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Barrettscv 10-30-08 11:21 AM

Padded cycling pants
 
Do you wear padded cycling shorts or pants? Are they worn some of the time, or all of the time?

Kotts 10-30-08 11:33 AM

Yes I do, just about every time I ride (the exceptions are the quick trips to the grocery store & such). Other than those quick trips, my rides are all at least 45 minutes of hard, sweaty, cranking (16 - 20 MPH average).

The reason I wear them is not about the padding, its about the chafing. Ideally, the Chamois (the "padding" part) absorbs sweat so that you don't end up with itrritated, chafing skin in places where it would make you walk funny.

If you aren't riding hard enough or long enough yet for it to be an issue, don't worry about it. When you do, and I bet you will sooner or later, cycling shorts are very nice to have.

StephenH 10-30-08 11:33 AM

Nothing against them, just haven't seen the need for them personally.

bbeck 10-30-08 11:59 AM

90% of the time

CACycling 10-30-08 12:15 PM

Most rides under 15 miles no, most rides over 15 miles yes.

JoelS 10-30-08 12:17 PM

Actually, I wear padded shorts, not pants. In winter, I just put a pair of tights on over my shorts, or I use leg warmers.

zoste 10-30-08 01:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CACycling (Post 7762206)
Most rides under 15 miles no, most rides over 15 miles yes.

This is me, only I pretty much use 25 miles as a cut off point.

Pamestique 10-30-08 02:16 PM

I can't imagine not wearing a padded short. It would be all "hurty" otherwise! :o

gearhead82 10-30-08 02:22 PM

I was someone who wouldn't be caught dead in lycra, then I tried the shorts once and I'm hooked. I even caught myself wearing padded tights a couple weeks ago! What happened to me!?!?!?

Mazama 10-30-08 02:23 PM

Always. I prefer the thin chamois shorts over the heavily padded ones.

CACycling 10-30-08 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gearhead82 (Post 7763225)
I was someone who wouldn't be caught dead in lycra, then I tried the shorts once and I'm hooked. I even caught myself wearing padded tights a couple weeks ago! What happened to me!?!?!?

+100! My wife gave me a pair of padded tights and a long sleeve jersey for my b-day. Hasn't gotten cold enough around here to warrant wearing them yet. A year ago, shortly after I returned to cycling, I was having a converation with another parent of a kid on my kids' soccer team. She had also just started riding and we were discussing how neither of us would ever be caught dead in lycra. Ended up trying it a few months later and was hooked. (Much to the dismay of my 2 teenaged sons.)

lutz 10-30-08 02:57 PM

I very much agree here :thumb:
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mazama (Post 7763234)
Always. I prefer the thin chamois shorts over the heavily padded ones.


Pinyon 10-30-08 04:28 PM

My wife got me my first pair of padded tights as well. That was over 15 years ago, and I always wear padded shorts for any ride over an hour. I...could see not wearing padded shorts, though. I just can't see wearing cotton underwear underneath any outer garment that you would ride in for over an hour. Cotton stays wet and scrubs too much for me.


theetruscan 10-30-08 04:39 PM

On anything over 50 miles I wear spandex.

On anything in warm weather where I don't have to look nice, I wear rapha fixed knickers (rapha quality control is so bad I would never recommend these, but I bought them a while ago). I hear the swobo knickers are similar but better made.

On cold weather rides I tend to wear jeans. Commuting I wear whatever I'm wearing at work unless it is hot enough I will sweat a lot.

cyclokitty 10-30-08 05:07 PM

I always wear padded shorts, knickers, skorts or pants. Way more comfortable, and that means a better and longer ride.

terbennett 10-30-08 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lutz (Post 7763466)
i very much agree here :thumb:

+1

scrapmetal 10-31-08 04:47 AM

Never. Did not justify the expense yet, things are bit tough lately,

10 Wheels 10-31-08 04:50 AM

Got to have them.
Most of my rides are 80+ miles.

Fern53 10-31-08 05:34 AM

I never used to bother years ago, but when my rides regularly became longer than 5 miles or so, I bit the bullet. I have a lighter weight undergarment that I wear on short rides with my comfort bike, and recently purchased <gasp> Pearl Izumi Spandex shorts when I bought my road bike. After a couple uncomfortable post-ride episodes without them, I'm a believer.

As an Athena who has lost almost 30 lb. since July, I am still not ready to give the public a view of this derriere in Spandex. I have a favorite pair of twills that I wear over the shorts. Works for me.

Neil_B 10-31-08 06:49 AM

Other than a few short rides - once meeting Neil F. on the last part of his commute home, test rides in a bike shop parking lot, etc - I've always used bike shorts. Even on my first ride two years ago I wore shorts under my jeans.

Kotts 10-31-08 07:39 AM

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Originally Posted by StephenH (Post 7761913)
Nothing against them, just haven't seen the need for them personally.

I'm betting that you either ride gently, or don't sweat a lot. (In Dallas, no less!)

Me, I sweat a LOT! I ride 3 times around the block with my 9 year old and I look like I got caught in the rain.

BTW: I'm completely sold on the shorts from http://www.aevero.com. Good fit, Chamois not too bulky, and the price is right (Curently 2 for $26 plus shipping!). Jerseys are good, too.

(Gloves, not so much, but heck, they were free. I use them for commuting, where they get pretty beat-up, saving my favorite gloves for my long rides.)

andrelam 10-31-08 10:08 AM

On my 10 mile round trip commute, bike pants are complete over-kill if I ride my hybrid. I just wear normal underwear and put on a pair of swimming tunks over them. Now that the weather is hovering between a high of 50 F and low of around 32 F I also wear a pair of tights (not the super light lycra kind, but not baggy like sweat pants either).

If I I am going on longer rides (more than about 5 miles at a time), or I am riding my road bike then I wear padded bike shorts just about 100% of the time.

Happy riding,
André

cod.peace 10-31-08 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barrettscv (Post 7761802)
Do you wear padded cycling shorts or pants? Are they worn some of the time, or all of the time?

On a 'bent, why would you need special pants?:)

jyossarian 10-31-08 12:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cod.peace (Post 7768786)
On a Brooks, why would you need special pants?:)

fixed that for ya. ;)

Brooks on all my bikes. No padded shorts needed. I have some from my pre-Brooks days, but they don't see the light of day much.


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