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Old 03-25-11, 08:53 PM   #1
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Whats a good pants or shorts for me? I have a Giant Rapid 1, flat bar road bike.

Hey guys. I'm looking for some shorts or pants for my Giant Rapid 1 flat bar road bike. I don't really want to get into the spandex look, so is there a pants that is not so tight, or should I just go with a spandex type pants? Any comments or suggestions would be great. Thanks.
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Old 03-25-11, 08:58 PM   #2
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I wear mountain bike baggies. Looks like nylon shorts on the outside, on the inside it's tights with a pad.



My favorites are Canari Mountain Trail
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Old 03-25-11, 08:59 PM   #3
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Try a liner (Canari is the brand I like). Then you can wear whatever pants/shorts you want over them. 95% of my rides are that way.
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Old 03-25-11, 10:19 PM   #4
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I too wear the MTB shorts -- I bought some more yesterday. They look like baggy shorts and inside is a liner with a chamois in the crotch and spandex kind of stuff in the leg. The short completely covers the liner up. One pair I have has the liner built in... the other has a removable liner. My LBS also sells the liners separate for about $30.
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Old 03-26-11, 02:01 AM   #5
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When I'm on the mountain I wear Duluth fire hose canvas shorts & on road I wear my normal attire (usually blue jeans) and a plain non logo one of these to keep my pants away from the chain. I wear mine half calf and not at the ankle. The shorts are gusseted so I can do the splits in them without splitting my pants (yuck yuck yuck). I like the earthy-dirt brown color because they don't look dirty when I run out of talent...
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Old 03-26-11, 03:28 AM   #6
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just buy the padded spandex and wear a pair of cargo short over them if you dont want to look like your smuggleing grapes. eventually you will learn to love the spandex and not be concerned w/ the looks you get.
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Bought the fox sargent shorts a month back..so far no complaints.. It has a padded liner and the shorts on top.
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"I'm looking for some shorts or pants for my Giant Rapid 1 flat bar road bike."

Why does your bike need shorts/pants?

j/k ... seriously, if you are riding a reasonable amount just buy a couple of pairs of decent cycling shorts and try 'em. Needn't cost much.
As another poster said, if you want to cover them up with an outer short, that works too, but you'll get used to cycling shorts eventually.
They are made the way they are, and look the way they do, for good reasons.
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Old 03-28-11, 01:00 PM   #9
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I have a few pair of the house brand bibs from this company http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/ They are pretty nice for the money. I also have some other shorts from other companies. The baggie style is good if you need pockets, but I find they tend to get hung up on the saddle if you move around alot. They are also just a little less comfortable due to the extra layer of material. YMMV. Dark colors hide more.
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Old 03-28-11, 10:51 PM   #10
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I'm with you on this. I have a hybrid I ride at the moment, and don't really want to go with the spandex road bike shorts. I have just been using my mountain bike shorts and have been looking at the fox campus shorts. I feel hybrid riders are kinda in a grey area. We aren't road bike riders so I don't feel the need to dress like one, but aren't really mtb riders either.
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Hey guys. I'm looking for some shorts or pants for my Giant Rapid 1 flat bar road bike. I don't really want to get into the spandex look,...
LOL! I don't want that look either. Like many others, I often wear so-called "baggie" shorts. I don't bother with the liners though. I buy shorts with removable liners, and I remove them. I don't like the diaper feeling that I get from a chamois, and I'm good for 20 - 30 miles without a liner, which is all the distance I typically ever ride.

Sometimes I just wear a pair of hiking shorts. I have a pair that's reasonably comfortable on the bike, and that let me look a bit more "normal" if I'm planning to stop at a store or a restaurant.

I don't have a good solution yet for pants. That's an area I still need to sort out.
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It depends on why you're on your bicycle.

If you're riding for exercise, find a pair of short/bibs/whatever that has a chamois you like. Who cares what you look like if your ass feels like it's been worked over with a belt sander after 25 miles? Wear what feels best, don't worry about what you look like.

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Old 03-30-11, 05:23 AM   #13
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For summer riding I use simple surfer shorts that I found for free.
For cold weather I use simple training trousers from "reebok" that I found for free too.

Best cost/quality ratio ever!
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I like the Pearl Izumi Attack shorts. I usually wear other pants or shorts over them.
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Okay so today I had to install internet in a huge bikeshop and they just had clearance sale on a lot of their cycle clothing.
So I finally gave in to the spandex
Got myself shorts, trousers, summer jacket, long sleeve jacket, wind&rain cover jacket, gloves, cap & socks.
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Old 03-30-11, 06:51 PM   #16
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i just wear regular stretchy gym shorts and boxer briefs.. though i dont spend a lot of time in the saddle
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RaceFace MTB shorts with a removable 3D liner, Voler spandex shorts or Patagonia Gi II pants.
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