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A cheap jersey is one thing, cheap shorts are dangerous. The contact points with the bike: the a$$, the hands and the feet are critical to riding. Buy cheap shorts and you'll feel it.

For 2-3 hour rides most shorts that retail for $100 or so work (team orders because of no middle man mark up and volume discount cost about $60) for longer rides $150+++ for quality shorts.

I don't do cheap jerseys either, but those probably don't have as big of impact on ride comfort.
 

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A cheap jersey is one thing, cheap shorts are dangerous. The contact points with the bike: the a$$, the hands and the feet are critical to riding. Buy cheap shorts and you'll feel it.

For 2-3 hour rides most shorts that retail for $100 or so work (team orders because of no middle man mark up and volume discount cost about $60) for longer rides $150+++ for quality shorts.

I don't do cheap jerseys either, but those probably don't have as big of impact on ride comfort.
You sell my wife on $100 shorts and you would be DA MAN. I am not looking for a expensive pair, I ride daily be it commuting, on the trainer, or out thrashing the local trails, and a weekend race every once in a while. I can not or will not justify expensive shorts for that, I would just like to be able to switch out shorts so I am not washing every night. As far as jerseys go I use $8 workout jerseys from walmart and they get me to the finish line just fine I just thought it would be nice to have a zipper and a pocket in the back. Sorry just don't have unlimited funds.
 

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I'm just saying if you want to be comfortable you need to pay for quality. I'll have almost 7000 miles this year on the bike so I'm willing to spend the cash and no I don't have unlimited funds, just not willing to sacrifice on cycling equipment. I'd rather check out books at the libraryn ride to work when it is -2 etc.to save money for my cycling gear.
 

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I'm just saying if you want to be comfortable you need to pay for quality. I'll have almost 7000 miles this year on the bike so I'm willing to spend the cash and no I don't have unlimited funds, just not willing to sacrifice on cycling equipment. I'd rather check out books at the libraryn ride to work when it is -2 etc.to save money for my cycling gear.
Would it be wise to wash $100 shorts daily for a 1/2 hour commute? I use a very comfy saddle it might be a bit heavy but a lot cheaper then spending a ton on shorts. I don't question your knowledge especially being a avid biker like you are. I am just not up to your standards, and there is no way I could ever put on 7000 mile in a year that is awesome by the way. I am just a weekend warrior trying to get by. Thanks for your advise.
 

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I do a lot of 4 hour+ rides on both road and mountain and I've found little functional difference between expensive shorts and well made cheap ones. I attribute most of the price difference to marketing campaigns and executive bonuses.
 

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Would it be wise to wash $100 shorts daily for a 1/2 hour commute? I use a very comfy saddle it might be a bit heavy but a lot cheaper then spending a ton on shorts. I don't question your knowledge especially being a avid biker like you are. I am just not up to your standards, and there is no way I could ever put on 7000 mile in a year that is awesome by the way. I am just a weekend warrior trying to get by. Thanks for your advise.
Well, how about a 50ish dollar short, pearl izumi's attack is around that price, the chamois is good quality and the lycra lasts awhile, i have 2 pairs and use them for my everyday training, wash them while i shower to increase their life... i have other brands and quality shorts for longer rides and racing.. my .02
 

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Well, how about a 50ish dollar short, pearl izumi's attack is around that price, the chamois is good quality and the lycra lasts awhile, i have 2 pairs and use them for my everyday training, wash them while i shower to increase their life... i have other brands and quality shorts for longer rides and racing.. my .02
That is AWESOME advise, wash em in the shower. I loooove that, man that is going to save a ton of time and a bunch on the shorts.....Thanks:thumbsup:
 

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I have a Pearl Izumi outlet near by and buy most of my gear from them. You can usually walk in and buy some $100+ bibs from $35-$60 depending on model. I bought some that retailed for $159 and they dont feel as good as the cheaper ones. I think shorts are like saddles. Some work bettter for others. That being said. I also like the Performance brand short ( with the blue chamy sp?). You can pick those up for around $40. I pay attention to how they are stitched and where the seems may rub or dig in. The Castelli shorts were horrible for me. The seems dug into my legs on anything more than a 45minute ride. They did it no matter if I was on the mtn bike or roadie.

I wear LG most of the time since that is what my team kit is. They are not cheap but probably some of the best cycling clothes I have ever ridden in. I have the newer ones with the "power band" on the shorts.
 

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At $27 for two, you have little to lose and we have everything to gain. try then out and let us know what you think.:D
I ordered them last night, I'll keep ya posted!!:thumbsup:
 

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At $27 for two, you have little to lose and we have everything to gain. try then out and let us know what you think.:D
At that price if you're needing riding clothing you can't go wrong. I always buy my stuff on sale. I got a couple jerseys from Primal Wear when they were on super sale for roughly 25dollars each. My shorts I wear cost 40 dollars, but I haven't found a cheaper substitute yet. I agree that the price of cycling clothing is extremely expensive and that a wicking shirt works just as well.
 

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I have had $100 bibs that completely sucked and $15 shorts (Louis Garneau Response on sale on Nashbar w/ coupon) that are pretty damn comfortable. I always go for the cheap stuff, as I usually wear everything out anyway.

LG stuff is pretty damn good regardless of price.
 

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Sweet, Thanks for the find!

I'm gonna order some shorts I think. You can't beat the price! 2 for 32 bucks is pretty dandy.

How is the padding? What about sizes? I'm on the smaller side of 32. Would a medium fit alright?
 

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I do a lot of 4 hour+ rides on both road and mountain and I've found little functional difference between expensive shorts and well made cheap ones. I attribute most of the price difference to marketing campaigns and executive bonuses.
What he said 1+ :thumbsup:

Only difference is how much lighter your wallet gets when one falls neck deep into those type traps.. it's just a mere marketing ploy for the masses!!
 

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I just received a pair that I ordered. I wear a size medium (30-32 waist) in every brand of cycling short I have found, and these fit loose. When I pull them up the waist line comes up to the bottom of my rib cage. They seem like they would be saggy shorts in the wet and mud. The chamois pad also has a rough edge which feels abrasive against my leg. If they made the pad a bit wider I think it would fold down along the inside of the thigh instead of dig in. I did a two hour trainer ride and didn't experience any chaffing, but I don't think I'd trust them on a epic ride.
The leg grippers, stiching, pad, and material are all good quality. It's too bad I had fitment issues with these.
 

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I just received a pair that I ordered. I wear a size medium (30-32 waist) in every brand of cycling short I have found, and these fit loose. When I pull them up the waist line comes up to the bottom of my rib cage. They seem like they would be saggy shorts in the wet and mud. The chamois pad also has a rough edge which feels abrasive against my leg. If they made the pad a bit wider I think it would fold down along the inside of the thigh instead of dig in. I did a two hour trainer ride and didn't experience any chaffing, but I don't think I'd trust them on a epic ride.
The leg grippers, stiching, pad, and material are all good quality. It's too bad I had fitment issues with these.
It's to bad you had the fit issues, I have a little bigger build and the medium fit me just right! Of coarse it is around the Holidays and I have put a little on if you know what I mean.:D I haven't tried a long ride with them yet, but I mainly bought them for everyday short trainer rides. Hopefully we will hear some more feedback.
 

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I was looking over their website and they offer a 30 day return policy. Sure it sucks you have to ship them back but if it means you get the right size and you're more comfortable in the long run I guess it would be worth it!

I'm still waiting on mine. Hopefully they fit me, like I said earlier I'm a smaller dude. Fingers Crossed!
 
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