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    Bike shorts

    I'm trying to find a good pair of bike shorts. A lot of "padding technology" out there. Is gel better than chamios for instance? I'd like to keep under $100 if possible. Any feedback appreciated!

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    i find with bike shorts you get what you pay for. my faves for under a hundred are Castelli K.i.s.s. shorts. really quality at a reasonable price.

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    voler. I like them. Well made. Decent price. Gel shorts make me feel like I have a load of you know what in my shorts. Good Luck

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    First time I saw the Castelli logo on shorts I thought it said Castrati, not a good name for bike shorts

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    Ditch the shorts and go for bibs.
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    Also, go for a long inseam.
    Having them reach down as close to knee as possible is a comfort factor for me.
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    I actually got a couple of decent pairs at Academy recently for ~$30 each. I haven't worn them for any long rides yet, but they do just fine for 45-90 minute rides.

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    Bibs are definitely the way to go. Voler highly recommended as great value.

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    bibs definetly. pearl izumi's are nice, and can be had for $65-$100 or so.

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    Why bibs over shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonD
    Why bibs over shorts?

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    More comfortable.

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    For me bibs dont slide down below my beer belly, then reveal cleavage at back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soley
    I'm trying to find a good pair of bike shorts. A lot of "padding technology" out there. Is gel better than chamios for instance? I'd like to keep under $100 if possible. Any feedback appreciated!
    The performance Ultra bib, one of the best bibs for the price!



    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...cfm?SKU=19896#

    80 bucks.

    I personally ahve the elite shorts which work great but step it up and go for the ultras.
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    Thanks to all you bike nuts for repsonses. I can honetly say now that I am more confused than before. No, just kidding. The bid idea is a good one for the "belly issue".

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    velowear.com just started a sale on bib shorts... $10 off, so only $49.95 + shipping now. They're customer service and return policy are excellent, too. They'll pay the return postage + reshipping if you need to exchange size.

    clickety click...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Ray
    I actually got a couple of decent pairs at Academy recently for ~$30 each. I haven't worn them for any long rides yet, but they do just fine for 45-90 minute rides.
    BR
    Only long rides, metrics or centuries, reveal the quality and comfort of cycling shorts.

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    I have both Perfomance ultra Bib and Voler. I preffer voler a bit better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty
    First time I saw the Castelli logo on shorts I thought it said Castrati, not a good name for bike shorts

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    You should try ASSOS!
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    i have no trouble keeping my small microsensor 3d shorts on. i could proly go without tying em and still be fine
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    Velowear....I have a pair on right now. Shorts. I do not like bibs.

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    I have both shorts and bibs in PI's Ultrasensor. I prefer the bibs for overall comfort. Bought Pearl Izumis because they sell them at the LBS and they come sized for big guys. I still would like to try the De Marchi Contour Plus bibs.

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    Not having a seam between the butt and seat is very important. I've only tried the gel's once and had numbness issues with them just like I do with gel seats.

    Most comfortable I ever had were wool with a real leather chamois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hi565
    The performance Ultra bib, one of the best bibs for the price!



    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...cfm?SKU=19896#

    80 bucks.

    I personally ahve the elite shorts which work great but step it up and go for the ultras.
    Performance has a sale on these in their recent catalog. 129.99 for two pairs of bibs.

    Bibs are the way to go, I would never ride regular shorts again. Bibs stay up, they don't slide down. The only thing I miss about regular shorts is the ability to pull them down and hook them on the back of the seat just as you break away from a group and drop them. Nothing like sending the ultimate "moon" message as you disappear up the road. Really helps me get away. The rest of the group is laughing so much they can't get a chase organized.
    Last edited by serotta; 06-06-05 at 05:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serotta
    The only thing I miss about regular shorts is the ability to pull them down and hook them on the back of the seat just as you break away from a group and drop them. Nothing like send the ultimate "moon" message as you disappear up the road. Really helps me get away. The rest of the group is laughing so much they can't get a chase organized.


    LMAO! Never have tried that... but what a sensational idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bécane
    Only long rides, metrics or centuries, reveal the quality and comfort of cycling shorts.
    No doubt--that's why I included the caveat. That said, the cheap Academy shorts work just fine for a quick morning pre-work ride.

    BR

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