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Old 04-13-13, 11:42 PM
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Baggy Short/Knicker Recommendations Needed

I'm pretty much a lycra kind of cyclist and have been for the past 5 or so years, road and mountain biking. My last two tours I've worn nothing but cycling jerseys and bibs. On our last tour a long time riding buddy (and normal lycra wearer) switched to a loose fitting wool t shirt and MTB shorts. He much preferred this get up over his former lycra garb. I am doing a 6 day, 400ish mile tour this summer (northern CA coast) and am probably going to go the way of loose shorts and top.

Any recommendations on good shorts or knickers?

Preferably no loud colors, few to no pockets, and no crazy mesh panels everywhere. Ideally no built in shorts as I plan to wear bibs underneath. I've seen the usual recommendations on here about some HUMVEE shorts and they just don't do it for me (maybe it's just the aesthetics) and at that price I'd rather get something from SWRVE. Also recommendations don't have to be cycling specific if you've found them to work well when cycling.
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Old 04-14-13, 07:51 AM
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I purchased a couple of Aero Tech MTB padded Mountain Shorts last year and really like them. They look good off the bike and are very comfortable when riding.

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/mtb-p...ke-shorts.html


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Old 04-14-13, 10:46 AM
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Theres some wool ones sewn right there in the LA basin..

http://www.bicyclefixation.com/shop.html

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Old 04-14-13, 12:51 PM
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Black stretchy basketball shorts over padded lycra shorts: works for me.
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Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
I purchased a couple of Aero Tech MTB...
I've been using Aero Tech Designs lycra shorts for years. This American company manufactures their own brand products and other name-brands in PA. I use and recommend the "Pro" shorts, they're not real fancy but a good value, something that should appeal to most tourists. If ATD had branded these shorts Descente, Garneau or one of the other name-brands they make, then they'd cost closer to $100, rather than $40:

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/mens-...ike-short.html

Originally Posted by MTBMaven View Post
I'm pretty much a lycra kind of cyclist...
You should stick to lycra, and give up on the mtb shorts idea now.

It's unlikely that you'll never find mtb shorts that work as well as the road shorts or bibs you already use. Roadies trying to switch to mtb shorts tend to compare them to their trouble-free experience with lycra, then find themselves disappointed in one of the mtb-specific features.

Last time this topic appeared, the OP complained the pockets in his mtb shorts were too large and his keys/wallet/roll of quarters/brick flopped around as he pedaled - as if mtb shorts magically defy gravity.

If you're wearing bibs underneath, why restrict your choice to mtb shorts? How about hiking pants with zip-off legs, or longish swim trunks. This apparel is more multi-functional than mtb shorts, probably for less cost. You can ride in them, hike, swim, and just plain walk around.

Tights over shorts/bibs works pretty good too, especially in cooler climes.
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Old 04-14-13, 02:37 PM
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I just bought my first pair of cycling specfic shorts, padded or otherwise(geeze, after a lifetime of biking and a 5 year period car free, you'd think I would know better!)
These:
https://www.google.com/search?q=bell...GhKLf5CjfWM%3A

And they are fabulous and have a removable(possibly wearable alone) padded liner.
I also got a Surly wool jersey and love it!!!
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Old 04-14-13, 03:18 PM
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when i travel, i usually bring 1 bib (i like bibs) and 1 baggy mtb shorts with some crappy built-in chamois. i prefer my superhero-looking roadie hugger kit on my bike, but i don't care to be the polyester superstar when i go to the minimart, library, caca fast food place, etc. my baggy mtb shorts are good for maintaining my low-key, mild-mannered secret identity. on my bib days, i will sometimes throw my town shorts (a stinky, baggy, nylon swim trunks) over my bib so i can go into the store with pockets and without people knowing i am circumcised and definitely not a porn star.

i have some stretchy polyester cutter knickers from bonktown or chainlove that i sometimes wear over my bib. you can probably find them if you do a search, although they may not be as cheap as when they are the sale of the moment. a lot of mtbers ride with some sort of stretchy, poly, free-ride- or dh-style shorts over their shorts or whatever they use to protect their junk, and you can often find those on bonktown or chainlove or whatever if you are patient. they might be stretchy or ventilated or protective, or whatever, but whatever you use, it probably will feel like you are wearing something bulky over your diaper, it will probably be a bit hot, and it might occasionally snag the nose of your saddle if you are in and out of your saddle frequently. if you are mostly concerned about a bit of modesty in the library or starbucks or wherever, i suggest packing your favorite bibs and a pair of over-shorts in one of your easily accessed pockets.

