive pair ($70 is expensive for me) that I wear a lot but they are getting the fuzz balls in the crotch area. I have a pair of Giant bike shorts that I paid $30 for (they may have been on sale)and they are wonderfully comfortable and seem to be holding up very well.

    What are some good bike short brands to look at that won't break the bank? Do the more expensive shorts have more padding in them? Are they a lot of advantages to buying the bike shorts that are over $100?

  2. #2
    Senior member Dan Burkhart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Oakville Ontario
    Posts
    5,090
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not necessarily more padding, but certainly better padding. I have a few pair of Sugoi shorts that I've had for several years, from the mid price to the higher price. I'll never buy any but the top price ones in the future. They are soooo much better.
    I had some of the lowest price ones in the past, and you know what? you really do get what you pay for in this instance.
    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


    Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is n+1

  3. #3
    Senior Member DnvrFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    20,899
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most of us guys around this forum wear bibs. I haven't worn shorts for 12 years. Much more comfortable. I wear the proper attire for the activity, same as I wear swimming trunks for swimming and tennis stuff, etc. This means Lycra - fitted tightly, so it doesn't bag. I am 71.5 years old.

  4. #4
    Senior Member rdtompki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Hollister, CA
    My Bikes
    Volagi, daVinci Joint Venture
    Posts
    3,963
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Keep cycling and you'll stop jiggling.
    Rick T
    --------
    Volagi - Triple"ized" and Tubeless
    daVinci Joint Venture

  5. #5
    no, the new new bike
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Sacramento
    My Bikes
    2007 Specialized Roubaix Comp Triple 2007 Bianchi Vigorelli 2004 Dean El Diente
    Posts
    48
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Generally speaking, I agree with the DnvrFox. I go to a gym regularly and don't think twice about my gym clothes, so why would cycling gear be any different?

    However, there are times when a pair of mountain biking long shorts for example with the removable chamois liners blends with the crowd than the standard black lycra. Depends on your destination. Check out brands like Fox, North Face, etc, or just google "mountain bike shorts".

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Houston, TX - Energy corridor
    My Bikes
    2011 Trek SOHO Deluxe, and 2010 Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Posts
    867
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have some Pearl Izumi Ultra Bibs that were $150 at their outlet store. I bought some Performance Bicycle Ultra bibs on sale for about half of the price. The Performance Ultra bibs fit me a little better and are as comfortable. I believe the quality is as good. The Performance Elite series seems to have thicker padding, but I don't feel it is as good. I am not a fan of Performance bicycle, but I have had good luck with their shorts and bibs for many years.

    I use these bibs on a Selle Italia SLR Carbonio saddle with great satisfaction, which many would consider a minimalist saddle.

  7. #7
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used to go to a shop that had a good array of shorts and a changing room. I try all forms of clothing on before I buy. Prices and I started out paying 20 for shorts but like Denver- it wasn't long before I found the comfort of Bibbs. And It wasn't long before I found that 40 bibs are better than the cheap ones.

    Then one day and I went to my LBS and they suggested Giordana Bibs instead of the proprietry ones I was wearing. Bought a pair and I am hooked. They are not the most expensive out there but the fit is far better. The material has that feel about it and NO-I do not have a fetish for silk underwear. First ride and the liner works efficiently and the butt felt far better after a long ride. Not much more expensive at 65 but money well worth spending.

    Incidentally- I have been asked by following riders where I got the shorts and on one ride received Verbal sexual abuse from a few ladies about how Fit the butt looked. They mistook my 60 year old butt for something a lot younger.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  8. #8
    Council of the Elders billydonn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    My Bikes
    1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds
    Posts
    3,761
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    60 is the new 30... +1 to the advice above. Get some quality bibs or shorts and ride lots! (For special occasions mtb shorts are okay but for real riding you need lycra.)

