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Bike Shorts(19 posts)

Bike Shortsuwgrl
Apr 24, 2001 10:51 AM
I am just getting into road biking and there are a ton of brands for shorts/jerseys and other apperal. Can anyone suggest a good brand that's going to last a long time and be really comfortable? Price isn't that important if it's a great investment and will last me a while. I would rather buy the right pair once then buy the wrong pair and have to buy again. Thanks!
The next time you're in TorontoBrian C.
Apr 24, 2001 11:06 AM
Check out Mountain Equipment Co-op. It's an outfitters' store with a dedicated department for cyclists, and there are two or three types of padded shorts available. (And if you don't like its wares, there's a couple of other similar shops across the street.) You could get them to send you a catalogue. Try
A couple of weeks ago on this bulletin board, several folks were extolling the virtues of bibs rather than shorts.
There are a number of good makers out there. For the mostbill
Apr 24, 2001 11:08 AM
part, I think that you get what you pay for. Even if the name is generally good (or generally not so good), the lower end shorts in the line suck but the higher end is usually fine. More expensive higher end shorts are generally (often enough, anyway) better than less expensive higher end shorts. Get the picture?
Opinions differ on the best bargains. I really haven't found that bargains (other than items on sale, which you can ALWAYS find) have worked very well, but maybe I just haven't picked up on the right bargain makers.
You can quibble with the ubiquitous Pearl Izumi, but I find them to fit really well and wear okay. I also have Sugoi that I like, Canari (eh -- mediocre), Performance Elite (pretty good for the money), Assos, some others (Hind, a store brand -- Bikes USA, gone now, etc.).
Apr 24, 2001 11:08 AM
Buy the bibs. Inexpensive, well made, and will last for mile after mile.
Agreed (nm)4bykn
Apr 24, 2001 11:17 AM
Apr 24, 2001 12:22 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I went to this website and I can't figure out how to order a pair of bibs. It looks like they only except bulk orders. Am I missing something? I've read good things about these bibs on this site and I'm interested in trying them.

Thanks for your help.

click "retail" (nm)Haiku d'état
Apr 24, 2001 12:25 PM
click "retail" (nm)Hap
Apr 24, 2001 12:41 PM
For some reason my brouser wouldn't let me on that part of the page (script error). I did find a seperate link to that had a singles. Is this the same place the other link would take me to?

Thanks, Hap
hmm. try this.Haiku d'état
Apr 24, 2001 12:56 PM
hmm. do these shorts (at least the chamois) look strikinglybill
Apr 24, 2001 1:08 PM
similar to Performance Elite shorts? Anyone ever hold them side by side? Price point is about the same. Everyone/everything has got to be/come from somewhere.
That works. Thanks. (nm)Hap
Apr 25, 2001 6:23 AM
re: Bike Shortspmf
Apr 24, 2001 12:00 PM
UWGRL -- I assume you're female. There are shorts made for women by Terry, Pearl and others. My wife likes the Pearl shorts. She recently bought some Voler bibs and likes them also. Voler is running a hell of a deal on XS size bibs with the old (better) cantera pad for $16. These normally go for $55 and are comparable to bibs costing $75. She's a size 4 and they fit pretty well (a tad loose -- they're made for men). I've had great luck with Voler. They're priced right, last a long time, have a comfy pad and come with a pre-addressed USPS envelope that you can return them in real easily if they don't fit (just stick them in the envelope w/ receipt, seal it and drop it in a postal box).
Congrats, pmf.boy nigel
Apr 25, 2001 6:50 AM
You're the first one to read into the "uwgrl" name as being a female. As I read down the entries, I couldn't get that everyone's suggesting bibs to her. They didn't get it, I suppose.

I was going to post a "But uwgrl is most likely a GIRL" post, but you beat me to the punch (Or did you merely punch me to the beat?). :)

Congrats, pmf.uwgrl
Apr 25, 2001 1:57 PM
Just so there is no question, I am a female. 20 years old from the Pacific Northwest...Nice to meet you all!
re: Bike ShortsBecky
Apr 24, 2001 12:00 PM
So, for all of you extolling the virtues of bibs, I have to ask (as a woman): Do any of you know women who wear bibs to ride? I would think that the styling lends itself a little better to the male form...
au contraire. I'll be the judge of that.bill
Apr 24, 2001 12:08 PM
although I do understand that the straps can get in the way of a young lady's dirty pillows. (I can't believe that I just said that).
As for the aesthetic effect, well, for the most part, no one can tell that you're wearing bibs. I can assure you, anyone that I would be happy to gaze upon in shorts I would be happy to gaze upon in bibs. Lastly, bibs are ecumenical in one respect; they make it harder for anyone, including boys who usually have it so easy, to pee.
Apr 24, 2001 12:19 PM
Thank you for your help, I reallly appreciate it!
re: Bike Shortspmf
Apr 24, 2001 12:49 PM
Yes it does, especially when you need to pee. My wife uses them for commuting only. For longer rides, she uses regular shorts.
re: Bike ShortsRick S
Apr 24, 2001 6:59 PM
Head on down to REI (the main store in the cascadia neighborhood) or if you want more upscale stuff check out Greg's at the north end of Green Lake.

The REI-brand shorts stack up well against Pearl Isumi and/or Sugoi brands and cost a lot less.