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    People wear belts? I am skinny.

    Might be a dumb questions, but whatever.

    OK, so I bought a pair of mountain biking shorts, a lot lighter than what I have. Should be good. BUT, I am wicked skinny, and the shorts seem a bit too big, well they are too big in the waste. I can't seem to find any shorts that fit me well just cuz I am so skinny.

    Do people wear belts when mountain biking? Any negative to it that I should know of? Prior to this I usually wore basketball shorts that had a draw string.

    If belts are a go, then is there any kind that is better? Or just any old belt? I got leather and also the fabric loop kind versus the holes in the belt.

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    I was recommended to use a narrow nylon belt from someone.

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    An elastic belt might be a good idea if you find a regular belt hinders breathing too much. Or consider a set of suspenders under your shirt/jersey to hold the shorts. I use that on my cold weather tights as they tend to creep down while standing and climbing, so the suspenders keep them up and don't hinder deep breathing.

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    Thanks!

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    I use a simple adjustable nylon belt for the shorts that are a little to big for me now that I lost some weight. It works and it is lightweight.

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    From the pop-up ads on this very page...

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    LOL, I got adds turned off, but these look cool. Tempting. I spent $50 on mine and can return them.

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    I dropped a few pant sizes this season and have been wearing a belt with my shorts. I havent had a problem. I do wear lycra style shorts under baggy shorts I wear. I keep it loose enough to move around, but tight enough to stay up... if that makes sense. FWIW its a 5 dollar cloth dickies belt from walmart.

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    what is fwiw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monopolybag View Post
    Might be a dumb questions, but whatever.

    OK, so I bought a pair of mountain biking shorts, a lot lighter than what I have. Should be good. BUT, I am wicked skinny, and the shorts seem a bit too big, well they are too big in the waste. I can't seem to find any shorts that fit me well just cuz I am so skinny.

    Do people wear belts when mountain biking? Any negative to it that I should know of? Prior to this I usually wore basketball shorts that had a draw string.

    If belts are a go, then is there any kind that is better? Or just any old belt? I got leather and also the fabric loop kind versus the holes in the belt.
    Why not exchange it for one that's a size (or two) smaller?

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    I have been wearing a belt this year. I have dropped a couple pant sizes and just can't afford new short so out came the belt. I haven't felt any ill effects from it at all. It's even a medium leather belt that I was a little concerned about using but all seems good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracke30m3 View Post
    Why not exchange it for one that's a size (or two) smaller?
    Because it is hard to find shorts that are long enough being so skinny.

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    I wear a nylon belt with a metal buckle (often referred to as an "instructor" belt) when I ride. It's a bit on the heavy and stiffer side, but it supports a phone and firearm well, not to mention holding up the pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monopolybag View Post
    Might be a dumb questions, but whatever.

    OK, so I bought a pair of mountain biking shorts, a lot lighter than what I have. Should be good. BUT, I am wicked skinny, and the shorts seem a bit too big, well they are too big in the waste. I can't seem to find any shorts that fit me well just cuz I am so skinny.

    Do people wear belts when mountain biking? Any negative to it that I should know of? Prior to this I usually wore basketball shorts that had a draw string.

    If belts are a go, then is there any kind that is better? Or just any old belt? I got leather and also the fabric loop kind versus the holes in the belt.
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    I use Wilderness products frequent flyer belts:
    Frequent Flyer Belt: Tactical Gear, Tactical Equipment, Duty Belts, Slings, USA

    No idea what your price range might be but they are a great belt though maybe a little stiff for your application. Toting around 3lbs of firearm hardware all day and it takes the abuse like a champ. There is no way mountain biking is gonna hurt it.

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    i have an el-cheapo cloth belt with 2 D-rings.

    it holds my shorts up while riding.

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    I have a pair of Pearl Izumi MTBR shorts - liner and shorts in one - and they have belt loops. I can only assume they meant for someone to wear a belt with them...

    I would go with a nylon belt, too, or just exchange what you have for a size smaller if possible.

    Otherwise, try it out and see if it feels uncomfortable.

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    If you don't like the feeling or what ever belt use small rope or shoe lace and just tie it up like skaters do works good if you tie it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by OP4guy View Post
    I use Wilderness products frequent flyer belts:
    Frequent Flyer Belt: Tactical Gear, Tactical Equipment, Duty Belts, Slings, USA

    No idea what your price range might be but they are a great belt though maybe a little stiff for your application. Toting around 3lbs of firearm hardware all day and it takes the abuse like a champ. There is no way mountain biking is gonna hurt it.
    This stuff looks cool and useful. Thanks!

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    I typically wear a belt. The best one that I have found so far is the one that came with the Endura Humvee shorts. They make a 3/4 version of those shorts if you want them to reach below the knees.

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    I use a Dickies Leather double hole belt..
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    Check out the "outlaw bullet" shorts...has a built-in belt thingey.

    Men's Mountain bike shorts, Loose casual fit baggy cycling short for mtb biking and bicycle touring
    whatever...

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    I actually had to fold over the waist band of mine to tighen them up a little because I had the adjustable velcro at max and no belt loops. Nothing wrong with a belt, you don't want the crotch of your shorts to get caught on your seat when you need to get behind it on a downhill section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monopolybag View Post
    Because it is hard to find shorts that are long enough being so skinny.
    ive found inseam lengths to stay pretty consistant among waist size, it varies by maybe 1'' from small to large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monopolybag View Post
    Might be a dumb questions, but whatever.

    OK, so I bought a pair of mountain biking shorts, a lot lighter than what I have. Should be good. BUT, I am wicked skinny, and the shorts seem a bit too big, well they are too big in the waste. I can't seem to find any shorts that fit me well just cuz I am so skinny.

    Do people wear belts when mountain biking? Any negative to it that I should know of? Prior to this I usually wore basketball shorts that had a draw string.

    If belts are a go, then is there any kind that is better? Or just any old belt? I got leather and also the fabric loop kind versus the holes in the belt.
    Or,


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    Bib shorts exist for a reason. No issues with belts and way more comfortable for us skinny tall guys.
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    What waist size and inseam measurements are you after?
    I make mountain bike bib shorts, so this information would help my market research. Our 28" waist baggy short currently has a 12.75" inseam.

    I'm really not a fan of wearing a belt on the bike as I find they can be inflexible or can dig into my gut, so baggies suspended from bibs for me, but +1 on suspenders or bibs in general.
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