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    Wear underwear under cycling shorts??

    Been meaning to ask this..

    Initially, as a total beginner, I left my boxer briefs underwears on, beneath my pearl izumi's shorts with good chamois, etc. Well, I'd even put another pair of nike shorts over top of it too and wore T-shirt and rode 10 miles.

    Then, things got serious, and with the nice jerseys I got, I stopped wearing the nike top shorts. That's when it hit me that the underwear had to go too. and I've being going comando ever since.. for like 1k miles. it feels great!

    Am I doing it right?

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    Yeah IMHO Commando is the best way to go with Cycling Shorts

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    Yep, you go commando under bike shorts. If I'm at the lake I ride with just the shorts. If I bike around town and now I'm gonna stop at a restaurant or get a drink at my watering hole I may wear cargo shorts over my bike shorts.
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    Nothing under bike shorts. That's what the chamois is for. If I'm out for a cruise under 10-15 miles, I'll just wear shorts and a t-shirt, that's all I did today. But with bike shorts, time to go commando!

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    thanks guys. for some reason I was feeling indecent and thought that maybe you'd tell me I had to wear jock straps or something. I'm relieved.

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    Boxers hold moisture whereas cycling shorts don't. The two are like oil and water.
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    I cycled 16 miles today, in my every day trousers. I have thought about getting some running leggings. But cycle shorts dont seem appealing to me.
    Something like this ....

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RONHILL-CLASSI...-/250312103372

    I wouldnt wear boxers, but the standard briefs are ok to wear underneath.

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    Buncha exhibitionists.............
    Wicking poly underwear works well under MTB-style baggy shorts or recumbent-style baggy shorts (with no padding).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Buncha exhibitionists.............
    Wicking poly underwear works well under MTB-style baggy shorts or recumbent-style baggy shorts (with no padding).
    I'm focusing on road riding and chamois padding is a must thus we are talking about regular, tight, cycling shorts.

    Comando and exhibiting every outline indeed!

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    Cycling shorts is kinda a broad term. Didn't used to be before mountain bikes.

    Traditional lycra cycling shorts do, indeed, look quite funny when underwear is worn with them.
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    This has been discussed a zillion times.
    Never, ever wear regular underwear under cycling shorts. Go commando!!
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    Blows me away people can even ask the question. Have you ever actually looked at someone wearing lycra cycle shorts? Can you see underwear lines? I'm trying to imagine what it would feel like to wear boxers under my shorts, damned uncomfortable is the idea I get.

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    Its the best way to go!
    i also prefer to just wear a tank top rather then a cycling jersey. They dont breathe very well
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    Quote Originally Posted by FasterNearGirls View Post
    for some reason I was feeling indecent and thought that maybe you'd tell me I had to wear jock straps or something. I'm relieved.
    I used to go commando, but now I use a jock strap and I'm a lot happier -- everything stays where it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgePaul View Post
    I used to go commando, but now I use a jock strap and I'm a lot happier -- everything stays where it should be.
    Ouch. When I was a teenager, I tried riding with a jock strap, but it rubbed me badly in the wrong places. But maybe it was a cheap one.

    Cycling shorts w/ chamois should hold you together in comfort, if they fit right.

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    Bike shorts are the base layer faux Chamois washes well, then I have some Baggy ones I wear on top of them ,
    for the pockets.

    or long wicking underwear and rain-pants for the wet and cool weather ..
    which seems like it included the summer out here..

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    Quote Originally Posted by FasterNearGirls View Post
    thanks guys. for some reason I was feeling indecent and thought that maybe you'd tell me I had to wear jock straps or something. I'm relieved.
    Basically they are designed to be worn directly with the skin and some boxers etc will chaff esp on longer rides

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    Why Not?

    I've always worn underwear (BVD type, not boxers) under my cycling shorts, even though "they" say one shouldn't.

    I figure I can wear the cycling shorts several days without washing, just as with regular street pants, and it seems that minimizing wash cycles on shorts is a benefit. I don't find the combination uncomfortable, and it doesn't seem to affect my ever-more-feeble legs one way or the other.

    Until I'm convinced of a tangible benefit doing the contrary, I'll continue this way.

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    on Long tours I bring 3 pair of Bike shorts : one on , one clean and dry
    and one cleaned the night before and drying as I ride,
    or yesterdays pair and will get the 2 pair washed that night ..
    I hate carbuncle cysts on my backside, so do what I can to avoid them..
    the modern cycle shorts "chamois" draws away moisture, to reduce bacterial growth that infects the pores in your skin.
    thats the source of saddle sores..

    around town I just wear the usual Briefs..

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    I started riding with Italian made wool cycling shorts with natural chamois in the early '70's and now wear modern lycra shorts with synthetic chamois and I can't imagine any logical reason to wear underwear.

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    Helllllllll noooo!
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    I wear baggy cycling shorts everywhere so that I can be a commando anywhere and anytime. Wore them to take a run this morning, wore them to church once.

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    I wonder if on swimforums.net there are threads asking about wearing underwear under swimsuits.
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    There is a reason why chamois cream was invented; to decrease friction, wearing under roo's underneath your cycling shorts is dumb as it only INCREASES friction. DON"T DO IT.

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    Go commando. If there are any problems use chamois cream.
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