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    What is the best clothing to where? I'm planning on biking from Santa Monica to Malibu but when I looked online to see what to wear when traveling long distances, they only have these professional biking clothes. You know, what triathlon bikers where. I don't have any of that. I looked on Google Maps and saw that it takes an hour and thirty three minutes to get to Malibu. Would it be best to wear just a pair of regular shorts or jeans? Sorry if this sounds dumb, but I figured since I found this site that someone could help me out a little here. I know I won't be as comfortable or prepared when wearing average clothes on a long-distance trip, but am just curious. Thanks!

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    No jeans, no cotton. If you don't want to wear spandex they make shorts with built in lining that helps with chaffing and wicking that looks like regular shorts. Any Sun & Ski or Performance or REI and the like should have them. If you have a well stocked local shop that would be even better. You want something that will help wick the moisture and sweat away from your skin and evaporate quickly to help keep you cool and prevent saddle sores.

    That said, others do wear jeans or regular shorts and do just fine but it isn't recommended because if you do have problems you will 1) be in unnecessary pain 2) be put off riding for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdude View Post
    What is the best clothing to where? I'm planning on biking from Santa Monica to Malibu but when I looked online to see what to wear when traveling long distances, they only have these professional biking clothes. You know, what triathlon bikers where. I don't have any of that.
    That would be what most people would wear, cycling cloths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdude View Post
    You know, what triathlon bikers where. I don't have any of that.
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    That is what we did, wore our Speedo swimsuits through the entire event, sprint tris and even the intermediate distance tri events, it is way easy to spend too much time changing outfits.
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    The best parts about wearing only a speedo are a) everyone can see your circumcision scar, and b) you don't have to worry about a bunch of other dudes bumping and moshing at the swim-start. (Wearing a speedo gives you a magical repelling field that keeps dudes at least 36 inches away from you in all directions. )

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    The distance is ~22 miles. I ride farther than that on each ride.
    Look at a few online retailers (Nashbar, Performance, REI, etc.) or your local bike shop and pick up some inexpensive padded shorts (either lycra or baggy mountain bike style shorts and a cycling jersey. Don't forget water, spare tube, etc. Then you're good to go.
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    Wear whatever works for you. I don't wear "regular clothes" when I ride nor do I wear "triathlon clothes". Sounds like you haven't ridden much. You'll figure out what to wear. You might like baggy mountain shorts, as suggested above, if you are inclined against "bike racer" clothes. Wicking poly shirts from various sources work pretty well.
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    That distance isn't very long. If you are buying clothing just for this ride, head over to Target and get some of their C9 gear on the cheap. You want to make sure your goods are secure and not flopping all over the place for the beach folk to peep. Wherever you get your clothing from, make sure it is not cotton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdude View Post
    they only have these professional biking clothes. You know, what triathlon bikers where.
    I'm not a professional cyclist by any stretch of the imagination, and I'm not a triathlete.

    I wear the kind of stuff you find here: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/TopCate...39_-1_200275_N

    Or here: http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_l...=1277973565793

    Or sometimes here: http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_m...=1277919520077

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    The best parts about wearing only a speedo are a) everyone can see your circumcision scar, and b) you don't have to worry about a bunch of other dudes bumping and moshing at the swim-start. (Wearing a speedo gives you a magical repelling field that keeps dudes at least 36 inches away from you in all directions. )
    What you fail to understand that until today's anti-modern perverse era of oddities like pants on the ground gangsta baggies, ultra anti-male feminism driven male clothing and rampant subliminal PC homophobia everybody wore Speedo swimsuits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canopus View Post
    No jeans, no cotton. If you don't want to wear spandex they make shorts with built in lining that helps with chaffing and wicking that looks like regular shorts. Any Sun & Ski or Performance or REI and the like should have them. If you have a well stocked local shop that would be even better. You want something that will help wick the moisture and sweat away from your skin and evaporate quickly to help keep you cool and prevent saddle sores.

    That said, others do wear jeans or regular shorts and do just fine but it isn't recommended because if you do have problems you will 1) be in unnecessary pain 2) be put off riding for a while.
    My friend and I rode to Malibu from Santa Monica yesterday in jeans and it wasn't bad at all. But yeah, will go for the gear next time. I mean, especially if I see myself going long distances like that in the future...which I do.

