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Old 05-14-16, 10:17 AM
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Awkward Shorts Question (for guys)

Apologies in advance for "too much information" in this post, but it is a serious question.

I've just bought my first pair of cycling shorts this week. It may just be newness and not being used to tight fitting clothing, but advice would be appreciated.

My question is - are they too small/tight if it's a struggle to pull them on over your thighs? (Also, obviously taking them off as well.)

The chamois is a nice fit on the rear end. However, it feels very tight around the crotch, although not uncomfortably tight - it was noticeable though at points whilst riding.

Looking online, the advice appears to be "the tighter the better" and they should be skintight, etc. Elsewhere, they say that you shouldn't even know the chamois is there.

I was right on the border of being size Small or Medium. I went for small, but might have to bite the bullet and buy a pair of medium just to compare and then dump the wrong ones. They weren't expensive.
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Uncomfortably tight in the crotch or just tight? It is supposed to be snug, but if you're losing feeling, then that's an issue.

Over the thighs and back down is supposed to be snug too, but if you're breaking a sweat, then you're probably in the wrong size.
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"The tighter the better" is right up there with "slam that stem" mostly macho BS. Just like any other article of clothing, you have to find what works for you. Road cycling shorts should not be baggy. They should be comfortably form fitting but not necessarily "tight" unless you are looking for a compression effect. Different models and brands fit differently. My advice is to wear some tech fabric, form fitting underwear (athletic trunk style) and try on several pair of cycling shorts at your LBSs until you find something you like. The concensus is no underwear with cycling shorts, but when trying them on in the store, please maintain a hygenic etiquette. Once you buy them, underwear or not is your business.


I've got fairly large thighs and I fall right in between large and XL in several brands. The XLs fit my thighs but leave the arse a bit loose. I find that cheap brands tend to have more fit issues than the mid to high end brands.
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fit should be snug, but not restrictive or painful.

buy a medium and compare with the small.

you need more than one pair anyway...
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You need to try a medium. I have one pair of medium bibs that I can wear on rides of 40 miles or less. I learned that I really wear a small when I rode the medium for 100 miles and created a blister I won't describe. Try both and wear what works.
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The main thing is that they're not loose or sag anywhere. This is so they don't flap in the breeze, don't snag on the saddle, and don't abrade your skin. How snug they are after that, or how much compression they provide, is a matter of preference. Different brands and models of shorts/bibs will fit differently, and depending on an individual's shape, may fit better or worse.
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Originally Posted by paul262
Apologies in advance for "too much information" in this post, but it is a serious question.

I've just bought my first pair of cycling shorts this week. It may just be newness and not being used to tight fitting clothing, but advice would be appreciated.

My question is - are they too small/tight if it's a struggle to pull them on over your thighs? (Also, obviously taking them off as well.)

The chamois is a nice fit on the rear end. However, it feels very tight around the crotch, although not uncomfortably tight - it was noticeable though at points whilst riding.

Looking online, the advice appears to be "the tighter the better" and they should be skintight, etc. Elsewhere, they say that you shouldn't even know the chamois is there.

I was right on the border of being size Small or Medium. I went for small, but might have to bite the bullet and buy a pair of medium just to compare and then dump the wrong ones. They weren't expensive.
That sounds too tight to me.
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Originally Posted by Looigi
The main thing is that they're not loose or sag anywhere. This is so they don't flap in the breeze, don't snag on the saddle, and don't abrade your skin. How snug they are after that, or how much compression they provide, is a matter of preference. Different brands and models of shorts/bibs will fit differently, and depending on an individual's shape, may fit better or worse.
Exactly, and I'd add snug enough to move with the rider as they shift on the saddle.

In any case, they should not fit like this, for a variety of obvious reasons:

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I am a medium size but wear large. DO NOT LIKE tight-tight. There is a difference in material compliance when going on/off. My Sugoi shorts, like the others, are snug but stretch differently and that is very helpful during high temperature/humidity days at comfort breaks.

A medium most likely will be more comfortable but the opening around your thighs could be a bit floppy.
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Originally Posted by chaadster
...........In any case, they should not fit like this, for a variety of obvious reasons:

Picture a Speedo instead, since that is what many "winter snowbirds from up north" wear at our Gulf beach.
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Go Medium. Also try different brands. Pearl Izumi road tights didn't fit in any size, some weird bags and lumps around some seams, but Novara from REI fit great. Then I bought a pair of MTB pants with chamois from Pearl Izumi- they fit amazing and I don't wear anything else now, even on road rides. Plus they don't look dorky when I stop at the bar during/after a ride
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If you want to have kids, they're too tight.
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Thanks for your replies.


I have taken on board the consensus view and also listened to my own common sense (think I just needed a second opinion), and ordered a set of mediums.


Will see what happens next week.
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Originally Posted by chaadster
Exactly, and I'd add snug enough to move with the rider as they shift on the saddle.

In any case, they should not fit like this, for a variety of obvious reasons:


Yeah, those do look a little loose around the knees.
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Originally Posted by Falcon3
Then I bought a pair of MTB pants with chamois from Pearl Izumi- they fit amazing and I don't wear anything else now, even on road rides. Plus they don't look dorky when I stop at the bar during/after a ride
Have a link to those? Thanks.
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Have a link to those? Thanks.
Heer ye be. Pearl Izumi Canyon Bike Shorts (For Men) - Save 33%

make sure you search for a coupon code as Sierra always runs 30% off deals. Makes Pearl affordable
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