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    need help with bike shorts

    I'm looking to buy (first time) a pair or two of bike shorts, but there seems to be so many choices, and prices, and styles...anybody have a recommendation on what I should be looking for?

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    I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi padded bike shorts 11 years ago, and I am still using them. I tried several brands of shorts before buying, and all of the others felt like diapers in comparison.

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    Pearl Izumi. Get yourself a really good, high quality pair of Pearl Izumi bike shorts. Your backside will be grateful.

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    +1 on the pearl izumi - they're spectacularly comfortable and very well-made.

    i also have a pair of rei shorts that are not nearly so nice or comfortable, but are perfectly servicable, do the job (i.e. keep my butt from getting sore) and were $12 at one of their sales. if you're not looking for something at the tip-top end right now is a good time to go looking for close-out items from last season.

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    Another vote for Pearl Izumi shorts. I also tried several cheaper ones along the way and have several of them that I avoid using. Especialy avoid gel or liquicell types they do feel like diapers and are only marginally comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoordrea
    I'm looking to buy (first time) a pair or two of bike shorts, but there seems to be so many choices, and prices, and styles...anybody have a recommendation on what I should be looking for?
    Another vote for Pearl Izumi, though I have others as well. They just seem to fit a little better.

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    As a male I prefer shorts a little tight for support. A lady endurance racer I sagged for avoided seams in the crotch area.
    This space open

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    My current favorites are Voler (nice fit, great chamois). I have a whole bunch (~10 or so, as well as a couple of there bibs). Second to the Volers are Pearl Izumi's, I have a few of them.

    Since the weather seems to be getting nice, and the season's starting it's doubtfull you will find any good deals anywhere. Buy as few as can to get you through untill late fall, then you should be able to buy a bunch (of good ones) on sale/special/clearance. Plus by then you'll know which ones are good, and which type might not work for you.

    I have some of the USACF shorts from Voler (have a big USA across the top of the back, USACF on each leg)-picked up 3 pairs on special. Should be a rather nice conversation starter for my tour.
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    Aerotech designs makes a pretty good pair as well, not as pricey as Pearl-Izumi. Not quite the quality, either, but very serviceable: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com

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    Pearl.
    I've been useing the same pearl shorts for years (I stocked up when i worked at a bike shop). One or two have died due to burst seams, but they're very solid. And mine are the cheap attack shorts.
    Really comfy too.

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    I've only had Voler's, but I can't complain about them either.

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    This is the short my wife uses...
    http://www.terrybicycles.com/detail....s&item_no=1831

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    For the money Voler is good. They have sales often. If you do not get a really effective pair, you will wonder why so many advocate their use- because you will not realize how comfortable they keep your rear after one hundred miles. For price Voler.
    Can afford better . I 'd choose either Pearl Izumi or Descente. Choose just basic shorts with cheap chamois, you will not know why so many advocate their use. Cheap shorts are just for relatively short rides.

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    Pearl Izumi shorts are good, Castelli are (IMHO) a little bit better. I find bib shorts a little more comfortable to ride in, even if they do look really stupid and make using the toilet more complicated than it has to be.

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    Descente BIBS. A good pair of bibs/shorts should have flat stiching.
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