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Rolled Shorts(10 posts)

Rolled Shortssuperdreadnought
Dec 26, 2003 1:12 PM
Ok, this is a stupid question, but I cannot figure this one out... What is the reason behind people rolling/folding their lycra short legs up one fold? Thereby normally showing the manufacture's name. Does this keep the short legs from moving up, or is this some kind of fashion (since I am not in the cool group I am unaware of the fashion)?
Never seen anyone do thisMel Erickson
Dec 26, 2003 1:55 PM
Could this be a fashion statement in your area?
re: Rolled Shortscollegiateryder
Dec 26, 2003 1:58 PM
ive seen some guys do this. im thinking its for comfort, maybe they prefer a shorter cut.
re: Rolled Shortsmollythedog
Dec 26, 2003 2:12 PM
the elastic on the bottom of the shorts can irrate the skin on your leg. The lycra feel against your skin is more comfortable then the elastic band. Also by rolling up the shorts a little your tan line is a higher a la Sean Yates.....
Bingo! (nm)CHRoadie
Dec 26, 2003 3:06 PM
Performance brand shorts:Dave_Stohler
Dec 26, 2003 3:44 PM
Performance used to sell one line of shorts that didn't have that uncomfortable "grabber" on the leg openings. Does anybody know if they still sell them, or if anybody else does? I'll even pay extra....
I do it for the tan lineAllUpHill
Dec 26, 2003 5:04 PM
See, it has nothing to do with eliminating the cyclist tan lines as you might assume, it's about keeping them as well-defined and high-contrast as possible (on both arms and legs, I might add). Not all shorts are precisely the same length. It follows that when you happen to have on a slightly longer pair for a long, sunny ride, you may need to roll the elastic up to coincide with the precise position of your carefully cultivated tan line.

A common mistake among the mere tan-line cultivation neophytes is what I term the Neopolitan Ice Cream Syndrome on your thigh -- white vanilla, strawberry red, and dark chocolate all juxtaposed in neat little bands, in that order, top down. This results from rolling up a bit too far.

Jersey sleeves are a bit less precise than shorts' legs, so it may be necessary to employ duct tape to get clearly defined lines. The neck and sock lines also may benefit from some duct tape.
noWoof the dog
Dec 27, 2003 9:58 AM
The ONLY reason why people do it is for a HIGHER tan line.

You stupid little girls

Woof the dog.
they're too longmohair_chair
Dec 26, 2003 5:51 PM
On me, shorts are almost alwas too long, so I roll them up. That's all.

Manufacturers didn't start putting their name there until recently, when they noticed people were rolling them up!
re: Rolled Shortscarbs
Dec 27, 2003 10:25 AM
I do it for the tan line, too, but only when I'm riding alone.