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Old 06-24-09, 11:27 AM   #1
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May be a silly question but...

Do you guys wear tighty whitey's / boxer briefs / boxers underneath your bike shorts?

Reason I'm asking is, I bought a pair of Specialized RBX shorts with the padding and they feel great. I normally wear boxers tho and they bunch up quite a bit since the shorts are tight. I'm thinking of going tighty whitey as I can't hygienically feel good about not wearing any underwear underneath the riding shorts..

Just curious how everyone else dealt w/ this.

Also, if you have the RBX shorts, feel free to comment on how you like them!
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Old 06-24-09, 11:35 AM   #2
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Nothin' but my nekkid body against that chamois (whether synthetic or real). That's how cycling shorts are designed to be used.

That said, I'm well, very "anal" about my hygeine and accept nothing but "shower clean" for myself. 'Nuff said there
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Old 06-24-09, 11:36 AM   #3
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I can't hygienically feel good about not wearing any underwear underneath the riding shorts...
Well, that's how the rest of us do it. Nothing, zip, nada under the shorts.
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Old 06-24-09, 11:37 AM   #4
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No. Underwear defeats the purpose of the bike shorts, and is superfluous to any hygenic concerns you may have.

If you want to wear bike shorts, get a few pairs.

If you don't, I'd recommend boxer-briefs; preferably in a wicking type fabric.
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You're not supposed to where anything under the bike shorts. That chamois pad is there to keep you from chafing, absorb sweat, etc, etc. Wear some undies and you're negating its awesomeness.
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I like to wear a pair of underwear and some flannel boxers over them, then the shorts over that. Then another pair of underwear over the shorts. Some people will disagree but it's really the path to bliss on a bike.
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I wear boxers under my Dickies work pants.
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I like to wear a pair of underwear and some flannel boxers over them, then the shorts over that. Then another pair of underwear over the shorts. Some people will disagree but it's really the path to bliss on a bike.
The problem with underwear is:

1. They are cotton which is not the best fabric when it gets wet
2. If you are going to be on the bike for a long time, the seams will start to chafe

If you have bike shorts with a chamois pad, then commando style (bare skin) is the way to go!
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Haha..! Thanks for the response guys. I guess I'll have to go "commando" underneath to reap the full benefits of the uber awesomeness of the chamois. Looking forward to "breaking them in" this wknd.

I'd love to get a few pairs, but at $150 a pop, the RBX is no doozy! Diligent handwashing after every use it is...
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No underwear of any kind under bike shorts.
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Old 06-24-09, 11:57 AM   #11
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Nothing on but the radio.
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Haha..! Thanks for the response guys. I guess I'll have to go "commando" underneath to reap the full benefits of the uber awesomeness of the chamois. Looking forward to "breaking them in" this wknd.

I'd love to get a few pairs, but at $150 a pop, the RBX is no doozy! Diligent handwashing after every use it is...
Handwashing is a great way to go - quick and effective. air dry and rotate use, you're golden!

I find that you can get decent shorts in the $50-$80 range - certainly suitable for commuting. The big buck shorts (8 panels, lots of techno fabrics, etc) are quite nice, but unless you are commuting more than 25-30 miles each way you are not likely to notice much of a difference (IMO).

I also have several pairs of mountainbike shorts - "baggy" tech fabric overshorts with a conventional-type padded bike short underneath, which I like using as well.
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Haha..! Thanks for the response guys. I guess I'll have to go "commando" underneath to reap the full benefits of the uber awesomeness of the chamois. Looking forward to "breaking them in" this wknd.

I'd love to get a few pairs, but at $150 a pop, the RBX is no doozy! Diligent handwashing after every use it is...
Cheaper ones will do the job too.
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Old 06-24-09, 12:38 PM   #14
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If I am not wearing bike shorts w/ a chamois I always wear a pair of these under my pants http://www.rei.com/product/694431

Awesome fabric keeps you cool, dry, and is antibacterial to boot! these are made for travel so you can wash them in the sink, roll them up in a towel, stomp stomp stomp, and a couple hours later you are good to go.

If you are ever in the seattle airport they have an Ex Officio store there where I picked up a bunch of these for like $12 a pop. I also wear these for all hiking as well. After you get a pair you will want to replace all of your undergarments. Seriously the best.
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Oh and wearing anything under your bike shorts is like wearing underwear under swimming trunks. It just doesn't make sense. In fact it makes less sense than underwear under swim trunks!
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Haha..! Thanks for the response guys. I guess I'll have to go "commando" underneath to reap the full benefits of the uber awesomeness of the chamois. Looking forward to "breaking them in" this wknd.

I'd love to get a few pairs, but at $150 a pop, the RBX is no doozy! Diligent handwashing after every use it is...
Check out Voler for your daily wear:

http://www.velowear.com/products/1110188BLKLRG.aspx
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Im with Canyoneagle/ clean and dry is more important than tons of cushion/Kenneth
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The problem with underwear is:

1. They are cotton which is not the best fabric when it gets wet
2. If you are going to be on the bike for a long time, the seams will start to chafe

If you have bike shorts with a chamois pad, then commando style (bare skin) is the way to go!
+1 My normal commute is 5 miles each way so normal underwear and shorts work fine. One day last year I ended up on an extended run, riding back and forth betweenn on of the remote offices. It was a nice warm spring day. I got home and noticed some pain from riding. Once I got into the shower at home I noticed I'd rubbed a layer of skin away... painfull and embarring as I had to see if we still have some left over diaper creme from our daughter laying around the house. It hurt to ride for a few days. Bike shorts will definitely prevent nasty chafing on long rides!

Happy riding,
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Oh and wearing anything under your bike shorts is like wearing underwear under swimming trunks. It just doesn't make sense. In fact it makes less sense than underwear under swim trunks!
I live in Idaho...

More than once I've seen a kitted-out, legs-shaved, fast-moving, carbon-bike ridin' roadie with underwear peeking out from above the waistband of his cycling shorts. This is big-time Mormon country, so I figure these guys are just keeping one of the tenets of their faith, which requires them to wear special underwear at all times.

Maybe the LDS church makes a chamois-equipped version, but I doubt it.

Other than that, I agree with the above sentiment. You can't truly get the benefit of cycling shorts with anything else added to the mix.

And yes... Wash after every use.
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I've yet to try a pair of chamois shorts that I've liked. So my setup is a pair of plain UnderArmour shorts with (usually) a pair of what look sort of like cargo shorts, yet happen to have all their seams done in a way that is perfect for cycling.
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No underwear ever. It's why my preferred off bike garment is a kilt.
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I've yet to try a pair of chamois shorts that I've liked. So my setup is a pair of plain UnderArmour shorts with (usually) a pair of what look sort of like cargo shorts, yet happen to have all their seams done in a way that is perfect for cycling.
If you care, and you may not - tri shorts are very much like regular cycling shorts except they have a more minimalist chamois that's designed to dry quickly.

They are also great for swimming if you need to cool off on your way to work or home on these hot days.
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Not all underwear is cotton - always wear sporty wicking poly briefs under baggy-style bike shorts.

How come no one has mentioned that undies under traditional lycra shorts look............funny.
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I never had any chafing issues wearing chones under the bike shorts, but commando is much more comfy and less like having a wet rag in your drawers.

It's a little more awkward to walk through the office to my cube (or stopping for errands) knowing I'm not wearing any underwear tho.
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