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    Mtb short is too long

    I am sending short guy. 5:6" tall. All the bike shorts on the market tend to be very long in legs. I can't find one that does not make me look like a hobbit.

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    Try buying running shorts, if you don't care about pockets. They usually come in 6-10" inseams. Of course, any liners/padded shorts will likely protrude from the bottom of the shorts, but that's another problem altogether.

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    These shorts have a 9 inch inseam which just barely covers my Bibs (but I'm 6' 2"). I was more concerned with breathability and not hanging up on the seat then "stylin"..

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    Well, avoid Troy Lee shorts. They're the longest on the market, I've found.

    You got some sort of height complex? I'm 1" taller and never thought about looking like a hobbit, even with ones that cover the knees.
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    I need to pickup hot chicks on the trail. I don't want to look like a fool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I need to pickup hot chicks on the trail. I don't want to look like a fool

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    Make sure you tell them exactly that. It'll help a lot.

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    Pretty much everyone looks a little foolish with giant helmets, dayglo colored clothing, and backpacks with drinking tubes flopping around on your chest.

    Ya see, whatcha gotta do is impress the ladies with a sweet wheelie while looking at them and winking. Maybe throw in a thumbs up. Trust me, works every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I don't want to look like a fool

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    I'm 5'6" and was gonna tell you the excellent shorts I wear, but they wouldn't solve that problem.
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    LOL, you guys are making me suspect I must be a fashion icon.

    Modestly sized helmet. Mostly black clothes with some tasteful detailing around the shoulder girdle and legs. Nothing flopping or flapping.

    There's still that riding position issue...

    I think there are some reasons mountain bike shorts are so long. Funny enough, I think road shorts are one of them. But look around - men are really covering up. I think it's a fashion thing most of all, especially since a lot of mountain bikers are reacting to what roadies where. Of course, I'm part of the problem - I've pretty much worn team kit for the last six or seven years. At least it doesn't make my legs look short.
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    I've still got my Cima triathlon speedos with chamois from the 90's. Just waiting for a warm enough cyclocross race to wear them on the single speed.

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    Women's shorts are usually cut shorter than the men's...
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    Zoic black markets. I'm 5'7"ish and have short legs/long torso. These hit just above my knee when I'm standing and are a few inches up from that when I'm riding. My pi bib shorts barely stick out the bottom of them while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    Zoic black markets. I'm 5'7"ish and have short legs/long torso. These hit just above my knee when I'm standing and are a few inches up from that when I'm riding. My pi bib shorts barely stick out the bottom of them while riding.

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    Really good liners in the Black Markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Really good liners in the Black Markets.
    I gave the liner away. I use bib shorts under mine. For a while you could get the black markets in amazon for $35.
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    Get some knee pads.
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    Knee pads would totally solve this problem.....?

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    I wear a pair of cargo shorts that I bought from Wally World. Since they're the correct size for my waist, when my cycle shorts are worn underneath, the cargo shorts are nice and fitting. They flex with me, fit nicely, and don't catch on my seat when I try to move back in front of the saddle after scooting over the rear wheel for bumpy terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    Knee pads would totally solve this problem.....?

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    Yes they would. They are the reason some shorts are longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Yes they would. They are the reason some shorts are longer.
    It seems like he wants shorts that don't cover his knees. Knee pads would be the opposite effect. Shorter length shorts would be the solution.
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    MTB shorts are long for me too... I only ride in board shorts now...

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    I do some running and don't like my shorts over my knees, I found the One Industries atom xc short has a 9" inseam.

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    I'm in the same boat, 5'6" with short legs. I've bought several pairs of shorts trying to accomplish the same thing...not to look like I'm wearing Capri pants. You want Pearl Izumi Journey or Canyon short. True 12" inseam, but the big difference is the crotch isn't excessive long making them fit our build perfectly. Only difference between those two shorts is the weight of the material and a cargo pocket on the Canyon. I prefer light weight and nothing in my pockets, so I love the Journey.

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    Try Zoic Ether, shortest inseam MTB specific short I have found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastline View Post
    Try Zoic Ether, shortest inseam MTB specific short I have found.
    I had the ethers before I got the black markets. The black markets are shorter.
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    I can hem them for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    I can hem them for you.
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    Backcountry has some good options. I like Prana shorts for cycling because I don't like liners/chamois (obviously you can add/wear one with these shorts if you do) They've got plenty of stretch and are durable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    I had the ethers before I got the black markets. The black markets are shorter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    one better:
    TYR Men's USA Triumph Racer Swimsuit

    I don't really feel like someone loves 'murica if they aren't sporting something like this.
    Those may look funny with padded bike shorts under them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am sending short guy.
    I just think this bears repeating.

