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    Female cyclists

    Hello everyone. My wife just recently started cycling with me and it has been a real treat! I have been cycling for ever and the fact that my loved one now rides with me is just great.

    She aked me a question that I could not answer. I have learned over the years that wearing underwear under my lycra cycling shorts is a no-no due to the chafing that it causes. However, she has been wearing underwear under hers (also lycra with chamois) and asked me if women also follow this but I couldn't give her an answer. So, any advice here is helpful and appreciated. Thanks.

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    No, I think most people, male & female, do not wear underwear with the biking shorts.

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    No underwear - so I am assured by my female fellow riders - and magazines - and books

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    Thanks for the replies.

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    As always, I buck the trend: I wear "boy cut" underpants under my padded lycra (which are also under baggy shorts; things seen cannot be unseen ).
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    All commando here! Nothing between the chamois and my naughty bits.

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    Riding with my wife is the most enjoyable activity in the world and only I know what she wears under her pants... or dresses.

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    panty lines = sign of a newbie.
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    It all comes down to personal preference, no?

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    I think most people, male or female, wear normal clothes to ride bicycles. Problem solved!

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    From a female ... when wearing padded cycling shorts ... no underwear. Underwear = way too much chafing.

    When wearing non-cycling clothes to ride (occasionally), I will wear underwear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    When wearing non-cycling clothes to ride (occasionally), I will wear underwear.
    That sentence demonstrates how important proper comma placement is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erg79 View Post
    That sentence demonstrates how important proper comma placement is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erg79 View Post
    That sentence demonstrates how important proper comma placement is!
    I laughed

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    For bike shorts, the padding IS the underwear layer.

    When I'm in my lap-swim class, I don't wear underwear underneath my Speedo(tm) either.

    I'm pretty sure the same rules apply to women.

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    It is worth pointing out that cycling shorts have different patterns for the stiching and that in some cases it can make a big difference if the stiching is for the other gender. What is a safe place for stiching for a amn and for a woman is different.
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    What kind of bikes are you all riding if you don't mind me asking? I'm curious to know how often you are riding that would cause irritation in your crotch to the point where you don't wear underwear? This is new to me.

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    I just commute naked =D

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    One of the ladies on the local club ride has been riding 25 years or so, has vast experience at it, super-fit, etc. A while back, someone commented on her lycra and she said "I always wear underwear under it anyway." So I suppose it varies. But I thought you were sposed to just wear the bike shorts.
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    I'm a visual learner can someone maybe show me what everyone is talking about ... just kidding
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    I don't particularly like the "bike shorts" I have at all- The seam at the leg opening doesn't stretch enough, or perhaps they are not a large enough size. They also have seams in bad places, and no padding. I believe they are simply exercise shorts and someone thought it would be cute to call them bike shorts. They have the tell-tale triangle like you might find in pantyhose which means you should wear them without panties, but again the seams cause that to be an awful decision when riding a bike.

    At any rate, I wear normal clothing for my rides. When I was stuck at work all day and did rides mid-day in a loop back to the office, sure I had exercise clothing so I could change. Florida humidity is awful. But I prefer to wear regular clothing, and I've recently begun enjoying skirts and dresses since moving to the dry heat of Oregon last year, and now Colorado.

    I'm not about to go around with nothing underneath, but I'm finding that my underwear can be quite a problem.

    For one thing, I think I need a few different designs, so that maybe the seams can be in different places? There are the bound edges at the sides of the crotch area/ leg openings, and usually seams to the front and back of the crotch for doubled layers. I think I could purchase seamless designs? Right now its the bound edges on the sides causing issues, but I think its because I'm wearing the same type of underwear all the time. I have another type, but in those the front crotch seam hits at a very tender spot and can actually cause a sore.

    My second issue is that underwear takes forever to dry! I don't even sweat that much, but it can very uncomfortable to have wet fabric sticking to me all day, not to mention having to put the then-chilled fabric back close to the skin after using the restroom. Like a cold bathing suit, ick. I'm guessing the wet fabric in the creases of legs is contributing to chafing too. My underwear are cheapie cotton Hanes or Fruit-of-the-Loom or something.

    Would changing to another fabric help? I've heard that wool and silk are great for wintertime (I only had a thin silk long-underwear set, and I used the shirt under my long-sleeve shirts daily- it was soft and did seem a fraction warmer) when you don't want wetness near your skin, can you get wool underwear? Is that feasible in the summer heat? Would silk or wool be slippery on a bike seat?

    Any help with the underwear situation would be great, thanks.

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    Ok, I am sorry if this falls under T.M.I. but I need to know how people deal with this. I tried the commando route with my biking shorts. It worked well but ummm..anyone deal with hair poking through? I was standing around after the ride conversing and I glanced down....OMG! Does everyone wax on here? Sorry to ask

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    Bring some other baggies to wear over the spandex bike shorts.

    .. at civilization stops.

    or perhaps ride in a skirt/kilt with bike shorts underneath?..

    bring spare shorts to change ..

    Long bike tours .. I have 3 pairs , so clean ones to put on daily.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 08-22-12 at 03:55 PM.

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    men have hair too. poking through? where? through the fabric or up and over the top? now-a-days many people trim things up-down-and-sideways. I usually wear other shorts ver my biking shorts, but when I don't I bring some to whip on during stops at grocery stores etc. I would be surprised if you were getting penetration through the fabric but I do get that with chest hair with some shirts and the grey is pronounced on dark shirts. tshirts help and so does trimming the length all around. (not shaving) if you're getting it over the top or around other edges maybe you can get higher waisted and or longer legged shorts. anyway, good luck with that!
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    So, tree frog, many solutions to your issues. You should try bike shorts, I like the mt bike ones. Roomy, not too constricting, and allow some breathability. Great for moisture management. The other route to go would be some nylon sports/ hiking type shorts. Then you could get some type of liner. I ( being a guy) like the boxer briefs in a tech/ breathable fabric. REI, target, sporting goods stores, running stores too. I like the stuff from patagonia the best. There are women's styles for liners that would be suitable too. Do not use cotton. They also make bike short liner to be worn under shorts too. Post back.

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