I found the Pearl Izumi Pro Short to be pretty good at concealing the goods. If these are out of your price range just look for shorts that are a little thicker. The real thin shiny materials leave nothing to the imagination. Oh and stick to dark colors, preferably black, have seen some riders in white shorts and it is not a pretty sight.
You do realize this is being posted alongside a thread about high-viz day-glo lime-green shorts.
While I'm sure there are many here that go "Commando", I wear padded cycling underwear under my padded cycling shorts, every time I ride. If you build up a nice wardrobe of different shorts (mountain & road) and optionally, bibs, you'll eventually find yourself mixing and matching your two layers for different levels of comfort, warmth, etc. based on your expectations of the ride you'll be doing. It's also possible that the two layers will diminish the definition of your frank and beans when you choose the more form-fitting options.
It happens, you just have to roll with it. I used to wear athletic shorts over my bibs too until I realized how absolutely ridiculous I looked in a cycling jersey with baggy shorts. Hell, if you're in the right shape for it, what's the big deal?
Don't know if anyone else has suggested this, and I'm not going to read 30-odd posts on shorts to find out, but if not: Mountain bike shorts. I've worn them for 15 years. They look like regular street shorts and for me, at least, are just as comfortable as Lycra. Or you could wear padded bike undershorts (Andiamo and PearlIzumi are two brands) under street shorts.
I saw a middle-aged bald guy (like me) in tights and a purple cycling jacket. The jacket had a tight waistband and the bottom of the jacket splayed out like a skirt. He looked like a little bald-headed fairy. I almost busted out laughing. Don't people have mirrors in their houses anymore? I could have got my a$$ whooped by a little bone-headed bimbo.
Last edited by sknhgy; 03-17-10 at 06:54 AM.
Normal bike shorts and bibs have padding so it is not the Elvis photo or the bike team photo.
2005 Ritchey BreakAway (steel)
Full Campagnolo double compact drivetrain - Chorus 11sp
(50, 34 & 12-29)
Cateye CC-TR300TW V3
Ritchey fork, stem, headset, bars and seatpost
Fizik Gobi saddle and bar tape