Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Oceanside, CA
Bikes: Electra Townie 3i with xtracycle, Surly Cross-Check
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Some folks are showers and some folks are growers. I appear to be a "shower."
Anyways, my experience is that for rides over about 15 miles, there's no substitute for padded bike shorts. They don't have to be the dorky spandex (and you can always wear shorts over Spandex; board shorts are great for that), but you need something tight to keep the boys organized and some padding to keep them unbruised.
In a general sense, saddles are tricky to get right. But if you need an expensive one, bite the bullet and pay out. It matters.
I see unexamined people. All the time. I don't think they know they're unexamined.