bicycle shorts

  • toscuba

    Posts: 15

    May 18, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    I have just started biking, been almost 20+ years, forgot how good it is. I am still getting, numb bum, but assume that will go away with time. Does anyone have any suggestions for good biking shorts?

    I have two pairs now, one bib style and one regular short style, although i have to say i have been waring my shorts over them. I know, i shouldn't and will stop soon. But in the meantime i think i am finding the bib style to better as it moves more with me when i sit up or bend more forward. Any suggestions for a good manufactures would be appreciated. By the way, i want to get something in color, getting tired of all my shorts being black or grey.
  • UStriathlete

    Posts: 320

    May 18, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    bibs for sure. has good product. and a ISM saddle are the best i have ridden in 20 years.
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    May 19, 2009 5:03 AM GMT
    There are many different brands of bike shorts to choose from, and as someone who has an entire closetfull of spandex, I can tell you that it basically comes down to personal preference, and what feels best on your ass and crotch. Some have a saddle inset made of chamois leather, others use a kind of terry cloth insert.
    I can tell you that Canari brand is good, and they have both shorts and bibs. Le Coq Sportif was a very popular brand with some pro cyclists, but they're a bit pricy.
  • jk8man

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    May 19, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    Pearl Izumi...

    relatively easy to find... may not give you the colors you want, but overall a good short - options for padding may help a your numb bum ;)
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    May 19, 2009 10:51 AM GMT
    Many of the popular brands of athletic clothing also make bicycle shorts (Adidas, Nike, etc), plus brands associated with cycling sports, like Fox, while the major bike names of Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, etc, also market clothing under their labels. A good bicycle shop may have a colorful selection for you, as well as at larger general sporting goods stores, especially if they sell bicycles.

    I recommend trying them on first in a store if you haven't worn them before, rather than buying them online. The confidence & ability to purchase online may come later, when you've become familiar with these garments. Their fit tends to be biased toward a slender athletic build. You want clothing meant for road riding, not for off-road MX.

    Compression biking shorts aren't good for me, because of varicose veins in my calfs. Full-length tights would be better in my case, but are too hot in Florida, so I wear loose gym shorts. I've not had the bicycle fashion police pull me over yet, and I've been on some pretty long organized rides.

    I do wear special bicycling briefs under my gym shorts, however, that have the same built-in chamois pad that compression shorts have for comfort. "Chamois" BTW, has become a generic term for any crotch pad, regardless of its materials, and some are a hi-tech gel or foam insert.

    My chamois briefs are from Andiamo!, oddly enough made right here in the USA despite that Euro-sounding name, of a hi-tech wicking fabric, sold through a local bicycle dealer in Fort Lauderdale.