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    Serve of humble pie?

    For at least two years now I've been commuting about 8 miles each way. I just wear cotton shorts commando. Now suddenly I notice some chaffing at the upper inside legs area. Not serious, but just like the hairs have all been partially pulled from their roots and I now have lots of little bumps. My legs are fairly hairy :-/

    Initial thoughts are that my legs may have become more muscular and now rub more on the nose of the seat than has occurred in the past.

    Should I eat humble pie and buy some bike shorts? I prefer the simplicity of riding in my everyday shorts. I could get some boxer style underwear perhaps. Have I correctly diagnosed the problem?

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    Well, if it's not a problem, you could just keep doing that. It takes the shedding of some self-consciousness to wear bike shorts, but they are nice.

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    I think your problem is too much friction in the affected area. I would suggest shaving your legs in that area and applying petroleum jelly. I would then either wear thigh length silk underwear along with my cargo or commando shorts, or I'd switch to bike shorts and a smooth strap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    For at least two years now I've been commuting about 8 miles each way. I just wear cotton shorts commando. Now suddenly I notice some chaffing at the upper inside legs area. Not serious, but just like the hairs have all been partially pulled from their roots and I now have lots of little bumps. My legs are fairly hairy :-/

    Initial thoughts are that my legs may have become more muscular and now rub more on the nose of the seat than has occurred in the past.

    Should I eat humble pie and buy some bike shorts? I prefer the simplicity of riding in my everyday shorts. I could get some boxer style underwear perhaps. Have I correctly diagnosed the problem?
    Have you considered a slightly narrower saddle? I suspect a change of shorts won't matter very much.
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    You could also shift to "moutain bike" shorts instead of spandex if you want to maintain some look of "real" clothes.

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    Be a real man and just ride through it as is.
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    shave. the whole region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpletommy View Post
    You could also shift to "moutain bike" shorts instead of spandex if you want to maintain some look of "real" clothes.
    This is what I do. Padded spandex liners w/mtb shells. Everything is interchangable. In deference to modesty and good taste. I do use road jerseys, though in addition to mtb loose fitting ones, too. They just wick really well.

    Few things more obnoxious than a full kitted roadie commuting to work and forcing everyone to 'deal with it'.

    Btw, medicated talc and anti-fungal sprays like Ting or Tinactin help keep the bacteria count at a minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post
    This is what I do. Padded spandex liners w/mtb shells. Everything is interchangable. In deference to modesty and good taste. I do use road jerseys, though in addition to mtb loose fitting ones, too. They just wick really well.

    Few things more obnoxious than a full kitted roadie commuting to work and forcing everyone to 'deal with it'.
    Why is that obnoxious?

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    You could wear bike shorts/liners under your regular shorts, but if you're used to nothing, then maybe just a pair of boxer briefs or compression shorts under your regular shorts will be comfortable enough to block the rubbing on your thighs.

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    Poly pro underwear and nylon outer shorts still look good while managing sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debit View Post
    Why is that obnoxious?
    Honestly, you have to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post
    Honestly, you have to ask?
    Well, I wear bike shorts and a jersey when I commute (and sometimes even use clipless pedals!), so I assume I must be obnoxious too, which is a surprise to me. So, yes, I have to ask.

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    Have you adjusted or replaced your saddle recently? A too-high saddle might be the culprit.

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    There was a recent thread, I think might be related: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ling-underwear

    You can find cycling short liners which will wick away the sweat and allow you to wear whatever you like over top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debit View Post
    Why is that obnoxious?
    Seriously. I must be going to hell because I do this, I even ride my nice race bike sometimes (the horror! :-) ) (if I've gone for a long morning ride and decide to swing by home, get my backpack and ride the 8 or so easy miles to work, why should I change clothes or change bikes?

    On a more serious note, I actually ride my road bike shorts because they are much more comfortable than the mountain bike shorts I own. Also, OP, you might want to try a narrower saddle. I had problems with my inner thighs chafing but its because I have big thighs. Once I switched to a narrower saddle (Fizik Arione), all was well.

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    If I'm riding anywhere other than just around the neighborhood, I usually wear spandex boxer briefs underneath something like cargo shorts. Doesn't have the padding that bike shorts have, but definitely helps with any chafing issues. I wear the spandex briefs when running, also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post
    This is what I do. Padded spandex liners w/mtb shells. Everything is interchangable. In deference to modesty and good taste. I do use road jerseys, though in addition to mtb loose fitting ones, too. They just wick really well.

