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Old 03-30-13, 11:23 AM   #1
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What brands make short inseam bike shorts?

I am specifically looking for a pair of SHORT mens bike shorts. When I look at the modeled pictures of a lot of shorts and bibs it seems like they go nearly all the way to the knee. I am looking for shorts similar to the style that they wore back in the 70's like this:

http://intotheorchard.com/2012/06/23...man-half-bike/

If you scroll down to the second picture you'll see that his shorts stop way above the knee (I would guess a good 5 or 6 inches).

Are there any brands making shorts in this style today?

I did see a pair of the "molteni" replica shorts on vintagevelos.com, but they don't list the inseam length and their other shorts seem to be the longer style that I don't want, so i'm not sure how true they are to the style that Eddy wore.

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Old 03-30-13, 11:54 AM   #2
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The Pearl Izumi "TRI Shorts" have a shorter 6.5 inch inseam which I too like. Know that being TRI shorts, there is less padding in the seat areas which also works fine for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-Se...rl+Izumi+-+Tri
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Old 03-30-13, 01:03 PM   #3
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Pearl Izumi makes them, they are called "sugar shorts"

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Old 03-30-13, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input, unfortunately I feel that those shorts are still too long for my liking. Look at the difference between how far those come down versus how far these 2 rider's shorts come down:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationa...ef/3678494036/

I'm not sure why something like that seems so difficult to find. They look better and for me would be much more comfortable. It seems like cycling went the same way as basketball: Shorter shorts back in the day, but now favoring the longer style.
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Old 03-30-13, 01:49 PM   #5
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My last post is referring to the tri-shorts. Didn't see the "Sugar" shorts post yet. Thanks
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Old 03-30-13, 01:51 PM   #6
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Lol those sugar shorts are for women. No thanks.
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The shorts being longer help with muscle fatigue, as they help hold the muscles in place. There are true compression shorts that do an even better job of this, but even regular shorts help with this. Wearing booty shorts is the province of triathaletes and (some)women, so you are pretty much stuck with that.
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The shorts being longer help with muscle fatigue, as they help hold the muscles in place. There are true compression shorts that do an even better job of this, but even regular shorts help with this. Wearing booty shorts is the province of triathaletes and (some)women, so you are pretty much stuck with that.

there must be a better explanation than "they help hold the muscles in place" during physical activity.
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"Booty Shorts"
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Cycling shorts have gotten long, haven't they? I'm not a fan of the trend either, but I've adapted, given the lack of options.
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Lol those sugar shorts are for women. No thanks.
Well... yeah.
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Lol those sugar shorts are for women. No thanks.
take this as a hint.
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Long bibs ruin my tan for the beach. Can't have that.
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Are these short enough?
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I thing op is looking for something like this:

Here is one on ebay for sale:
http://compare.ebay.com/like/2309514...Types&var=sbar
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You can have fun looking ridiculous in your knee length shorts and looking even more ridiculous when you wear regular shorts that reveal your tan lines. I'll browse around, i'm sure i'll find something.
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you must be really old.
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You can have fun looking ridiculous in your knee length shorts and looking even more ridiculous when you wear regular shorts that reveal your tan lines. I'll browse around, i'm sure i'll find something.
My regular shorts aren't 6-8" above the knee, they're about the same length as cycling bibs/shorts.
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You can have fun looking ridiculous in your knee length shorts and looking even more ridiculous when you wear regular shorts that reveal your tan lines. I'll browse around, i'm sure i'll find something.
Maybe you just need new 'regular' shorts?
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I only wear bibs, but the inseam on my Castelli bibs is shorter than any other brand I own.
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Ah, the good old days. On a serious note, if your objection is the shorts that go all the way to the knee, the racier brands tend to have a shorter inseam.


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It is not just cycling shorts. All men's shorts are now nearly shants! Look at tennis, basketball, non-speedo swimsuits. Even regular shorts are now what we used to call Bermuda shorts! (and yes, I AM old).
Nashbar and Performance list the inseam lengths in some of their advertising.
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I have some desoto tri shorts that have a short inseam, and if you want to go crazy kiwami makes a swim brief with a cycling pad.
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Lol those sugar shorts are for women. No thanks.
Try being a woman and liking the longer length. Just as much of a PITA to find shorts.

You could always spend a little time outside doing something other than cycling, in shorter shorts, you know, to blur those tan lines. Or learn to use makeup -- it's not hard to do some basic evening out, at least on shaved legs.
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