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For comfort reasons, how well do mountain bike shorts do in place of road bike shorts; i.e. spandex? Basic riding agenda is for workout purposes.
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Re: Mountain Biking shorts vs Road shorts

I've been racing since 1989 and always thought shorts for road and MTB were the same???

http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtbphotos...p2052/dsc_0004

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...?id=giro053/41
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Originally Posted by ed073
I've been racing since 1989 and always thought shorts for road and MTB were the same???

http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtbphotos...p2052/dsc_0004

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...?id=giro053/41
He might be talking about those "loose fit" ones at performance.
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Originally Posted by duffeymt
For comfort reasons, how well do mountain bike shorts do in place of road bike shorts; i.e. spandex? Basic riding agenda is for workout purposes.
You could use the baggy shorts for general road riding if you don't want your package on display. There is a type of mtb short that is essentiallly a double short which has a spandex built in liner. While not as thick as a regular road short, it does keep everything together while still having the baggy outer covering. The reality is a good road short, especially a bib, will be far more comfy than any mtb short. Bite the bullet, buy some spandex, ditch the undies and ride off into the sunset.
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Spandex road shorts are definitely more comfortable to wear, they stretch better with no binding around the thighs that I feel with the mountain biking ones. One other thing I've found is the mountain bike shorts make my legs warmer. It's not so bad right now in the spring, but might not be so good in mid summer.
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Originally Posted by duffeymt
For comfort reasons, how well do mountain bike shorts do in place of road bike shorts; i.e. spandex? Basic riding agenda is for workout purposes.
I actually think road shorts are better for mb too. I've gotten mb shorts caught on the handle bars. I usualy use mb shorts when I go riding with my son
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Originally Posted by 53-11
He might be talking about those "loose fit" ones at performance.
what's "performance"? Is that a shop?
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It's all fun and games until someone gets an angry yellowjacket up inside their baggies.
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Originally Posted by ed073
what's "performance"? Is that a shop?
http://www.performancebike.com/
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The MTB shorts will do for those times when you're feeling a bit modest (riding with the kids, etc...) but road tights are decidedly more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by JohnO
The MTB shorts will do for those times when you're feeling a bit modest (riding with the kids, etc...) but road tights are decidedly more comfortable.
Last year I tried bib shorts for the first time. Haven’t worn any other shorts since. They are VERY comfy…

I do have mountain bike shorts too. Generally I wear them only when I was riding with my wife, and we were going to stop at a restaurant to eat, during the ride. I didn’t think everyone else in the restaurant would want to be eating and seeing me in spandex. Otherwise… it’s my spandex bib shorts….
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Cooool.....
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I had a pair of baggy style shorts with a padded undershort. I found legs on the insert would roll up and form an uncomfortable bunch near the top of my leg. Road shorts are definitely more comfortable in my opinion.
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Yeah I agree -- I tried the padded MTB shorts once, crap. The pad moves around and chafes. If you're overly buldge-conscious, get some decent bibs (once you try bibs you'll never go back to shorts) and wear a loose-fitting pair of shorts over them. Or better yet, learn to love the lycra.
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Originally Posted by duffeymt
For comfort reasons, how well do mountain bike shorts do in place of road bike shorts; i.e. spandex? Basic riding agenda is for workout purposes.
i won't ride mtb with spandex clad dudes.. spandex betty is a different story though..!
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