I'm sure thinking about buying one.
I'm sure thinking about buying one.
There's no impact to worry about.
Boxer Briefs keep everything organized if you aren't in lycra.
Solution = bib shorts.
Nobody wears jock straps while riding. Go commando and wear bibs.
Padded shorts/short liners should do all that's needed. If not those, UA has "Boxer Jock" shorts that I wear when walking that might be more comfortable for riding than a jock strap and should keep all the parts in the right spot. Personally, I prefer the Original Series 9" short. I'm trying to hold off on bibs until I'm down to the next size range, then whatever I buy I'll end up fitting in for a while.
Not just about impact. Supporters minus "cups" are common, the right size and brand - provides support, breathability and comfort. Supporters with a larger waist-band prevent chaffing from outer layer of clothing. Newer styles by traditional manufacturers offering modern fabrics are useless. Compression shorts don't offer the same level of support - but their moisture wicking fabric is warranted an honorable mention.
Try different options - just like a dress shirt that hasn't been tailored, garments fit people differently and the objective function and comfort - and that differs from person to person.
I saw an article that said that the original jock strap was invented for bicycle jockeys (riders). Hence the brand name Bike.
Jockstrap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Really bad idea. Get some cycling shorts or bibs. The right tool for the job.
Yeah, um. no
Do not wear underwear under cycling shorts.
Regular underwear is bad enough with chaffing where the stitching is located. The straps on a jock strap would be a special kind of hell after about 10 miles.
OK. Point taken.
Maybe it's time to get a better fitting pair a cycle shorts. I bought these 45 pound ago.
FWIW ... on the weekends I ride with Jacques Stroppe ... local club member, moved here from France.
They wear out other places, too. I will never forget the first day of my first Cycle Oregon. A woman rode past me and politely said something like "Your shorts must be really old." They were very old, but I couldn't figure out how she knew that. Then it hit me after about 30 seconds. At the end of the day's ride I inspected them and tossed them in the trash. I have a friend who I sometimes ride with. Despite being well off, he's cheap. He has at least one pair of shorts that provide a nice view of his crack. He needs to be told.
Some of my cheaper shorts allow for some viewing when I'm in the drops. I figure if they're going to look I may as well provide a show.
lol - years ago when I was in my early 20s, I wish I could afford bibs - I was very into road biking, traffic at night was nearly non-existent and they probably would have saved me much discomfort. I've tried regular compression shorts from newer brands like UA and Shock Dr - and quite frankly, they don't provide support - they only seem to add an extra layer of visual protection against accidental sightings.
I'd be curious to know how functional the non-padded shorts designed for biking perform.. before investing in them. Today I incorporate biking with other fitness activities - like riding it to the gym, or light off-road trails for a cardio workout versus jogging - and nothing seems to outperform the standard "classic" brand mesh supporters--they effectively keep me from having to readjust; which simply isn't cool at the gym nor convenient on a bike.
I like mt bike shorts. Does all that they need to do.
I also find classic bikes shorts provide more than enough stuff/junk support.
My experience is that for anything under 10 miles I can wear about any short combination. Beyond 10 miles padded bike shorts, commando style are the only way to go.
'82 Nishiski commuter/utility
'83 Torpado Super Strada ... cafe commuter
'89 Miyata 1400
Soma rush Fixie
06 Haro x3 (son's bmx)
Electra cruiser (wife's bike)
Off topic but part of thread: Not all shorts are "worn out" if your behind is visible. Some brands are just more sheer than others. Gore for example...fits great but is SHEER. I have seen some folks in some seriously WORN out gear...one dude went by me with shorts that were gray but where chamois was was black and the seams around the chamois were ripping out...actual skin was visible.
I figure...showing a bit of "crack" is no big deal if the shorts are just shear and not worn out.
Sure, he tends to get a little clingy at times, but he's a very supportive guy
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To quote a member here (whose name I don't recall): Once you go bibs, you'll never go back.
When I ws riding in gym shorts, I found them to be helpful. Since I have bought biking pants they are no longer necessary.
The Declaration of Independence grants me the right to the pursuit of happiness.......I choose that pursuit on my bike.