Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-20-14, 06:37 PM   #1
spectastic
Supreme Adrninistrator
Thread Starter
 
spectastic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: inside my body
Bikes: a few
Posts: 3,569
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
shorts for long rides?

I found a nice, safe route with wide shoulders most of the way to work. It's 25 miles each way. It's the sort of distance where I would probably want some padding below my sitbones, but padded shorts are a huge inconvenience at work. I was thinking I could wear liner shorts beneath regular exercise shorts, and change out of my liner shorts during work. Do others have other strategies?
spectastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 07:12 PM   #2
martianone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Bikes: recumbent & upright
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
What is the dress "code" at work?
martianone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 07:17 PM   #3
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,867
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
I found a nice, safe route with wide shoulders most of the way to work. It's 25 miles each way. It's the sort of distance where I would probably want some padding below my sitbones, but padded shorts are a huge inconvenience at work. I was thinking I could wear liner shorts beneath regular exercise shorts, and change out of my liner shorts during work. Do others have other strategies?
Why not just wear a proper pair of bibs, and a jersey for that matter, and change when you get to work?
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 07:27 PM   #4
gregjones 
Senior Member
 
gregjones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: West Georgia
Bikes: K2 Mod 5.0 Roadie, Fuji Commuter
Posts: 2,790
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
^^^+1^^^

Why go second rate if you're gonna change anyway?? I tried a pair of liner shorts. They ended riding up to a "briefs" line, wadded up like straddling a pool float noodle.
__________________
Current Bike Stages--Click PR Logo
PedalRoom
gregjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 07:48 PM   #5
spectastic
Supreme Adrninistrator
Thread Starter
 
spectastic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: inside my body
Bikes: a few
Posts: 3,569
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
I have to walk through the chemical plant to get to my office, because it's located in the middle of the site.
spectastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 07:56 PM   #6
e0richt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hammonton, NJ
Bikes: Dawes Lightning sport, Trek 1220, Trek 7100
Posts: 991
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
why not just buy some mountain bike shorts (combines the liners with the shorts and look like regular shorts)...
e0richt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 09:04 PM   #7
hueyhoolihan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Above ground, Walnut Creek, Ca
Bikes: 7⃥ 9 road bikes
Posts: 6,401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
I have to walk through the chemical plant to get to my office, because it's located in the middle of the site.
i'm Sure there is a solution. i can't believe there isn't a convience store or something nearby or a bathroom, bush, elevator (use the stop button), dumpster, be inventive... don't chemical plants have bathrooms?
hueyhoolihan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-14, 09:26 PM   #8
rebel1916
Senior Member
 
rebel1916's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 2,992
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was a Teamster for a bunch of years. on any number of occasions I waited for the punch clock in lycra. Who cares.
rebel1916 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 10:13 AM   #9
Leisesturm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 2,368
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 134 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
I was a Teamster for a bunch of years. on any number of occasions I waited for the punch clock in lycra. Who cares.
Teamsters today aren't as secure as Teamsters in your day maybe? The o.p. doesn't want to be the clock that's punched is what I'm guessing...

H
Leisesturm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 10:44 AM   #10
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,867
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
I have to walk through the chemical plant to get to my office, because it's located in the middle of the site.
I think those Tyvek coveralls fold up pretty small. Small enough to fit in a jersey pocket.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 12:57 PM   #11
Spld cyclist 
Senior Member
 
Spld cyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Springfield, MA
Bikes: 2012 Motobecane Fantom CXX, 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX, 1997 Bianchi Nyala, 200? Burley Rock 'n Roll
Posts: 1,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
I found a nice, safe route with wide shoulders most of the way to work. It's 25 miles each way. It's the sort of distance where I would probably want some padding below my sitbones, but padded shorts are a huge inconvenience at work. I was thinking I could wear liner shorts beneath regular exercise shorts, and change out of my liner shorts during work. Do others have other strategies?
Liner shorts under baggy shorts have worked well for me, or (even better) regular bike shorts under baggy shorts. One key for comfort is to find baggy shorts that don't have a really thin, flexible fabric. The thin ones tend to ride up on me. I always wear synthetic fabric baggy shorts. They don't necessarily have to be bike-specific, and they're generally more affordable if they're not.

