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tips on buying shorts(4 posts)

tips on buying shortsdaCaT_
Aug 5, 2003 5:37 PM
I have finally worked my way down to a size large and am in need of some new shorts. I have always bought what ever is on sale at Performance, but i am now putting in lots of miles (i get a new bike tomorrow too!) and want to get something more serious.

What are some things to look for in short fit and construction? Some of these shorts at Excel (local shop) cost over $164! Is there a performance advantage to getting pearl izumi $120 model verses the $80 model? Any advice is welcome.
re: tips on buying shortsdesmo
Aug 5, 2003 9:43 PM
Voler bibs are the best I've ever ridden and at $50 to $60 are a good value. Can't imagine anything more than "marketing" added into the triple digit stuff over these. You can buy them direct at
re: tips on buying shortslemmy999
Aug 6, 2003 6:38 AM
If the Voler stuff lasts, it is a great deal!!

I have found the main difference between the Performance brand and the Pearl stuff is just durability. My Performance and Nashbar brand shorts are lucky to last 1 season, but the Pearl stuff will last for a long time. The problem I have is that the inseams on many shorts are too long. 8" is about as long as I can stand and some are over 9" and it comes down on top of my knee.
re: tips on buying shortsinnergel
Aug 6, 2003 10:55 AM
The main difference I have found is that the more expensive the shorts get, the better the construction and pad is. The thing I like most about my high end shorts (PI, Castelli, and Sugoi) is that they have flat seams. The flat seams tend to irritate my legs less and are worth the extra money, esp. on the longer rides.

Chamois' tend to improve temperature and moisture management the more expensive they get as well. But they can only manage so much temp & moisture when it's 104 degrees outside and you are going through 2-3 bottles per hour :-)

All that being said, I do have a pair of the Voler shorts without flat seams, and they are great. If you sign up for their email list, they usually have sales a couple of times per year where the shorts are $35 or so. Certainly a lot easier on the credit card than $100+ per pairs.