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    can cycling shorts be used for swimming?

    Hi everyone. I have a question. This month an outdoor swimming pool will be opening in a park that I like to ride through, it is a Olympic size pool and what I was wondering is would the clorine from the pool damage the shorts?

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    Probably not good for them. Could fade the color too.

    After your chamois pad gets soaked, you would be quite a sight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Cyclist
    Hi everyone. I have a question. This month an outdoor swimming pool will be opening in a park that I like to ride through, it is a Olympic size pool and what I was wondering is would the clorine from the pool damage the shorts?
    Kildonan Park?

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    Though the chlorine could still fade them...if you want a multi use short, try something like the PI Tri short....you can pick them up for under $40 at Performance, they dry quickly, etc. Not the best for a century ride...but work well for a multi use short.

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    I don't think there's a lot of difference in material between a swimsuit and cycling shorts. I would not be too concerned about fading. However, you might be more comfortable on the rest of your ride if you took a swimsuit so as not to have a wet chamois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vision-
    Kildonan Park?
    vision, that is the one, sometimnes in the summer when I am riding through and it is hot out, I would like to go swimming but I always worry about my cycling shorts getting ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Cyclist
    Hi everyone. I have a question. This month an outdoor swimming pool will be opening in a park that I like to ride through, it is a Olympic size pool and what I was wondering is would the clorine from the pool damage the shorts?
    It depends on how efficient your chamois is - a real efficient one might empty the pool, and it will look like you took a world record dump when you exit the water!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Cyclist
    vision, that is the one, sometimnes in the summer when I am riding through and it is hot out, I would like to go swimming but I always worry about my cycling shorts getting ruined.
    You may want to consider a pair of swim shorts in your saddle bag in a zip log bag (assuming you're going to use the locker room and not just jumping the fence ).

    Even if your bike shorts were ok, it might not be too much fun riding home when they're soaking wet...

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    Short answer: NO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vision-
    You may want to consider a pair of swim shorts in your saddle bag in a zip log bag (assuming you're going to use the locker room and not just jumping the fence ).

    Even if your bike shorts were ok, it might not be too much fun riding home when they're soaking wet...
    20 minutes in and I'm soaking wet anyway. Shorts dry fast.
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    If you need something for multi-use, I'd suggest some tri shorts. I just picked up a pair for $30 at www.tri-at.com and they work great. The pad is thin and small compared to regular shorts, so I wouldn't suggest them for longer rides, but they dry quickly when wet and offer decent comfort for shorter rides.

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    Regular shorts are somewhat like wet diapers after a swim (tried it once), and I bet all kinds of nasty chafing can occur on your wet ride home. I wouldn't recommend it.

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