I use baggy shorts for my commute because I ride through questionable neighborhoods and want pockets to hold my wallet, phone, and keys on my person rather than in a bag. (Never had a problem so far thank goodness).
Spld cyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 01:04 PM   #12
rms13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 6,200
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 107 Post(s)
I wear bib shorts with a pair of regular athletic shorts over them in that situation
rms13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 01:24 PM   #13
rebel1916
Senior Member
 
rebel1916's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 2,992
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
Teamsters today aren't as secure as Teamsters in your day maybe? The o.p. doesn't want to be the clock that's punched is what I'm guessing...

H
I changed jobs last April. Doubt much has changed in 10 months. I got my balls broke a bit. Which I deserved. Bo up and give back as good as you get.
rebel1916 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 01:56 PM   #14
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 20,436
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 656 Post(s)
Touring for months .. 3 pair , so clean pair every morning.. so my .02p, wear a clean pair daily ..
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 02:12 PM   #15
tjspiel
Senior Member
 
tjspiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes:
Posts: 8,056
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
If for whatever reason bike shorts aren't acceptable, - even if you intend to change into something else, just wear something over them.

And… you don't have to do that for the whole ride. Just throw some regular shorts in a pannier, backpack, whatever and put them on before you have to walk through your place of business.
tjspiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 02:22 PM   #16
Hydrated
Reeks of aged cotton duck
 
Hydrated's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Middle Georgia, USA
Bikes: 2008 Kogswell PR mkII, 1976 Raleigh Professional, 1996 Serotta Atlanta, 1984 Trek 520, 1979 Raleigh Comp GS, 1995 Trek 950, 1979 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist
Posts: 1,175
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
I changed jobs last April. Doubt much has changed in 10 months. I got my balls broke a bit. Which I deserved. Bo up and give back as good as you get.
I've commuted for years, and 12 miles each way in Georgia summers demands cycling specific clothing for me. People seem to love to hate fit people in lycra cycling shorts and especially men with shaved legs. And I'll admit it... I'm proud of my legs. I put up with a lot of ribbing... and sometimes downright mean remarks... until one day I got some help.

I was getting some particularly unpleasant "joking" from some highly testosterone laden male coworkers one morning. The remarks were going from good natured ribbing to insulting and demeaning. Then a female coworker saw what was happening and walked over. This woman is the hottest 50 year old in the county... and every guy in the office knows it.

She said, "You shave your legs?"
Me, "Yep."

She then leaned over and slowly ran her hand from my ankle up over my calf to the back of my knee. Then she smiled and said, "Mmmmmm... some things a girl can really get into."

Now... I'm no stud... and I know that she just did it to shut the jerks up. And it worked.

Those guys stood in stunned silence as she turned and walked away. And I've never heard another word from any of them about it again.

So unless you're in an environment in which it is dangerous or wildly inappropriate to wear your cycling shorts until you get to a place to change clothes... wear those shorts proudly!
Hydrated is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 02:36 PM   #17
megalowmatt
Senior Member
 
megalowmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: North County San Diego
Bikes:
Posts: 1,665
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For mountain biking I wear a cycling liner under lightweight Columbia hiking shorts. I think the key to them working together is to wear a light outer cover.
megalowmatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 02:59 PM   #18
spectastic
Supreme Adrninistrator
Thread Starter
 
spectastic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: inside my body
Bikes: a few
Posts: 3,569
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
I'd like to find a pair of shorts that stick close to my legs, instead of being really baggy. cut up jeans comes to mind. I have a couple of jeans that I never wear; I actually don't like jeans very much.
spectastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 03:13 PM   #19
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 14,265
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 157 Post(s)
I found that "liners" have an awkward feel to them. I just wear bike shorts under other things.
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-14, 03:43 PM   #20
martianone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Bikes: recumbent & upright
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
If you can wear regular shorts on the job, take a look at J&G touring shorts. They look like running shorts, have a thin pad, are comfortable, wear well and are reasonably priced.
martianone is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:12 AM.