Any ideals on a good pair of shorts w/o spending a half of your tour bank roll? Thanks George
The "ideal" cycling short is the pair that leaves you unimpaired at the end of 100 miles of hot, rainy, or hard pedaling. How much they cost you is irrelevant if they protect your nether parts and last more than a season or two.
The difference between an Italian bib set for $200 and a Nashbar or Performance pair for $25-60 is nota just price. But you cannot know that intimately without wearing them for 200 or more miles.
I don't need cycling shorts on my recumbent but when I had my road bike, I spent a lot of money trying to save money on shorts. All of the bargain shorts ended up hurting me. So I bought two top of the line shorts and was absolutely amazed at the difference in material, craftsmanship, feel, fit and comfort. I could ride further and enjoyed it more. These were benefits associated directly with the cost and value of the investment.
Your mileage, and the opinions of others, will vary, of course. Our saddles, styles, and butts are all different.
Shop for expensive shorts on deep discount. Your price point should be $60-100 on the clearance racks.
David Boise id