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I buy bike shorts on Friday, get a foot of snow on Sunday!

Old 02-12-06, 10:39 PM
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I buy bike shorts on Friday, get a foot of snow on Sunday!

Just when I was feeling like an early Spring was around the corner, we get thrown back into winter with brute force! Guess the bike will sit for a little longer.

I have only returned to riding within the past few years, and have been doing it up until now in conventional clothing. But like any sport, the correct clothing can improve your game, so I have been giving thought to spandex. But after looking at them, I just couldn't do it. Maybe if I was 20 years younger, a few inches less around the middle... Finally I found a possible answer - baggies? They look like 'long' shorts on the outside, but have a spandex 'bike shorts' on the inside, complete with a gel pad tush. Made by Canari?

I am looking for physical comfort, but want to stay within my 'comfort zone'. Any thoughts?

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Old 02-13-06, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Fibber
Maybe if I was 20 years younger...
I am looking for physical comfort, but want to stay within my 'comfort zone'. Any thoughts?
Bibs
No elastic or draw string to cut off your air intake while climbing or riding hard.
No elastic or draw string to squeeze your "bulging" mid-section.

Comfort all the way.

I'm 61 and have 11 pairs of bibs (for riding and commuting) ----- and one pair of shorts that haven't seen daylight in 3 years. I guess I should give them to some needy cyclist who wears shorts.
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Old 02-13-06, 08:39 AM
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DON'T DO IT! A Baggie short is a "gateway" piece of clothing. Sure they're comfortable, and you don't look like you're wearing cycling clothing. And, hey, you can quit any time, right? But they're only a small step from using hard-core spandex shorts with gym shorts over (hey, it still LOOKS like regular clothing). Pretty soon you're "hooked" and you find yourself standing in line at the White Hen with a Power Bar and a bottle of water wearing nothing but a thin layer of spandex down below and a clingy jersey up top. And they you ask yourself, now where do I put the change? That's when you know you've hit rock bottom.

Next comes, "Hi, my name is Walter, I'm 42 years old, and I wear tights to the office." It ain't pretty.
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LOL Walter. I started down the lycra road the day an unhappy bee found its way up my shorts. Missed The Boys by *that* much! I guess I'm past the White Hen point now, because I don't carry change anymore - too much weight!
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Walter, you brightened up my morning! It is 'Subaru' weather out there this morning, and so the bike sits....

Hey, I am still easing into this bike culture stuff. Baby steps. I am not breaking any speed or endurance records on my Trek comfort bike. Just riding for fun, a bit of fitness, burn off some steam after work, plus I love to ride with my 10 yr old daughter. If she saw daddy in spandex, she might never want to be seen with me again!

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Old 02-13-06, 12:13 PM
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Fibber,
Glad you liked it. BTW, my first item of bike-specific clothing was the baggie-with-cycling-short-inside thing. They are great for just cruising around, and I do wear them when I go out with my kids.

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