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Cycling Shorts Question: NO MORE TIGHT WAISTBANDS!

Old 07-03-14, 05:50 AM
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Cycling Shorts Question: NO MORE TIGHT WAISTBANDS!

Hello BikeForums Members:

Everyone has a thing. My thing is a severe hatred of tight elastic around my waist. I HATE tight elastic around my waist. I cannot find and road biking shorts that aren't way too tight (I've got a 29 inch waist). I've tried sizing up, but then the shorts themselves are too big.

Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations on any bike shorts that have a 'relaxed' waistband than isn't so tight.

Appreciate the help.

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Old 07-03-14, 05:51 AM
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Bibs.
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Old 07-03-14, 06:03 AM
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Bibs.
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Old 07-03-14, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by TBox9 View Post
Hello BikeForums Members:

Everyone has a thing. My thing is a severe hatred of tight elastic around my waist. I HATE tight elastic around my waist. I cannot find and road biking shorts that aren't way too tight (I've got a 29 inch waist). I've tried sizing up, but then the shorts themselves are too big.

Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations on any bike shorts that have a 'relaxed' waistband than isn't so tight.

Appreciate the help.

TBox9
If Wrangler made bike shorts, maybe.

As has been mentioned....bibs. You will never look back.
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Old 07-03-14, 06:23 AM
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ditto, bibs
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Old 07-03-14, 06:31 AM
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With a 29 inch waist I am surprised you can even find a pair of shorts that is tight. If you hate tight waistbands now, just wait until you grow up.
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Old 07-03-14, 06:38 AM
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Cycling Shorts Question: NO MORE TIGHT WAISTBANDS!

I typically buy used shorts from ebay sellers in europe. Decca Sport is a great short. The last pair I bought, after several washings completely lost its elasticity in the waist. Very comfortable.
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Bibs seem to solve a multitude of problems. I'm pretty sure I'll never go back to shorts.
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Has anyone mentioned bibs yet?
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
I typically buy used shorts from ebay sellers in europe. Decca Sport is a great short. The last pair I bought, after several washings completely lost its elasticity in the waist. Very comfortable.
really?

but seriously, the OP might find a seamstress of use.
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I'm surprised at the lack of recommendations for the obvious choice, bibs......
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If no one has mentioned it yet I would try bibs.
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Guys who say shorts are good enough are the same kind of people who think that Applebees is a good enough place to get a steak.
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Someone should mention bibs...
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I'm going to have to disagree.
I would recommend bibs.
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I have a a 32-34 waist and have never noticed the waist band on any shorts. I hate shoulder straps of bibs, but bibs prevent butt crack exposure, so I tuck them in the waist. So now I have bib-shorts, best of both.
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if you haven't heard of bibs, you should try them.
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I can't believe all of you guys are giving the OP such terrible advice. The obvious answer to their problem is bibs.

On a side note, I cleaned up my BB a few days ago and wanted to go on a quick 2-3mi ride to see if I had beaten the creaking (answer is yes, for now) so I threw on one of my original pair of shorts before I saw the light and switched to bibs. Even this 2-3mi ride SUCKED SO HARD because of the stupid shorts waist band digging into me.

So to conclude, the answer is bibs.
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Old 07-03-14, 08:46 AM
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Has anyone suggested bibs yet?
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If you want to know what bibs are like, pull out the drawstring on your shorts and get some clip suspenders. Poor man's bibs
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+1 for bibs.
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