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Old 12-28-10, 10:58 PM   #1
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What Cycling Shorts?

My wife and I have been enjoying our new road bikes and have been using them everyday since Christmas. However, as of yesterday, my seat bones or whatever you call 'em are pretty sore. I wear a cheapo Canari gel liner which I got at REI underneath some regular shorts and I think that's part of the problem. I've been researching on some cycling shorts, but a lot of them are really expensive... especially if you buy 2 or 3 to avoid having to wash them everyday? What do you guys use? Does anybody know of a decent inexpensive pair of shorts?
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I buy my shorts from Love2pedal . I'm happy with the quality and their service is fast.
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Giordana. Have 3 pairs and although I am not convinced that they will help the sit bones-That sounds like a saddle fit- They are a mid price pair of shorts and are comfortable.
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These guys (www.voler.com) have excellent shorts, jerseys, etc and the price is right. I've been buying from them since 2003.
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The 70 dollar Pearl Izumi bibs(available numerous places) are a good value for comfy shorts IMO.
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I wear shorts from www.aerotechdesigns.com. I picked up three pair of their mid-priced store-brand shorts for about $125 about a year ago. These have been great for rides up to 2-3 hours, but I have a pair of Giordana bibs that I use for 100K and Centuries. The hotter it is the more the chamois moves around with shorts - not so with bibs.
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Avoid gel shorts. As far as your sore bums are concerned, it is a matter of time before they get used to the saddle. the shorts help a little bit, but saddle time is the only cure....of course proper fit is a given.

When it comes to shorts, I have used love2pedal and have used their bibshorts on centuries without any issues. There is also aerotechdesigns, which I have also used. If you are on a budget, these can't be beat. I have also used Giordana, Santini and Nalini...a little bit more money but they are very plush, if you can spare the budget, I highly recommend them. I rotate through them and the comfort level is more or less the same for long rides and in my experience varies only in terms of the hand of the fabric.
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I buy my shorts from Love2pedal . I'm happy with the quality and their service is fast.
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I checked out the website and they've got the Ascent bike shorts as well as the Falconi Vicino which are both under $30 and they have a 30 day test ride guarantee. Are these the shorts you use? If so, how do you like them? If not, which ones do you have?
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I wear shorts from www.aerotechdesigns.com. I picked up three pair of their mid-priced store-brand shorts for about $125 about a year ago. These have been great for rides up to 2-3 hours, but I have a pair of Giordana bibs that I use for 100K and Centuries. The hotter it is the more the chamois moves around with shorts - not so with bibs.
I just hopped on the website and they have the classic padded shorts for under $30 and they look pretty decent. Are these the ones you ride with? How are they?
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... I've been researching on some cycling shorts, but a lot of them are really expensive...
Proper riding shorts can help somewhat with saddle discomfort (though they are not a complete cure).
The higher-priced shorts generally do fit and work better, but how much the difference is worth paying for depends on who you're asking.

I would suggest buying the shorts one at a time. Buy a fairly-expensive pair first, then a fairly-cheap pair, to see [feel] the difference.
That way if any particular brand doesn't work out for you, you won't waste money on more than one.



Also, you wear them without underwear.
That is normal, that is the way they are intended to be worn, and that's how they work best.
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I also use Aerotech, bibs only. Never had an issue with them.
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I will say that whatever you buy you should look at bibs instead of shorts. They make all the difference in the world, and once you buy a pair you'll never look at shorts again. Just my experience.
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Hah! I only wear padded shorts when all my unpadded ones are dirty. But then, my bikes don't have saddles, either...
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Also, you wear them without underwear.
That is normal, that is the way they are intended to be worn, and that's how they work best.
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Funny you mentioned that, because when I first got my gel liners, I first wore them with underwear... let's just say, they were extremely uncomfortable with boxers. After that, I tried them without underwear and I knew right then, that that was how you were supposed to wear them.
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Hah! I only wear padded shorts when all my unpadded ones are dirty. But then, my bikes don't have saddles, either...
Your bikes don't have saddles?
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My wife and I have been enjoying our new road bikes and have been using them everyday since Christmas. However, as of yesterday, my seat bones or whatever you call 'em are pretty sore. I wear a cheapo Canari gel liner which I got at REI underneath some regular shorts and I think that's part of the problem. I've been researching on some cycling shorts, but a lot of them are really expensive... especially if you buy 2 or 3 to avoid having to wash them everyday? What do you guys use? Does anybody know of a decent inexpensive pair of shorts?

I buy my shorts wherever I can find my size (and cheaply!) I have one pair of castelli and 3 or 4 pair of Sugoi, but the pair I like the most for the price are my Jannds http://www.jandd.com/search_results....el=2&subcat=15
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I have 3 treasured pairs of Kucharek Helenca shorts, a fabric that offers a good comfortable fit
without all that lycra elastomer thread in spandex, but they stopped making them , Lycra sells better.
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Not sure if these are in your budget, but I like descent and pearl Izumi, my favorites are not considered budget, these are assos and gore bike wear. I prefer bibs also.
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It seems like a lot of people prefer bibs... are these a lot more comfy or something?
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It seems like a lot of people prefer bibs... are these a lot more comfy or something?
They stay in place a lot better. They won't sag like shorts do, which gives some loose fabric under your grundle to catch on the nose of the saddle when you sit back down. They don't have a waistband to dig into your skin, and they won't show any plumber's crack.

For men, the straps aren't a problem, but women can find them uncomfortable. Bibs with straps arranged for women are a little harder to find, but they're out there.

Speaking of plumber's crack, cycling tops -- jerseys, jackets, etc -- have a drop tail so they don't ride up on the back like regular-cut shirts and jackets.
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I checked out the website and they've got the Ascent bike shorts as well as the Falconi Vicino which are both under $30 and they have a 30 day test ride guarantee. Are these the shorts you use? If so, how do you like them? If not, which ones do you have?
I have the Ascents. I do like them and the seat pad in them help my sit bones. I've had them for year and a half now, they're holding up great are worth the money!

Nowadays I ride around the neighborhood and stop at restaurants so I wear the Ascents under cargo shorts, so I can fit in with the crowd and they are way better than just bicycling with regular underclothes!
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Sugoi RS bibs has turned 125 miles of saddle sores into an enjoyable ride. Stitching, fit, pad, leg grippers - all top notch as well
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I buy Canterbury 100% cotton shorts. Never stink even if only washed once a week. Get a larger size so you have room for leg movement. Your bum will be sore the first couple of rides but after that nothing. $35 pair but cheaper on ebay.
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Do make sure your saddle height is right and the saddle angle is proper. Make small adjustments between rides to see how the changes feel.

Buy 2 pairs of shorts, different brands/style. The start of picking out your favorite brand/style. All you really need to do is rinse the sweat out in the sink and air dry after each ride, alternating shorts. Then do a full wash about every week or two.
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check longscycle.com I have a couple of bib shorts I got there on sale about 8 months ago for around $30 each. They are really good (no name brand on them)

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