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.
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.