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Good loose fitting bike shorts for road bike(13 posts)

Good loose fitting bike shorts for road bikejed
Sep 20, 2001 3:37 PM
any suggestions
Or they are loose fitting or they are for road bike,,not both :)nestorl
Sep 20, 2001 3:40 PM
Or they are loose fitting or they are for road bike,,not both :)jed
Sep 20, 2001 3:43 PM
i have a road bike im looking to buy loose fitting shorts for biking
Same BoatJohn Evans
Sep 21, 2001 4:05 AM
I started out wearing my shorts, they are ok. Now I like the underwear "brief" from performance. I wear them under gym shorts. I think they work well but then again I'm not riding 100 miles.
we don't need no stinkin' modestyjtolleson
Sep 20, 2001 5:23 PM
Bike shorts are no time to be modest, though we've all thought, in our early days of bicycling the same "egads! I can't dress like that!"

The snugness isn't just about a look, or wind resistence, or whatever. It is about friction points, saddles sores, and agony-of-de-you-know-what. The extra fabric that would come with baggy shorts will become a crease or pressure point and I can assure you that it will be someplace you DON'T like.

The padded compression shorts under regular baggies are an option, but I think you'll eventually find they are interfering with comfort, especially past about mile 20... and by mile 50 ... yowza! Call the paramedics!

: )

Good luck.
re: Good loose fitting bike shorts for road bikeRich Clark
Sep 20, 2001 4:24 PM
Bike shorts are by definition not loose-fitting. You can wear padded underwear, or regular padded lycra bike shorts as underwear, with any old baggy shorts over them if you like.

MTB shorts that look baggy, like those made by Zoic, have padded stretchy shorts sewn inside. They work fine, but no better than padded underwear plus the shorts of your choice. Just try to avoid shorts with thick seams, like denims.

re: Good loose fitting bike shorts for road bikeDINOSAUR
Sep 20, 2001 4:35 PM
You don't want loose fitting shorts for riding a road bike.
Loose fitting means chaffing and no support in those manly areas. Since cycling shorts are meant to be worn with no underwear, I usually go to the next smaller size. You want them tight and snug. Like other apparel, sizes vary depending on manufacturer. Once you find a brand that fits, stick with them and it will save the hassle of getting the right size with the next purchase. Try shorts that have eight panels, lots end-of-summer stuff on sale now, search around for the best deals.
In additionJimF
Sep 20, 2001 5:38 PM
My first year riding, I learned the hard way one reason why loose sleeves are no good on the road-they trap bees and wasps. Loose shorts have the same (or worse) liability.
The whole baggy short thing started.......Largo
Sep 20, 2001 5:42 PM
With free-rider types who needed more protection than lycra affords.
Also, you just need to look at freeriders riding style, lots of standing, coasting, not seated and pedalling.
The first time you wear baggies and get the crotch trapped behind the saddle is the last time you will wear 'em.
re: Good loose fitting bike shorts for road bikeStickers
Sep 20, 2001 7:07 PM Look up cargo shorts by CCS, ONLY CCS brand. Seam is comfortable over bike shorts. Rise is high, so pull em up, wear a belt, or braces.
re: Good loose fitting bike shorts for road bikeLone Gunman
Sep 21, 2001 6:26 AM
And make sure the suspenders/braces are the rainbow type with the big brass clips on them. And get one of those rainbow or orange afro wigs to go with it.
I used to think that I looked ridiculous in Lycra.bill
Sep 21, 2001 6:47 AM
I still look ridiculous; I just don't think about it anymore.
Lycra is worn because it's comfy. The stuff works. You don't have to get the flashy stuff (although there is something to be said for being seen on the road -- they don't know who I am under the helmet and shades, anyway). You owe it to yourself to give it a try. The good stuff transports the moisture away from your body, moves with you, and, what else can I say, works.
Sep 21, 2001 8:24 AM
I rode across the country (SF to Boston) many years ago and started with 2 pair of bike shorts. After several weeks of washing each night, the chamois were shot and my seat (bike and personal) were well, shall we say, matched. I just started riding in gym shorts with briefs and never had a problem. I always wear bike shorts now though.