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Old 08-27-06, 10:36 PM   #1
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What's so special about "Mountain Shorts?"

I noticed that mountain bike shorts are often pricey, and tend to come with a inner spandex-type layer coupled to an outer more traditional loose-short outer layer.

I'm assuming that the outer layer is just to prevent you from ripping the spandex with a thorn or branch, but I'm not sure. Anything wrong with just riding out with regular compression biker shorts?
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Old 08-27-06, 10:47 PM   #2
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nope nothing wrong with it at all i wear my oakley shorts cause i dont wanna be seen in lycra
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Old 08-27-06, 10:48 PM   #3
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Anything wrong with just riding out with regular compression biker shorts?
No problem, it's whatever you're comfortable with (as long as it doesn't violate any decency laws).
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Old 08-27-06, 10:51 PM   #4
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Most racers wear spandex shorts. I wear them even for just normal rides, i have a pair of nike cycling shorts with the spandex on the inside and the short on the outside and i don't find it nearly as comfortable as normal biking shorts.
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Old 08-28-06, 01:25 AM   #5
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Spandex!! Woo Hoo! Yayuh!!

(.........oh, I typed that outloud again, didn't I? )
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pfft.. who wears racing shorts? i just put on my red speedo and riiiiiiiide cuz it's getting hot in herrre
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Old 08-28-06, 03:03 AM   #7
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nope nothing wrong with it at all i wear my oakley shorts cause i dont wanna be seen in lycra
You should try it. After a while you get fast enough to outpace the groupies that want to touch your backside and ask silly questions (is it true you don't wear anything underneath?).
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I'm assuming that the outer layer is just to prevent you from ripping the spandex with a thorn or branch, but I'm not sure. Anything wrong with just riding out with regular compression biker shorts?
The cheapo ones will get hung up on your saddle and they all will get trashed quickly.
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Old 08-28-06, 11:59 AM   #9
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The rise is also shorter so the crotch doesn't get caught on the seat as you move back and forth on the bike
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I wear cannondale baggy shorts. Light but durable. Of course I got the spandex under
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Tried baggies - several kinds. Every one would snag on the seat as I moved around. Went back to regular shorts. Yeah, they look stupid, but they work. That's all that matters.
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Old 08-28-06, 09:24 PM   #12
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Spandex!! Woo Hoo! Yayuh!!

(.........oh, I typed that outloud again, didn't I? )

Actually ... it's Lycra. Just remember that some men are comfortable on naked beeches. Lets keep things in perspective.
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Old 08-28-06, 10:07 PM   #13
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Tried baggies - several kinds. Every one would snag on the seat as I moved around. Went back to regular shorts. Yeah, they look stupid, but they work. That's all that matters.
They only look stupid to the general public, riders will think you are stupid if you show up to a race without them.
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Whatever is right to you, is right. The only rule for bike shorts is don't buy used...
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I'm currently enjoying my new 35 dollar pair of Trek shorts. To me they feel more comfortable than my hundred dollar Pearl Izumi's.
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You should try it. After a while you get fast enough to outpace the groupies that want to touch your backside and ask silly questions (is it true you don't wear anything underneath?).
but i ride downhill and am already faster than them.
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In that case you can upgrade to white lycra shorts
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well i know that lycra cycling shorts have improved my cycling, you wont feel annoyed that your pants will ever get stuck on the saddles head and although people whom are not cycling will see you as a weird guy but I usually just ignore them because I know that i can beat them in cycling anyday .
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You should try it. After a while you get fast enough to outpace the groupies that want to touch your backside and ask silly questions (is it true you don't wear anything underneath?).
At my age, I slow down hoping the groupies will catch me.
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I got my first pair of mountain shorts the other day. I double checked the sizing chart, but was totally surprised when I first tried them on. I wasn't ready for how tight they wear. I usually where cargo shorts everywhere and am not used to tight fitting things. But, the padding is where I need it being a beginner and all.
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well when you first wear your first lycra shorts, you will feel weird because its sort off sticking to your body, i remember mine, i got stomach ache the very next day. After that its all ok. I cannot cycling without my cycling shorts anymore. And I go faster too, lol!
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Old 08-30-06, 09:16 AM   #23
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I don't mind being seen in lycra. Hockey players wear special padding for their sport don't they?
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My shorts are Canari. Look pretty durable, but I haven't really put them to the test yet.
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i either wear a traditional pair of riding shorts under a pair of Kirra board shorts, or I wear my louis garneau baggys, they're both great
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