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I picked up a pair of cycling shorts.....

Old 02-27-06, 10:22 AM
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I picked up a pair of cycling shorts.....

I bought my first pair on the weekend. I can't wait to wear them while riding. Instead of a regular chamois, they have a kind of rubber sort of feel, they are really nice. I tried them on and they kind of feel weird, maybe I am not used to them yet. It feels kind of like a diaper.

Are cycling shorts worth the money? I used to wear just regular shorts and it was hard to ride wearing them. How tight should they fit? They have no wrinkles when I put them on. They are size medium.
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Old 02-27-06, 10:25 AM
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They will feel weird, diapery like (not like I've worn a diaper in the recent past...) for the first few rides.

They are DEFINTELY worth the dough. Aerodynamic advantages + comfort = totally necessary. $30? Absolutely
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Old 02-27-06, 10:37 AM
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I haven't worn a diaper for years either LOL. Mine cost me around $60.00 after taxes.

They have an elastic insert as well.

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Old 02-27-06, 01:33 PM
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Bike shorts are absolutely worth the investment! What that investment ends up being is obviously up to you. For me, I can't see spending much over $100 for shorts. I'm partial to Pearl Izumi because I think you get what you pay for (I've had Performance stuff before and it falls apart). The elastic inserts they're coming out with more and more are really nice - less diaper-like than the molded inserts.

As for them being "necessary," I've done a few rides here and there without my shorts - even quick rides of only a few miles - and always wished I had them on...
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Keep in mind that they'll feel better when you are on the saddle. If you are just walking around them they aren't that comfortable. I've been using Performance shorts for years and they've been fine for me, but I'm sure shorts at the higher price levels would be even better. If they are too small you may find they are too tight around your legs, and waist. They should be snug. You can usually get rid of the "wrinkles by pulling down on the legs. BTW, be prepared to catch some flack from your non-riding friends. But that just comes with the territory.
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Old 02-27-06, 06:27 PM
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So I guess the mor e I wear them, the better they fit? The chamois is one of the ones that moves with the rider, so it is supposed to be better. I hope they are right
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funny thing is I've never owned bike shorts until last year.
I got some without a chamois...and that took some doing to find. Did a couple of centuries in them and I noticed no difference from wearing my regular undies (briefs) and cutoffs as far as comfort goes. I guess I have a hard bum....and no poseur streak in me at all!!
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Old 02-27-06, 10:03 PM
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Being the poseur that i am,i have 5 pair of Voler shorts & wear them everyday.They sure are comfortable.
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Once you wear black you'll never go back!

I can't stand to ride without cycling shorts, not even 3 miles. You can wear pants over them in the winter and baggies in the summer and they're still much comfier than without. I buy one pair a year and they hold up fine to wear them for 365 days. Then buy a new pair.
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Not to change the topic, but why do you say you bought a PAIR of biking shorts? Did you buy TWO? Do they count the number of pant legs? Inquiring minds need to know.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
Not to change the topic, but why do you say you bought a PAIR of biking shorts? Did you buy TWO? Do they count the number of pant legs? Inquiring minds need to know.
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Personally, i prefer Bibs over Shorts. Gets rid of that annoying elastic band digging into you. 100 times more comfortable. Havent gone back to shorts since putting on my first Bib. If not for the chamois, you can almost pretend you're a wrestler...or is that just me....
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That is just you - the wrestler comment. But I agree about bibs, that's all I wear as well...
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
Not to change the topic, but why do you say you bought a PAIR of biking shorts? Did you buy TWO? Do they count the number of pant legs? Inquiring minds need to know.

Exactly. It's a pair of pants but only one bra.

Actually, pants is a shortened corruption of Pantaloons. These were tights like hose, you put one on each leg, IIRC.


Cycling shorts are great and definitely needed if you are doing long distances. Don't wear underwear under them, you'll chafe. I've got Performance, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau, and Descente shorts. I like the last two the best. Performance's more expensive stuff is quite good and still cheaper than the other brands. If I've ever got too much money in my pocket, I may buy some Exte Ondo or Assos just to see why they are so expensive.

Don't forget your cycling jerseys. Keeps you cool and dry.

Oh, and don't buy shorts in any color but black. The Road Cycling forum had a thread on non-black shorts and it was not pretty.
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Padded shorts are a must have, and bibs are even better.

On longer rides, use this too:

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Originally Posted by Crazy Cyclist
So I guess the mor e I wear them, the better they fit? The chamois is one of the ones that moves with the rider, so it is supposed to be better. I hope they are right
No, the fit will not the more you wear them - but you will get used to them. I got into wearing them in the past couple of years too, and it is definitely a weird 'diaper-like' feeling at first. Also, as others have mentioned they feel better when actually on the bike than when walking around.

The chamois is supposed to hug your skin & move with you, that's why they can feel strange till you get used to that sensation. Also that's another reason you should not wear underwear. They should fit snugly with no wrinkles but not so tight that the waistband or legs leave marks on your skin. Mine have rubber strips around the leg openings that help prevent them riding up when pedalling.

From what you've said so far it sounds like they are just right for you.
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Old 03-01-06, 10:09 AM
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Fergus, they fit snugly and they also leave no marks either on my skin ( waist or legs) also they have rubber strips around the leg openings as well.

Next up is a jersey, and I will be good to go
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Old 03-02-06, 05:53 PM
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My shorts have the elastic interface technology insert www.elasticinterface.com

www.chamoises.com/comfort%20men.html This is what my chamois looks like.

www.chamoises.com

does anyone have opinions on this chamois?
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