Well, I've been biking quite a bit after finally purchasing a bike, and it's time for more shorts so my one pair isn't being washed nightly. I'm not into the spandex+jersey look, and have enjoyed my Bellwether black hidden shorts quite a bit since they look good with a t-shirt. Anyway, I would love for you to share your opinions on what hidden shorts you feel are best, and why. Is Bellwether a good brand in the long run?
Shorts is shorts - I've been known to ride 40+ miles in walking shorts or cutoff bluejeans. I've got some Nashbar Tahoe baggies that I like, but I haven't had them long enough to speak to their ruggedness.
Despite the fact I am not particularly fond of Cannondale bikes, I LOVE their clothes... very top quality and comfortable. I have had a pair of cheap lycra C-dale shorts for 2 years now, and after hundreds of washes, and drying in the dryer, they still look brand new.
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I have a few of those Bellwether shorts that I got for $10 a pair in a closeout sale at my FBS. I think they're okay for a couple of hours but I don't think they're especially all that comfortable. I have a bunch of Sugois that are much better and can ride all day with those but they're of course pricier.
I guess the follow-up question is:
Where do you find the best prices on bike attire? I prefer non-used
If you're anywhere near a Galyans store, they usually have decent prices on Cannondale apparel... otherwise typically see what you can find at your local bike shop. I think Oakley makes some nice baggy shorts too.
I mainly ride to commute to school (11 miles each way, 2-4 times a week) and run errands (no training, group riding or racing), thus I wasn't really into the lycra look at the supermarket. I bought a few pairs of cheaper Performance chamois (beginners budget) and wear surf trunks over them (Quicksilver, Volcom, even patagonia makes them now). Then I don't have to wash the trunks everytime I wash the chamois.