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Old 06-02-13, 10:05 AM   #1
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Reason for elastic hems in bike shorts' legs?

Does anyone know why bike shorts have elastic at the hems(?) of the legs?
Is there an advantage to constricting/compressing the thighs?
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Old 06-02-13, 10:17 AM   #2
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Keeps the shorts from riding up while riding. As for compression, there are multiple benefits for biking. Tight fitting lycra wicks moisture away from the skin, reducing chaffing and that nasty clammy feeling you might get wearing cotton shorts and underwear while biking. Some also claim the compression itself improves athletic performance, though I have read some articles that dispute that claim.
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Old 06-02-13, 10:31 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the grippy rubber elastic on the inside of the hem? That's so they don't ride up like MRT said.
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Old 06-02-13, 10:43 AM   #4
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There are shorts/bibs without them. They have a long sleeve/cuff that keeps the bottom of the leg straight. Some Hincapie bibs are made like this as are a few others. The thing is, without gripper strips, I find I can't keep gels tucked under the cuff of the leg without the risk of losing them.
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Old 06-02-13, 09:04 PM   #5
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Old 06-02-13, 09:22 PM   #6
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My team kit is Hincapie. I have been really pleased with it, especially the no-gripper shorts.
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I can't keep gels tucked under the cuff of the leg
Blech, 100 degree gels.
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Blech, 100 degree gels.
I hate to think what would happen if the bag tears....YIKES!
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Old 06-03-13, 11:10 AM   #9
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Blech, 100 degree gels.
How much cooler do you think it would be in a jersey pocket?
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they hold the knee/leg warmers in place
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Old 06-04-13, 07:10 PM   #12
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Old 06-04-13, 07:12 PM   #13
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Here I thought it was to prevent wasps from flying up your shorts...
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Old 06-04-13, 07:28 PM   #14
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Here I thought it was to prevent wasps from flying up your shorts...


that's as good a reason as any IYAM.
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It keeps things from falling out the bottom.
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There are shorts/bibs without them. They have a long sleeve/cuff that keeps the bottom of the leg straight. Some Hincapie bibs are made like this as are a few others. The thing is, without gripper strips, I find I can't keep gels tucked under the cuff of the leg without the risk of losing them.
You're not tucking them up far enough; the chamois helps keep them in place.
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Wind resistance.....that little bit of flapping will take 3 seconds off your 100 mile times.......
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