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Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2011, 10:53:12 pm »
Thanks for all the replys, I'm leaning towards the Castelli with the KISS3 padding $58.88 At Excel Sports in Boulder,Co.

Offline Tourista829

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2011, 09:29:33 am »
I like Pearl Izumi, I have bought from Nashbar, but the shorts I have liked the most, for touring, are from Cannondale. They are comfortable and the chamois they use has good wiking. Although an individual thing, it has just the right amount of padding for me. Over the years, they have held up the best. I have been lucky and usually find them on sale. REI has Cannondale traditional form fitting 9 panel 9" inseem shorts and baggy fitness shorts, on sale for $50.00. They also have their Quick Baggy shorts for $60.00. I like a pair of both. I have done better when I have been able to try them on. If they don't feel right, pass. (I good bike jersey helps too)

Offline 200k

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2011, 10:40:04 am »
I have a question on bike shorts directed at a particular problem that only guys have.  Background first.  I have been riding as an adult for 40++ years and I have tried just about every type of short including some that were a fad at the time.  My favorites are the Pearl Izumi UltraSensor and the Performance Century respectively ranked 1 and 2.  On any ride over 20 miles I use Chamois Butt'r liberally and I never ride in shorts more than once between washings.

The problem is this.  With every short I have ever used, my scrotum get pinched and subsequently chafed.  It isn't always the same side but only one side seems to have the problem per ride.  Now I am not talking about crunching testicles; that would be intolerable.  Just a little fold of the scrotum that gets pressure where the edge of the pad and the leg intersect.  I have tried pulling the shorts up, pulling them down, readjusting them so they are perfectly balanced, but the problem seems to persist.  I don't want to wear a jock strap but that seems like it would be a possible solution.  It is difficult to surrepticiously readjust my package while riding in a mixed group.

Do any of you guys have this problem?  Are there any shorts that help or relieve this?  I am open to suggestions.

Keep the rubber side down,


Offline staehpj1

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2011, 11:23:35 am »
The problem is this.  With every short I have ever used, my scrotum get pinched and subsequently chafed. 
Try this if you don't already...
When you put on your shorts, pull up the inner thigh portion of the shorts into the crease at the groin on both sides making kind of a pocket for your junk.

Offline lonerider

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2011, 11:28:35 am »
Never heard of that issue. Perhaps a short with a thinner chamois might help. Even one with an old school real chamois with no foam or other fabric would help. Thinking the edge of the chamois is the issue as you mention. Make sure the shorts are form fitting, as that is a key function of a riding short for it serves as a second skin. If wearing baggies and you have not tried traditional cycling shorts, give them a try since there is no extra fabric to cause problems. In addition, if all you have used are mid grade shorts give a high end short a shot. Be sure to start with a name brand, not a "private label" brand since there typically are differences in quality of chamois, fabric, and fit.

Ps. An old friend of mine in the garment industry explained why name brands cost more by using this comparison: They do the research, development, marketing and understand what they do and why they do it. The off brand stuff are copies of the name brand stuff but are constructed without an understanding why they are doing what they do. Apply this to bridge construction and ask yourself who you would trust. My addition to this explanation is looking at the bike industry as an example. Shimano makes good stuff, there is a brand out there that looks just like it, functions like it and cost a fraction of the Shimano stuff. It is called Falcon and other names that they put on it. But somehow the stuff literally lasts less than half the time Shimano lasts. How come?

Offline driftlessregion

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2011, 06:54:29 pm »
The scrotum issue makes me wonder if the shorts are too tight, unlikely because you could fit yourself in and stay put, or too loose, so that you don't stay put. Just wondering. Have you tried bibs? I've had less problems in that area with bibs.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2011, 10:05:01 pm »
When you put the shorts on, pull the tissues in question up and forward, out of the pinch zone. 
May the wind be at your back!

Offline PeteJack

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2011, 03:28:01 pm »
For us older guys with prostate issues bibs strike me as a frigging nightmare.

Offline mucknort

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2011, 04:44:35 pm »
Shop for expensive shorts on deep discount. Your price point should be $60-100 on the clearance racks.
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Offline sonssu

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2012, 01:37:13 am »
I am a big fan of Castelli and Craft!

Offline geegee

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2012, 10:43:02 am »
With a nicely broken in Brooks saddle, I haven't used padded shorts on my last 5 long tours. I've been using mesh-lined running shorts or swim shorts with no problems or pain/sore issues. They wash and dry so much easier and faster than padded bike shorts.

Offline Rideoregon

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2012, 12:25:05 pm »
For those of you that like bibs, how do you do it? ---take a leak? Do you wear your jersey over the bib or under it? I found that even though i wear a full zip jersey, i needed to remove it in order to slip out of the shoulder straps and roll evrything down.

Offline bogiesan

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2012, 10:42:17 pm »
+1 on the cheap shorts rule, don't go there. Have spent good money on bad product and regretted many times trying to "feel good" about saving money.
Recent discovery; Have worn Sugoi RS Flex shorts for about 8 years now and love them. Easily get over 10 thousand miles to a pair and own three pairs now. The only brand I buy, however pair of Specialized RBX shorts were given to me this winter while riding in CA for a week. Very impressed with their comfort and look forward to sitting in the saddle for a long ride this spring. Just may have found an alternative to the Best of Breed Sugoi RS Flex!
Just went through my cycling logs and found the original Sugoi RX shorts have a bit over 16 thousand miles. The others considerably less since they are newer. Average yearly mileage is between 2 and 4 thousand miles.

So these shorts of yours are ten years old? Do you alternate or wear one pair till they disintegrate?

But, yes, buying quality ANYTHING is usually far better than buying two or more inferior products. Why we'll spend $200 on a tent that we just lay in and try to save money on bike shorts is weird.

I play go. I use Macintosh. Of course I ride a recumbent

Offline bikeguyrich

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2012, 06:00:47 pm »
I have some Garneau shorts that are doing just what I need them to do.  Also a pair from Giant

Offline driftlessregion

Re: Bike Shorts
« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2012, 11:17:20 pm »
Regarding bibs and taking a leak: depends on how stretchy or not the straps are. Jersey always over the bibs or risk tittering.