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Old 10-25-05, 01:36 AM
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Sizing for bike shorts

I am just about to buy my first pair of bike shorts for my short commute (12 mile round trip) and a couple of longer rides a week (26 mile round trip). Is there a definitive guide as to what size to get? I have tried a few pairs on and they are all tight (obviously!), so should i be looking for the smallest i can squeeze into or the largest that doesn't bunch up?

Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom.

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Old 10-25-05, 01:47 AM
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Altura tend to run a little small so don't be embaressed about getting the larger size. Alternatively I would advise getting some MTB shorts with built in padding. Far more practical for general rolling around and they have pockets. I selected Hind which are very comfortable and don't give the whole nappy effect.
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Old 10-25-05, 09:16 AM
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They want to be snug fitting, like a second skin, but without the legs digging in or cutting off circulation.
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Also remember to get long inseams.
I find short inseams to be less comfortable.
At least 8 inches, up to 10 is possible.

And kudo's to Jarery, circulation is a good thing.
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Not baggy, and not stretched to the limit. If they are too tight, over time the fibers pull apart. If they feel comfortable, then they are probably about right.

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Old 10-25-05, 10:26 AM
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I used the fit guide the store had displayed when I purchased my first and only pair.
My waist has been shrinking and currently I am right on the line between XL and L. Since I have been loosing weight I opted for the L. Works great.
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depends on the leg grippers, but i prefer the tightest fit without leg discomfort as the lycra strectches well.

i also prefer team issue stuff the cut seams to fit me better than non team spec stuff.
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