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Old 08-18-11, 12:46 PM
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first time cycling shorts

aerotech cycling short

I am looking for my first cycling short and is was wondering if anyone has experience with aerotech's tall black perl short?

I also wanted to know if it makes sense to get my first pair online or should i really go to a store to get a proper fit?

Also it looks like they have a few different type of shorts for the regular sizes but only one for the tall section does anyone know how it matches up and if i should be looking just at the tall one or any of them are ok?

I am 6.4 and weigh like 240

also looking at jerseys and depends on which link i try as to what my options are?

i would also love to hear of any other suggestions for different company's
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Sizing charts for shorts are usually pretty accurate (waist size) and they stretch. I've never had a problem with an online order not fitting. Finding a pad that lets me ride 100 miles without thinking my butt is on fire... that's another story.

btw if you have any gut at all, try bib shorts. I hate how my regular shorts roll the waist line down in the front any time I bend over to ride.
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Aerotechdesigns are great. You can also try love2pedal.com.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Sizing charts for shorts are usually pretty accurate (waist size) and they stretch. I've never had a problem with an online order not fitting. Finding a pad that lets me ride 100 miles without thinking my butt is on fire... that's another story.

btw if you have any gut at all, try bib shorts. I hate how my regular shorts roll the waist line down in the front any time I bend over to ride.
The reason i am getting the shorts is because I would like to do a century ( never done one )
THe most i have done is 55 miles using some liner which was pretty good but i figured for the longer ride i needed more cushion
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Old 08-18-11, 01:43 PM
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If you can do 55 miles you can do 100.

Agree ok to buy online using chart.

I like performance ultra or elite, wait for sale/coupon and get them for under 50 bucks.

Remember, NO UNDERWEAR with road shorts.
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do i need to get special tall shorts or will it be no difference
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Old 08-18-11, 01:47 PM
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You don't need tall shorts. You'll just have a tad more skin showing above your knee. No problem at all.
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Old 08-18-11, 02:27 PM
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I bought my first pair at a store - I had no idea about fit and I wanted to be able to try some on. Remember, the "pad" is not just about padding, it mostly for moisture control and chaffing. The thickest pad is not necessarily the most comfortable.
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Old 08-18-11, 02:57 PM
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You're looking for shorts....not a short. The noun "shorts" (as in clothing) is a plurale tantum, meaning it doesn't have a singular form (other examples are trousers, pants, and scissors). The damn fashion world just started using "Short" and "Pant," for some crazy reason...maybe it started because of a non-native English speaker...but someone should have caught the error. Now we have people running around looking for a short...a short what?

By the way, I would recommend you find a pair at the LBS if this is your first pair...try some on to make sure. Also, I agree with others that bibs are the way to go.
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Check out hammer nutrition's site. I got two pairs of bibs awhile back and consider them to be one of the best purchases I've made. The sizing charts are very good - if my memory serves me correctly you measure you sternum as well. And bibs are far superior to shorts.

And if you can stand liners for 55 miles you'll have absolutely no problem in a pair of decent quality bibs. I'm astonished that you get take 55 miles of liners.

Good luck!
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I am 6'4" (on non-slouch days) and 210 and use Pearl Izumi Quest shorts, which you can get for $50 or less lots of places. I own much more expensive bibs and shorts, but always pick the Quests. And for comparison, I wear a medium and the length is great. They are the closest to my knee of any of them.
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I tried bibs and didn't like them but that isn't saying that you should not look into them or stay away from them. A lot of guys I know prefer them over shorts. My only suggestion is to spend a little extra money and don't go below the middle of the line shorts or bibs. Get shorts or bibs that are at least 8 panels. The six panel shorts are cheaper and with some brands, they feel it. My best shorts are from Pearl Izumi and Louis Graneau. The worst ones are a pair of Bontrager shorts my daughter gave me as a Christmas present.
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Just as a suggestion (I have no opinion of the shorts you listed) you might take a look at some of Performance's shorts. The "century" pants are really nice for the price. I am about your size, I started at that and am now down to 218, but I am using the "L" size from them with a ~36" waist and they fit great.
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Originally Posted by kleinsamuel View Post
aerotech cycling short

I am looking for my first cycling short and is was wondering if anyone has experience with aerotech's tall black perl short?

