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Old 05-19-14, 10:51 AM   #1
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Are cycling shorts getting longer?

Well, I haven't bought shorts in a while. I recently tried on several pairs of shorts and bibs and found the legs to be rather long, like down to just above my kneecap. I'm short but I've never had this problem fitting cycling shorts. The gal helping me indicated that shorts have been getting longer. Anyone have a recommendation on shorts or bibs with comfortable padding that are of reasonable length? Thanks.
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Old 05-19-14, 11:13 AM   #2
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They will ride up with wear.
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As a tall slim guy: I sure hope so!
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Shorts in general have gotten longer in the last 20-30 years, which is probably a good thing, don't know about cycling shorts.
I've known of some ladies using triathlon shorts which are shorter, I assume there's a male version, but haven't checked into. They may have minimal padding or something, too.
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back in the 70's I had my GF trim my shorts and put in a new hem so they were short short. I miss those - real wool and real chamois...
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As a tall slim guy: I sure hope so!
Me too...I have to shop in the "Ichabod Crane" section of the store
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Some brands are longer than others. Garneau and Performance are 2 of the longer ones in my experience.
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Some brands are longer than others. Garneau and Performance are 2 of the longer ones in my experience.
Interesting........all the Performance shorts I tried were quite long, but the Garneau shorts I bought last year were perfect. Just wanted to try something different.
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back in the 70's I had my GF trim my shorts and put in a new hem so they were short short. I miss those - real wool and real chamois...
You probably miss that girlfriend, too, huh? She probably didn't stick around long if you were asking her to do sh*t like that! Usually you have to marry 'em first, before you can get them to do your sewing!
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Voler seems to run a bit shorter on their bibs based on the pair I own as well as online reviews. Have another pair of a different model on the way - will check those out too. Depends on your height and how you fit into the sizing spectrum; I'm on the lanky side and wear mediums but am on the maximum end of height range for that size.
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You probably miss that girlfriend, too, huh? She probably didn't stick around long if you were asking her to do sh*t like that! Usually you have to marry 'em first, before you can get them to do your sewing!
I admit that I indulge in a certain nostalgia for those days once in a while; the GF was part of a whole lifestyle, and riding was a big part of that. I'm still riding the steel steed that I built back then, and the feel of that bike brings it all roaring back, especially on winding descents. It's surely not productive to reminise on this board.
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I'm on the lanky side and wear mediums but am on the maximum end of height range for that size.
Same with me. I have a difficult time fitting cycling clothes; I'm 6'02" and weigh 160 lbs. Mediums fit great in the waist but are short, but while larges fit good length-wise they're too baggy.
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The question is, when will socks finally reach all the way up to the knee? They're halfway there now with this stupid trend.
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The question is, when will socks finally reach all the way up to the knee? They're halfway there now with this stupid trend.
Well they say cycling is the new golf so it's only a matter of time before the fashions merge.

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Shorts in general have gotten longer in the last 20-30 years, which is probably a good thing, don't know about cycling shorts.
I've known of some ladies using triathlon shorts which are shorter, I assume there's a male version, but haven't checked into. They may have minimal padding or something, too.
I use the Zoots 9". comfy, thin liner, decent leg length & waist is not too low like most tri-shorts. I'm a 38 waist and the XXL fit good.
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Garneau seem to work for me, Castelli runs a little long for my short legs. I don't know if they've gotten longer, but I do know I have trouble with shorts being too long for me.
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Shorts longer? No, it's just your legs are getting shorter....
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I hope so... The 80's NBA shorts were not a good look!
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We had an issue with Hincapie bibs being too short this season. They took them back and reissued us longer ones. Maybe you can see if they'll let you have a pair of the short shorts.
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I admit that I indulge in a certain nostalgia for those days once in a while; the GF was part of a whole lifestyle, and riding was a big part of that.
You mean like smoking pot, hallucinating, wearing bell bottoms and tie dyed t-shirts, and sandals?
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Real men trim their own shorts.
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Despite the longer shorts, the ladies still blush. I can't figure out why....
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You mean like smoking pot, hallucinating, wearing bell bottoms and tie dyed t-shirts, and sandals?
I stll wear sandles ...
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