OK, I'vew figured for a while now that, you know, just a nice teeshirt under a Goretex cycling jacket was fine... I wasn't a real "cyclist" so what did I need a jersey for? besides, they're kind of form-fitting and -let's face it- at 54 and a 20 year couch potato, my form ain't all that yet. But I finally thought, "What the heck, let's try one". I liked it so I bought another jersey and now I'm about to get 2 or 3 more to throw into the rotation. I love 'em.
But, shorts? No way. I'd feel like a total poseur and besides, I'd feel like something out of The Rutles ("It was the trousers... They're really quite revealing. Left nothing to the imagination..."). No not for me, plus see that comment above about being 54, etc.
But I just had this nagging little curiosity... everyone says they're the only way to go... so I got my red pair and yesterday I tried 'em out. They are everything people say they are. From the get go, they are comfortable and feel great in the saddle (especially if your saddle is a Brooks ). I just felt like I had more snap in my legs and I was never ever aware of them. They didn't rub me in funny places, they didn't hurt... They made me go faster. I am now ready to buy a couple more to t ry them out. Not sure which ones yet... I guess they don't make XL Blue Monacos anymore. No worries I'll find some to try.