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Cycling bib shorts - inseam

Old 05-25-19, 05:03 PM
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Cycling bib shorts - inseam

Been to multiple bike stores to try on men's summer cycling bib shorts. The inseam is always so long; results in a weird tan line when I wear casual shorts. Anyone know a manufacturer who has shorter inseams on bib shorts?

On a related note, why are inseams so long? Is it style or function?
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Old 05-25-19, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by bikehoco View Post
Been to multiple bike stores to try on men's summer cycling bib shorts. The inseam is always so long; results in a weird tan line when I wear casual shorts. Anyone know a manufacturer who has shorter inseams on bib shorts?

On a related note, why are inseams so long? Is it style or function?
Not quite sure but think it has to do with compression of your leg muscles .when I started cycling a few years back I bought a cheap pair on Amazon not sure if they even carry them anymore. But they are called santic think they were about 30 bucks or so .but they ran on the short side still have them 4 years later and wear them as u said to get a better than line when wearing regular shorts they seem to work ok for that wouldn't use them on rides more than 40 miles tho not the most comfortable shorts but are ok
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Old 05-25-19, 05:44 PM
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Triathlon shorts generally have a shorter inseam.

Rapha makes short, regular and long sizes.
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Old 05-26-19, 12:09 AM
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Check out The Black Bibs short inseam bibs. I have their regular bibs and they're fine for the money.

I have the opposite problem. I'd prefer a longer inseam, partly for the looks, partly for comfort -- the slight compression helps prevent my frequent muscle spasms. I even wear knee high compression socks some rides -- looks goofy, works great.

Most bibs and shorts look like 1960s style short-shorts. Hey, I admired Merckx as much as the next cyclist, but I'm not crazy about that swim trunks look. And I have skinny legs, so the usual 9" inseam shorts ride up on me.

I may try some AeroTech Pro shorts in their tall/long style. I've already had a regular size pair of their Pro shorts and like 'em. Minimal padding, but enough for my saddles. And The Black Bibs makes a longer inseam version of their basic bib shorts.
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Old 05-26-19, 05:29 AM
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I think it's more style than function. Women can wear short shorts (and sleeveless jerseys) w/o issue. Men will get some strange looks, maybe a joke or two....
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Old 05-26-19, 06:08 AM
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+1 on tri shorts.

IME, the longer inseams are more stable and comfortable on the bike. I own a couple pair of shorts with a shorter inseam, and they tend to rub or ride up on longer rides. I do not like them for anything more than putzing around town.

Embrace the tan lines - other cyclists will know what's up.
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Old 05-27-19, 12:33 PM
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Nice to know there are some options out there. I don't like that many shorts almost go down to the kneecap.
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Old 05-27-19, 04:31 PM
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My PI bibs end about 4" above my kneecap. Never in my life have I desired, in any circumstance, to wear a casual pair of shorts that has an inseam even as high as that.

But I guess the age-old "who wears short-shorts" question has finally been answered.
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Old 05-27-19, 04:49 PM
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+1 for The Black Bibs with short inseam. I have short thighs and most shorts go almost to the knee.
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+1 for The Black Bibs with short inseam. I have short thighs and most shorts go almost to the knee.
+2 on the Black Bibs.
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