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Old 08-08-13, 03:31 PM
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Good Quality Touring Shorts for Kids

Has anyone yet found a decent touring short for kids? My boys are 8 and 12 and are both on the skinny side, weighing 75 and 95 pounds. I have lots of cheap shorts with light foam pads and no flatlock seams. I can never find quality kids shorts like what are available for adults. We family tour on tandems and kids do at lease one 300 mile tour a year if not more. They deserve something better that the junk I have found so far... Does anyone know where I can get some good quality bike shorts for kids?

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dwmckee, These work? https://www.rei.com/product/849226/th...a-001b2166becc .

There really isn't much for kids, but I think there's more available now than when my kids were little and PI was my choice for mine.

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Originally Posted by bradtx
dwmckee, These work? https://www.rei.com/product/849226/th...a-001b2166becc .

There really isn't much for kids, but I think there's more available now than when my kids were little and PI was my choice for mine.

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We have a couple of pair of these but they are really sized for kids a little bigger around than my kids. I am still hoping my biggest one will fit the small REI shorts this year! Definitely all too big for my smallest one...
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I purchased just the padded liners @ Dick's Sporting Goods. I think early on I had to get the women's version since they run smaller. Then he used the liners in whatever shorts he had at the time.
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Check Aero Tech Designs - they sell bike clothing for kids. Take a look at these:
https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/chpaprobish.html
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What types of problems have they been having with regular shorts?
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I'm at the opposite end from a kid, but all I do is sew in fleece into sweats. The first time I did it I used a little too little fleece in the peanut, so I added a second layer over top. The double layer was super comfortable. But my skin survived just as well with a single layer. What wasn't as good was shifting back and forth from one to the other, it affected bike fit!

Anyway, fleece is dead cheap. I spend about 5 bucks for a yard of high end stuff at the fabric store, it costs twice that, but there is always some on sale, and the plain is cheaper to boot. And a yard is about 60 inches wide. What clothes you put the fleece in is up to you and your kids. With normal cycling hygiene the fleece is just tremendous.
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Originally Posted by Altair 4
Check Aero Tech Designs - they sell bike clothing for kids. Take a look at these:
https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/chpaprobish.html
These look like they might work. A couple of years ago Aerotech only carried really cheap shorts that were useless; it looks like they now may have a decent pair available in kids sizes! Thanks!
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Originally Posted by 3speed
What types of problems have they been having with regular shorts?
Chafing mostly on longer rides, same as adults.. We ride tandems and can have 40 - 50 mile days. They do not complain too much, but definitely get saddle sores without good shorts...
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