    There is a time to resign oneself
    to old age and infirmity. You first.
    My Cycling Blogspot

  9. #9
    Motorcycle RoadRacer cehowardGS's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    3,799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by nubikebuzz View Post
    Generally speaking, I agree with the DnvrFox. I go to a gym regularly and don't think twice about my gym clothes, so why would cycling gear be any different?
    And I agree with the both of you.. In my humble old opinion, get what feels good to you, what works, and then just do it..
    2001 Raleigh R700
    1996 Litespeed Classic
    1995 Klein Quantum
    1989 Cannondale Black Lightning
    1988 Centurion Expert Ironman
    1989 Centurion Master Ironman
    1986 Schwinn Prelude(Beater)
    1986 Raleigh Grand Prix(Beater2)
    1985 Raleigh Prestige
    1985 Raleigh Competition
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #1
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #2 (project #1)
    1985 Raleigh Super Course (project #4)
    1979 Raleigh Competition GS-1

    2007 Suzuki GSX R1K (commuter)
    http://www.cehoward.net/pretty.jpg
    74,Old,Dirty,&Fast

  10. #10
    Senior Member bruce19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
    My Bikes
    MASI Gran Criterium S & Guru steel
    Posts
    3,223
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This is one of those individual things IMHO. I'm 65 and down 1" to 5'9" and weigh in at 190 lbs. No "love handles" just built like an NFL running back (minus the talent). I have a hard time getting bibs that fit both in the waist and for my height. I've used everything from PI to Castelli but have never gone high end to Assos. I have a pair of PI bibs with their "best" chamois and although they are OK they feel a bit too padded. On a whim (and because they were 80% off) I bought two pair of PI Tri-bibs with fairly thin chamois. These are by far my favorites. I think it's like saddles. You are just going to have to do the trial and error thing for comfort and appearance.

  11. #11
    Senior Member gear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    North shore of Mass.
    Posts
    2,131
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Switch to MBT shorts, you get the padded undershort under baggy outer shorts.

  12. #12
    gone ride'n cyclinfool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Upstate NY
    My Bikes
    Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac
    Posts
    4,052
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a full array of Giordana. I use thier regular shorts (not Bibs) but the Knickers I have are Bibs. I prefer non-bib shorts because they are cooler.
    "Of all the things I ever lost I miss my mind the most." Mark Twain
    If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,939
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Most of us guys around this forum wear bibs.
    Has there been a poll on this? I don't go around pulling up other guy's jerseys but I'd be willing to bet the other way.

    The bottom line is whatever makes you comfortable. If you feel self-conscious in bibs or in regular bike shorts, get yourself some mountain bike shorts. Bicycling is kind of a goofy activity. No matter what you do, lycra shorts or baggy, shave your legs or don't shave, style of bike, road shoes or SPDs, there is a group of folks who are going to laugh at you so pleasing them is impossible. Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy and let it go.

  14. #14
    Senior Member DnvrFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    20,899
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Has there been a poll on this? I don't go around pulling up other guy's jerseys but I'd be willing to bet the other way.

    The bottom line is whatever makes you comfortable. If you feel self-conscious in bibs or in regular bike shorts, get yourself some mountain bike shorts. Bicycling is kind of a goofy activity. No matter what you do, lycra shorts or baggy, shave your legs or don't shave, style of bike, road shoes or SPDs, there is a group of folks who are going to laugh at you so pleasing them is impossible. Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy and let it go.
    Yes, there has been a poll -

    I found it, and I am incorrect. MOre shorts than bibs. Sorry about that. I remembered it differently.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ight=bibs+poll
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 04-22-11 at 07:07 AM.

  15. #15
    Senior Member CHAS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Silverthorne, Colorado
    My Bikes
    Rawlings Drakkar, Specialized Roubaix, Pivot, Challenge Trike, Tandem
    Posts
    636
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't worry about how you look. We become invisible at 50.
    But what is comfortable and ride.
    The women and some men that are dressed like tramps will get the attention and derision.
    Pivot 5.7
    Rawland Drakkar 650B love it with 38mm Soma tires
    2009 Specialized Roubaix Ultegra
    Santana Fusion Tandem
    2010 Specialized TriCross
    Challenge Concept Trike
    One knee scoped so far.

    Homophobia is so gay.

