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    How do you prevent ass sweat stains on your pants?

    I only ride in normal clothes. I also like to push hard most of the time, and go for a longer ride before or after work. With the weather getting warmer, I have been getting swamp ass. I don't really care, other than the fact that I'm beginning to get a little sweat stain on my ass. Today I got my first one on jeans, before this it was only happening with khakis.

    What can I do to prevent this? I'd rather not get biking shorts and have to change, since that would be a major time suck. What about the biking underwear that I've seen at REI, would those help?

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    I have the same problem, and am planning to try some of those cycling liner shorts that you can wear under your work clothes. I'm not sure what their actual name is, so I hope somebody can clue me in.

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    It's not going to help. The chamois' purpose is to wick away sweat from your skin. Well, where does it wick it to? Yep, the outside of the liner. Which, if your are wearing pants, it's going to go straight through. The only positive is that it does take time to "fill up" the chamois, so if your commute is short enough, maybe you'll make it there before it soaks through.

    Otherwise, just get some real riding shorts, change when you get to work and stop stinking up the place. Sitting all day in swamp butt is A)not hygenic, B)not polite to coworkers, and C) narstee, very narstee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGozinya View Post

    Otherwise, just get some real riding shorts, change when you get to work and stop stinking up the place. Sitting all day in swamp butt is A)not hygenic, B)not polite to coworkers, and C) narstee, very narstee.
    Neither of my jobs involves any sitting, and for the most part I am alone at one of the jobs, and about 66% of the time at the other.

    Maybe I'll get cycling shorts. Wear my work pants on the way in, and then change when I'm leaving. That could work. Maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby214 View Post
    I have the same problem, and am planning to try some of those cycling liner shorts that you can wear under your work clothes. I'm not sure what their actual name is, so I hope somebody can clue me in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopperja View Post
    depends...

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.L. Zamenhof View Post
    I only ride in normal clothes. I also like to push hard most of the time, and go for a longer ride before or after work.
    That right there is sort of a paradox. If you push hard, you will sweat. Even in cold weather. If you are wearing regular clothes, they will absorb the sweat, and get pretty funky, then your regular clothes will stink (not to mention the salt stains that will inevitably form). If you add a layer that absorbs the sweat, then you'll have a sweaty, stinky mid-layer that you'll probably want to change out of anyway. If you choose a wicking fabric, the regular clothes will get all of the sweat.

    I don't see the issue with wearing different clothes to ride (that's what I do - I hate riding in regular clothes for the reasons above, excepting short jaunts). You don't have to sport lycra. Most warm days, I wear mid-thigh running shorts and a tee shirt for my commute.
    It's not that much of a pain to change.

    Sweat happens. Whatever clothes you are wearing will have to deal with it. And a diaper would just look........ wierd
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    I also don't see the big deal in changing your pants.. it only takes a couple minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
    That right there is sort of a paradox. If you push hard, you will sweat. Even in cold weather. If you are wearing regular clothes, they will absorb the sweat, and get pretty funky, then your regular clothes will stink (not to mention the salt stains that will inevitably form). If you add a layer that absorbs the sweat, then you'll have a sweaty, stinky mid-layer that you'll probably want to change out of anyway. If you choose a wicking fabric, the regular clothes will get all of the sweat.

    I don't see the issue with wearing different clothes to ride (that's what I do - I hate riding in regular clothes for the reasons above, excepting short jaunts). You don't have to sport lycra. Most warm days, I wear mid-thigh running shorts and a tee shirt for my commute.
    It's not that much of a pain to change.

    Sweat happens. Whatever clothes you are wearing will have to deal with it. And a diaper would just look........ wierd
    These are all good points. I usually don't push myself when riding to work, but I do when I ride home. I only have sweaty butt at work when it's unusally warm or humid in the morning. I work with elementary students, and there are kids in the gym when I arrive and store my bike, so I may try a pair of mtn. biking shorts. I've always wanted a pair anyway, and this may get my wife to let me buy a pair before payday. Once I get to my classroom, I can change clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhop View Post
    I also don't see the big deal in changing your pants.. it only takes a couple minutes.
    I don't see the problem either.

