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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-16-09, 04:21 PM   #1
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Wow, so, padded cycling shorts.

Yup. TOTALLY useful.

Today was my first time with a real pair of cycling shorts. 12.5 miles later my private areas felt like I normally do just, you know, regularly.

This bodes well for my attempt at the Summer Breeze Century Ride for Autism. No way can I do 100, but I'm gonna shoot for 50 with the option of trying for the metric. At least now I feel like I have the right fit on the bike, a decent pair of shorts that will give me more time...now I gotta work on getting the legs and back into gear for longer distances. 31 is my record so far....

Yeah, I know. Fascinating. I'm telling you all something you already know. Padding your bits means you can ride longer. For my next revelation, I will go into great and graphic detail about the moisture-distributing powers of water.

Just call me Cap'n Obvious.
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Old 06-16-09, 04:38 PM   #2
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Don't forget the Chamois Creame ...
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Old 06-17-09, 05:15 AM   #3
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We weren't lying or shilling for someone.
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I bought a "cheap" pair of mtn bike (gel) shorts last year early on- they were pretty awful. actually not helpfull at all.
I then was "given" a pair for my birthday, a pair of nice (chamois) cannondale cyclying shorts (roughly 70 bucks). I rode 62 miles that first time wearing them, almost like superman and a cape? well not- but close....

Get some GOOD shorts and Butt-r or Chamois Cream, smooth riding is all I can say... Good gear make for good riding.
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Old 06-17-09, 05:49 AM   #5
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I expect great things - when I finally invest in biking shorts. I did century in simple stretch pants. My dad says (he is a biking nut, with whole life of bike commuting) when your butt hurts from the bike, you are not pedaling hard enough - i.e. your weight is too much on the saddle.
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Old 06-17-09, 07:08 AM   #6
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So here is a 'manly' question. The padding in a pair of 'Luv2Pedal' baggy shorts-isn't supposed to act like chamois itself, its just supposed to pad the ride, right? I was riding home last night and after having to pull them up really far (I wear them at my natural waist, not my hipline) the padding kept shifting my 'ahem' around and I had to stop twice to figure it out. Im wondering if they don't run a little big? It was kind of uncomfortable...
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Baggies don't support the "ahem" properly. That's the main reason I wear the skin tight lycra. I can asure you it isn't because of vanity.
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On any of my bikes, I can usually do up to 30 miles comfortably without padded shorts. I prefer them for anything aside from short little grocery rides or a quick trip into town. Even for my 15 mile (one-way) commute, I prefer my bibs over a pair of baggies.

For long rides, they're a necessity. No way I'm trying a 300k in a pair of loose fitting shorts!
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ooohhh My stuff hurts just thinking about that!

Btw GK1 Mitch got a kick out of visiting with ya last night on fb

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I'm new to cycling but putting cream in and around your legs and genital area while riding? Wouldn't that be uncomfortable or feel weird (esp when you start sweating)?
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I'm new to cycling but putting cream in and around your legs and genital area while riding? Wouldn't that be uncomfortable or feel weird (esp when you start sweating)?
Nope, it's actually a barrier cream that reduces friction, and hence reduces irritation and chafing if you are going to spend a lot of hours in the saddle. We have riders in here that will occasionally ride 200 or more miles in a single day.

Udder Butter or Bag Balm also works, by the way, and is cheaper than Chamois Creams. You can also get them at drug stores and Walmart. You can also get it at a feed store in dairy country, as it's what they smear on a cows teats so the milking machine doesn't cause mastitis.
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The falconis (love2Pedal) have a lycra inner with a coolmax/antibacterial pad, I just think I had them pulled up too tight or something. It doesn't happen all the time, but it definitely warrants attending too in the middle of riding home. Otherwise they are great and the company has 2 for 65.00 type specials on them all the time. Ive had mine for a year so far.
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Nope, it's actually a barrier cream that reduces friction, and hence reduces irritation and chafing if you are going to spend a lot of hours in the saddle. We have riders in here that will occasionally ride 200 or more miles in a single day.

Udder Butter or Bag Balm also works, by the way, and is cheaper than Chamois Creams. You can also get them at drug stores and Walmart. You can also get it at a feed store in dairy country, as it's what they smear on a cows teats so the milking machine doesn't cause mastitis.
Thanks Tom I will have to keep that in mind. Hopefully some day I can ride 200 miles in one day!
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