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Old 12-29-06, 11:56 PM   #1
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Compression Shorts

Some of you may remember a while ago I started a thread on good lower body clothing to avoid chaffing and what not.

Well my parents got me a nice pair of compression shorts for christmas, but I am a bit confused and kind of embarassed I have to ask this.

Are these to be worn under shorts, or as shorts?
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Old 12-30-06, 12:06 AM   #2
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As I have never worn them, I do believe though that they go under your shorts as they are really designed for support of the muscle, groin, hamstring, ect.
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I am not very experienced with cycling clothing as I am primarily a regular clothes commuter. However, if those are just general athletic compression shorts I always wore mine with nothing underneath, but I also know some people who wear whitey-tighteys underneath.
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Some of you may remember a while ago I started a thread on good lower body clothing to avoid chaffing and what not.

Well my parents got me a nice pair of compression shorts for christmas, but I am a bit confused and kind of embarassed I have to ask this.

Are these to be worn under shorts, or as shorts?
Compression shorts, like Cycling Shorts are meant to be worn "Commando" for reduction in chafing. No embarrassment necessary, we aren't born with a racial memory (unless you are a student of some of Jung's odder theories)
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And if you're embarrassed the first few rides you can wear another pair of gym shorts over them. You'll also want to use some sort of anti-chaffing substance - Queen Helene's Cocoa Butter Cream is a good cheap one to start out with and your shorts will smell like a thousand nubile coeds on a beach
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I wear compression shorts underneath my cycling shorts. Just seems a bit more hygenic to me.
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I had never run across the term before I saw this thread. So I googled it. Pictures showed the waistband to have a contrasting color like Haynes or BVD. That says "under"wear to me. If my bike shorts are so worn that they fail to support my package I would use them under the shorts.
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Compression shorts are typically worn under other shorts. Check out shorts that come with them attached, or watch people leaving their gym. One does not normally wear underwear under compression shorts, much like bike shorts.
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I am also unfamiliar with compression shorts so I did my own Google. One site noted that they provide seperation (and protection) between the groin and hamstring muscles.....just like biker shorts do. Appear to be aimed at athletes to help with muscle issues in the groin area. If true, biker shorts already provide that protection and the compression shorts would be redundant if worn under biker shorts.
Anyone else read them as redundant (not necessary) when wearing biker shorts?

As a side note, I have some padded underwear (from Performance) that have a padded groin just like in normal biker shorts. Otherwise, they are light weight fabric like normal underwear....not compression shorts. They are handy to carry on a trip when you might get a chance to ride a bike without taking along all your normal biker gear.
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Wear compression shorts under regular shorts.
Bike shorts ARE compression shorts with cycling specfic padding and cut.
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Definitely UNDER!!!!. They're meant to keep things in place ... especially the things between your legs. Think of them as a replacement for the jock strap.
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