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    Doesn't Nair have short shorts?

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    Do you have to shave your legs to wear short shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    Zoic black markets. I'm 5'7"ish and have short legs/long torso. These hit just above my knee when I'm standing and are a few inches up from that when I'm riding. My pi bib shorts barely stick out the bottom of them while riding.

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    Thanks, drwx. I just picked up some Black Markets off Amazon and they fit perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am sending short guy. 5:6" tall. All the bike shorts on the market tend to be very long in legs. I can't find one that does make me look like a hobbit.

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    Where are you sending the short guy?

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    I need to pickup hot chicks on the trail. I don't want to look like a fool

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    Hot chicks aren't into hobbits.

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    Perl Izumi pants are long in my experience, Fox are not that long but the best ones so far are Endura.

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    Typo error

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Perl Izumi pants are long in my experience, Fox are not that long but the best ones so far are Endura.
    Unrelated info, but I've blown up a pair of pi shorts with light use. The seams ripped apart down the legs. They were the canyon style shorts.... No useful pockets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Women's shorts are usually cut shorter than the men's...
    But he needs to pick up hot chicks on the trail and doesn't want to look like a fool. If the hot chicks realise he's wearing women's shorts they will point and laugh. Mock him so badly he may kill his short self. They may bury him in the woman's shorts and it might become an urban legend. "That grave there, that's Picard who sent things from his SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk. His dead ass has got women's shorts on".

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    Maybe a pair of Daisy Dukes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Maybe a pair of Daisy Dukes.
    But he needs to pick up hot chicks on the trail and doesn't want to look like a fool. If the hot chicks see he's wearing Daisy Dukes they will point and laugh. Mock him so badly he may kill his short self. They may bury him in the Daisy Dukes and it might become an urban legend. "That grave there, that's Picard who sent things from his SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk. His dead ass has got Daisy Dukes on".

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    I'm in the same boat. I need shorts with inseams no longer than 10".....otherwise, I look like I'm wearing baggy knickers. I stopped buying expensive, ill-fitting Fox, Bontrager and TLD shorts. Now, I get ALL my shorts from the local thrift stores, for $3.99. They are mainly used cargo and hiking shorts, with thin material and I wear padded Lycra underneath. So what if I destroy one in a crash....I now got a whole closet full of cheap madras, plaid, camo shorts that look way cooler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    But he needs to pick up hot chicks on the trail and doesn't want to look like a fool. If the hot chicks see he's wearing Daisy Dukes they will point and laugh. Mock him so badly he may kill his short self. They may bury him in the Daisy Dukes and it might become an urban legend. "That grave there, that's Picard who sent things from his SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk. His dead ass has got Daisy Dukes on".
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    Hey, how about a real pair of MTB shorts and get them hemmed? I'm sorry, but I can't wear cheap shorts. In fact, the only shorts I'll wear are good MTB shorts, They are stylish, they fit good, wick away moisture, they have proper pockets so your phone doesn't flop around and the build qualities are terrific. And, when you buy them on sale, they are not that expensive.

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    I tried on Mavic and raceface shorts and I look like mini hobbit. Ugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I tried on Mavic and raceface shorts and I look like mini hobbit.
    Don't you mean a giant hobbit, as hobbits are actually shorter than you?

    Looking like a hobbit would be no good as you need to pick up hot chicks on the trail. If the hot chicks see that you look like a hobbit they will point and laugh. Mock you so badly you may kill your short self. Then, you might become an urban legend. "That grave there, that's Picard who sent things from his SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk. He looks like a dead hobbit".

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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    Unrelated info, but I've blown up a pair of pi shorts with light use. The seams ripped apart down the legs. They were the canyon style shorts.... No useful pockets.
    I hate the ones I have, the look and feel cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cayenne_Pepa View Post
    Now, I get ALL my shorts from the local thrift stores, for $3.99. They are mainly used cargo and hiking shorts, with thin material and I wear padded Lycra underneath. So what if I destroy one in a crash....I now got a whole closet full of cheap madras, plaid, camo shorts that look way cooler.
    Used to do samething similar in my DH days, wore a bib under my armor and cheap cargo pants from kmart or walmart.

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    Just be 6'4" like me and they fit fine. But I have sasquatch issues, not hobbit ones.

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    Maybe the OP needs a skirt?

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    Hybrid shorts from Costco for around $20 is pretty decent both for riding and casual wear. I use liners under them.

    Zoic Black Markets are way better in every way. The liner is ok, perhaps on the shorter side. The zippered phone pocket is slightly offset to the rear of the leg, less noticeable while pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am sending short guy. 5:6" tall. All the bike shorts on the market tend to be very long in legs. I can't find one that does not make me look like a hobbit.

