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Old 01-29-11, 09:14 PM   #1
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Help! Where to find good touring shorts w/short inseam?

I've been having a hard time finding a source for good touring-style shorts (double layer, with inside biking short/pad and outside overshort) with a short inseam. Most of what I've found have 8-10" inseams, which look ridiculous on me.

I have a pair of older REI Novara shorts that I absolutely love, with about a 5-6" inseam. Unfortunately, I only bought one pair at the time and they no longer make them.

I do also ride in regular Lycra spandex shorts, but when touring I prefer the look and style of a double short, both to have pockets for off the bike and so I don't look like I dropped in from outer space when I'm in a small-town diner or visiting a European cathedral.

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-30-11, 06:14 AM   #2
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Take a look at a pair of J & G cycle wear touring shorts
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Old 01-30-11, 08:05 AM   #3
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Thanks. I looked at J&G, but their touring shorts are single-layer. Ideally I'd like a double-layer one with an inner short and a baggy outer short.

I'll keep the J&G ones in mind... anyone out there have first-hand experience with them for touring?
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Old 01-30-11, 12:03 PM   #4
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I don't bother with double-layer shorts these days. To me, they just seem like a waste of money since the chamois, at least in the ones I've owned, is always low-quality. I normally wear lycra shorts when I ride. If I need something that looks more "normal", I wear a pair of regular shorts over the lycra ones. I favor shorts with a long inseam, so they typically cover the lycra shorts completely. On tour, I wear the lycra shorts while riding then pull the regular shorts over the top if I'm going to be stopped for more than a few minutes, need pockets, etc.
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