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Old 10-11-22, 11:05 PM
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Why are cycling shorts so long?

All of my cycling shorts are the same length. Iím out in the sun so much I have tanned legs from the knee down. But since my non-cycling shorts are 1-2 inches shorter, I end up with a weird tan line.

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Old 10-11-22, 11:07 PM
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Why are your non-cycling shorts so short?
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Old 10-11-22, 11:10 PM
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My legs are so short that my cycling shorts come down to my ankles.
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Old 10-11-22, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
My legs are so short that my cycling shorts come down to my ankles.
Related to Tim Conway?
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Old 10-11-22, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by bikehoco
All of my cycling shorts are the same length. Iím out in the sun so much I have tanned legs from the knee down. But since my non-cycling shorts are 1-2 inches shorter, I end up with a weird tan line.

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If it bothers you that much, why donít you roll the legs of your cycling shorts up 2Ē? Why are they so long in general? Someone said, the long legs compress the legs, which can help combat muscular fatigue
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Old 10-11-22, 11:24 PM
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One could also ride at night, avoid peak UV times, or even use a little sunblock.
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Old 10-11-22, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by bikehoco
Thoughts?
Stay indoors.
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Old 10-11-22, 11:44 PM
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Wear total sunblock SPF 5000 on your legs while cycling.
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Old 10-11-22, 11:53 PM
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Road cyclists have massive (figure-it-out)s, so the shorts have to be longer to avoid indecent exposure.
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Old 10-12-22, 06:44 AM
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Something has to be done to hide the tripod leg.
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Old 10-12-22, 07:12 AM
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Haven't you heard?
You are supposed to rollup one short leg and hold your pack of Camels in it.
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Old 10-12-22, 07:24 AM
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What's wrong with letting a wolfish grin slip while wearing sheep's clothing?

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Old 10-12-22, 08:29 AM
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+1 for sunscreen on the knees & lower thighs

is the tan-line the only issue?
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Old 10-12-22, 11:48 AM
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You should be proud to be a cyclist. Show off those tan lines with pride! Let those who are worthless and weak marvel at your glorious gams in wonderment. Then crush a beer can between your thighs for good measure.
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I think it's a fashion thing. Bike shorts haven't always been so long. My modern lycra shorts are much longer than my wool shorts from the 70s:
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Old 10-12-22, 06:02 PM
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You are right. Back in the 80s, they weren’t nearly so long, but now I prefer the standard long ones.
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short of a long explanation, shorts are preferred to be longer with short sport activities & short when lounging around in during short vacationing trips.
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I wear only speedos when cycling.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
You are right. Back in the 80s, they werenít nearly so long, but now I prefer the standard long ones.
I noticed some manufacturers are now offering jersey sleeves that go all the way to the elbow. I don't understand why, but I fear that's gonna become a trend and we will soon have a thread complaining about those tan lines as well.
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I noticed some manufacturers are now offering jersey sleeves that go all the way to the elbow. I don't understand why, but I fear that's gonna become a trend and we will soon have a thread complaining about those tan lines as well.
in the era of aero, the maxim has emerged, Skin is slow. Pretty soon we will be completely covered and wonít have to worry about tan lines.
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Old 10-13-22, 09:51 PM
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in the era of aero, the maxim has emerged, Skin is slow. Pretty soon we will be completely covered and wonít have to worry about tan lines.
Yet I will still be slow.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Yet I will still be slow.
Think Presto or Allegro when you ride.
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Not all of them are long, for example, I have all of them short, not some are not up to my knees
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Old 10-14-22, 05:40 AM
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The fashion trend is definitely toward longer shorts. Some brands (Assos for example) now offer their shorts in 2 different lengths i.e. standard and long.
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Not all of them are long, for example, I have all of them short, not some are not up to my knees
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