Clothing question

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    May 14, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    I'm going to be spending a lot of time on Cape Cod this summer. Some of it in the gay town of Provincetown. I workout a lot from swimming to running and weight lifting. I have a new bike but am not a big biker, but will be biking all over the cape. I'd like to buy a pair of biking shorts. My legs are skinny and I'm hoping they wont make me look really thin. I would really like to get a pair what would all of you do? Also any suggestions on where to buy them?
  • DanOmatic

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    May 14, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    The more you bike, the bigger your legs will get! So don't focus so much on how skinny your legs might look (for now) and more on getting a comfortable pair of bike shorts. I recommend bib shorts--they stay put and keep your junk nicely in place. You can get a decent pair for under $100. Check at your local bike store, since sizing varies and you might want to try some on first. Otherwise, you can go to the websites of Bike Nashbar or Performance Bikes--they have a wide selection of bike clothing. Pearl Izumi, Descente, Louis Garneau all make great products.

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    May 14, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    Just don't get white ones. You sweat and they become see through. Just saying.
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    May 14, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREJust don't get white ones. You sweat and they become see through. Just saying.


    True--same thing goes for red ones. And white ones don't hide bike grease or road grime (the kind that gets kicked up when riding on wet roads--last thing you want is a big brown streak right up the backside of those nice, white shorts). Black is always a safe bet.
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    May 14, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    Wherever you get them, get them before you go to the Cape. Clothing stores on the Cape tend to focus on the souvenir sweatshirt genre. This is especially true in P'town where the shops carry every variation on the t-shirt-with-gay-mecca-double-entendre.
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    May 14, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidThe more you bike, the bigger your legs will get! So don't focus so much on how skinny your legs might look (for now) and more on getting a comfortable pair of bike shorts. I recommend bib shorts--they stay put and keep your junk nicely in place. You can get a decent pair for under $100. Check at your local bike store, since sizing varies and you might want to try some on first. Otherwise, you can go to the websites of Bike Nashbar or Performance Bikes--they have a wide selection of bike clothing. Pearl Izumi, Descente, Louis Garneau all make great products.



    Thanks for the great suggestions. Like I said I really want to get a pair, but wasn't really confident about wearing them. I've already started checking out the bib shorts.
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    May 14, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    Small legs isn't so much a problem, I think. Most of the guys who bike around here in Belgium are so skinny, but if you've got a nice butt, I think it doesn't so much matter. I've heard of butt guys and chest guys and arms guys and abs guys, but I don't really know of any leg guys. I guess there are some out there.
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    May 14, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    shyshortguy saidSmall legs isn't so much a problem, I think. Most of the guys who bike around here in Belgium are so skinny, but if you've got a nice butt, I think it doesn't so much matter. I've heard of butt guys and chest guys and arms guys and abs guys, but I don't really know of any leg guys. I guess there are some out there.


    I have a muscular upper body and a nice butt. I do have long skinny legs. They are somewhat muscular from the running, but still very skinny.
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    May 14, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    Oh, by the way, get a jersey to go with those bib shorts. Nothing dorkier than a cyclist just wearing bibs with nothing else. Also, you wear them without underwear (causes chafing, which defeats the purpose; plus underwear under bike shorts is even dorkier than wearing bibs without a jersey).

    Like I said in my first message, you can get a good pair of shorts for under $100. Of course you can spend all sorts of $$ if you wanted to--up to the $300 range. But those products are way over the top, and really unnecessary, especially if you're new to the sport.
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    May 14, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidOh, by the way, get a jersey to go with those bib shorts. Nothing dorkier than a cyclist just wearing bibs with nothing else. Also, you wear them without underwear (causes chafing, which defeats the purpose; plus underwear under bike shorts is even dorkier than wearing bibs without a jersey).

    Like I said in my first message, you can get a good pair of shorts for under $100. Of course you can spend all sorts of $$ if you wanted to--up to the $300 range. But those products are way over the top, and really unnecessary, especially if you're new to the sport.


    I'm not going to be competitive. I'm just going to be riding alot, so not looking to spend a lot of money. I figured I would just wear a t shirt with the shorts.
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    May 14, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    TexDef07 saidWherever you get them, get them before you go to the Cape. Clothing stores on the Cape tend to focus on the souvenir sweatshirt genre. This is especially true in P'town where the shops carry every variation on the t-shirt-with-gay-mecca-double-entendre.

