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Old 04-09-17, 09:54 AM
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Women's Padded Shorts

I am training for a century and I need to invest in some good padded shorts. Any good recommendations on comfortable padded shorts that I can wear for 100 miles? Thanks!
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Shorts are very personal, what works for one person may not for another. I've had great success with Castelli (but they are pricey), and Pearl Izumi (cheaper than Castelli, but the padding breaks down faster).

Make sure EVERYTHING you wear on your first century is broken in and you know how it will perform. Last thing you want to be doing is a 100mile experiment that isn't working out, or is chafing, etc.
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I agree: shorts are a very personal preference! Case in point: my current favorite shorts are marketed as entry-level shorts for casual and low-mileage riders. I rode a century in them without a problem, and ride quite a few miles.

Do you currently have any padded shorts? If so, it's worth taking them on longer rides to see if there are any issues. If not, it might help to find something of decent quality (but not overly expensive) to test out and determine what works. Worst case, you end up with a few pairs of shorts - never a bad thing!
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Wife has done a few centuries on her single and on our tandem. A bit pricey but Terry shorts for women are great!

Could pay $80 or more. Crazy to some people but if you plan to ride several 50 milers to 100, well well worth it!

She is a bit round on her hiney and the shorts are cut high at the lower back so no plumber problems.
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If you live near a major cycling city, there is a good chance that one or more better bike shops have changing rooms and you can go and try them on. Once you know what brands work for you, you can buy online with far more confidence. Great rides are always done of shorts that fit. (Sadly, wearing shorts that fit doesn't guarantee the ride will be great but wearing shorts that don't does guarantee a less than optimal experience.)

You might go on-line and see if Terry's are sold at a shop in your area.

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Go to your local shops and try several on.

You want something that is comfortable when you're standing there ... and comfortable when you squat, sit, and sit straddling the chair in the change room. Also move your legs up and down in a pedalling motion.

Check the padding. It should be wide enough to cover your sitbones and not too wide in front.


If you do all that, and don't feel like ripping them off and throwing them in a corner ... you might be onto a winner!

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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
If you live near a major cycling city, there is a good chance that one or more better bike shops have changing rooms and you can go and try them on. Once you know what brands work for you, you can buy online with far more confidence. .......
I don't think it's ethical to use (abuse?) local shops as free, unpaid showrooms for online purchases. But, maybe I'm out of touch with current prevailing thinking.

IMO if you're using a shop to take advantage of the ability to check fit, it's only right to favor them with your purchase if you find one you like. After that, if you need more, it's a new deal and you can buy wherever you prefer.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I don't think it's ethical to use (abuse?) local shops as free, unpaid showrooms for online purchases. But, maybe I'm out of touch with current prevailing thinking.

IMO if you're using a shop to take advantage of the ability to check fit, it's only right to favor them with your purchase if you find one you like. After that, if you need more, it's a new deal and you can buy wherever you prefer.
+1


Precisely what I've done with my most recent purchases of shorts.

I found them in one of the better LBSs in the Hobart area, and purchased 2 pair ... cleaned them out of stock. They have told me they may be getting more and will let me know, but so far I haven't heard from them. And just the other day, I discovered an online source for these shorts. I am very tempted to go that route for my next pair or two.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I don't think it's ethical to use (abuse?) local shops as free, unpaid showrooms for online purchases. But, maybe I'm out of touch with current prevailing thinking.

IMO if you're using a shop to take advantage of the ability to check fit, it's only right to favor them with your purchase if you find one you like. After that, if you need more, it's a new deal and you can buy wherever you prefer.
Agree 100%. I buy both online and retail but I never combine the two for a particular purchase.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I don't think it's ethical to use (abuse?) local shops as free, unpaid showrooms for online purchases. But, maybe I'm out of touch with current prevailing thinking.

IMO if you're using a shop to take advantage of the ability to check fit, it's only right to favor them with your purchase if you find one you like. After that, if you need more, it's a new deal and you can buy wherever you prefer.
FB, I am the one who is out of touch. It never crossed my mind that one does not buy the garment that fits from that shop. Just, in the future, I would consider going on line. That said, I own zero items of cycling clothing bought on-line.

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Originally Posted by CatchMeRidin View Post
I am training for a century and I need to invest in some good padded shorts. Any good recommendations on comfortable padded shorts that I can wear for 100 miles? Thanks!
Are you using shorts now? Shorts, and especially the chamois inside is a matter of personal preference. My wife has several pair of shorts. Interestingly, the most recent additions were both bought site unseen. Last year, I picked up some Bontrager shorts on clearance for $20 from a bike shop and had them shipped to us. This year, I got her some Cannondale brand shorts, also on clearance from Nashbar. She seems to like both, though I think the longest rides she has done lately is maybe 4 hours.

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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I don't think it's ethical to use (abuse?) local shops as free, unpaid showrooms for online purchases. But, maybe I'm out of touch with current prevailing thinking.

IMO if you're using a shop to take advantage of the ability to check fit, it's only right to favor them with your purchase if you find one you like. After that, if you need more, it's a new deal and you can buy wherever you prefer.
I'd imagine the advice was more meant as buy your first pair in the shop. Once you know what brands/styles/sizes you prefer, in the future you can buy online with far more confidence.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
FB, I am the one who is out of touch. It never crossed my mind that one does not buy the garment that fits from that shop. Just, in the future, I would consider going on line. That said, I own zero items of cycling clothing bought on-line.

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You are out of touch, but in a good way.

My post wasn't directed at you, but simply to remind folks about an issue dealers face these days.

It's become fairly common for folks to use local shops to check out stuff for fit, or just to see it in the flesh, then buy online.

Of course there's no obligation if one is simply window shopping or browsing, but if you try stuff on, or engage the staff taking their time, fair play dictates that they have first dibs on the sale. This isn't a new problem, but with increased reliance on internet shopping, shops in all sorts of categories are being used as free showrooms, which means they have the expense without the income which is routed to the online shop.

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Yeas ago, Lenny from Toga Bike in NYC and I were chatting, and he brought up this issue related to high end bike shoes. People would shop and get fitted, then "go home to think about it". A few weeks later he'd see these folks wearing their new shoes. With the clarity that alcohol offers, I came up with an idea.

At my suggestion, Lenny transferred all his shoe inventory to the box one size down, ie. the 43 go in the 42 box, the 42 in 41 and so on. This didn't actually fix anything, but Lenny would enjoy a smile when folks came in to complain that their new shoes were too tight, which happened more often than one might expect.
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I highly recommend LG Neopower Bibs or Shorts. I prefer bibs. @vntgdrms owns a women's cycling shop in SO Cal and I get mine there.
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Velocio shorts fit beautifully and have the most comfortable pad I have tried. The zipper on the fly bibs also makes bathroom breaks a breeze.
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For that distance you'd want to butter up your undercarriage too. Chamois butt'r or some other cream will be very beneficial for a ride of that length as well.
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