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Old 01-27-21, 07:56 PM
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Cycling 3/4-Shorts?

Hello,
Do any of you cycle with non-padded, non-Spandex 3/4-Shorts, a.k.a. cycling knickers? If so, would you recommend them? Or are they considered for "hipsters" only? I was considering purchasing a pair. They seem practical for cooler months for the type of riding I do (slow pace road bike rides of 50-100 miles, easy MTB trails, utility urban cycling.) But I don't see many cyclists here in Southern California wearing them. I have medium weight thermal cycling pants but they get too hot during climbs, even on 40 degree mornings. Also they are kind of bulky to stow if I take them off mid-ride. I have basic Performance Bike knee warmers but have to constantly tug them up while pedaling. I was looking at the Zoic Reign and the Aerotech "Pedal Pushers" as they are relatively affordable. REI has house-brand pair that customers rate highly but they only are available in a strange brown color. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-27-21, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by twa View Post
Hello,
Do any of you cycle with non-padded, non-Spandex 3/4-Shorts, a.k.a. cycling knickers? If so, would you recommend them? Or are they considered for "hipsters" only? I was considering purchasing a pair. They seem practical for cooler months for the type of riding I do (slow pace road bike rides of 50-100 miles, easy MTB trails, utility urban cycling.) But I don't see many cyclists here in Southern California wearing them. I have medium weight thermal cycling pants but they get too hot during climbs, even on 40 degree mornings. Also they are kind of bulky to stow if I take them off mid-ride. I have basic Performance Bike knee warmers but have to constantly tug them up while pedaling. I was looking at the Zoic Reign and the Aerotech "Pedal Pushers" as they are relatively affordable. REI has house-brand pair that customers rate highly but they only are available in a strange brown color. Any thoughts?
Thanks.
As it happens, I was in an REI last week and checked those out. I didn't even bother going into the dressing room to try them on - they were hideous, and I don't mean just the color.

Prana makes some nice looong shorts that hit at about the knee, and they can sometimes be found at REI. Also this.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
As it happens, I was in an REI last week and checked those out. I didn't even bother going into the dressing room to try them on - they were hideous, and I don't mean just the color.

Prana makes some nice looong shorts that hit at about the knee, and they can sometimes be found at REI. Also this.

Thanks for the tips! I like the look of the Rene Herse but they might be out of my (more precisely, my wife's) price range--will look into it. I will also check into Prana offerings. Thanks again!
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I got these for my son for xmas- he likes them.

https://www.wiggle.com/endura-hummve...h-baggy-shorts

Or, take your hiking pants to the cleaners where they do alterations & have them cut off & velcro closure added.
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Yep, buy cheap pants and cut them down to about 18" inseam.
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I buy Decathlon hiking knickers/capriís
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Originally Posted by twa View Post
Thanks for the tips! I like the look of the Rene Herse but they might be out of my (more precisely, my wife's) price range--will look into it. I will also check into Prana offerings. Thanks again!
Wait. You I thought you ďwear the pantsĒ in the family.
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Hello,................................ Also they are kind of bulky to stow if I take them off mid-ride...............
What would you be wearing under them? Just curious.
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What would you be wearing under them? Just curious.
I wear normal road shorts under my thermal pants. For 3/4 shorts, I would probably just wear a separate padded liner.

Thanks to everyone for the inputs. I'm glad I joined these forums so I can pick up tips and get new ideas from all of you.
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Or, take your hiking pants to the cleaners where they do alterations & have them cut off & velcro closure added.
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Yep, buy cheap pants and cut them down to about 18" inseam.
Update: Rainy day today. Took an old pair of black $16 Costco trekking pants, hacked and hemmed to 18" inseam, and used the scrap material and some 3/4" Velcro to make adjustable cuff closures. From a distance, they look OK. Will try them out this weekend.
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Update: Rainy day today. Took an old pair of black $16 Costco trekking pants, hacked and hemmed to 18" inseam, and used the scrap material and some 3/4" Velcro to make adjustable cuff closures. From a distance, they look OK. Will try them out this weekend.

Great!
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If I could find some good 3/4 padded shorts, I could use them for long cycling trousers, as they would likely come right to my ankles.
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Hello,
Do any of you cycle with non-padded, non-Spandex 3/4-Shorts, a.k.a. cycling knickers? If so, would you recommend them? Or are they considered for "hipsters" only? I was considering purchasing a pair. They seem practical for cooler months for the type of riding I do (slow pace road bike rides of 50-100 miles, easy MTB trails, utility urban cycling.) But I don't see many cyclists here in Southern California wearing them. I have medium weight thermal cycling pants but they get too hot during climbs, even on 40 degree mornings. Also they are kind of bulky to stow if I take them off mid-ride. I have basic Performance Bike knee warmers but have to constantly tug them up while pedaling. I was looking at the Zoic Reign and the Aerotech "Pedal Pushers" as they are relatively affordable. REI has house-brand pair that customers rate highly but they only are available in a strange brown color. Any thoughts?
Thanks.
try adidas Tiro 3/4 training pants they are perfect for SoCal. I live in SoCal and I use the Tiro 19 pants for winter riding and they are perfect for the temperature here.

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/adidas-mens-tiro-3-4-length-pants-regular-and-big-tall-18adimtr1934pntxxasb/18adimtr1934pntxxasb?sku=19498602&camp=CSESG_92700048881080561_lia_pla-827358838065&segment=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIic6L25PF7gIVpzytBh37QwHzEAQYAyABEgLj4vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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anyone interested in 3/4 length pants should check out rock climbing pants at Patagonia, Mountain Hardware etc
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I have a pair of the ATD pedal pushers. They're very comfortable. I might get another pair this spring.
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Old 02-02-21, 10:41 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks again everyone. I wore the DIY pair over a padded liner today on a 72 mile ride on rolling suburban roads. Temperature ranged from about 50 to 60 degrees F. The shorts worked out well. Kept my knees warm on descents but didn't cause me to śweat on climbs. I'll continue using them but look into the store-bought suggestions from everyone when it's time to replace my road shorts. At my riding speeds, aero isn't much of a concern and I think I now like the looser fit and 3/4 length better. (At least for cool weather non-club rides.)
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