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    Ok thats it, I'm going to Lycra

    So the first pair of bike shorts that I bought were some CDale baggies. A few weeks ago, I tried on an older pair of lycra of my Dad's and they are SO much more comfortable. Now I want to buy some, but dont want to spend much more than about 40$. What is a good pair that I can get for that price. Thanks.
    I have a 32 waist if that means anything.

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    Visit performancebike.com or Nashbar.com and check their clearance items. Performance store branded shorts http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Shorts/product_23062.shtml aren't bad at all. I'm a big Pearl Izumi and Louis Garneau fan so I watch for those brands on sale.

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    I've recently tried Nike shorts. They're great. I've been enjoying them more than my PI's. The local Trek store has had last year's shorts on sale for a bit. Maybe check there? The shorts, I believe, were like $45 on sale?

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    +1 on Performance bibs...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangeruss
    Performance store branded shorts .
    My last two pairs of regular shorts gave it up due to the waist band elastic giving out. I bought a pair of Garneau (sp?) bibs and they were great, but at $80 I only bought one pair. After riding them for every ride for a year one of the seams split on them. I found Performance bibs on sale for $40 each and bought two pairs. They have lasted about 1.5 years so far, so I'm ahead of the game...

    Definitely do bibs though. They look really stupid, but they stay up so much better than shorts. Also keep them out of the dryer, it only takes a few spins in the dryer on high before lycra will die. Also keep DEET away from them - DEET eats lycra.

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    I ride all mountain in lycra. I love the sight of the little rubber people, who don't shave yet, laughing at the old guy in spandex. Right up until I kick their sorry butts.

    Do a 12 foot gapper in lycra. You gain major face, like right now!

    When I hunt, I wear blaze orange. When I wrestled, I wore a singlet. When I ride I want something to keep all the bits in place and support the major muscles that I plan to use that day.

    Most uniforms for athletic activities are designed that way for a reason.

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    I wear Champion spandex shorts with mesh shorts overtop. I'm probably one of the few bikers who doesn't like padded shorts. Even riding urban/DJ, when jeans are a necessity, I wear those Champions underneath.

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    Anyone know if the Canari Matrix shorts are any good? Jenson has a real good deal on them.

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    The Performance Elite series is a good quality short for the money. My personal favorites for the money are the $50-60 Voler shorts at velowear.com

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    With regard to bibs or shorts, while I agree that bibs are more comfortable to ride in, the "taking a wiz" factor should be taken into account. Some bibs you have to remove your camelbak and jersey to pull down the bib tops to take a leak, on other bibs this can be accomplished by a combination of stretching the bibs and body parts so you don't have to remove your camelbak and jersey. For this reason I generally prefer shorts.

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    voler has some good stuff too, check out their sale page

    http://velowear.com/


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    You're going about it wrong...

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtHog
    With regard to bibs or shorts, while I agree that bibs are more comfortable to ride in, the "taking a wiz" factor should be taken into account. Some bibs you have to remove your camelbak and jersey to pull down the bib tops to take a leak, on other bibs this can be accomplished by a combination of stretching the bibs and body parts so you don't have to remove your camelbak and jersey. For this reason I generally prefer shorts.
    I used to struggle with the wiz thing, then I realized the path out through the bottom of the short leg was a much easier way to go. Just roll up the leg a bit - Viola!

    Oh the struggles and undressing (in the cold) I went through before I figured that out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntforlife
    Anyone know if the Canari Matrix shorts are any good? Jenson has a real good deal on them.
    I like the Canari stuff I've tried. I've got a pair of their Matrix Lyte and Gel Pro shorts. The Matrix are pretty thin and airy, and the chamois is ok. I much prefer the Gel Pro. The gel chamois is great, and they are heavier duty lycra. I've crashed in both multiple times, and haven't damaged them yet. They've held up well so far.

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    I've got a couple pairs of Fox shorts I like really well. I think they were about $60 each. I've got some Garneau's I like, but notice they are a warmer fabric, better for cooler conditions.

    The pads, fabric, and elastic all seem to be of better design and durability in the shorts over say $50, no matter the manufacterer. Cold water wash your gear, then hang it up to dry. That'll make it last a lot longer.

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    The liquicell shorts from Campmor are very comfy and only about $25. I'm a 32 too, bought a pair of mediums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtHog
    The Performance Elite series is a good quality short for the money. My personal favorites for the money are the $50-60 Voler shorts at velowear.com

    I was pretty impressed with the MTBR shorts, very comfy and great padding. Not sure on the price, but they a reasonable. I have a pair of the specialized body geometry shorts at $149 and they dont compare to the MTBR from velowear.com.



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    I just got some Voler shorts. Tried the basic 8 panel and a pair of the Elite ones. Haven't had the chance to ride them yet because of the stupid rain, but I tried them on. So far, so good.

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    Don't forget Pricepoint.................they always have good deals going on any kinda cycling apparel.

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    'nother vote for Voler. great prices for the quality of shorts.

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    also stupid question while we're at it, how do you pronounce "chamois"

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    do not cheap out on lycras..

    Quote Originally Posted by huntforlife
    So the first pair of bike shorts that I bought were some CDale baggies. A few weeks ago, I tried on an older pair of lycra of my Dad's and they are SO much more comfortable. Now I want to buy some, but dont want to spend much more than about 40$. What is a good pair that I can get for that price. Thanks.
    I have a 32 waist if that means anything.
    you will not enjoy them...

    Canari shorts by Jenson - POS - i dont like them at all... not anatomically cut, dont fit well...

    pearl izumi - durable and excellent fit
    sugoi - save few bucks and get very well fitting shorts with excellent chamois
    louis garneau - only top of the line shorts are comparable to above two
    sette by pricepoint - better than canari but not nearly as good as top two here

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    Well I'm planning on ordering some Bibshorts here. Performance has the elite lite shorts for 40$ and the Ultra ones for 50$. Is the extra 10 $ worth it for the Ultra?

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    REI should be having a sale sometime in the near future.

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    Let me know via a update on the thread or a PM when you find some you like, im the same size and MIGHT get some since these long bike trips tend to become uncomfortable after awhile.

    I dont know if I could ever try on a pair of my dads shorts even after they were washed several times, even more so skin tight sack hugging lycra, I guess your a braver man than I am :P

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    try before ya buy

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