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The Plethora of Bike Shorts(11 posts)

The Plethora of Bike Shortsdirthersh
Jun 16, 2003 9:53 AM
I'm in need of a new pair of bike shorts and I'm having a bit of a problem deciding which brand to buy. Most of my riding has been with a pair of Bellwether shorts and they seem OK. I've also own a pair of Performance Gel shorts but the damn gel shifted towards the front, leaving a gap ("gelless") over my right cheek-equality is always better when it comes...nevermind!
Anyway, with all the choices and prices, what should I look for? It would seem they are created equal to some extent, yet Assos are around $150. Are they worth it and are they better than $45 shorts?
What's the low-down?
VolerPatM
Jun 16, 2003 9:58 AM
This is going to be one of many replies with Voler in it, they run a bit smaller than other brands but they are worth it, bibs were on sale last week for $49 - can't beat that.

http://www.velowear.com/bottoms.asp
I snagged a pair of Voler shorts off Ebay for $10Dave Hickey
Jun 16, 2003 10:10 AM
The seller listed spelled Voler, V-o-l-a-r. The auction ended on a Saturday night. Brand spank'in new voler shorts for $10+$4. Life is good........... Great shorts.........
re: The Plethora of Bike ShortsMVN
Jun 16, 2003 10:06 AM
If you would like to try bibs, Voler has theirs on sale this month for members (just sign up to receive e-mail and you can get the deal) for $44.95. I just ordered another pair. I've been using Performance Elite's and Voler Team bibs for the last 3 years, and I like Volers better. The pad fits me better. Anyway, they make good stuff and you can get their shorts on sale for $35 or $40 from time to time. Most of the replies I've read here say they love Volers, some don't. It's a good deal because they let you send them back for exchange if the size happens to be wrong. Check out http://www.velowear.com for more info. I also own a pair of Nalini Lotto team bibs, and truthfully, the Volers fit better. I like a flat pad, not too thick and not too thin. The Volers fit the bill for me, it's the best pad I've tried of all the brands I've used. Never tried Assos b/c I can't see spending that much money for shorts or bibs, so I can't comment on them. I'm on a budget like almost everyone else, so I shop for value and price. Hope that helps.
re: The Plethora of Bike Shortsmcteague
Jun 16, 2003 12:03 PM
I, too, have been in search of comfortable shorts. P.I. chamois always seems to move around. Performance fabic is not soft enough. The Voler I tired had a meeting of two seams forming a + right where you sit and thus had a "knot" of fabric I could feel after a bit which rubbed me raw. I must have either a "Princess and the Pea" or "Goldilocks and the 3 bears" issues as none seem just right. The chamois of one is fine and the fabric of another. I can't quite bring myself to spend $150+ on shorts.

Tim
re: The Plethora of Bike ShortsCurtSD
Jun 16, 2003 12:29 PM
This may not help you right now, but next winter/spring look for sales on the previous year's team bibs. A couple months ago worldcycling.com and probikekit.com had lots of bibs (and jerseys) for $19.95. It's a good way to try out Santini, Biemme, and Nalini bibs for cheap to see what you like.
re: The Plethora of Bike Shortsbcm119
Jun 16, 2003 1:42 PM
I've been recommending Sugoi Ultimate shorts to all my friends- lots of people I know love them. They seem to fit lean people well- I'm 6 ft, 31" waist with a skinny ass and the Mediums fit me perfectly. The chamois is soft but durable. On sale at bikesmart.com for $42 now.
re: The Plethora of Bike Shorts12x23
Jun 16, 2003 2:58 PM
I've worn Performance Elite Bibs several years with good results. The mesh straps are wide and comfortable. However, the leg length is a little shorter than I like.

I experimented a little this year and purchased 4 prs of Volers with mixed results. As the previous poster noted the seam wears on my sitbones on extended rides and actually leaves a "line" across the saddle that's noticeable when I get off the bike. Also, I'm 6'1+" and 140 lbs and the Voler straps are a little too narrow and tight for me the medium size.

I also tried a pr of Santini CX Pro and a pr of the Santini Twist Gel from the Bicyclinghub (noticed their ad here). Both of these are most excellent, according to my bum. I'm probably going with the CX Pros in the future.
Testing Bib shortsGeoCyclist
Jun 16, 2003 5:11 PM
In the last three weeks I have purchased, and rode, three different makes of cycling bib shorts; Castelli yfuso ($180), Performance elite (2 for $100), and Giordana Prime Alliance team issue ($50). All the rides were between 60 and 80 kms with similar terrain. After a few rides with each pair of shorts I have come to the following conclusion.

The Castelli shorts fit great while you are on the bike; however, after two trips through the washing machine the chamois still does not lay flat against my body; it feels like you have a peice of cardboard in your shorts when you are off the bike. I guess that really shouldn't matter as the shorts are made for cycling not posing! The fabric quality and construction is excellent; as should be for the price. If money is no object, I'd recommend Castelli; but that said I don't see $130 improvement over the other shorts.

At 2 for $100 the Performance shorts were a good value. The construction (sewing in the Chamios area) is nowhere near as good as Castelli or Giordana; however, the Performance shorts fit well both on and off the bike. Riding comfort was good, but not as good as the Castelli; although, better than the Giordana.

I have a bias toward Giordana shorts as I have always liked the fit and quality. Once you have some saddle time in, the minimal chamios is not a big issue and appears to hold up better than shorts with thicker chamios. The sewing and fabric quality on these shorts is excellent; especially when considering the price. I purchased these shorts directly from Prime Alliance cycling team for $50 (including delivery by USPS). I originally purchased a long sleeve jersey from Prime Alliance. When I found out the jersey and shorts were made by Giordana I decided to buy the matching shorts. I have two old pair of Giordana bib shorts that I have worn until the lycra has become transparent, and the seams and chamios are still holding up.

Last week my wife wore her new Castelli Y donna bib shorts riding. I have to say that her Castelli shorts fit much better in the Chamio area than the Yfusa shorts fit me. She also said the shorts felt great on the bike; a good thing considering they cost $139.

I know the Giordana hold up well over time; much better than my Pearl Izumi Ultra Sensor, and low end (not elite) Performance shorts. It will be interesting to see how well the Castilli and Performance Elite shorts hold up!

Ride On!
re: The Plethora of Bike Shortslarryp2
Jun 16, 2003 6:08 PM
the Assos are worth it and they are better than the $45 shorts.
re: The Plethora of Bike Shortst0adman
Jun 18, 2003 3:25 PM
I've been happy with my Pearl Izumis, Performance and Nalini bibs. I guess I'm not that picky. I think I'll try those Volers though. Sounds like a great value.

t0adman