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Old 03-16-08, 10:54 AM   #1
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Brooks and padded shorts?

For those that use a Brooks saddle, do you also wear padded shorts or are they not necessary?
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Old 03-16-08, 11:44 AM   #2
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You know, the reason chamois exists is for chafing and not for actually padding anything. I think it's funny because folks think of it as an extra cushioning layer. It can, in fact, cause MORE pressure on the perineum because of the added material.

I wore mine at first, and one day didn't and found it to be at least 100x more comfortable without the chamois. The saddles are slick enough that you won't chafe even without chamois. You can still wear lycra, just get the un-chamoised kind. I will never go back to chamois!
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Old 03-16-08, 01:00 PM   #3
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For me, the Brooks is more comfortable without the padded shorts. With the padded shorts, my ass hurts even more. I wonder if it's because the saddle is broken in to my non-padded ass.
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The odd thing is that when a saddle really fits well, you don't need a chamois. I ride my bikes in street clothes and unpadded tights/knickers and don't have any significant issues. I don't have a Brooks yet--but I did get chosen to be a product tester for the Brooks Imperial. I went with the ladies model, and I am very excited about it. I suspect I will find it very comfortable no matter what I wear riding.

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Old 03-16-08, 01:30 PM   #5
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None for me either.
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Old 03-16-08, 01:53 PM   #6
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EastHill said it all

I don't and I will never buy or wear a pair of daipers again
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You don't need padded shorts...but for men, tight shorts (or a tight under short) that keep all your pieces parts in place is a darned good idea. Flat or no seams - better yet.
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I just got a Brooks B17 and I have about 100 miles on it, got it last Tuesday. Anyway, I will try this out, that is, no padding on my next ride.
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I found this thread wondering if the padding actually makes problems... I'm thinking now that the chamois causes more trouble than it solves...

If you are using padding for your sit bones, the padding interferes with anatomic cutouts in the saddle! And frankly, a 2mm of compressible polyester fiber are NOT going to make much difference on the sit bones if the saddle is not doing it's most basic job supporting your pelvis while providing clearance for soft tissue that suspends, etc...

The real problem, is the padding bunches up and fills the 'taint area and you get compression where the padding bunches up between the legs. Unless you grab your padding and pull it out from 'there' every 5 miles, it bunches up and you start to wonder why the cutout on your expensive saddle still make you numb.

I'm beginning to think a part of advanced cycling is to make your sit bones numb to a hard saddle and forgo padding that makes other more important things complain. I'm going to cut the chamois out of my winter tights and wear padded shorts under them if I need padding.

I've ridden the Brooks B-17 with and without padding. The sit bones are fine either way, but I do notice, the 'taint suffers more with padding on the b17. A quality saddle shouldn't need padding I think. It's 2008! The Brooks still shows it's usefulness. If only I could ride low on the drops with the Brooks... 'Taint no thing.
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so those of you who don't wear padded shorts just wear regular cycling shorts or tights?

i'm having problems riding in the drops, too. crotch goes numb. it's unpleasant. i'm just wearing civilian exercise/rain gear, using the saddle that came with my bike, though. nothing fancy. i have to figure out what to change next.

i gotta say, though, that the saddle is a thousand times better than the one on my old bike. i think the bike shop saw my butt and took mercy on me, because the saddle isn't the one that is supposed to come with the bike, according to the bike company's website. hehe
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A B 17 is a touring saddle, not a race saddle and really isn't going to work if you want to ride in the drops a lot. I'm to the point that I want to run low and aero and the now the beloved B 17 is going to have to get swapped out for a race saddle.
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I've got a B.17 on my commuter/distance bike and I wear padded shorts with it. Thin padded for long rides, but still something. It's more about moisture wicking than actually "padding" anything since my saddle is pretty well worn in and comfortable after 4000+ miles.
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