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Old 07-08-19, 03:08 PM
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Cycling shorts.

I have a pair of canari gel shorts and 2 pair of sponeed shorts. The canaries are pretty decent. What do you folks like? Something good that wont break the bank.
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Old 07-08-19, 03:24 PM
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I've been using Voler bibs for many years now. Very comfortable fit, good chamois pads, made in USA.

Voler men's bottoms
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I'm not a fan of gel shorts. I prefer a thin chamois, just enough to wick away sweat and prevent chaffing.
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Another fan of very little padding. But far more important, the shorts, as a whole, have to work for you. No one here can do more than suggest names you could try on. What works for them might be far, far from what works for you.

Edit: a snug fit counts for a lot. Hence bibs being so popular. Another way to get the comfort (and keep the convenience of shorts) is to buy shorts and use clip-on suspenders. Yes you will be the only only one an a ride of any size. But your crotch will be just as happy and using the port-a-potty is far easier.

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Old 07-08-19, 06:17 PM
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I've obviously never worn bibs. Maybe I should try some. Might change the whole feel of the ride. The volers look nice. I have noticed sometimes scooting back on the seat sometimes the front of the seat will catch and pull the shorts. That's frustrating.
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
I've obviously never worn bibs. Maybe I should try some. Might change the whole feel of the ride. The volers look nice. I have noticed sometimes scooting back on the seat sometimes the front of the seat will catch and pull the shorts. That's frustrating.
Both suspenders and bibs should stop that. Not if the straps are not tight enough - another reason I like suspenders. They are so simple to adjust. (Also deal with our varying torso lengths to waist sizes.)
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I use Pearl Izumi Quest shorts. I prefer them to the more expensive Pearl 8 panel ones.
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Not cheap but I really like them.

Sugoi RS Pro bibs

https://us-store.sugoi.com/products/...-pro-bib-short
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I have a few different brands, but I realize that I usually wear the aero-techs.

https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/mens...ike-short.html
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Przewalski shorts and bibs on Amazon. Best buy you'll find anywhere, at $15-$25. Be sure to get the type with their 3D padding. Most comfortable pads I've tried, including Pearl Izumi, Black Bibs, Aero Tech and others. Wicks sweat without feeling soggy. Dense, resilient, doesn't lose loft, and washes easily.

I used to prefer minimal padding but after losing weight I need a little more around the sit bones.
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Thanks for the help guys. I guess I'll try my luck and see what works. Being new to cycling it's hard to know where to find good brands clothing. I'm thinking about a pair of bibs, seems interesting.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Przewalski shorts and bibs on Amazon. Best buy you'll find anywhere, at $15-$25. Be sure to get the type with their 3D padding. Most comfortable pads I've tried, including Pearl Izumi, Black Bibs, Aero Tech and others. Wicks sweat without feeling soggy. Dense, resilient, doesn't lose loft, and washes easily.

I used to prefer minimal padding but after losing weight I need a little more around the sit bones.
I'm sorry but I disagree, I own these and have actually thrown them away due to discomfort. Frankly, shell out some cash for one or two decent $$$ pairs of bib shorts and you will be extremely happy. Far too many people neglect actually buying quality kit and it really does make an extreme difference.
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The Rapha Core Bib shorts are the best value in my opinion. $115

You get the compression in all the right areas, it's cut to fit perfectly in a riding position (one thing I can't stand is loose or overly elastic suspenders) and the stitching and chammy are superb.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
I'm not a fan of gel shorts. I prefer a thin chamois, just enough to wick away sweat and prevent chaffing.
Good God.

The word is "chafing" (abrade by rubbing). ONE 'f'. Pronounced with a long "a" sound, like "aid".
Chaffing (teasing, mocking) is a completely different word. Pronounced with a short "a" sound, like "apple".

While I'm at it (not JDT, just a pet peeve): "faze" (disturb) NOT, repeat, NOT, "phase" (states or cycles of a system; or, aspect of moon or planet).
Being "phased" is something that happens when Captain Kirk shoots at you (though, being phased could certainly faze you, for a brief instant).

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Something I didn't see mentioned is the fit does vary a bit by size (duh). Some brands cut and sew in different countries. They actually may use different stitch types, fabric and panel based on location. Typically location is determined by size, but it is not always the same.


Pearl may be gone soon. Of course, they might get a new owner.
Might mean good deals, but might make repeat buys difficult.
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The word is "chafing" (abrade by rubbing). ONE 'f'. Pronounced with a long "a" sound, like "aid".
Thank you for your pedantry. Consider me properly chastised.
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Chafffing is when you are rubbbed raw. Thats whenn I use my Shammmy Buttter.
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try Merlin cycles from the UK . I like there altura shorts there med range pairs run about 50 bucks have a few pairs for about 4 years now and still holding up really good. Better than some of my pearl Izumi shorts that cost over a hundred bucks shipping takes about a week tho .
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My first cycling shorts were Canir shorts, not bibs. Did their job in eliminating chafing, though my rides weren't long enough to need any padding.

I got a second pair (this time Garneau) from Dick's sporting goods. The problem with the shorts is that the waistband folds over while I'm cycling.

So then I got some of the basic bib shorts and shirts from GCN as I like the channel and the design/colors of the apparel. I quite like them. So far after two months of use they are comfortable, they fit well, the sizing was accurate, and the straps means they stay on.

I have one pair of Assos bib shorts/jersey. The material quality is better but I'm not sure if the difference is meaningful. Maybe they will last longer and that would offset the fact they cost 80% more.
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I find bib shorts are one of the most important factors in riding and that's why I'm not shy to spend money there. I've really had good experiences with Assos (not surprising) and Eliel.
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
I have a pair of canari gel shorts and 2 pair of sponeed shorts. The canaries are pretty decent. What do you folks like? Something good that wont break the bank.
Voler. They use Elastic Inteface Technology pads with 120 kg/m^3 foam beneath the sit bones and are very affordable at $120-$140 depending on your preference for bibs or shorts.

Assos and Rapha also use EIT pads.

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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Przewalski shorts and bibs on Amazon. Best buy you'll find anywhere, at $15-$25. Be sure to get the type with their 3D padding. Most comfortable pads I've tried, including Pearl Izumi, Black Bibs, Aero Tech and others. Wicks sweat without feeling soggy. Dense, resilient, doesn't lose loft, and washes easily.

I used to prefer minimal padding but after losing weight I need a little more around the sit bones.
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I'm sorry but I disagree, I own these and have actually thrown them away due to discomfort. Frankly, shell out some cash for one or two decent $$$ pairs of bib shorts and you will be extremely happy. Far too many people neglect actually buying quality kit and it really does make an extreme difference.
JUST got a pair of Przewalski 3D shorts in and wore them on my 69 Birthday Ride yesterday. First 105 miles of the 141 miles were in those shorts and even after being sopping wet for hours from torrential rains they were great. At $19.99 gonna get me more. Thanks c-cat.
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Everybody's different and different shorts work for different folks' butts. However, I have never regretted spending to get quality shorts. In my case, Castelli.
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Seems were so fortunate to have so many good options.
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Pearl may be gone soon. Of course, they might get a new owner.
Might mean good deals, but might make repeat buys difficult.
Did Shimano dump PI?
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