Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-02-07, 09:20 PM   #1
tec_41
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 23
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Shorts.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fox-cycling-shor...QQcmdZViewItem

Is there anything I need to know about biking shorts? I'm 5'11, 155lbs and usually wear a 33 waist with a belt. Do biking shorts fit the same as regular old pants or are they generally tighter/looser?
tec_41 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-07, 09:28 PM   #2
Blue Jays
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: United States
Bikes: roadbikes and full-suspension mountainbikes
Posts: 1,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Absolutely, positively go for bib shorts as compared to regular cycling shorts. Price is nearly the same while fit, comfort, coverage, and style is far superior with the bib-style cycling shorts. Length should be nearly to your knee while fit should be firm and supportive. They're constructed of lycra, so I'm sure you understand the fit will be tighter than street pants...unless you specifically go for the baggy cargo-style variety like the ones you have hyperlinked which might have a form-fitting liner underneath. If you haven't owned any style of cycling shorts before, your first purchase should probably be at a LBS so you can try them on.
Blue Jays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-07, 11:54 PM   #3
ZeCanon
Writin' stuff
 
ZeCanon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A nice pair of shorts is worth every penny, trust me.
Agreed about bibs, but they should NOT be nearly to your knee, unless you have midgit femurs. I have noticed that most lower-end shorts are longer though, I suppose because Americans don't like spandex in the first place, so making it short would be even worse. But take a look at any set of race cut shorts and you'll see they come about 3/4 of the way down your thigh.
My race shorts: (yes I know, road bike, but I wear the same kind during mtb races and rides)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg shorts.jpg (57.7 KB, 29 views)

Last edited by ZeCanon; 04-03-07 at 12:02 AM.
ZeCanon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 10:28 AM   #4
apclassic9
Caustic Soccer Mom
 
apclassic9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Millstone WV
Bikes:
Posts: 1,760
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Something to think about before purchasing baggy cycle shorts - what kind of riding do you do? If you're riding where there is a lot of brush, bushes, shrubs/trees - think about your trails, and whether the baggy shorts will get caught by a branch & yank you off your bike.
__________________
As with mud, life, too, slides by.
apclassic9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 10:52 AM   #5
mx_599
Lost in the Black Hills
 
mx_599's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,725
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by apclassic9
Something to think about before purchasing baggy cycle shorts - what kind of riding do you do? If you're riding where there is a lot of brush, bushes, shrubs/trees - think about your trails, and whether the baggy shorts will get caught by a branch & yank you off your bike.
i don't think you'll get ripped off your bike...unless the vines are alive and grabbing you. if anything, i would hate to have lycra getting a bunch of catches in the material
mx_599 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 11:23 AM   #6
ZeCanon
Writin' stuff
 
ZeCanon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
agreed. Honestly, baggy shorts are just annoying though. They catch wind and rarely come with a nice chamois. Get over your fear of spandex get a pair of nice bibs.
ZeCanon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 11:30 AM   #7
ZeCanon
Writin' stuff
 
ZeCanon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You mean the baggies w/out a chamois? That's completely different.. my major issue with baggies are the ***** chamois, no matter how expensive they are. Honestly I haven't worn or shopped for baggies in over 2 years though, so I'm not up to date on the latest and greatest in that particular type of short
ZeCanon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 05:56 PM   #8
Bike Lover
Should be riding
 
Bike Lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: S.E. Michigan
Bikes: C-dale- moutain, Pedal Force RS- Campy Record, Quiring Ti XTR, Red line Monocog, S E F@r
Posts: 1,602
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You can get any almost any type of chamois in baggies now a days.

http://storesense4.megawebservers.co...Big/Detail.bok

These have the "airstream" chamois. If you follow the link to the LG explaination, it claims to be its highest "tech" chamois.

They really haven't forgotten about the baggy MTB people.
Bike Lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 07:41 PM   #9
MattP.
Obeying Gravity
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Bellingham, WA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,962
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Used lycra shorts, uhh, none for me please!
MattP. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-07, 08:40 PM   #10
alumrock12
the sun never sets on me
 
alumrock12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: the bAy
Bikes: 853 Hardtail
Posts: 581
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
spn.jpg

spandex for the win! show off those white thights. plus you can work on your tan
alumrock12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-07, 05:29 PM   #11
Czar of Dirt
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
I wish most baggy shorts manufacturers would start making a couple different lengths of their shorts. It's no fun to be 5' 8" tall and have most currently on the market baggy shorts go 3/4 the way down ya' legs....
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:17 AM.