    Is it a matter of getting to/from a place where you can change that would take too long?

    Oh, and to answer your original question, I don't think there is a way to prevent sweating. So you'd probably have to cover your saddle with a plastic bag or something to keep the color from leaching onto your clothes (if that's what's happening).
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    Perhaps a pair of under armor beneath a pair of boxers.

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    Turn them around front to back while you ride, reverse when you get to work.
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    I embrace ass sweat stains on my pants. It is sorta like the frayed marked on a black belt in martial arts. Battle scars they are. No ass sweat stains???? You are not riding hard enough. I wouldn't trust a cyclist without ass sweat stains.
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    This is what I have, they have a thick pad: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400067

    I leave a duffel bag at the office under my desk with two pairs of pants & shoes. I use baby wipes to clean up.

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    bike shorts are lined (padded) for moisture control. you can go with a thinner liner such as a trisuit and change them or not, your choice but if you're so wet as to saturate your trousers, then I can't imagine you'd want to remain that way. ew. these are the shorts I just got. they are not low waisted like most trishorts and they aren't too tight cuz I got the XLs. I don't have the droopy drawers effect you get from tradional bike shorts due to the thin liner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Ride naked.
    I'm going to go with this option.

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    OP- Your post cracks me up.
    In effort to try to look decent (waist down) while working at the local rescue mission, I rode in pants that might have earned me extra credit until one saw the backside. After a 7 mile ride, I developed ring-around-the-booty and ruined several pair of pants so I started to wear a few pair of pants from The North Face that I got on the cheap (Nimbus and Propel capris). They are fitness oriented pants that wick moisture and look fairly nice on. Check Geartrade.com for some pants that may work. It only takes a few seconds to change into work wear so investing in one or two pair of cycling pants is worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by green427 View Post
    This is what I have, they have a thick pad: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400067

    I leave a duffel bag at the office under my desk with two pairs of pants & shoes. I use baby wipes to clean up.
    I don't know about the OP, but these look like a good options for me. I can wear them in front of the children without issue, and then change when I get up to my classroom before school. I already keep extra clothes at school, so this may be my best bet.

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    Pants colors like navy blue or black, etc. visually hide sweat better than light color pants. After darker colors dry though, I've seen white or gray rings, which I guess is either from salts or laundry detergent residue. Those rings can usually be wiped off with a clean damp towel.

    Fabrics with more synthetic content dry faster than cotton. There are pants like khakis or whatever for golfers that are cool, stays-dry fabric or whatever they call it, and generally look good enough for business.

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    Traditional cycle shorts are black for a reason..

    a saddle cover to prevent dye transfer to your khakis would help..

    I'm wearing ran gear a lot , that covers the subject most of the year..

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    Try this. Get a pair of "Under Armour" shorts. Wear them underneath your pants. The material is breatheable but it should catch most of the sweat. When you get to work maybe you can hang them somewhere to dry out. I think its better to throw a change of clothes in a back pack and just change but let us know what you try out and what works.

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    Suck it up and ride in shorts. It only takes a minute to change anyway. You don't have to wear spandex biker shorts, just any athletic shorts will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.L. Zamenhof View Post
    I only ride in normal clothes. I also like to push hard most of the time, and go for a longer ride before or after work. With the weather getting warmer, I have been getting swamp ass. I don't really care, other than the fact that I'm beginning to get a little sweat stain on my ass.
    Treat your commute as a leisurely ride or wear bike shorts (which get wet and may stain, although they're black so it doesn't show).

    What about the biking underwear that I've seen at REI, would those help?
    Adult diapers like Depends might. Otherwise the sweat isn't going to be contained by your underwear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
    Treat your commute as a leisurely ride or wear bike shorts (which get wet and may stain, although they're black so it doesn't show).



    Adult diapers like Depends might. Otherwise the sweat isn't going to be contained by your underwear.



    LOL, I was actually thinking the same thing.
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