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Old 05-24-08, 11:03 AM   #1
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Cycling Shorts Help

I am currently riding in unpadded lycra shorts on my Giant OCR bike. I ride between two and three hours daily. Since the hot weather has begun, I am having a problem with sweat on my rear end. This is not a problem on shorter rides, but on longer rides, the constant wetness softens the skin and causes problems. I need recommendations on cycling shorts that are good a absorbing sweat in the "sitbone" area. I don't need padding for comfort, just for sweat absorbtion. The cycling shorts that I have tried all have the padding too far forward to do me any good. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-24-08, 03:27 PM   #2
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Can't give you any makes to go for- but do go for a quality one. Cheap shorts will work- but the quality ones give comfort. Nothing worse than a seam in the wrong place after a few miles. That "Chamois" (It will be a synthetic material nowadays) does keep you dryer- but I also have a pair with a thick pad in them that are ideal for long distance rides. Feel as though you have a nappy (Diaper) on but they are not made for walking in.And the position of the pad on the quality shorts is in the right place aswell.

But besides looking at Shorts- Look at Bibshorts. They may look wierd but many of us have found them more comfortable for the Shape of the mature body.
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Old 05-24-08, 06:44 PM   #3
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I've been riding in the Pearl Izumi Quest short- I tend to get pretty sweaty on hot days, and these babies really absorb. And the price is pretty decent too (around $50).
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Can't give you any makes to go for- but do go for a quality one. Cheap shorts will work- but the quality ones give comfort. Nothing worse than a seam in the wrong place after a few miles. That "Chamois" (It will be a synthetic material nowadays) does keep you dryer- but I also have a pair with a thick pad in them that are ideal for long distance rides. Feel as though you have a nappy (Diaper) on but they are not made for walking in.And the position of the pad on the quality shorts is in the right place aswell.

But besides looking at Shorts- Look at Bibshorts. They may look wierd but many of us have found them more comfortable for the Shape of the mature body.
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I also prefer the bibs over shorts.
Something else that helps is stand up once in a while & let some breeze cool off the behind.

I just bought some bibs at Performance & they are there better (higher priced) quality & I haven't had any trouble with them.
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Old 05-25-08, 12:05 AM   #6
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Bibs! I like the Performance top of the line. You may also want to try some chamois creme.
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Old 05-25-08, 02:29 PM   #7
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Not only padded cycling shorts, but something to make that area "slick", like Body Glide.
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I used Performance Century shorts because I like the way they fit me. I've tried many brands and models, and these work both because of the fit and the reasonable price (and they go on sale a couple times each year.) I haven't had a problem with sweat, but chafing is an occasional problem. I've found some Vaseline, applied pre-ride to certain areas, does a good job of prevention.
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Giordana Tenax bib shorts, the best $100 you'll ever spend.

And, Bag Balm on long rides.
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Giordana Tenax bib shorts, the best $100 you'll ever spend.

And, Bag Balm on long rides.
+1 on the Tenax. My favorite, albeit I don't have bibs.
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Bibs can be great but make sure, if you're a guy, to get some that are cut fairly low across the front and the straps have enough give so when it's time to do your business you can just pull the front down otherwise you'll have to take your jersey off to remove the straps. Last summer while I was riding by a school in a small rural Illinois town when I spotted the welcome green hue of a porta-potty by the ball fields. I removed my jersey & shoulder straps and started the business at hand when I felt sharp pain in my right shoulder. I looked over & found I was being stung by several wasps or hornets--I apparently invaded their turf. Don't know if anyone saw me but I imagine I made a silly sight running from the porta potty with my straps flying and bare-chested.
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I need recommendations on cycling shorts that are good a absorbing sweat in the "sitbone" area. I don't need padding for comfort, just for sweat absorbtion. The cycling shorts that I have tried all have the padding too far forward to do me any good. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
I know that different brands place their chamois pads slightly differently and what works for one person may not work for another. I once had a pair of Giordana shorts that were terrific in all ways except that the pad was too far rearward. That was many years ago and I wouldn't assume the same fit now.

I think you'll just have to look at many different brands until you find something that works.
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What ever shorts you decide on using and being over 50, make sure to cover them when your off the bike.
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Comfortable shorts depend on manufacturer, model and the individual person. I have two expensive ($150) pairs of lycra shorts: One made by Specialized and the other by Descente. The Specialized are the best I've worn; The Descent have a stitch in just the wrong place and chew my butt on a long ride.

So, I think you will probably need to experiment.
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What ever shorts you decide on using and being over 50, make sure to cover them when your off the bike.
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Well speaking of shorts, I've been having TERRIBLE luck with the quality of Castelli shorts the last couple of years.
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