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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 06-09-14, 06:35 PM   #1
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anybody riding with a jock strap

I'm sure thinking about buying one.
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Old 06-09-14, 06:53 PM   #2
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Why?

There's no impact to worry about.

Boxer Briefs keep everything organized if you aren't in lycra.
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Old 06-09-14, 06:59 PM   #3
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Solution = bib shorts.

Nobody wears jock straps while riding. Go commando and wear bibs.
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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.
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Old 06-09-14, 07:37 PM   #5
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Solution = bib shorts.

Nobody wears jock straps while riding. Go commando and wear bibs.
This!
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Old 06-09-14, 07:54 PM   #6
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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.
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Origin of jock strap

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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Old 06-09-14, 09:17 PM   #8
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Really bad idea. Get some cycling shorts or bibs. The right tool for the job.
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Yeah, um. no
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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.
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OK. Point taken.

Maybe it's time to get a better fitting pair a cycle shorts. I bought these 45 pound ago.
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Old 06-10-14, 09:04 AM   #12
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FWIW ... on the weekends I ride with Jacques Stroppe ... local club member, moved here from France.
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Maybe it's time to get a better fitting pair a cycle shorts. I bought these 45 pound ago.
That's almost certainly the source of the problem. Age can be another factor. Shorts don't last forever. I have had several pairs of PI bibs that have, over time, lost their elasticity in the croch, allowing for uncomfortable junk shifting.

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.
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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.
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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.
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I'm sure thinking about buying one.
You'll sandpaper your balls off. Bike shorts or bibs and go commando. There's a reason that bike specific shorts and bibs exist, and it's definitely not the fashion statement.
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Old 06-11-14, 08:12 AM   #17
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I like mt bike shorts. Does all that they need to do.
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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 am surprised that compression shorts did not provide support.....at my teenagers insistence I got a pair (nike pro combat) and stuff does not move. Very few teens in sports wear jocks any more (unless they are in a sport where they need a cup)

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.
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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.
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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.
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When I ws riding in gym shorts, I found them to be helpful. Since I have bought biking pants they are no longer necessary.
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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.
Note to self: While shopping for shorts, make sure you check the 'sheer' factor.

My response: If I want to see crack, I will call a plumber....not a cyclist.

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