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Old 06-07-04, 01:50 PM   #1
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Well since I finally tried a pair of those sissy looking lycra shorts....and really liked them... ....I guess it's time I broke down and bought a pair or two. I've been doing some searching on the 'net but there are so many brands and models to choose from it's hard to decide. I don't want, or need, the best money can buy. I'm looking for something under 50 bucks....the cheaper the better. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions on a specific brand/model of shorts that would be good for sub 20 mile rides? What makes one model better than the next one? I see 5.8, 6, 8, 8.5oz fabrics..... I see a gajillion different kinds of "chamois". I have no idea what makes $50 shorts twice as "good" as $25 shorts. Can someone throw a brutha some help over here?
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1. Heavier material is generally better. (the real cheap shorts are just about see through )
2. It really is all about the pad. Go to your LBS and try on several models/brands and base your purchase on what feels best. You won't really know if the decision is right until you get out and ride, but should be close.
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Well since I finally tried a pair of those sissy looking lycra shorts....and really liked them... ....I guess it's time I broke down and bought a pair or two. I've been doing some searching on the 'net but there are so many brands and s to choose from it's hard to decide. I don't want, or need, the best money can buy. I'm looking for something under 50 bucks....the cheaper the better. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions on a specific brand/model of shorts that would be good for sub 20 mile rides? What makes one better than the next one? I see 5.8, 6, 8, 8.5oz fabrics..... I see a gajillion different kinds of "chamois". I have no idea what makes $50 shorts twice as "good" as $25 shorts. Can someone throw a brutha some help over here?
I've bought plenty of shorts over the years. I've settled into using the Performance house brands. The Performance Century http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=10563 is reaaly comfy on long rides, although the padding doesn't wick so they can get a bit hot. For shorter rides I like the Perfromance Classic http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=13829 .

Performance will take them back if you have a problem with them (I don't know what they do with them ) :-0
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Old 06-07-04, 03:25 PM   #4
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If you want some really rugged heavier shorts, seems like they were $49 go to Adventure Cycling site. On web..'Jackson and Gibbs brand.." supposed to last through rough wear.. Like mountain biking.
Go on a co-educational bike tour, if you think bike shorts are sissy...Sitting around the camp fire having a beer ,you will learn.....Bike shorts on males can drive certain women cyclists crazy.
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Old 06-07-04, 05:59 PM   #6
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1. Heavier material is generally better. (the real cheap shorts are just about see through )
2. It really is all about the pad. Go to your LBS and try on several models/brands and base your purchase on what feels best. You won't really know if the decision is right until you get out and ride, but should be close.
And, look for lycra content. The higher the lycra content the more stretchy and comfortable the shorts will be, without bagging and wrinkling.

I agree about the pad; they do differ as to heat, individual "butt-fitt" and placement. I have one pair with a one-piece chamois, and it it nice for a while, but it is a little too wide where it fits right between my thighs at the crotch and so I use it for shorter rides. I have 2 pair of shorts with chamois with "baseball" seams; one pair that is the larger of the two is really nice to sit on, but the shorts are a little too loose and shift around too much and get caught on the horn of my saddle at times; the other pair, the smaller, fits nice and everything stays put BUT the dang seam sometimes is directly under my right sit-bone--ouch!

I like the Fox shorts I have and my Pearl Isumis are nice too. The styles I have are all under $50.

My husband has some Performance Century (I think) shorts that he likes alot. I think the matierial is a good weight and it's not so obnoxious-shiny like some bicycle shorts. They are eight panel and fit very nicely and wash up well. The only complaint I have about the Performance shorts I have seen is that they use elastic that is too narrow for the waist band. A little wider would be more comfortable, especially if you have any weight around the waist.
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Old 06-07-04, 06:58 PM   #7
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I'm not so happy with my last Performance shorts--about $40, and after four wearings the stitching is coming out. They are headed for the return mail. In the meantime, I have no bib shorts. My PI shorts are ok, but I'd rather wear bibs.

The other day I ordered a couple pair of Santini CX Professional bib shorts from bicyclinghub.com--two pair for $109. I'll try to remember to post my opinion of them after a few rides.
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The only shorts I own are Performance century shorts - but be warned... There are (at least) two different designs sold under that name, and I find one to be much more comfortable than the other... Here are the two styles in "colorblock" form, which will help you see the difference in seam placement:
Type one: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=10560
Type two: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=18166

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Old 06-07-04, 09:03 PM   #9
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i just bought my first pair of shorts. they are made by louis garneau. so far im finding them to be quite comfy. i paid $43CDN for them.

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Old 06-08-04, 07:35 AM   #10
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Voler is having a sale on bibs - $44.95 and they come in a choice of eight colors.
http://www.velowear.com/store/prodin...item=2&mitem=2

If you aren't ready for the "total comfort" of bibs, they also have shorts.
http://www.velowear.com/store/products.asp?dept=1019
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MEC has many that are very economical, I wear these ones:
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1086702221585

Oh prices are in Canadian, the link to all the shorts is here
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If you can wear the sizes they have these Etxe Ondo shorts are a great
deal. They are cut REALLY small, Talk to Doug about sizing.

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Well thanks for the replies. Still having a tough time deciding which is the best value. Too many to choose from.
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DBX branded at Dick's Sporting Goods. Found them on sale buy 1 get 1 free. That's $15.00 per pair. Have 6 pairs for going on a year, wash them once a week and they are holding up fine. One out of the 6 pairs has faded more than the other 5 for some reason, only noticeable when you hold them next to each other so I feel as though they were a great deal. Not the best chamois in the world but very functional. Still have another 50 pounds or so to loose so doesn't make sense to buy stuff that isn't going to fit me the rest of the year.
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Just ordered a pair of Voler "Training" shorts from velowear. They were only about $35 total, so not much wasted if I don't like them. Thanks for all the input!!
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Well since I finally tried a pair of those sissy looking lycra shorts....and really liked them... ....I guess it's time I broke down and bought a pair or two. I've been doing some searching on the 'net but there are so many brands and models to choose from it's hard to decide. I don't want, or need, the best money can buy. I'm looking for something under 50 bucks....the cheaper the better. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions on a specific brand/model of shorts that would be good for sub 20 mile rides? What makes one model better than the next one? I see 5.8, 6, 8, 8.5oz fabrics..... I see a gajillion different kinds of "chamois". I have no idea what makes $50 shorts twice as "good" as $25 shorts. Can someone throw a brutha some help over here?
I just ordered my first pair ever from nashbar, their "saturday" shorts. Having never tried any other kinds I have nothing to compare to, but I've found them EXTREMELY comfortable. First time I tried them I rode 68 miles and was very glad I had them. I got them a few weeks ago with the 10% nashbar coupon and they came to only $22. For 22 dollars, you can't hardly go wrong.
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Dragracer...Good choice.Ihave a pair of Voler team shorts..Sounds like you got them on sale..For the money, the chamois is excellant. Can harldy tell the difference between those and PI Attack shorts. So many think PI is a great buy.
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Just ordered a pair of Voler "Training" shorts from velowear. They were only about $35 total, so not much wasted if I don't like them. Thanks for all the input!!
Voler (www.velowear.com) has a great return/exchange policy if you aren't satisfied.
If you sign up for their monthly email you get reduced prices on their featured items.
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......If you sign up for their monthly email you get reduced prices on their featured items.
Yeah I tried to do that but it said my email address was already signed up. I think I used to get the email specials but I "opted out" of it. So I wonder if there's a way to opt back in? LOL
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