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Old 10-05-07, 10:10 AM   #1
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Cut-out saddles-why no cut-out shorts?

That doesn't sound right after reading the headline. Anyhow, lots of discussion here on this board about saddle comfort and proper attire. Most agree on cycling shorts and saddles without too muh padding in the wrong places that puts extra pressure on the perinium.

Wouldn't the same logic apply to shorts? Does anyone make cycling shorts with padding specific to the sit bones ony and not the full diaper wrap? I might add that I like and ride a cutout saddle (Specialized BG series) and it's the only comfort I've found besides a sprung Brooks B67. Would just like some shorts with the same fit.
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Old 10-05-07, 01:23 PM   #2
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I have asked myself the very same question.

A squishy saddle is bad, but a squishy chamois with a hard saddle underneath is good? That makes no sense. On the other hand, it seems to work.

Why?
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Old 10-05-07, 02:02 PM   #3
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Many cyclists I've met actually like shorts with little padding. The key for shorts is not the padding, but the surface material. The padding is just to keep the material from bunching up.
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Most higher end shorts have contoured padding with more under the sit bones and less (or none) in the middle.
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Many cyclists I've met actually like shorts with little padding. The key for shorts is not the padding, but the surface material. The padding is just to keep the material from bunching up.
Yes, my most comfortable pair is an ancient pair of PI shorts with a real chamois. Not much padding at all.
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Most higher end shorts have contoured padding with more under the sit bones and less (or none) in the middle.
Have a pair of IP shorts and some from PB. The difference in money was quite a bit. Big difference in the ride comfort, too. The IPs are way more comfortable. Use them for 50+ The PBs I use for shorter rides and commuting.
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Kinda Breezy ;-)

I think it would be kinda funny to cut out the front of your bike shorts and let your package hang out.

Lots of fresh air, along with a trip to the Police Station if you get caught ;-)


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You are now a moving bullseye for wasps, bees, rocks, thumbtacks, etc.
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Find a set of triathlon shorts, no padding just a piece of thin chamois, I use these for almost all riding except for stuff over 60 miles then i like a bit of cushion.
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With one of those cut-away saddles, you'd be like a redneck with a plastic scrotum, swinging under the rear bumper... On second thought, you better get some fenders, too.
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