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    Padded or not?

    Is anybody here able to ride without a chamois and just undies with your shorts/tights/pants? Not little jaunts to the store or anything, I mean real rides, with some distance.
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    Ammm... since I started using them, no.

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    A nice blast? You mean like a Kona Blast?

    I was just wondering because my friend will ride with undies only underneath. She has no problem. Just wanted to see if anyone else is okay without padding.

    We are going to try and ride tomorrow if it doesn't rain and we plan to ride all day.
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    I know a lady that rode with only tights and no padding! Don't know how she did it, but she didi! 60 milers!

    She only weighed about 105 lbs, though,.....but still!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
    I was just wondering because my friend will ride with undies only underneath. She has no problem. Just wanted to see if anyone else is okay without padding.
    The majority of cyclists don't wear special outfits. Sure, most of them don't go on 20 or 50 mile training rides, but probably plenty of people commute on beaters 10 or 15 miles each way every day in ordinary underwear. I only have a five mile (each way) commute and I never wear bike shorts for that, and if I happen to do errands after work and end up riding 10-15 miles I never have a problem. I do wear bike shorts for longer recreational weekend rides.

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    I did 60 milers in jeans easily enough. I had boxer shorts underneath though. I weigh about 140-150lbs though...

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    I've done a full off-road imperial century, and two off-road metrics, wearing ordinary nylon hiking/water shorts with integral (built-in) briefs (I am roughly NFL sized). Chamois Butt'r, baby!
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    The main problem I've had when doing long rides without fancy shorts is chafing. Haven't tried chamois butt'r yet. I'd really like to find some athletic tight undies without seams or chamois that wouldn't bunch up. The chamois is pretty much overkill when you have a Brooks saddle.

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    Underwear? Long rides no, so I don't get knot in my panties.
    Any heavy doubled seam is a nogo againt the perineum (do guys have a different word for this part?).
    Light cloth, several layers.

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    I've done centuries in cargo shorts and silk boxers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff williams
    the perineum (do guys have a different word for this part?)
    "The 'taint"
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    normal human clothes always, regardless of the distance.
    no problems at all with this.
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    I ride monthly weekend trips to Richmond and back from Norfolk, VA (110 miles each way) with basic cotton shorts and Hanes Whitie tighties (boxers don't keep my stuff where it needs to be) and have nevver had any chafing, saddle sore or the like with my Brooks saddle (on cold days, I wear long john's under the shorts, still doesn't look as goofy as tights would on me - and VERY comfortable). I've never used bicycle shorts, mind you, so I can't compare, but since I have no problems at all, then I see no reason, maybe if I'm riding 200+ mil;e trips I might have a differnet opninon, but not yet.

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    Lycra shorts and coolmax underwear! No padded shorts, and often no gloves. But then I'm riding a recumbent.

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    This thread is a sign of the pending apocalypse.

    OK. Listen up all you newbs and panty-wearers. For the purposes of riding any kind of distance, there is simply no more comfortable, practical way to dress than in padded, lycra bicycle shorts. And when you wear padded, lycra bicycle shorts, you must not, under any circumstances, for any reason, wear underwear under them. The chamois goes next to your ass with nothing in between. Got it?

    Underwear belongs in the budoir, not on the bike.

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    There's no more eloquent way to say this... but you have female parts, and I have male parts.
    Doing 100+ miles w/o padding would leave my sack raw and quite possibly in great pain.

    People who ride w/o padding are generally women. *RUNS FOR COVER*

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    People who ride w/o padding are generally women.
    Men who ride w/o padding are generally less delicate than slvoid. I'm not running for cover, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Underwear Nazi
    This thread is a sign of the pending apocalypse.

    OK. Listen up all you newbs and panty-wearers. For the purposes of riding any kind of distance, there is simply no more comfortable, practical way to dress than in padded, lycra bicycle shorts. And when you wear padded, lycra bicycle shorts, you must not, under any circumstances, for any reason, wear underwear under them. The chamois goes next to your ass with nothing in between. Got it?

    Underwear belongs in the budoir, not on the bike.

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    There is also some thing called moral consciousness. It does not disappear because you said it does'nt exist. Aaaaand it's pretty stupid to stuff your opinions down other ppl's throats. I dont wear lycra because of immorallity issues (I don't give a **** how comfortable it is). My main point is that in my case morality wins over comfort, and I don't try to stuff this particular point down other ppl's throats.

    Heck I was just answering a question and then people say the original question was a stupid idea. Sheesh kabobs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils
    I dont wear lycra because of immorallity issues
    There's a moral issue with lycra? What? Its made from the sap of 1000 year old-growth pines? Forged by enslaved elves beneath the mountains of Mordor? The official underwear of the Illuminati? What? What?

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    Wearing lycra doesn't make you promiscuous,nor does it make you a bad parent. Lycra shorts aren't a morality issue, but depending on your shape they might be a modesty issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkS
    There's a moral issue with lycra? What? Its made from the sap of 1000 year old-growth pines? Forged by enslaved elves beneath the mountains of Mordor? The official underwear of the Illuminati? What? What?
    I meant modesty issue. So sue me for typos...

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    I have never worn any lycra or padded shorts for that matter. Last summer I did a metric century, in 90deg F weather, cotton boxers, and cotton cargo shorts. I'm convinced this is the way to go. I had no chafing/discomofot/soreness of any kind.

    Get a good, well fitting, and comfortable saddle, and don't let chamois shorts substitute for a well adjusted and fitting saddle.

    I also don't wear gloves. Unless it's the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    There's no more eloquent way to say this... but you have female parts, and I have male parts.
    Doing 100+ miles w/o padding would leave my sack raw and quite possibly in great pain.

    People who ride w/o padding are generally women. *RUNS FOR COVER*
    I've ridden centuries with just plain old running shorts. Don't cry to me because your sack is delicate, and don't call me Shirley!

    Edit: of course having a nice broken in Brooks saddle helps!
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    Anything under 20 miles roundtrip and I am fine in regular shorts.
    I do not ride in jeans. Can't hardly get on the bike.
    Anything over 20 miles involves tights and cycling shorts.

    To make life simpler for myself, I wear cycling shorts for anything over 6 miles. I dislike discovering that I should have worn cycling shorts when my back fritzes out.

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