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Old 08-14-20, 09:48 AM
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Woman's cycling shorts 2020

My wife needs new cycling shorts. She has a very old pair of descente cycling shorts.

For any woman reading this, anything you recommend. I was going to buy a set of Terry Breakaway Performance Cycling Shorts for Women. But figured I as here if there is something else to consider that may be better.
If you wore Terry, but think (as an example) Pearl Izumi, Castelli, etc are better, let me know. Be specific as to the model as there and many types for one manufacturer.

Also she does NOT want bibs. Shorts only.

I should add she rides a road bike and for short distances. 10 miles, sometimes a little more or less.

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Old 08-14-20, 10:58 AM
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My wife likes the Pearl Izumi shorts. She has not worn the Terry brand. Her rides sound similar to your wife's rides.
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Old 08-14-20, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
My wife likes the Pearl Izumi shorts. She has not worn the Terry brand. Her rides sound similar to your wife's rides.
If I may ask, which Pearl? Attack, escape, Pro, Sugar, Symphony??? I was actually looking at the Pearl Women's Escape Quest Short.

Thanks for the reply!

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Old 08-14-20, 11:08 AM
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I think you'll find someone to recommend virtually every model of every brand of short ... and they'd all be right.
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Old 08-14-20, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Univega View Post
If I may ask, which Pearl? Attack, escape, Pro, Sugar, Symphony??? I was actually looking at the Pearl Women's Escape Quest Short.

Thanks for the reply!
She started with Sugar 5" which she really likes, and recently picked up a pair of Attacks.

We are not so serious as to justify spending a hundred bucks plus on bike shorts!
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Old 08-14-20, 01:47 PM
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I think you'll find someone to recommend virtually every model of every brand of short ... and they'd all be right.
I agree. But I have to start somewhere. I trust advice from members here rather than Amazon reviews. I have tried a number of shorts (in the beginning) and went cheap and got gel shorts (ugh!)
Now I get bibs and have tried Terry, Pearl, Castelli, Campagnollo, Assos and a few others I forgot. I also went through a few saddles.

It takes time to find what you like. This first set may not be the end-all. But it is better than the shorts she now has. I appreciate all input.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
She started with Sugar 5" which she really likes, and recently picked up a pair of Attacks.

We are not so serious as to justify spending a hundred bucks plus on bike shorts!
+1 for Pearl Izumi Sugar shorts. My wife prefers those, too.
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What material are those shorts?
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Clearly, whatever the Colombian Cycling Team wore is the gold standard.
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Originally Posted by BoraxKid View Post
+1 for Pearl Izumi Sugar shorts. My wife prefers those, too.
I like them on mine, too! 🥰
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To be perfectly honest, I don't think the pad matters that much for shorter rides. If your wife starts taking longer rides, then it will become much more important.

Two features that I like on women-specific shorts are a 'yoga' style wider waistband and wider cuffs at the leg openings (particularly with a sticky material to stay put). Both, to me, are a lot more comfortable and don't roll around or cause uncomfortable indentation. Some women worry about something called 'sausage leg', and the wider cuffs help prevent that.

Padding is personal, but I like something that's thicker than tri shorts but not too puffy. I'm currently happy with my Shebeest, Voler, and DHB (Wiggle/Chain Reaction brand) pads (though I mostly wear bibs), and all can be acquired for cheap in sales.

I'm personally not a fan of the PI Sugar shorts. Mine are a few years old, but the pad isn't awesome and has a raw edge that isn't so nice. The short length gets really irritating on longer rides as well.

If the concern with bibs is the inability to pee without disrobing, several companies make women-specific bibs with either a halter neck that can be easily removed or a seat that zips down. If it's just that they're weird, then shorts are a fine way to go.
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Clearly, whatever the Colombian Cycling Team wore is the gold standard.
oh no.
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
To be perfectly honest, I don't think the pad matters that much for shorter rides. If your wife starts taking longer rides, then it will become much more important.

Two features that I like on women-specific shorts are a 'yoga' style wider waistband and wider cuffs at the leg openings (particularly with a sticky material to stay put). Both, to me, are a lot more comfortable and don't roll around or cause uncomfortable indentation. Some women worry about something called 'sausage leg', and the wider cuffs help prevent that.

Padding is personal, but I like something that's thicker than tri shorts but not too puffy. I'm currently happy with my Shebeest, Voler, and DHB (Wiggle/Chain Reaction brand) pads (though I mostly wear bibs), and all can be acquired for cheap in sales.

I'm personally not a fan of the PI Sugar shorts. Mine are a few years old, but the pad isn't awesome and has a raw edge that isn't so nice. The short length gets really irritating on longer rides as well.

If the concern with bibs is the inability to pee without disrobing, several companies make women-specific bibs with either a halter neck that can be easily removed or a seat that zips down. If it's just that they're weird, then shorts are a fine way to go.
Yes! It doesn't mater for the short rides (or matters less). I am hoping as we keep it up, we will first see an increase in speed and decrease in time. Then we can increase the mileage.
Too much suffering on the bike now may lessen the enjoyment. But by then, she will have more experience under her belt. Slowly but surely.
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Too much suffering on the bike now may lessen the enjoyment.
Absolutely! I've seen way too many people get turned off from cycling, hiking, running, etc. by doing too much, too soon.
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I think Ms, Georgina Terry's company has shifted focus from selling bikes to selling women's cycling fashion..
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