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Old 09-05-07, 05:02 PM   #1
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Bicycle shorts

I recently bought my first real bicycle shorts. They are indeed worth every penny, but I have a question.
Why do we (bike riders) put the pads in their shorts instead of putting the padding on the seat? Just wondering.
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because when we're not on the bike, the bike is just that much lighter
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hum... Why does it matter how much the bike weighs when you are not on it?
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hum... Why does it matter how much the bike weighs when you are not on it?
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hum... Why does it matter how much the bike weighs when you are not on it?
my response was more or less satirical. What I meant was that I didn't think it mattered but on the scale, cyclists like their bikes to weigh less
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I caught the satire, but if there is one thing more important than your bike it us what the pad protects, looks like the padding would be more effective as part of the saddle. But like i said it seems to work really well in the shorts. Guess I just have too much free time tonight.
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The purpose of the chamois is more for wicking and preventing chafing. Padding is secondary. Heck, my shorts tend to have very thin chamois.
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Guess you never read that Dilbert cartoon on this same topic.
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Sometimes less pad is even better depending on the purpose and cut of the chamois/shorts. I have some tri-shorts that have a small thin pad and they're more 'comfortable' than some others I have with larger pads. As a mfg of bicycle shorts, we've been through dozens and dozens of pad thicknesses, materials, shapes and designs...it's an ever evolving (well, changing - if not evolving) piece of the puzzle.

As for why not on the seat? It's not just the pad on bicycle shorts, but the lack of seams and bunching material that tend to help the comfort aspect. Putting more pad on the seat would not fix either of these issues.
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I don't like wearing tight biker shorts, so I buy cool looking shorts with the padding attached inside.
I'm not trying to win the tour de france.
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