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    Riding shorts

    I went for my third ride today and I tried those Liquicell shorts for 10 miles, then I tried the regular padded ones . It's like night and day for me. The regular felt much better to me. Just a little input, thanks George
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    I'm not much of a fan for gel shorts. I have one pair that I only wear when none of the others have been laundered yet, and then I take a shorter ride. I suspect that the only reason those shorts are still around is that most everyone must try at least one pair. I'd be surprised if there were a majority or even a significant percentage of riders who really like 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88
    I'm not much of a fan for gel shorts. I have one pair that I only wear when none of the others have been laundered yet, and then I take a shorter ride. I suspect that the only reason those shorts are still around is that most everyone must try at least one pair. I'd be surprised if there were a majority or even a significant percentage of riders who really like 'em.

    Never tried them and I don't think I ever would. Mind you- out of the 6 pairs Of bibs I have- The one pair I use in preference to the others, do have thicker padding than the thin Chamois lining the others have.
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    My wife is in charge of clothing in our house. I've gone from the cheapo padded shorts to a $ 75 pair of Pearl Izumi which I thought were great. Then for my b-day she gave me another pair of Pearl Izumi with an excellent padding. Little did I know that they were $ 120 a pair! However, they ARE my favorites and I couldn't have ridden 56 miles today in the others (see "Share Our Rides" posting for today)
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    George-I'm right there with you.

    I've found that good chamois with minimal padding works best for me. The thicker padding just seems to bunch up too much under the saddle for me. Unfortunately it seems trial and error are the best way to figure stuff out like that.

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    Like most others, I bought a pair of padded gel. Ugh! Felt like a full diaper must feel. Lumpy, bunched up, unstable, squishy. Heavy weight quality material that fits firmly and tightly feels supportive while riding...hence, sad to say, some of the more expensive shorts seem to be almost worth the money.
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    On fairly long distance rides(80 to 100miles) Assos Bib Shorts are the only shorts I have ever worn that left my bottom feeling like I had not even been on a bike. They arent cheap but just like anything else, you generally get what you pay for regarding quality and purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centexwoody
    My wife is in charge of clothing in our house. I've gone from the cheapo padded shorts to a $ 75 pair of Pearl Izumi which I thought were great. Then for my b-day she gave me another pair of Pearl Izumi with an excellent padding. Little did I know that they were $ 120 a pair! However, they ARE my favorites and I couldn't have ridden 56 miles today in the others (see "Share Our Rides" posting for today)
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    Hey, do upwrong bikes cause incontinence? All my friends who ride them all wear diapers! Ha!

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    upwrong bikes ?

    this is a new term to me...
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    Never tried em...don't intend to.
    So far a padded short (mimimally padded that is) is what I prefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkat
    Hey, do upwrong bikes cause incontinence? All my friends who ride them all wear diapers! Ha!


    centexwoody, us bent riders call DFs a lot of things and most of the names aren't very glamorous. Unfortunately, what I've saved in padded shorts, I've more than made up for with my trike.
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    I'm beginning to think that biking shorts must be some what like saddles---it comes down to what is comfortable to you. I got back on my bike after 15 years at 308 pounds (I'm 6'5) and it took a while to get my butt comfortable. I tried a pair of shorts with a gel chamios---and while it was comfortable on the butt---it chaffed me pretty bad and I don't wear them anymore o long rides. Right now---60 some pounds lighter---my favorite happen to be LiquiCell shorts. They seem to have just the right amount of padding---for me. I rode 63 miles a week ago in them with no problems. Of course I'm on my third saddle in search of that Holy grail.

    I'm thinking that as my TITS increase (Easy now---that just means Time In The Saddle) I will find that shorts with less padding may, in fact, be more comfortable. But for now, I'm going to have to be a lot more uncomfortable in the saddle than I am before spending $120 on a pair of shorts---even though I would love to compare the difference. I'll drop some hints for my birthday.

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    I am sharing information not making recommendation.
    On short training rides of 25 miles, with brooks saddle, I use no padding. (to toughen up)
    Any distance above that, I use Pearl Izumi top of the line shorts.
    I also get off the saddle every 15 minutes for 1-2 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaman


    centexwoody, us bent riders call DFs a lot of things and most of the names aren't very glamorous. Unfortunately, what I've saved in padded shorts, I've more than made up for with my trike.
    The first time I read the term "DF" by a bent rider, I honestly thought they meant "DumbF**k." which probably isn't far from what they really think.
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    Big Dog regular department store shorts for rides under about 25 miles.



    Performance bibs with just a regular chamois for longer rides. No gel.

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