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Old 01-24-16, 12:23 PM
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You don't need any more advice here, but I can't help myself: I've been a cyclist since college in the '70s, riding up to 4000 miles a year (less than that now, but back in the day...). As of about five years ago, I own NO bike-specific clothing except a couple of pairs of mountain bike shorts. I donated several pairs of Lycra shorts and at least a dozen jerseys, and I ride in the MB shorts (which look normal) and cotton T-shirts. The shorts are definitely worth the money, but if you don't want to look geeky, many companies make undershorts that work pretty well and cost half or a third of what (overpriced, IMO) bike shorts do.
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Up until last year, I had been wearing over-shorts for about 7 years or so. Then I dropped 65lbs, and at 165 and 5'8, I don't care if I'm in public in tight shorts and snug jersey (I don't like TIGHT shirts unless they are under slightly looser ones...lol)

Bike shorts were the best investment into cycling I've made. If you want to look more "normal" and not have tight shorts, get MTB shorts that are baggy nylon shorts with a cycling specific liner/pad. Those are great for rail trails or casual cycling. I own a pair from Aerotech design for the canal path, I ride a mountain bike or SS mountain bike/hybrid and prefer to look more casual then, since I usually stop to eat somewhere.
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
Bike shorts were the best investment into cycling I've made.
Agree. Buy quality. I wear something over them for modesty.
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Originally Posted by katreay View Post
Hello all,
My husband and I are recreational bikers; rail trails only. He and I have done as little as 5 miles, but up to 50 miles in one day. We're planning our next ride here in the near future and I'm on the fence about investing in some bike shorts. Since we're not hardcore bikers it's like we'd be posers in bike shorts. Is there an amount of miles that constitutes the necessity of them? Anyone else a recreational rider that does? Any suggestions on brands?
Good grief. They're shorts. The only thing anyone will think is that you're wearing bike shorts. There are no mileage requirements. Many (most?) people who try them discover it is more comfortable riding in clothes designed for cycling than riding in clothes that aren't designed for cycling. This is true whether you're riding a mile to the coffee shop or a triple century. If you don't like them you're out a few dollars. No big deal.

Brand wise, there is such a large number of brands and variety of designs that I'd suggest simply going to a bike shop and trying a few pair on. A good fit will be more important than brand.

Formerly fastest rider in the grupetto, currently slowest guy in the peloton

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Old 11-05-16, 10:18 AM
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Bike shorts are definitely not necessary, but most folks find them more comfortable on longer rides. Especially in warmer temperatures. I'd recommend aerotech for good quality at a reasonable price. And their padding tends to be a bit lighter, which I prefer.
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You can buy Touring Shorts that are like a thin bicycling short with thin chamois on the inside and a thicker regular looking short attached to the outside. You can also buy an undershort to wear under any clothing andthe undershort also has a thin chamois.

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+1 for padded UNDERshorts that can be worn under regular shorts or pretty much any other pants. They are a little expensive (don't buy the cheap ones at Walmart), but they can make a BIG difference in your enjoyment of a ride - even a short one.

I used to ride in cut-off jeans (too self-conscious and too cheap to buy bike shorts) until I arrived at a destination one day bleeding in the creases of my legs (sorry for the gory details) from the friction of the denim against my skin. I bought a pair of bike shorts right then and there and I haven't stopped wearing SOME form of padded riding garment ever since.

Spend the money once and you will forget about it, but you will always be thankful you did.

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