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Old 08-28-12, 07:47 PM
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Road Bike Shorts

I am new to cycling and am about to buy my first pair of shorts. I am looking for the most bang for my buck for under $100. Any suggestions? Also should I get regular shorts or a bib? Is it just based on personal preference? What would you suggest for a new rider?

Thanks guys!
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Old 08-28-12, 08:01 PM
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If you are unsure of bibs or shorts, go to some place like Performance Bike and try some on. A lot of people here like bibs better than short but I don't. I prefer shorts. I guess it depends on what bothers you more, waist bands or shoulder straps.
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Old 08-28-12, 08:19 PM
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Aerotechdesigns has very good shorts for the price. I've picked up three pair for about $45 each.
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Old 08-28-12, 08:19 PM
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Sugoi.
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Old 08-28-12, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by SCochiller View Post
Sugoi.
Agreed... worth the money.

And if you have a gut, get bibs.
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Old 08-28-12, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by SCochiller View Post
Sugoi.
which model?
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Old 08-28-12, 11:09 PM
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Go to performance or REI and try some on. generally, higher prices come with better features.

I have some Sugoi RSE bibs and they're nice, but the legs seem short to me. Pearl Izumi are usually good to me (Elite or Pro) and my new favorites are Giordana Laser bibs.
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Old 08-28-12, 11:38 PM
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I've only got one pair of shorts from Voler, and a high-end bib from them, and a bib from Pactimo. They're all comfortable and each different. You should try on a few before buying.
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Old 08-29-12, 05:12 AM
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I use Pearl or Sugoi.
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Old 08-29-12, 06:39 AM
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i like performance elite for a good discount bib.. half off online, and they still have all sizes.

https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...095057__400000

try some on in the store to find the right size and buy them wherever they're cheapest. NOTE, do not go to a real LBS and waste their time trying stuff on then buy online. this method is only acceptable at performance bike.
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Old 08-29-12, 06:54 AM
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I currently have two pair of shorts. One pair, brand name Pace, bought from LBS on sale for about $50. Also have a pair of Nashbar shorts. $22 from Nashbar. Surprisingly good for the price. Even if you buy a pair of shorts for $100, pick up some Nashbar bike shorts as a second pair.
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Old 08-29-12, 06:58 AM
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I have all bibs.
(disclaimer: I have a gut)
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Old 08-29-12, 07:02 AM
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I've only tried Pearl Izumi shorts and bibs. They seem ok,
both in terms of price and performance. I prefer bibs over
shorts.




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Old 08-29-12, 07:34 AM
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I'm a recreational rider and always thought shorts were the way to go. I've had good luck with the Performance/Nashbar brands. However, over the last year I purchased some LG and they don't fit my body at all. I decided to try PI bibs. I really like not having a waist band. All I have to say now is..."bibs where have you been all my life".
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Old 08-29-12, 07:36 AM
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i bought a pair from my LBS when i picked up my new Giant bike friday night. Never worn biking shorts, never road biked before either. I feel like im wearing a diaper when i wear them lol feels good on the bike through! sersiously the padding in the crotch is insane.
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Old 08-29-12, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
which model?
I like the Evolutions.
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Old 08-29-12, 08:24 AM
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My favorites are the Nashbar Isolation & Tecumseh shorts (same thing with only a minor detail difference). But for your first pair, you might be best off to go to a store and try them on.
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Old 08-29-12, 08:33 AM
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If you want to try something very inexpensively, go with love2pedal.com. Especially if you're a bigger chap like me as they have a wide variety of sizes. I have found however, that each time I buy new bibs, I tend to buy something a little more expensive than what I bought last time and tend to wear the less expensive stuff less. Don't know if that's a result of my mind telling me it must be better as it cost more or if I actually like them better. Since I only rarely go over 30-40 miles (I'll admit it, I don't belong here) I probably could get by without wearing them at all.
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Old 08-29-12, 08:35 AM
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See my for sale thread - I have some Sugoi bibs available. Make me an offer!
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Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
Aerotechdesigns has very good shorts for the price. I've picked up three pair for about $45 each.
And the bibs are only about $10 more, and the equal of bibs that cost twice as much.
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Old 08-29-12, 12:57 PM
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I've got some bad news for you, despite all the recommendations.

You are going to have to experiment. Yes, go to a shop and try on shorts. The most critical issue will be the size of the pad/chamois. Any that feels as though it is bunching up between your legs and squashing your bits are not going to be good on the bike.

Then you need to make sure the wings are wide enough to actually cover the saddle. Some don't, or the edge is right on the saddle and is sure to be a chafe point once you get warmed up and sweaty.

Then there are the leg bands that are designed to stop the shorts from riding up, and to keep leg and knee warmers from slipping down. Some have a woven elastic band, some have a wavy silicon bead or two. Are they too tight? Do you have a skin allergy to silicon, for instance.

Some shorts are made from a lycra fabric that is heavier than others. Some are a cotton/elastane mix, and there are more that are wool.

Then there is the height of the waist band. Some are just high enough to fall under the gut line; others come up beyond the bottom line of the gut and can fold over as soon as you relax the stomach muscles. (ie, let your gut out).

And finally, the pad/chamois material will be important. Within one brand I can think of, there are some users who swear by their comfort, but there are others who complain bitterly about how the chamois material chafes their butts.
Some people get lucky and find a brand and model of shorts first time up. Others, some of whom post here, complain of chafing that might be saddle related, might be entirely shorts related, or might be a combination of both.

You could be brave, of course, and just get lycra compression shorts without the chamois, but with a flat seam across the crotch, or preferably none at all. But there are very few who go that course, and they need a darned good saddle to make that step.

So really, you are just as likely have to experiment. Get a pair that feels good between the crotch, and go from there. It might be that the cheapest you buy will be the best, but maybe not.

Oh and under no circumstances wear your tighty-whiteys underneath. You'll be laughed off the peloton, and have a really sore butt and crotch to boot.

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Originally Posted by SCochiller View Post
Sugoi.
Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Agreed... worth the money.

And if you have a gut, get bibs.
+1!!!
I'm luck enough that this company is local, & I get to shop when they have their factory sample sales.
Gut or no gut, get a bib or 2. Its nice to be able to cycle a few if you ride more than 3-4 times a week, it cuts down on laundry cycles.
I have both bib, & shorts, & my shorts see no use except when I'm on my trainer, & I'm feeling lazy.
Bib or shorts,I like to handwash mine after a ride so no bacteria grow in the chamois.
They go into the laundry afterwards, & get hung dry outside when weather permits.
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