Shorts for hot weather riding?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by _CJ, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    Wondering what the popular opinion is of wearing shorts for hot weather riding.

    With the blazing hot temps we've been having here in Colorado recently, I've taken to riding with mountain bike shorts and TP199 knee pads for trail rides which usually involve some low speed pavement getting to and from the trail. It really makes a difference keeping cool, and offers close to the same protection as my normal MX pants over the knee pads. Obviously abrasion resistance is lacking, but there's always give and take.

    Any of you guys wear shorts, or gear up differently for hot weather?



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  2. TxRoadDog

    TxRoadDog Shut up and ride

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    Do I gear up differently? Sure... hot weather gear. Shorts? You'd be a fool for trying.
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  3. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    "Subject to ridicule in certain circles" as they say :dirtdog.
    At a minimum, make sure the color does not conflict with your flip-flops.

    Ride safe friend.

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  4. AdvNener

    AdvNener Been here awhile

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    Lower legs are pretty much exposed to heat from engine/exhaust pipe/radiator on my bikes... so i'm cooler with pants anyway.
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  5. Fishenough

    Fishenough Team Lurker

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    Living in Thailand for 12 years never liked riding with shorts, my fav army surplus pants with large knees pads for trail work provided protection on several dirt falls and I found the material cool to wear in 105 F or warmer weather. Had heavy MX pants but they didn't breath well, ball rot is no fun. In my avatar pics it's mesh jacket, army surplus pants, and studded wading boots. The pants dry in 5 minutes after wading in the river and riding to the next fishing spot in the jungle.

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  6. zdc1775

    zdc1775 Been here awhile

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    I wear gym shorts all the time while riding. Of course they are under my mesh pants.
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  7. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Nope, nope and nope
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  8. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Shorts might be ok, as long as they come down to your ankles.

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  9. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    Shorts just by themselves, or with riding pants over them? I will wear shorts, but I'm always in my AlterEgo mesh pants with removable lining.
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  10. mitchxout

    mitchxout Long timer

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    Just no!
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  11. D R

    D R Been here awhile

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    Brittany Morrow may be able to offer some advice in response to your question.
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  12. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    Firstgear mesh pants to keep the heat from the exhaust off my legs. Shorts would suck.
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  13. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    Shorts? What fool would wear shorts on a motorcycle?:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  14. bodine003

    bodine003 Long timer

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    In Florida scooters riders wear flip flops and shorts (shirts sometimes), no helmets. The rocket launcher riders wear the same but with a full face helmet!! Guess so they won't be knocked out and can feel their skin being burned off!!!
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  15. JaySwear

    JaySwear Been here awhile

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    I have basketball shorts I wear under First Gear mesh riding pants. They have a reinforced rear and armored knees.
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  16. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    I find pants are cooler than shorts due to engine heat. I also find my full height adventure boots help even more.
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  17. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Sometimes normal shorts and sometimes bicycle shorts for longer rides. Always with Motoport riding pants over them. Including > 90 F and 90% humidity days.
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  18. Fat Toney

    Fat Toney Long timer

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    Around town or trail rides I’ll wear shorts, you bet.
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  19. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    I find that if you are morbidly obese a nice pair of running shorts (very loose fitting preferably) and going shirtless is a good idea.


    or at least I used to see that a lot when I lived down in the FL

    ....not a sight you can un-see for the record
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  20. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Seems many here miss the part that you are mainly off road, only doing some street for trail access. Whole different story than pure street. Plus you are already wearing protection in the main areas other than probably your butt since the bicycling may require more flexibility there.

    First MX pants I had were mesh. With knee cups and hip pads pretty much good. Only negative to shorts would be they may ride up, but mountain bike shorts made for the off road, with knee cups/shin guards would likely be near the same protection worn by many XC and hare scrambles racers. About the only negative being brush hitting skin. Personally I'd see if anyone still does mesh MX pants. But otherwise I'd want to take a look at the mountain bike equipment since I really don't know how much protection there is there.

    By the way Fox over pants have zip off lowers ending up with some long shorts.
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