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    Please post a pic..I do not believe you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taprackbang View Post
    Please post a pic..I do not believe you.
    Do you want to see hobbit's large hairy feet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Maybe the OP needs a skirt?
    NooooooOooooo! He needs to pick up hot chicks on the trail and doesn't want to look like a trany. If the hot chicks realise he's wearing a women's skrt they will point and laugh. Mock him so badly he may kill his short self. They may bury him in the woman's skirt and it might become an urban legend. "That grave there, that's Picard the trany who sent things from his SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk. His dead trany ass has got a women's skirt on".

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    Quote Originally Posted by drwx View Post
    Do you want to see hobbit's large hairy feet?
    Yes.

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    He's not kidding by the way. I bought some shorts on line last year and they were literally just above my ankles. I'm 5'10'' so not massively taller than the OP. They looked ridiculous. Turned out they came it two lengths and the seller was out of the shorter ones, they got sent back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    He's not kidding by the way. I bought some shorts on line last year and they were literally just above my ankles. I'm 5'10'' so not massively taller than the OP. They looked ridiculous. Turned out they came it two lengths and the seller was out of the shorter ones, they got sent back.
    Euro look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taprackbang View Post
    Euro look.
    Always thought that this was one of the most entertaining, yet informative, threads....

    My guess is that ZOIC 9" Ether is now one of the best. Anybody know of any others? I have also purchased a Fox Ranger and have it shortened by a couple of inches and that has worked well. But perhaps this thread could use an update on new models since the last post.
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    Back from the dead!

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    Im the same height as OP. Hoss Ponderosa MTB shorts has the perfect, kneecap-level cut with built in Chamois. You can find them as NOS on eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Back from the dead!
    In all time this post has been around, im dissapointed no one suggested surgery. Itll take while, but they can make your legs longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by root View Post
    In all time this post has been around, im dissapointed no one suggested surgery. Itll take while, but they can make your legs longer.
    Would you have a list of doctors you would recommend? I wouldn't mind making my legs a little longer.
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    Unfortunately, I think MTB shorts have been getting shorter lately. Then you get that dreaded MTB fashion faux paux of exposed leg skin between your pads and shorts. Luckily, knee pad companies have been making pads longer on the thigh so you don't look as much like a dweeb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    Well, avoid Troy Lee shorts. They're the longest on the market, I've found.

    You got some sort of height complex? I'm 1" taller and never thought about looking like a hobbit, even with ones that cover the knees.
    I think you might be talking about some older models, like-really old. All of our shorts are now in a very common inseam. We also now sell the SKYLINE SHORTY which is the shortest inseam https://shop.troyleedesigns.com/19-t...tity=1&color=7

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    ClubRide has some nice shorts that are in the 9" inseam range. I was pleasantly surprised with them and the length, came to just above my knee.

    But they may be classified more as a lifestyle short and not MTB specific depending on who you ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutch View Post
    ^Are you Troy Lee?
    I am not, but, I run the bike business for Troy....his right hand man for bike if you will haha.

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    I take mine to my tailor. Find a good tailor. Every gentleman should have a tailor he trusts. Seriously, I buy the shortest inseam I can find (and like) and then I buck up and have them shortened.

    They catch on my knees otherwise. And I look even shorter than my 5'7".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
    I take mine to my tailor. Find a good tailor. Every gentleman should have a tailor he trusts. Seriously, I buy the shortest inseam I can find (and like) and then I buck up and have them shortened.

    They catch on my knees otherwise. And I look even shorter than my 5'7".
    I got a chuckle of your every gentleman should have a tailor comment.

    Seriously though I have never done this however I know that many dry cleaners perform simple tailoring services and it's quite inexpensive. I bet you could have any pair of shorts hemmed up an inch or two for 10 or $12. This leaves your options open.
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    I just buy 9" running shorts from Target, cut out the sewn-in panties (or have your gentleman tailor do it), and wear them over my bibs. Can't stand pedaling with shorts that rub my knees while pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    I got a chuckle of your every gentleman should have a tailor comment.

    Seriously though I have never done this however I know that many dry cleaners perform simple tailoring services and it's quite inexpensive. I bet you could have any pair of shorts hemmed up an inch or two for 10 or $12. This leaves your options open.
    I aim to entertain and educate!

    But yeah, a dry cleaner will probably do it real cheap.

    Also, I have an old pair of simple Performance Bike shorts that originally came with a cheap chamois sewn in. I cut those out and wear them over a nicer chamois. Nice short inseam. Not 70s/80s NBA-short. Appropriately short. They still sell one with a 9" inseam. $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
    Find a good tailor. Every gentleman should have a tailor he trusts.
    I dont trust my tailor at all. I think hes up to something.

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