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    At least get a pair of padded cycling shorts. Wear them as underwear if you're shy.

    If your seat is wide and soft enough, you may not need the padding, but then you lose power when the very tops of the backs of your thighs slap the edge of the seat on the downstroke.

    When you get fit enough to generate some heat, you'll see why no one wants to ride with cotton jeans and cotton shorts, or worse yet, briefs. They get soaked and chafe very badly. The riding clothes are made from wicking fabric which stays drier and the seams are well away from friction areas like the junction of leg and crotch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage sale GT View Post
    At least get a pair of padded cycling shorts. Wear them as underwear if you're shy.

    If your seat is wide and soft enough, you may not need the padding, but then you lose power when the very tops of the backs of your thighs slap the edge of the seat on the downstroke.

    When you get fit enough to generate some heat, you'll see why no one wants to ride with cotton jeans and cotton shorts, or worse yet, briefs. They get soaked and chafe very badly. The riding clothes are made from wicking fabric which stays drier and the seams are well away from friction areas like the junction of leg and crotch.
    Okay, sweet. Thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    The best parts about wearing only a speedo are a) everyone can see your circumcision scar, and b) you don't have to worry about a bunch of other dudes bumping and moshing at the swim-start. (Wearing a speedo gives you a magical repelling field that keeps dudes at least 36 inches away from you in all directions. )
    Guess you've never really done a mass start swim event... it's elbows and knees everywhere. To get 36 inches of open space would be heaven during such an event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelmama View Post
    That distance isn't very long. If you are buying clothing just for this ride, head over to Target and get some of their C9 gear on the cheap. You want to make sure your goods are secure and not flopping all over the place for the beach folk to peep. Wherever you get your clothing from, make sure it is not cotton.
    While I agree with the suggestions given here to get padded shorts, or even MTB shorts, I do wear cotton shirts. Yeah, it gets damp when I ride, and doesn't exactly look good... but the cooling effect of sweat evaporating from cotton can keep you comfortable on a long hot ride... and trying to wipe your brow with lycra or microfiber just isn't very satisfying.

    The other nice thing about cotton... they're cheap. You can pick up a bunch of bright T shirts (or even long sleeve) at your local Target for the price of one cycling jersey. Some cyclists I know even wear a thin cotton T shirt under their high tech jerseys... Cotton is nice, sometimes.

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    Didn't you see the other thread - A mini skirt!

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    First, where in Santa Monica are you? I just got a road bike and want a partner to ride with to Malibu and back. PM me if you want to go this weekend.

    Second, I purchased a longsleeve HeatGear UA Battle shirt from Under Armour. It's better than all those branded bike shirts due to the breathing it gives your skin. Even in the hot sun with the black shirt on, I feel as cool as ice. I would have gotten the branded dee-bag shirts from Helen's, but the more expensive ones do the exact same thing as Under Armour Heat Gear and they're made with lower quality stitching/material.

    You can find Under Armour's HeatGear here:
    http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/e.../tops/heatgear

    Benefits:
    -30 SPF protection from sun (got longsleeve to prevent the need for lotion)
    -compressed fit, fits tight against the skin for maximum cooling
    -sweeps sweat away
    -cuts down on odor-causing bacteria
    -strategic ventilation

    I actually have multiple shirts from them - one for lifting, one for running, one for bicycling. I also have a track jacket from American Eagle that I use for cycling in below 50 degree weather, it suits me just fine and I don't sweat in it (plus it matches the fashionable colors I'm going for).

    Otherwise, don't get HeatGear shorts in place of good Pearl Izumi shorts. HeatGear shorts have fine stitching and will start to wear quite quickly if you bike with them; they're really meant for running.

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    How the heck I managed a 900 mile bike trip in tennis shorts and cotton t-shirts is beyond me. Wore tennis shoes too No problems with discomfort. Just wear something comfortable that does not have big seams to chafe. I bet you could wear some woman style panties and jersey sweat shorts and be just fine. I am guessing the seams in mens jockies may be a problem. Cant comment on that.

    Brooks Pro - no padded saddle.

    I only had one "outfit" and only got that after I got a road bike but did all of my touring in regular clothes and it was wool back then. I think most folks did that.

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