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    new bike shorts

    I just picked up a new pair of Zoic bike shorts. They look like mountain bike shorts on the outside but have an inner liner with a chamois. They are VERY comfortable - I hate the spandex look. Not cool at all.

    Anyway, I was just wondering what is the best way to take care of the chamois to make it last long.

    I am going to want to wash these shorts after each ride as I know you don't wear underwear with chamois's but will machine washing it each time wear it down ?

    Has anybody heard of the zoic shorts.
    I like the fit..they are MTB shorts but cut for women so they fit me really well and don't look overly baggy.

    Justen (female) - I put this because people still think I am a guy from my name - I'm not !!

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    Originally posted by Justen
    . They are VERY comfortable - I hate the spandex look. Not cool at all.

    What do you mean ?? Spandex is where it's at !! All the chicks dig me when I have the spandex on.. OH YEAH BABY !! :-P

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    there should be a tag for washing instructions inside like any other clothing generally has. If you cant find one and your concerned with damaging the shorts, buy some woolite and wash them by hand. Better off safe then sorry. Especially for what a pair of shorts runs these days.

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    Um Justen, well a chick in spandex is better n a guy, you have to admit.

    I also do the woolite thing most of the time, make sure you do a 2nd rinse, esp if you wash them by hand. Woolite is gentle, but um it still can irratate your more sensitive bits.

    Ive got a pair of Zoic shorts, very well made. they should last you a good while.

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    Originally posted by SipperPhoto
    What do you mean ?? Spandex is where it's at !! All the chicks dig me when I have the spandex on.. OH YEAH BABY !! :-P

    Jeff
    Men in spandex....no way !! Not good.
    And there are some men who especially should not be wearing spandex. You know what I mean ?

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    Originally posted by Scooby Snax
    Um Justen, well a chick in spandex is better n a guy, you have to admit.

    I also do the woolite thing most of the time, make sure you do a 2nd rinse, esp if you wash them by hand. Woolite is gentle, but um it still can irratate your more sensitive bits.

    Ive got a pair of Zoic shorts, very well made. they should last you a good while.

    Scoob
    Hey Scoob,

    Well, from a female point of view, I don't like seeing guys in spandex. It's just not a good look.

    Thanks for the woolite idea, although I did throw them in the washing machine and they seem fine. I paid $115.00 for these shorts but they look cool and are really comfortable. They seem really durable too. I have tried other shorts with chamois but this is the best fit so far. I don't feel like I am wearing a diaper!!

    Justen

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    I wear my spandex with pride.

    Here is my washing system....

    1.) Reset the wash load to "small".
    2.) Set temperature to "warm / cold".
    3.) Set cycle to "delicates".
    4.) Turn machine on.
    5.) Open lid and sprinkle in some soap, maybe 1/3 cup.
    6.) Let the water fill up to let the soap dissolve before putting in the clothes.
    7.) Place all my cycling wear into the washing machine, jersey, undershirt, spandex shorts, socks, etc.
    8.) Close the lid.
    9.) When washing is finished (45 minutes), take out clothes and hang up to dry.
    10.) My jerseys and shorts are ready to wear the next day.

    Ta Da.

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    Originally posted by Justen
    I hate the spandex look. Not cool at all.
    I must disagree.
    Last Sunday I was riding behind a young lady who was wearing spandex shorts and I didn't have any trouble getting up the hills.


    I wash all my cycling clothes with regular detergent and the washer set to the cold water cycle.

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    Spandex is Ok on both men and women, however
    Speedo Bathing suits should not be worn by 98% of
    the male population (myself included!).

    I machine wash, delicate cycle, add shorts etc. to machine
    after it fills unless instructions specifically state hand
    wash.

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    Originally posted by RonH
    I must disagree.
    Last Sunday I was riding behind a young lady who was wearing spandex shorts and I didn't have any trouble getting up the hills.

    I meant that I don't like seeing guys in spandex. I am female and I don't find looking at guys in spandex is a big turn on as it obviously is for guys (as you mention above).

    There are many guys who should not wear spandex - especially old men and guys with

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    Justen,

    However foolish I may look in spandex
    its not a fashion statement.
    I still haven't found Baggy Mountain bike Bibs
    for me its a matter of function.

    but yeah, it ain't pretty.

