I've been wearing some cycling briefs from Price Point under my regular shorts for about a month now & last week decided to try some real bike shorts. I hop on over to Nashbar and order a couple, along with some new gloves, reflective ankle bands, rain jacket, road morph pump, ok ok I digress. I picked up a pair of Canari Commuter Shorts & Nashbar Liquicell 8 Panel Shorts, everything came in yesterday. I try them on, "ok this is different" I say. I go out the door this morning with my Canaris on and about 5 minutes into the ride decide that I will never ever commute with nothing less than a decent pair of bike shorts or pants depending on the weather again.
I couldn't believe how much better my ride was, both in terms of comfort & it seems I moved at a much better pace. A few people at work snickered like little school kids but I could care less, just the guys, the girls were quite happy seeing my lycra clad self. I once stated that I would never buy cycling shorts or spend a good bit of money on "unnecessary" gear. No longer my friends as I'm now a "lycra/nylon/poly" convert.
The ride home was 69 in a pretty decent thunderstorm. No way would a regular pair of shorts had been comfortable, nor rain pants. My shorts were comfy all through the ride, wet and all. Yeah ok, this is nothing new to those that have been cycling for years, I know that. But this is a bit of a cycling epiphany for me & thought I'd share it anyway for those that might be leaning toward bike shorts but maybe need that extra push.