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    why is only half the waist laced on some cycling shorts!!

    So I have a pair of Performance Bike Cycling shorts that fit well and are comfortable, but I just don't understand why the lace around the waist doesn't go all the way around. The laces are sewn in to the waist on either side, so when you tie up the shorts it tightens up only the front half of the shorts, and the back half just has an elastic band. The problem with this design, at least for me, is that the shorts tend to fall on my back side and my ass crack will be showing during half the ride.

    Here's a picture of the shorts, and you can see the back half is an elastic band and the front half has laces sewn into the sides of the waist, so you can't get a tight fit all the way around when you lace them up. Is there some benefit to this design, because I've seen many shorts similarly designed.
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    I've got Pearl Izumi and Cannondale shorts, they both have a belt so I'm not familiar with draw string, but I expect they made them that way thinking it'd let the ass end stretch when you get into riding position.

    Then there's the cynical view that says they save .0005 cents per pair doing it that way compared to running the draw string all the way around.

    As for letting your crack show, don't you wear a liner? In both brands that I have, the liners stay up better than the outer short does. In fact they're connected and probably help to hold the outers up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I've got Pearl Izumi and Cannondale shorts, they both have a belt so I'm not familiar with draw string, but I expect they made them that way thinking it'd let the ass end stretch when you get into riding position.

    Then there's the cynical view that says they save .0005 cents per pair doing it that way compared to running the draw string all the way around.

    As for letting your crack show, don't you wear a liner? In both brands that I have, the liners stay up better than the outer short does. In fact they're connected and probably help to hold the outers up.
    The shorts come with a liner sewn in so it's not removable, and the liner is a little loose on me. But I've got another pair of shorts from Canari which have the draw string all the way around and I've never had an issue with them restricting when I get into riding position. Plus both my Canari and Perfomance shorts have an elastic section in the back which I suspect is so you're not restricted when getting into riding position.

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    Maybe your buying the wrong size !

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