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    Lycra shorts

    My favorite pair of lycra shorts were purchased cheap from Sports Authority. I also have a more expensive pair from Performance that has better padding but feels tighter and more restricting in my private region. My question is, for mountain biking, do I really need expensive lycra shorts? Also, I have baggies but find them less comfortable and more expensive to own several pairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut316
    My favorite pair of lycra shorts were purchased cheap from Sports Authority. I also have a more expensive pair from Performance that has better padding but feels tighter and more restricting in my private region. My question is, for mountain biking, do I really need expensive lycra shorts? Also, I have baggies but find them less comfortable and more expensive to own several pairs.
    I think you cannot skimp on quality. I like lycra shorts that are kind of thick and tight, they just seem to compress my muscles better, plus keeping my junk in place. I wear them under baggie shorts though, I am shy.

    I would say buy a good pari of shorts, in order to keep from buying a bunch of shorts because they wear out quickly.

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    One of the best shorts and certainly the best for the price is Voler: http://www.velowear.com

    They happen to make the mtbr.com shorts and jerseys: http://www.mtbr.com/author/jerseys.shtml
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    My favorites are a pair of Bellwethers I got from Campmor 15 years ago for $19.99. They're still in good shape. So my answer is no, you don't have to spend a lot. But I've bought other cheap shorts that only lasted a couple rides. I like to have several pairs so I don't have wash them a lot and I tend to lose them occassionally, so I don't buy expensive shorts.

    Recently bought some Campmor Liquicells, under 30 bucks and comfy. We'll see how they hold up.

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    Compression Shorts

    Multi-sport compression shorts work for me under pants or shorts. No padding but don't miss it. Durable and inexpensive - less then $10 each. Available at Wal-mart, Dicks, etc. I have the Bike brand.

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    I usually go for the mid priced stuff, around $70-$80, not the cheapest and not the most expensive. Works for me, for mountain biking anyway. Sometimes I buy more expensive shorts, but then I only wear them road riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    One of the best shorts and certainly the best for the price is Voler: http://www.velowear.com

    They happen to make the mtbr.com shorts and jerseys: http://www.mtbr.com/author/jerseys.shtml
    Echo Shiggy. The MTBR Voler shorts have been great. I also have a pair of the Performance "Century" (I think) that have been good. Both keep things in place and have been comfortable for 6 hours in the saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    One of the best shorts and certainly the best for the price is Voler: http://www.velowear.com

    They happen to make the mtbr.com shorts and jerseys: http://www.mtbr.com/author/jerseys.shtml

    I'll second Shiggy's choice. In the past year I broke down and bought some of the new Canari bibs and a pair of Castelli's -- both absolutely awesome in materials and feel. Unfortunately, for me the more expensive the shorts are, the faster they wear out (holes on the inner thighs). I got a year out of the Canari bibs and about 4 months out of the Castelli's. I like the feel of the bibs -- but not $125+ for only 4 months.

    Voler's shorts can be gotten cheap when you join the email club thingy, feel pretty good (not quite as good as high dollar shorts) and last forever. Right now they are closing out bibs and shorts at $39 and $29 respectively. I bough a couple of pairs.
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    Performance shorts

    I like my bib shorts from El Performo....and I don't think I've spent more than $40.00. The gel pad (I forget what the proper name is, but its brown and suede-like) is REALLY comfy - I prefer it over the thinner, high-tech looking blue one in my other shorts.

    That was helpful, wasn't it? "Hi, can you direct me to the shorts with the brown suede pad?"

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