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    hi,
    1)you'll get used to it, especially if you start racking up miles
    2) just throw 'em in the washer. Could be they last longer if you baby them, but
    I never have
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    Originally posted by Justen
    I meant that I don't like seeing guys in spandex. I am female and I don't find looking at guys in spandex is a big turn on as it obviously is for guys (as you mention above).

    There are many guys who should not wear spandex - especially old men and guys with
    "... guys with ... " what!?!?!?!? GUYS WITH WHAT!!!!!! Don't leave us hanging like that (no pun intended!) We gotta know what ya'll don't like.... please tell us!!!!!
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    Originally posted by Justen
    There are many guys who should not wear spandex - especially old men and guys with
    I guess I would fit in that category. But I do wear 'spandex' anyhow: function before form. The fashion police is welcome to catch and book me.

    So no apologies from my ugly self, Justen. But what's that about "the guys with..."?

    BTW 'Spandex', are those the tight, padded 'bibshorts' worn by pro and serious roadies?
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    Originally posted by SipperPhoto
    What do you mean ?? Spandex is where it's at !! All the chicks dig me when I have the spandex on.. OH YEAH BABY !! :-P

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    Originally posted by SipperPhoto
    What do you mean ?? Spandex is where it's at !! All the chicks dig me when I have the spandex on.. OH YEAH BABY !! :-P

    Jeff

    Ummmm, Jeff? Wanna be my boyfriend?

    (If the chicks dig you when you wear spandex, just think how appreciative they would be if you rode nekkid! )
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    maybe Troll... but you gotta go thru my wife first... as far as riding nekkid.. I'd do it.. but I don;t think it would be that comfortable... things might rub, causing friction, and maybe even start a fire :-D

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    Originally posted by SipperPhoto
    ... as far as riding nekkid.. I'd do it.. but I don;t think it would be that comfortable...
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    He looks comfy - must be the thong.

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    at least he'll stay cool :-D
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    Originally posted by Justen
    Hey Scoob,
    Well, from a female point of view, I don't like seeing guys in spandex. It's just not a good look.
    Justen
    Contrary to what you might think, not all guys are out to impress women 100% of the time.

    I look like HELL is spandex, but it is a neccessity for me on long rides, and I am happily married, so avert your gaze

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    Originally posted by RollingGeek
    Contrary to what you might think, not all guys are out to impress women 100% of the time.

    I look like HELL is spandex, but it is a neccessity for me on long rides, and I am happily married, so avert your gaze
    I'm with RollingGeek! I wear spandex to ride faster than the guy next to me wearing the parachute! It never ceases to amaze me what people wear during time trials or triathlons and then wonder why they can't get any faster. Skin tight is sleek and fast... that's all there is too it! (and my wife thinks I look stunning - at least that's what she tells me - and it's all I need to hear!)

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    I think Fuji film would offer me spandex if I agreed to show up at football games.

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    Originally posted by RollingGeek
    Contrary to what you might think, not all guys are out to impress women 100% of the time.

    I look like HELL is spandex, but it is a neccessity for me on long rides, and I am happily married, so avert your gaze
    I didn't say they were....and we aren't out to impress men all the time either.

    As for averting my gaze -I'll try :-)

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    I did not say any of you guys are ugly wearing spandex. I agree with the whole comfort factor too. I just see some guys in spandex who don't wear it well.

    I don't even like it on me and I am pretty young (well - very early 20's) and in good physical shape. Comfort is definetely important but women look at guys just as guys look at women. Why is it wrong for me to express my thoughts on seeing males in spandex ?

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    Originally posted by Aerow
    I'm with RollingGeek! I wear spandex to ride faster than the guy next to me wearing the parachute! It never ceases to amaze me what people wear during time trials or triathlons and then wonder why they can't get any faster. Skin tight is sleek and fast... that's all there is too it! (and my wife thinks I look stunning - at least that's what she tells me - and it's all I need to hear!)

    Okay...spandex on guys in races is a whole different thing. I am talking about the average Joe who is cycling around in the park in spandex.

    And I am sure your wife does think you're stunning. Thus far, the rest of us have no evidence to the contrary either :-)

    Justen

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