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Big Shorts

8linkhorn8linkhorn Posts: 12
edited July 2019 in Commuting chat
I have commuted in several cities and noticed a pretty standard uniform for any gender: close fitting leg wear - generally black, with something highly visible on the top half. Sleek, athletic and practical. Recently, however, when cycling in Birmingham I noticed most commuters had an almost identical uniform to this, but with one addition: a large loose pair of shorts over the trousers. Keen to investigate the possible benefits of this, I tried it out for myself on my return home. I could not appreciate any advantages to this get-up, but I did feel rather absurd and it felt like everyone I passed was either pointing, laughing or both! If anyone has seen or tried this phenomenon for themselves, please could you enlighten me as to how and why this has evolved, and whether I’m missing something (apart from the big shorts!). Ta

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  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,950
    What do you mean by "Big Shorts"?
    MTB Style Baggies, that look like 3/4 length cargo shortS? (Endura Humveee as an example)

    I find many who chain trips together, such as to the shops on their way to/from work or somewhere for a pint will wear baggies, on the basis that this seems a bit more "normal", and stops some of the perceived stares that you can get in the shopping cue with the figure hugging shorts and pad (aka pant liner by some) putting too much on show.

    I wear baggies because I've do the above.
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  • monkimarkmonkimark Posts: 729
    How big were these 'big' shorts.

    I wear mtb shorts for my commute, can't say that I've ever been overly concerned about people finding them ridiculous. They look a lot more 'normal' than figure hugging lycra.
  • 8linkhorn8linkhorn Posts: 12
    Those sound like the ones I mean, so it is purely an aesthetic thing I guess.
    I would still reckon they look less ‘normal’ when it is obvious you have arrived on a bike. I have personally never perceived stares without the shorts, nor considered it unusual seeing someone else similarly clad at the checkout.
    Each to their own ‘ey.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,381
    Some people worry about these things...
    viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=13102701&hilit=Pecker
  • 8linkhorn8linkhorn Posts: 12
    mrb123 wrote:
    Some people worry about these things...
    viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=13102701&hilit=Pecker
    Blimey!
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,389
    Personally I never wear lycra shorts for commuting. Always baggies or chino types. It's not a race, at least it's not on the Basingstoke Canal school run.
  • GallywomackGallywomack Posts: 823
    I wear officially-designated "Urban" shorts on my commute. They aren't what I'd call big, but they are not skin tight and could be worn in supermarket or pub without the least fear of embarrassment, were it not for the fact that I once wore them mountain-biking on a wet day in Wales, permanently staining the backside a fetching shade of yellowy-brown (this is what happens when you wear urban shorts in a non-urban environment).

    Edit: my commute IS a race, but I run flats, so wear trainers, and long study of the sartorial habits of the London commuter has shown me that lycra + trainers is not a good look. Some may argue that use of flat pedals belies a lack of serious SCR intent, but a) I like to use the bike in street clothes from time to time, and b) I can still ride quite fast with flat pedals on.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 2,118
    Where whatever the hell you want on your commute. Shouldn't matter to anyone else.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 11,031
    mrb123 wrote:
    Some people worry about these things...
    viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=13102701&hilit=Pecker
    You say that, but my wife has effectively banned me from wearing my new CHPT3 shorts in public for this very reason. Bloody comfy they are too. She does have a point though...
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • GallywomackGallywomack Posts: 823
    pblakeney wrote:
    mrb123 wrote:
    Some people worry about these things...
    viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=13102701&hilit=Pecker
    You say that, but my wife has effectively banned me from wearing my new CHPT3 shorts in public for this very reason. Bloody comfy they are too. She does have a point though...

    So do you by the sound of it...
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  • thistle_(mbnw)thistle_(mbnw) Posts: 3,238
    Baggies are fine for commuting, I'm not sure about baggies over trousers though?
    I'll wear them over a base layer in winter if it's sub zero, or over biblongs if I'm going MTB in the winter.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,575
    pblakeney wrote:
    mrb123 wrote:
    Some people worry about these things...
    viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=13102701&hilit=Pecker
    You say that, but my wife has effectively banned me from wearing my new CHPT3 shorts in public for this very reason. Bloody comfy they are too. She does have a point though...

    What if some see's the outline of your parts you're going to run off and shag them and or have an affair?

    I'd ask for dinner and drinks first
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 11,031
    Sage advice indeed coming from the guy with stains in his bibs shorts.
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  • 8linkhorn8linkhorn Posts: 12
    I wear officially-designated "Urban" shorts on my commute. They aren't what I'd call big, but they are not skin tight and could be worn in supermarket or pub without the least fear of embarrassment, were it not for the fact that I once wore them mountain-biking on a wet day in Wales, permanently staining the backside a fetching shade of yellowy-brown (this is what happens when you wear urban shorts in a non-urban environment).

    Edit: my commute IS a race, but I run flats, so wear trainers, and long study of the sartorial habits of the London commuter has shown me that lycra + trainers is not a good look. Some may argue that use of flat pedals belies a lack of serious SCR intent, but a) I like to use the bike in street clothes from time to time, and b) I can still ride quite fast with flat pedals on.

    Lycra + trainers = what millions of runners exercise in every day. Look fine to me...
  • 8linkhorn wrote:
    Lycra + trainers = what millions of runners exercise in every day. Look fine to me...
    That depends. I had to follow a rather large gent in lycra on the commute home last night. Not a pretty sight.
    Kept trying to get round him but he kept drafting me and passing me on the hills.

    Wouldn't want anyone else to endure that - hence why I wear bib-shorts with baggies over the top.
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  • 8linkhorn8linkhorn Posts: 12
    So the bike fashion designers have missed a trick. If I design a cycling top that is long enough at the front to cover ones gender specifics, I could make my first million!
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