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    Second hand bike shorts

    I don't know how this rates on the ick scale, but here goes,

    I've lost significant weight and I have some good quality shorts, including bibs, that no longer fit well. I was thinking of offering to give them to a friend who is financially-challenged.

    Has anybody here ever given or used second-hand shorts? If these were boxers or briefs, they'd go straight into the trash without a moment's thought, but we're talking about good shorts!

    Thanks,

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    What's the difference between boxers/briefs and bicycle shorts/bibs? You don't wear underwear under any of them. You wear all of them right next to your skin. The only difference is that you likely sweat a lot more in the bicycle shorts.


    However ... I suppose you can wash them very well with Borax, and offer them to your friend.

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    Wash-em, offer them to your friend, and never again ask about the shorts.

    Let the friend be the one to decide whether or not to throw them away.

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    Congrats on the weight loss.

    Like the previous posters suggest. Wash 'em well, offer them and don't press the point.

    I gave a pair to a young man who needed a Cycling Merit Badge for his Eagle Scout. He needed to ride 50 miles to complete the criteria. He was most appreciative.

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    my father in law gave me a pair of PI bibs that didn't fit him well. I didn't think much of it... I don't know how much use they got before he gave them to me but I know that it didnt cost me $100+ to get them.

    If you friend is that skeeved out about 2nd hand shorts, tell him to wash them or go pay retail. Seems like an easy choice to me...

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    That's what washing machines are for, but if it bothers you, you can always replace the chamois:

    http://www.kucharikclothing.com/repairs.php

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    If the shorts are funky after washing them, make them rags.
    Otherwise, gift them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CNY James View Post
    my father in law gave me a pair of PI bibs that didn't fit him well. I didn't think much of it... I don't know how much use they got before he gave them to me but I know that it didnt cost me $100+ to get them.

    If you friend is that skeeved out about 2nd hand shorts, tell him to wash them or go pay retail. Seems like an easy choice to me...
    I don't know if he would be "skeeved out" or not, but as I considered it I couldn't help if it would be offensive. It wouldn't bother me - as mentioned, saving $100+ covers a lot of icky. (OTOH, I would rather not eat something whipped up in the dog's dish like I ran across while searching for any other reference to "gross" "ick" "used" or "second hand".

    Thanks all. I'll make the offer.
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    I actually bought a set of bibs and a jersey from a guy once. He had joined a new team and was looking to get rid of his old kit. I had just started riding about a month before and desperately needed more cycling gear. If I was your friend I'd be psyched to get them.
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    If your friend can't afford new sets of cycling clothes,he'll be more than honored to take them.

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    I once listed used bike shorts on ebay to see if anyone would buy them. I got $26 + shipping.

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    Sorry why too high up there on the ick factor for me. You can find decent shorts for $30-$40 on sale. Small price to pay for peace of mind.
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    Geez . . . you eat off used plates in a restaurant . . .
    You sleep on used (and hopefully washed) sheets in a motel . . .
    . . . and use used towels in the same motel . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Geez . . . you eat off used plates in a restaurant . . .
    You sleep on used (and hopefully washed) sheets in a motel . . .
    . . . and use used towels in the same motel . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Geez . . . you eat off used plates in a restaurant . . .
    You sleep on used (and hopefully washed) sheets in a motel . . .
    . . . and use used towels in the same motel . . .
    What restaurants do you go where someone was rubbing their sweaty junk on the plates?

    As far as the hotel, I at least like to think folks before me were fully clothed and sexless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Geez . . . you eat off used plates in a restaurant . . .
    You sleep on used (and hopefully washed) sheets in a motel . . .
    . . . and use used towels in the same motel . . .
    Don't forget the hospital beds where who knows how many people have died, how many people have messed because the nurse didn't get there with the bedpan, how many people have bled or puked on them.......
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    Wash them well and pass them onto someone who do them justice. Like another posted remove the chamois if need be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredfoxterror View Post
    Don't forget the hospital beds where who knows how many people have died, how many people have messed because the nurse didn't get there with the bedpan, how many people have bled or puked on them.......
    I think it is kind of like how sausages are made. If you watched it then you would never eat another sausage.

    You use the bed at the hospital or hotel ignorant of how it was used before you. There is something too familiar with wearing someone else's skiveies.
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    Think about this, how many people go to thrift/second hand stores and purchase dresses/pants/shorts/shirts, etc. And how many of the people who have donated/sold them went commando while wearing them?

    I agree with those who have said to wash 'em (preferably in a good strong disinfectant) and give 'em to your friend. And maybe suggest to him that after you give them to him, that he do the same thing.
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    My first pair of bike shorts were given to me, OK, she had never actually worn them.... she had gotten a prize or something and had more pairs than she needed. ( Had to bite my tongue about how easy it was to get into her shorts )

    Eh, some people get squeamish about this, if they still look good, not obviously worn, wash them with some peroxide type bleach, and offer them.

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    Thanks all. We always wash all of our bike clothes with peroxide - kills the funky smell DEAD! So I gave them to him and he wasn't offended or off-put.
    Thanks again.
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