oh, and cutter classic wool jerseys (also occasionally on chainlove) are the bomb, even with their stupidly long sleeves and thumbhole.
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Old 04-14-13, 05:08 PM
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I've worn lycra roadie shorts for years. Last year, I found a deal on these:

http://www.louisgarneau.com/us-en/pr...BERTY_SHORTS_2

Liked them so much, I bought a 2nd pair. I use them for all my riding now.
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Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
It's unlikely that you'll never find mtb shorts that work as well as the road shorts or bibs you already use. Roadies trying to switch to mtb shorts tend to compare them to their trouble-free experience with lycra, then find themselves disappointed in one of the mtb-specific features.
^^^^

HAHAHA. Reminded me of the first time I went for a (2) water bottle ride with the Sporty Quick Bike and MTB shorts.
Unknown to me, the combination of the Polar bottles rubberized pull valve flange, the height of the seat tube water bottle holder, and MTB shorts, Activated the HANDY DANDY water bottle AUTO-EJECT feature.
The first two traffic controls (both of which were left turn lanes) where I had to *unclip and put a foot down* had the water bottle end up in the middle of the intersection when I accelerated thru the intersection on getting the light. After the second time this happened I finally Figured out that the cuff of the shorts on the leg that remained on the pedal while I was waiting for the light was snagging the pull valve and lifting the water bottle out of its holder as my leg returned to the top of the pedal stroke.
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Old 04-15-13, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
You should stick to lycra, and give up on the mtb shorts idea now.

It's unlikely that you'll never find mtb shorts that work as well as the road shorts or bibs you already use. Roadies trying to switch to mtb shorts tend to compare them to their trouble-free experience with lycra, then find themselves disappointed in one of the mtb-specific features.
I would tend to agree with this... I'm a road cyclist who occasionally does some mountain biking. I've tried a number of different MTB-specific shorts and they were all pretty lame for one reason or another. When touring, I wear lycra bibs, a cycling jersey, and have a pair of regular shorts that I can quickly pull on over the bibs if necessary.
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Old 04-15-13, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jabantik00 View Post
.... i will sometimes throw my town shorts (a stinky, baggy, nylon swim trunks) over my bib so i can go into the store with pockets and without people knowing i am circumcised and definitely not a porn star.
chuckle
you win a toaster oven for that one.

Ive tried baggy stuff too for riding, but still prefer lycra, and use an old pair of light, thin black baggy shorts to just throw on for just as you describe.
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Old 04-15-13, 09:53 AM
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Pocket less sweat pants and the MTB shorts, with pockets, work for me..

As do sweatpants with pockets, ..
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I like baggy shorts as well. Especially touring since they double as shorts when you are off the bike. I have a couple cycling specific baggy shorts with the chamois liner sown in. Recently, I bought a pair of North Face hiking shorts at Dick's for about half the price of the typical cycle specific shorts. I wear lycra cycling shorts underneath and they are perfect. At the end of a long day in the saddle you can take off the lycra shorts and they are very comfortable by themselves. You can also wear them as swimming trunks.
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Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
I've been using Aero Tech Designs lycra shorts for years. This American company manufactures their own brand products and other name-brands in PA. I use and recommend the "Pro" shorts, they're not real fancy but a good value, something that should appeal to most tourists. If ATD had branded these shorts Descente, Garneau or one of the other name-brands they make, then they'd cost closer to $100, rather than $40:

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/mens-...ike-short.html
This just came in the mail, 10% off with free shipping for >$99 total:

http://go.emaildir2.com/l/a/x2i/e/qv...x8/trouble.htm
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lululemon has some nice stuff, expensive but worth it, if you have a store near you, I wouldn't recommend buying on-line. the thing about baggy shorts is if they are too looose they blow up and expose too much thigh, it they are too stiff they rub against your thigh with each pedal stroke. I suggest to experiement before you commit any particular garment to the long durartion ride. I wear tri-shorts under my baggies.

I also have some MTB shorts from REI which I like a lot, but I don't use the liner that came with them. they are a great short for other stuff too like camping, in general

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Old 04-15-13, 01:44 PM
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I like Aerotech Design Outlaw MTB shorts. http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/outla...ike-short.html The shorts and the inner liner are one piece.

I'm comfortable in the saddle with these (nice chamois/pad) and yet can get off the bike and walk around without standing out. I like to have pockets, too.
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