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reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by fatbikerbill » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:52 am

I see people riding in cycle shorts that actually look almost normal.

I definitely do not want some rad DH baggies.

Any recommendations please ?

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by ton » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:11 am

I use these. light and dry very quickly.

reason I wear em is because I despise cycling clothing.


https://www.blacks.co.uk/mens/125006-be ... -grey.html

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by middleagedmadness » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:50 am

Got some just below the knee plain olive shorts off dare2b when I was getting the boy some skii gear the other year not cycling but a stretchy fabric ,look perfectly normal cost next to nothing and have lasted around 6000 mile ,Arse is still ok but starting to rip a little by the fly ,,will be replacing with another pair pronto ,or have a look at Madison softshell shorts ,they also last forever and don't look like cycling shorts

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by fatbikerbill » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:06 am

thinking about it...based on Ton's response. I have used the Decathlon lightweight summer shorts over my lycra in the past.

They are light & dry super quick - perhaps that is all I need.

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:09 am

I find the PlanetX hot pants make me look surprisingly normal - almost casual really.

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Post by PaulB2 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:23 am

I use either a pair of endura singletrack 3/4s or craghopper hiking shorts over the a pair of endura liner bibs for most riding. Thankfully the industry seems to be moving away from the fluoro pyjama look.

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by ton » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:56 am

I find the PlanetX hot pants make me look surprisingly normal - almost casual really.
that is brilliant, made me spill coffee I was laughing that much.

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Post by JackT » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:14 pm

Uniqlo Kando are excellent. Light, fast drying, slight stretch. I've worn a pair for a few years now and they're very hard-wearing. £14.90. https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/men/bottom ... ndo-shorts

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Post by jameso » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:36 pm

Disclaimer, I work for Evans - but both the FWE and Kalf 'not-too-baggies' are excellent. Non-Enduro styling, fitted and durable. I struggle to put any signs of wear on the FWEs, even after a couple of years of regular use.

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Post by ZeroDarkBivi » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:26 pm

Assos do some great casual style shorts. Not cheap, obviously, but often discounted on the archive part of their website.

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Post by rufus748 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:36 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:09 am
I find the PlanetX hot pants make me look surprisingly normal - almost casual really.

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Post by rufus748 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:38 pm

Alpkit Floe. Yes they have Alpkit down one leg but they are very comfortable and I wear them as much (actually more) off the bike than on it.
Wearing them now.

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by JoseMcTavish » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:54 pm

Can also recommend the Kalf Terra shorts - dead comfy, not too flappy or long.

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Post by AndyTheBikeGuy » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:17 pm

Alpkit Strada https://www.alpkit.com/products/strada-mens-shorts- not super cheap, but they are comfy and I wear them on and off the bike. Even wore them to play cricket in last week.
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Post by Alpinum » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:40 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:09 am
I find the PlanetX hot pants make me look surprisingly normal - almost casual really.

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Are those baggies draped over the bar bag?

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Post by Alpinum » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:57 pm

Oh... I use Endura MTR II

Light, stretchy yet not too flimsy - but - as with any other thin pant, one hard crash and they are in pieces. Only things that saves such lightweight pants is their elasticity.
When not affected by crashing they hold up well, especially given how the fabric feels.

Good amount of wind shedding, yet still airy. Same with water. After a dozen or a bit more wash cycles the DWR weakens and they won't repell any water anymore. I don't do anything about it, as they dry really quick and - as stated above - don't let too much wind through.

Rather narrow cut along legs, not too flappy - just the right amount imo. A bit much fabric around the bum though for a size where leg length and width would otherwise be spot on for my likings.

I usually visit an annual exhibition to meet some folks from the industry, but most of all, to get those pants for a better price :wink:

It's 31 °C in the shade at the moment. Soon off for a ride in the MTR pants. I might go for a swim (every 10 min) on the way. Not the first time they have to show amphibious properties.

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:14 pm

Are those baggies draped over the bar bag?
Yes, I'd not long since washed them in a stream and that was my mobile washing line.
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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by pushbikemike » Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:23 pm

I've been using some shorts by Khul. Very comfy on and off the bike.

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by In Reverse » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:45 pm

fatbikerbill wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:52 am
I see people riding in cycle shorts that actually look almost normal.

I definitely do not want some rad DH baggies.

Any recommendations please ?
You mean those sexy ones I was wearing last Friday right? :cool:

Best shorts I've ever owned. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ixs ... prod140132

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by Alpinum » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:00 am

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:14 pm
Are those baggies draped over the bar bag?
Yes, I'd not long since washed them in a stream and that was my mobile washing line.
Those bikes... they do come in handy in so many different ways :-bd
So once you had the pants on the line, you decided to go for a little ride I guess :grin:

I first thought you might have been hot..?

Just rode home in some 30+ °C yesterday when it's so hot I will not be riding without gloves anymore...

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by summittoppler » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:06 am

These are not DH baggies but I've just wrote a review of the GORE WEAR C7 Bibs...
https://fat-bike.com/2019/06/gore-wear-c7-bib-shorts/

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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by gairym » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:36 am

Alpinum wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:00 am
Just rode home in some 30+ °C yesterday when it's so hot I will not be riding without gloves anymore...
Heading slightly off topic but just to clarify Gian, are you saying that it's so hot you've put gloves on OR it's so hot you won't be riding with gloves???

I hate gloves and so anything above about -5°c and I'm glove free :-bd

Back on topic.....for the last five years I've worn nothing but NZO shorts and I love 'em!

Once the temperature gets above zero I live in them until the next winter arrives.
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Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Post by Alpinum » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:18 am

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gairym wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:36 am
Heading slightly off topic but just to clarify Gian, are you saying that it's so hot you've put gloves on OR it's so hot you won't be riding with gloves???
It was so hot, I should have worn gloves due to the sweaty (like really wet) hands -> less grip. Usually I can swipe my palms off on my clothes and grip is as good as it gets, but thanks to wet clothing it didn't really work.
Gloves help with this. At least with the gloves - grips combination I use.

That static sweat flow down the arms... mmhhh... summer riding...

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