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Old 09-28-15, 05:57 PM
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drawstring cycling shorts?

I was surfing around the internet looking at different makes of cycling shorts.
I noticed that many models from various manufacturers had a drawstring.
It seems to me that a drawstring is a chafing issue waiting to happen.
Anyone out there using these type shorts?
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I have a pair of Performance brand shorts that I've had for a while. They have a drawstring on the front inside of the waistband but I've never had any problems. Not that I need the drawstring anymore anyway...my gut seems to hold them up just fine.
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I have a few pair of older and newer shorts that have drawstrings. No issues whatsoever. I've never even noticed it was an option when I purchased them. Actually, on the older shorts, as the elastic has started to wear out, the drawstring comes in pretty handy to keep them up.

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I have a drawstring on my long cycling tights. Not a problem.
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Originally Posted by avidone1
I was surfing around the internet looking at different makes of cycling shorts.
I noticed that many models from various manufacturers had a drawstring.
It seems to me that a drawstring is a chafing issue waiting to happen.
Anyone out there using these type shorts?
Sure.

My Boure and Louis Gareneau shorts came with one. With hips bigger than my waist it doesn't do anything good (I don't tie it) or bad when wearing the shorts, although it does give me more flexibility in hanging them up for drying or storage.
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Old 09-29-15, 05:48 AM
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Jackson & Gibbons boxer style riding shorts have the drawstring, and it does not chafe at all.
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One word: Bib. Once you go bib you never go back.
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Old 09-29-15, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
One word: Bib. Once you go bib you never go back.
I never really considered bibs. Where I live in Florida the heat and humidity are real factors to consider before riding.
the thought of encapsulating my body from my knees to chest gives me hyperthermia just thinking about it
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Originally Posted by avidone1
I never really considered bibs. Where I live in Florida the heat and humidity are real factors to consider before riding.
the thought of encapsulating my body from my knees to chest gives me hyperthermia just thinking about it
They don't cover you entire body from knees to the top of your chest. And good ones actually wick away moisture. You presumably wear a top. Good bibs don't make you appreciably warmer.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
One word: Bib. Once you go bib you never go back.
Meh. While I mostly find bibs comfortable, I won't necessarily spend extra money just to have bibs. I only get them if they are part of a full kit from a shop and are being sold at a little over cost because...free advertising.
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Originally Posted by avidone1
I was surfing around the internet looking at different makes of cycling shorts.
I noticed that many models from various manufacturers had a drawstring.
It seems to me that a drawstring is a chafing issue waiting to happen.
Anyone out there using these type shorts?
Most of my shorts and long riding pants have drawstrings, no chafing issues yet.

It does make certain cellphone holders less stable than shorts/pants with belt loops though.
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My tights have drawstrings. No chafing issues, but I wear shorts or bibs under them.
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Some of my shorts have drawstrings, some don't. They all work.
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