  16. #16
    Senior Member donheff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    Specialized Tricross Comp
    Posts
    1,247
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by gear View Post
    Switch to MBT shorts, you get the padded undershort under baggy outer shorts.
    +1 I started out with MTB shorts and still like them for shorter rides when I want to spiff things up for a stop at an upscale restaurant. If you get serious about riding you may want to switch over to standard shorts or bibs since the padding is better. By then you won't care about what others think.
    Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson

  17. #17
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,939
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Yes, there has been a poll -

    I found it, and I am incorrect. MOre shorts than bibs. Sorry about that. I remembered it differently.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ight=bibs+poll
    Yeah, but they might be lying. The only way to know for sure is the jersey pulling thing. There's also the question of whether they are wearing undies.

  18. #18
    Senior Member DnvrFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    20,899
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Yeah, but they might be lying. The only way to know for sure is the jersey pulling thing. There's also the question of whether they are wearing undies.
    Let's just leave that one uncovered, and, yes, untouched.
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 04-22-11 at 08:38 AM.

  19. #19
    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lincoln Ne
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
    Posts
    4,085
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Since I ride a recumbent, high prices attire is not necessary. T-shirts mostly obtained from club rides and sweat shorts that I buy at a local sporting goods store work just fine. BTW the sweat shorts are $15 or less on sale. For the fully kitted roadies am I stylish-------nope not at all. But at 72 I really dont really care what other people think. I am comfortable and these clothes dont cost an arm and a leg.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,939
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Since I ride a recumbent, high prices attire is not necessary. T-shirts mostly obtained from club rides and sweat shorts that I buy at a local sporting goods store work just fine. I really dont really care what other people think. I am comfortable and these clothes dont cost an arm and a leg.
    How do you carry your car keys and such?

    I ended up buying some real recumbent clothing (at arm and leg prices) because I kept dropping my car keys and cell phone. It was a great training program - for the folks riding behind me. They'd pick up the stuff that I had dropped and sprint to catch up with me to give it back.

  21. #21
    Senior Member OldsCOOL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    northern michigan
    My Bikes
    '88 Cannondale Criterium, Trek Pro Series
    Posts
    5,560
    Mentioned
    17 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Has there been a poll on this? I don't go around pulling up other guy's jerseys but I'd be willing to bet the other way.

    The bottom line is whatever makes you comfortable. If you feel self-conscious in bibs or in regular bike shorts, get yourself some mountain bike shorts. Bicycling is kind of a goofy activity. No matter what you do, lycra shorts or baggy, shave your legs or don't shave, style of bike, road shoes or SPDs, there is a group of folks who are going to laugh at you so pleasing them is impossible. Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy and let it go.
    Aint that the truth. Bibs or shorts....hmmmmmm. Do bibs come in denim? I've been wearing my blue denim baggy "painter" shorts for years. I may pop for a new, flashy neon-like jersey so I dont look totally redneck this year.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

    '85 Trek 460 road racer

    '89 Raleigh Technium PRE

    '79 Motobecane Super Mirage

  22. #22
    Senior Member az_cyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    My Bikes
    Trek Domane 4.5, Trek 1500
    Posts
    1,699
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like Pearl Izumi shorts and bibs. I bought a pair of Performance bibs last year on sale, liked them, so I bought a pair of PI Elite bibs. I think I will buy another pair in May for this summer.

    The material in more expensive shorts feels better, but the real benefit is the insert/chamios is better. That said, Performance is not a bad way to go for less expensive shorts.

    As for how you look, as you ride more, you will grow to be more concerned about the feel on the bike, not how others look at you.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    835
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Pearl Izumi "sensor" (I think) shorts are the most comfortable to me.

  24. #24
    Pat
    Pat is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    My Bikes
    litespeed, cannondale
    Posts
    2,795
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, if you are wearing lycra and you are a bit plump, there ain't no solution. But in my expience, the more expensive shorts with multiple panels, tend to hold better shape and to improve the wearer's shape.

    If that isn't enough, you could wear the more modest mountain bike shorts.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    northern Deep South
    My Bikes
    Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee
    Posts
    1,890
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by donheff View Post
    If you get serious about riding you may want to switch over to standard shorts or bibs since the padding is better. By then you won't care about what others think.
    Darn right! I'm just out there getting exercise, wearing activity-specific clothing!

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •