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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Cycling Shorts

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Cycling Shorts

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair

    I got a pair of Sugoi biking shorts (I think?) that I REALLY like! I went with a size up and they fit really nicely. I mostly wanted them for the padded bottoms because my butt was getting SORE riding without padded shorts 🙂

    I do agree with you that most cycling shorts are SO TIGHT in the waist though. I had that issue with the first couple of pairs I tried on but I like the Sugoi ones a lot. Probably because I went with one size bigger than my normal size! I like the idea of these bib shorts though, especially as I get more into cycling and more into long distances!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      When I first bought my Pearl bike shorts about 2 years ago I was too proud to buy a Large. I decided that I lost too much weight and worked TOO hard to buy a “Large”. So my bike shorts are super tight and uncomfortable!!

  2. Carbzilla

    Really great post (is it bad that I laughed?). I’d never heard of those bib shorts. Will pass it along to the dude who’d probably rather be caught dead (though he has been looking for overalls lately so maybe he’s into it). I actually don’t mind my cycling shorts but, then again, I didn’t know there was an alternative.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hadn’t heard of bib shorts either until Michael got his. He loves them. My next bike purchase is bib shorts.

  3. Eleonora

    One pro of biking shorts: if you’re a frequent pee-er (like me) and you have to use bushes as bathrooms during bike ride, shorts are more convenient. Especially if you’re a woman!
    As for sizes, Italian letter sizes (s,m) are always 1 size up than American ones. If you’re buying something with number sizes…don’t trust conversion charts and try anything on!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      GOOD point Eleonora! I need to ask Michael about this issue!

  4. Lori

    I wear the shorts and don’t find any problems with the waist at all. Maybe it is the women’s kind? Mine are super comfortable, although I get a bit of sausage thigh with them. I actually have padded knickers, too, which I also love.

    I can’t afford the bib shorts, but not sure I would get them anyway. I would drag them in a toilet for sure LOL!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I would have a problem with the bathroom too. I need to ask Michael about that.

  5. Cat

    interesting! I know about bib shorts, but I actually don’t have a problem with waist bands on any of my bike stuff. I have 2 pairs of capris (one Castelli, one Sugoi) and one pair of shorts (Castelli) and the best fit are my Castelli shorts and Sugoi capris. I love them both A LOT! I even feel…dare I say it….cute in both of these.

    Here’s a link to the Castelli shorts:

    And the Sugoi capris (these were NOT cheap, but I got some good discounts on mine):

  6. Jim Blogger

    The cheap $30 Pearl Izumi’s do suck, but if you spend a little more they have some nice middle/upper end stuff.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I have a $50 pair of Pearl Izumi shorts that work well for me.

  7. Silvio

    You’re pushing Bibs ’cause your cousin sells them, right?!

    Shorts are just fine, perhaps you might start thinking about losing your “beer gut” or “belly jar” so they don’t feel so tight at the waist!!!!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I don’t have any friends or family who sells bib shorts or any cycling gear. Get your facts straight.

    2. Michael

      The pros that wear them should lose their guts too.

      Bib Shorts > Shorts

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