Roadie getting back to mountain roots
I am a long time mountain biker that got into road bike racing for a quite a few years. I got used to wearing the tighter spandex mountain biking because it never got in the way. I used to wear baggies but constantly was snagging it on stuff while throwing the bike around. Anyone have any recommendations for some snugger/streamlined baggie stuff that I could wear over my bib shorts? I'm still too much a fan of the quality of chamois from my road stuff but would like some looser fitting stuff because sometimes I just want to ride with the guys and not look like a racer type. I'm open to any brand suggestions.
I got some Zoic shorts, at the REI spring sale last year. They're not too baggy, or too tight, and look more like MTB shorts. They have a lot of pockets and a removable padded liner, which was nice when I wore them over padded tights during the cold months. I'll probably pick up more of their shorts this year.
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Have a pair of North Face shorts from Jenson that I really like. They are not especially baggy. They wear more like normal shorts with a chammy liner underneath.
I usually don't wear straight lycra road shorts on the trails after I tore a nice pair of knickers when I caught a tree branch. Those sorts of things just kind of slide off the North Face shorts.
Welcome back! Bellwether Ultralights fit pretty close for a baggy short. Can see one here: Bellwether Ultralight Short Black MD | eBay
They have become my main MTBing short.
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I'm like you, getting back into mtb after many years off and all road riding. I love my high quality road clothing and simply wear it while mtbiking. Zippered jerseys and base layers let me regulate heat and road shorts and tights are more comfortable and performance oriented. I don't care what anybody thinks of me and my motto is 'Function before Fashion'.
+1 for Zoic shorts. I picked up a pair of the Ether shorts back in the early fall and they're pretty spot on. Padded liner is nice, good amount of pockets, not super baggy or long. They fall right at the middle of my knees. They've held up to a few crashes as well with no rips or damage.
I still use road jerseys on the trail, too. But I have one MTB jersey (Ritchey Yahoo! like Frischknecht wore in the 1990s), and it is noticeably more heavy duty than my road jerseys. Same goes for the shorts - my mountain bike shorts stand up to snags and falls better than my road shorts.
Originally Posted by Club Mud
I found some Gore Bike Wear shorts on the clearance rack at my LBS. They're super nice, but spendy. $120 msrp. If you ever see them on sale, in your size, they're worth getting.
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