    Few things more obnoxious than a full kitted roadie commuting to work and forcing everyone to 'deal with it'.

    Btw, medicated talc and anti-fungal sprays like Ting or Tinactin help keep the bacteria count at a minimum.
    What a strange thing to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    For at least two years now I've been commuting about 8 miles each way. I just wear cotton shorts commando. Now suddenly I notice some chaffing at the upper inside legs area. Not serious, but just like the hairs have all been partially pulled from their roots and I now have lots of little bumps. My legs are fairly hairy :-/

    Initial thoughts are that my legs may have become more muscular and now rub more on the nose of the seat than has occurred in the past.

    Should I eat humble pie and buy some bike shorts? I prefer the simplicity of riding in my everyday shorts. I could get some boxer style underwear perhaps. Have I correctly diagnosed the problem?
    I don't think your choice of clothing has very much to do with humility, served in pie form or otherwise. However, I agree with others that special "bike clothing" should not be necessary for an 8 mile commute, and that a change of saddle is worth investigating.

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    In theory I have to eat humble pie because traditionally I have implied that my way is the best. However, now I am having doubts and may find it necessary to (a) shave, or (b) wear underwear.

    My saddle is already fairly narrow, but point taken.
    (07-20-12) Just realized my saddle is not that narrow. Friend has a Bontrager that is easily about 1/2" narrower. Also mine has stitching in a stupid place right on the sides of the nose which is where I'm getting chaffed (go figure).

    Shaving is probably the cheapest, easiest option to try first.
    (07-20-12) Shaving seems to have helped a bit.
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    I wear some Nashbar Liner shorts that have the chamois on them and some mountain bike shorts with the liner and a thinner chamois. That seems to work pretty good but my commute is not far at all. Also, I wear some of those wick shirts. I have no complaints yet. Unless I ride more than 30 miles in one sitting which is more of a saddle related problem that clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post

    Few things more obnoxious than a full kitted roadie commuting to work and forcing everyone to 'deal with it'.
    Huh? I ride in street clothes for most of my commuting/rides about town so this post doesn't relate to me but for certain long commutes it might make sense to wear cycling shorts and a jersey for the ride. If someone chooses to do so I don't see what the problem is. " modesty and good taste?!"- are you that uptight? Or just that fashion conscious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
    Huh? I ride in street clothes for most of my commuting/rides about town so this post doesn't relate to me but for certain long commutes it might make sense to wear cycling shorts and a jersey for the ride. If someone chooses to do so I don't see what the problem is. " modesty and good taste?!"- are you that uptight? Or just that fashion conscious?
    buzzman, you bring up a very good point. "In the interest of modesty and good taste," or whatever you want to call it, I wear loose fitting mountain bike shorts but have real road cycling shorts (w/pad) on underneath.

    I do ride the Metro Train for part of my commute (16 mi. bike, 22 mi. train RT) and was advised by both co-workers and my wife that just wearing my lycra road cycling shorts by themselves (which I do for all my recreational riding) would not be socially acceptable whilst on the train.

    So I'm kind of caught in the middle here, i.e. I think road cycling shorts are just fine but I appear to be in the minority with that opinion esp. as it relates to non-cyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    buzzman, you bring up a very good point. "In the interest of modesty and good taste," or whatever you want to call it, I wear loose fitting mountain bike shorts but have real road cycling shorts (w/pad) on underneath.

    I do ride the Metro Train for part of my commute (16 mi. bike, 22 mi. train RT) and was advised by both co-workers and my wife that just wearing my lycra road cycling shorts by themselves (which I do for all my recreational riding) would not be socially acceptable whilst on the train.

    So I'm kind of caught in the middle here, i.e. I think road cycling shorts are just fine but I appear to be in the minority with that opinion esp. as it relates to non-cyclists.

    Rick / OCRR
    I wear my bike shorts in all kinds of situations...depending on what kind of riding I'm doing that day.

    I don't think non-cyclists really have a right to an opinion regarding cycling clothing. Why would they? I don't go around telling construction workers their vests look silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debit View Post
    Well, I wear bike shorts and a jersey when I commute (and sometimes even use clipless pedals!), so I assume I must be obnoxious too, which is a surprise to me. So, yes, I have to ask.
    Me too. I think more people would laugh at me for doing my commute in cotton shorts commando instead of bike shorts and a jersey.

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