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Old 04-18-12, 07:13 PM
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what kind of bike shorts

As the title says i tried to search but i can't seem to use the search function properly, what type of bike shorts should i get? I have a pair now, but this time i would like to ask you guys before i spend the cash. I plan on doing metric centuries, and centuries in the near future. I go for longer rides, shortest ride i do is 25 miles. What type of shorts do you recommend i feel like if you go into a bike store they only recommend what they sell. How thick of pad do you go?? Or do i go with the bibs. Please ask questions if i wasn't clear enough. I will gladly answer to help find the right pair of shorts for me. I do like mine now but still wonder if there is a better pair out there.
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Old 04-18-12, 07:17 PM
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I buy them online at Performance or Nashbar and try to get a $80-$100 pair of shorts on sale for $35-$40. I only buy bib shorts because they don't ride down, and they cover my back from cold air seeping.
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Old 04-18-12, 07:24 PM
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of the three brands I own, Hincapie seems to be my favorite. i'm always annoyed because smalls are too small, but most mediums are just a bit too big. the two pairs of donated Hincapie-made shorts seem juuuuust right. (my skin suit FITS best, but the chamois is too thin for longer rides, and no pockets of course)


Serfas (though i like my saddle made by them) were okay for exactly one ride, until a hole tore just above the crotch region on a seam. I suppose I should have thought twice when they were on the "clearance rack" at the LBS!
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Old 04-18-12, 07:36 PM
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It's not always about the thickness of the pad. Some people like them with less, other with more. One thing for sure, get bibs.

I'm not the most experienced, so FWIW, I currently ride Craft performance bibs.

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Old 04-18-12, 07:40 PM
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something really tight. take pics.
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Old 04-18-12, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by generalkdi View Post
One thing for sure, get bibs.
Meh, I prefer shorts. I don't have any problems that bibs are meant to solve, so its just weird extra straps to me. I still wear mine once a week or so, but they're usually the last in the closet that I'll reach for.
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Old 04-18-12, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by generalkdi View Post
One thing for sure, get bibs.
Nope. I say try both and see what you like. I like my Sugoi shorts wayyyy more than my Castelli bibs. Both are great, but even after a 100 mile ride my butt was feeling great with the Sugoi shorts.
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Old 04-18-12, 08:51 PM
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thinner is better for the majority of riders. very few people I have met, talked to and ridden with like a really thick chamois.

my favorite chamois is castelli. variable thickness, very thin up front, and no stitching. it's glued in place or something. maybe it's ironed-on.
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Old 04-18-12, 08:55 PM
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my favorite brand is Louis Garneau. I have one normal shorts and 1 bib shorts of that brand, and I much prefer the normal shorts. I have a small waist and big chest, so I need to wear a L in bibs, and they aren't quite tight enough on my legs (and it is a pain if you need a restroom break). for normal shorts I get a M and they work fine.

I have at least 6 pairs of shorts...but for long rides the Louis Garneau work best.
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Old 04-18-12, 09:04 PM
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I have Sugoi shorts and a pair of Descente bibs. I also have a pair of Castelli tights that are absolutely awesome, but now isn't the time of year to talk about tights.

I prefer my bibs but I do wear the shorts as well. I will be buying bibs only from now on, probably.

Check out Nashbar or Department of Goods. Both came highly recommended to me when I posted here.

Also, I suggest that you just buy one pair of shorts and a jersey and get out on the bike and put down some miles. You'll know better what you want if you do that.

Thousands of miles after I started a similar thread to this one, I don't really have a strong chamois preference, but then again, I've only tried about three kinds, and they all seem to work just about the same. Bike fit is more important than chamois for comfort anyway.
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Old 04-18-12, 09:05 PM
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I also prefer normal shorts. I have always had good luck with Peal Izumi stuff and just bought a pair of their in-r-cool shorts and love them.
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Been using PI shorts and bibs for the past couple of years and have been happy with them, more so with the pro than the elite. For a change I thought that I'd try some Assos bibs this year. No more PI's for me. The Assos bibs are even better than the pro PI's.
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Nope. I say try both and see what you like. I like my Sugoi shorts wayyyy more than my Castelli bibs. Both are great, but even after a 100 mile ride my butt was feeling great with the Sugoi shorts.
Here's another vote for Sugoi. I wear their RS shorts and like them a lot. They are pricey but extremely comfortable. Like a lot of cycling attire, they seem to be sized small; I had to get size L even though my waist is a 33.
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Old 04-18-12, 10:29 PM
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Assos
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PI for me... I hate cheap shorts. I also bought a descente bib recently to try the bib trend out and don't really like it. Don't like the bibbiness and I don't like the chamois either, it's too bulky.
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Assos
I have always heard good things about them, but WOW they are EXPENSIVE.
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Old 04-18-12, 11:07 PM
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bibs all the way. they don't hike down your @ss as you ride. look around until you find one with a chamois thickness you prefer.
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I like both my bibs and shorts. Zoot trishorts and LG trishorts (both almost non-existent fleece chamois). Nalini bib shorts with variable thickness thin chamois. TYR trishorts with variable thickness quick-dry "thin-ish" chamois. And I've ridden all of these anywhere from the short 10 milers to 70+.

I hate my back-up emergency cheapo diaper-like chamois Bellwether shorts.

Basically, check out all kinds of shorts and bibs to find the brands that make you comfortable. Although, I've heard you should never buy gel chamois shorts.
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Old 04-19-12, 12:39 AM
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Performance Bike shorts with the green chamois.
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Before I read this thread I thought I'd been missing out on something by not trying bibs. Well, maybe I haven't. I'll probably try bibs at some point when I can find a good deal, but for now these, by Aerotech, are working pretty well for me. Excellent fit, material, and construction, and the price is right. Also, they are made in the US of A
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Performance Bike shorts with the green chamois.
That's my recommendation. The top of the line Performance bibs (Ultra 2) are unbeatable for the money. No silicon grippers on the 2012 shorts, but I've had no problems with them riding up. They're on sale all the time for about $50 and much, much better than anything close to that price.
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As far as recent purchases go, my faves are the Nashbar Isolation shorts and Tecsumeh shorts. They are identical other than the way the legs are finished off. Most comfortable shorts I have. They are $45-55 normally, but can be had for about $20 quite often. Legs are a little short, but that suits me, as I've got shorter legs. A taller person might not like them as much.
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Old 04-19-12, 08:18 AM
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I use Capo and Assos bibs, both very comfortable especially the Assos on long rides.
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Bibs. Capo > Castelli > Craft. I have to say though specialized rbx are pretty nice also.
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Old 04-19-12, 08:31 AM
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I'm thrilled with my Pearl Izumi Attack Shorts. Just keep in mind they are cut rather large.
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