    Ordinarily I advise waiting until you arrive at your destination, and see for yourself what the locals are wearing, then buy similar there. I haven't been to P-town in a few years (hope to be there this August), but you're saying their store selections are that limited? Just touristy crap that no locals wear?

    What if the OP went a little south and tried other towns? The Cape isn't that big that you can't drive down most of it. I dunno, I always pack kinda universal stuff that works everywhere, then buy any additional local trendy stuff when I get there. I'm surprised that can't work in P-town. Where do the locals shop? icon_question.gif
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    May 14, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
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    TexDef07 saidWherever you get them, get them before you go to the Cape. Clothing stores on the Cape tend to focus on the souvenir sweatshirt genre. This is especially true in P'town where the shops carry every variation on the t-shirt-with-gay-mecca-double-entendre.

    Ordinarily I advise waiting until you arrive at your destination, and see for yourself what the locals are wearing, then buy similar there. I haven't been to P-town in a few years (hope to be there this August), but you're saying their store selections are that limited? Just touristy crap that no locals wear?

    What if the OP went a little south and tried other towns? The Cape isn't that big that you can't drive down most of it. I dunno, I always pack kinda universal stuff that works everywhere, then buy any additional local trendy stuff when I get there. I'm surprised that can't work in P-town. Where do the locals shop? icon_question.gif


    You can actually get around the cape with a bike pretty easily, at least from Hyannis to ptown (if your fit). I plan to do a lot of biking this summer. As far as shopping goes I've bought a lot of nice swimwear in ptown (at stores with cute sales boys too), but am not sure of any shops there that would sell biking shorts. They do have a lot of tourist stuff though.
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    May 14, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    If your legs are really skinny you can always go with a mountain bike style short
    http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/baggy_bike_shorts.htm

    padded, lightweight, easy to ride in, and easier to wear about town if you're just doing casual biking.


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    May 14, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    jakenoh saidIf your legs are really skinny you can always go with a mountain bike style short
    http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/baggy_bike_shorts.htm

    padded, lightweight, easy to ride in, and easier to wear about town if you're just doing casual biking.




    Thanks for the link. Thats the best deal I've seen yet. I still really want the lycra shorts and the price for them on this site is pretty reasonable.
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    May 14, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    Chris26 said You can actually get around the cape with a bike pretty easily, at least from Hyannis to ptown (if your fit). I plan to do a lot of biking this summer. As far as shopping goes I've bought a lot of nice swimwear in ptown (at stores with cute sales boys too), but am not sure of any shops there that would sell biking shorts. They do have a lot of tourist stuff though.

    In P'town there is Cape Tip Sportswear but it has a limited selection and has resort prices.
    To get a full assortment of sporting goods you'd have to hit the stores at the mall in Hyannis. That's a pretty long ride from P'town, the inner Cape isn't all that bike-friendly, and who wants to spend their Cape vacation at a mall anyway?
    But that said there are great bike trails in the National Seashore and a rail trail from Truro to Harwich. You'll love it, but get your shorts elsewhere.
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    May 16, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    You will have an awesome time on the Cape this summer, especially in Ptown. I have biked all over the cape myself and I strongly suggest getting the biking shorts even if you are a beginner. It will be a lot more comfortable. As some of the others said you will want to buy them before you go as the cape is mostly souvenirs.
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    May 16, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    JayDT saidJust don't get white ones. You sweat and they become see through. Just saying.


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    May 16, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    I see everybody and their brothers wearing knee length plaid shorts...
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    May 17, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    Chris26 saidI'm going to be spending a lot of time on Cape Cod this summer. Some of it in the gay town of Provincetown. I workout a lot from swimming to running and weight lifting. I have a new bike but am not a big biker, but will be biking all over the cape. I'd like to buy a pair of biking shorts. My legs are skinny and I'm hoping they wont make me look really thin. I would really like to get a pair what would all of you do? Also any suggestions on where to buy them?


    Dude, you should totally wear the biking shorts, they will prevent chaffing and you will be much more comfortable. The more you bike the stronger your legs will get, so a couple weeks in and you will look good in the shorts.