I also wanted to know if it makes sense to get my first pair online or should i really go to a store to get a proper fit?

Also it looks like they have a few different type of shorts for the regular sizes but only one for the tall section does anyone know how it matches up and if i should be looking just at the tall one or any of them are ok?

I am 6.4 and weigh like 240

also looking at jerseys and depends on which link i try as to what my options are?

i would also love to hear of any other suggestions for different company's
At 240 I would try bibs, you will be much happier. The shorts will roll down.
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Old 08-18-11, 08:01 PM
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Can't speak for guy's shorts, but my favorite company is Twin Six (they have lots of cool designs for men and women). They have great customer service, the fit and fabric is awesome, and I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the quality. This from a woman who has a pretty good collection of jerseys...
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Remember, the "pad" is not just about padding,
This is very true. After the first few washings, I can now use the padding on my Bontrager shorts as sandpaper. These were the first shorts I had and the padding was so rough that I started using UnderArmor sports boxer shorts under the riding shorts. I know that everyone is going to tell me that it's a no-no to wear something under the riding shorts, but I have gotten so used to them, that it feels funny riding without them.
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I have found that my waist is a really bad indicator of fit for cycling shorts. I vote for sizing shorts in person, either that or only get them online if you're good about returning stuff if it doesn't work (my wife will order 10 things to try and return 8).
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I was about the same size when I bought my first pair of shorts/bibs. Look at performance elite or ultra bibs. They fit great, and are great for taller people.
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How the pad fits your anatomy is going to make or break the experience for you. As one poster mentioned, for example, a thicker pad isn't necessarily better. I've bought online and I've bought at my LBS. Since this is your first pair, if you can afford it - and you have a good LBS - I'd suggest going in to try them on and seeing how they feel sitting on a bike in the shop.

A couple of other things I've encountered along the way:

- Bibs are useful for bigger folks like you and me;
- If you wind up getting Italian-made stuff down the road, they tend to run small;
- Don't put your shorts in the dryer and don't use fabric softener when you wash them.

You may want to invest in some chamois cream as well, but that's a matter of personal preference. Good luck!
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How the pad fits your anatomy is going to make or break the experience for you. As one poster mentioned, for example, a thicker pad isn't necessarily better. I've bought online and I've bought at my LBS. Since this is your first pair, if you can afford it - and you have a good LBS - I'd suggest going in to try them on and seeing how they feel sitting on a bike in the shop.

A couple of other things I've encountered along the way:

- Bibs are useful for bigger folks like you and me;
- If you wind up getting Italian-made stuff down the road, they tend to run small;
- Don't put your shorts in the dryer and don't use fabric softener when you wash them.

You may want to invest in some chamois cream as well, but that's a matter of personal preference. Good luck!
i don't have the greatest lbs and looking online they only have the gel ones ( read somewhere that im better off with non gel)

i see a lot of people suggest getting a bib but how does it work for different heights when all the size they give u is for the waist. Are these things adjustable
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Originally Posted by kleinsamuel View Post
Are these things adjustable
No adjustments, but the shoulder straps can stretch (a lot, if needed). I'm 6'2" with a long torso and straps are still comfortable.
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i don't have the greatest lbs and looking online they only have the gel ones ( read somewhere that im better off with non gel)
I made the mistake of getting a pair of gel shorts - and they are awful - I ended up removing the gel from the chamois and now I only use them on short rides. I have found that I am far more comfortable with a thin chamois.

Also, I am 6'4" and the straps on the bibs fit fine. I find bibs to be much more comfy than shorts.
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Originally Posted by kstephens View Post
I made the mistake of getting a pair of gel shorts - and they are awful - I ended up removing the gel from the chamois and now I only use them on short rides. I have found that I am far more comfortable with a thin chamois.

Also, I am 6'4" and the straps on the bibs fit fine. I find bibs to be much more comfy than shorts.
i ordered a bib ( after all the suggestions ) and a jersey from aerotech I will let you know how it works out for me

thanks for all replies

so far their customer service is great
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