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Old 11-14-08, 10:15 PM   #1
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Cycling shorts, Do you wear them?

I rubbed some skin of my sack so I got some today. I figure it's gotta make my saddle feel great since I haven't found a decent one for cheap.

What do you wear?
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Old 11-14-08, 10:22 PM   #2
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I wear Descente Aero X bib shorts and Hincapie bib shorts. I've found that the more expensive ones really are worth the money.

I've tried Pearl Izumi and Louis Garneau but they weren't as good for me as the ones above.

Cycling shorts need to fit snugly. If they are loose, they'll cause chafing.

There are a number of shorts/knickers with a cycling chamois inside but I've not tried those.
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I wear them I like to not chaff I need my buddy down there in tip top shape hahaha

But seriously the though of saddle sores scares me and not to mention cycling shorts/bibs show off your massive quads/guads/calves/legs in general. Plus sweet tan lines to explain to people when you are caught naked......

Only bad part is if you have poor quality tattoos on your lower thigh like me people see them........ oh bad life long choices how you make me laugh
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Old 11-14-08, 11:25 PM   #4
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well there comes a point in every cyclists life when they consider lycra or not. if your doing long distance or TT wear lycra. **** everyone else and do it.

i rebel against it by wearing boxer shorts and skinny jeans, and having bike set up just right. its very trendy, but perfect clothing for bike riding; i never suffer chaffing. i do 50 miles commute both ways wearing this and a bike jersey. when i arrive i change to a nice shirt and im ready for the rest of the day.

i just be prepare by having things that fit right. if your bike gives you discomfort its either your clothes or your bike.
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Old 11-14-08, 11:30 PM   #5
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No way. I only wear stuff I'd wear off the bike. That means boxers, shorts, and jeans. Take the time to get your bike set up nicely (that doesn't mean buying useless stuff, but adjusting heights and angles), and you'll be fit to ride anywhere in anything.
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Old 11-14-08, 11:44 PM   #6
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No way. I only wear stuff I'd wear off the bike. That means boxers, shorts, and jeans. Take the time to get your bike set up nicely (that doesn't mean buying useless stuff, but adjusting heights and angles), and you'll be fit to ride anywhere in anything.
Yeah.... go ride a century in boxers and jeans.
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^ You might not be able to ride a century in boxers and jeans, but lots of folks (including me) could. It's all about what gets you on the bike.
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Maybe I need the $150 saddle to wear whatever clothes. For now I will go with the $40 saddle and the $70 cycle shorts.
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everyone one this forum is so reactionary! i think the best advice (even agaisnt mine) is to just try whatever for 30 miles and see how it feels. everyone has diffrent body geometry/cut of clothes. i know what is best for me out of experience.

if your planning to race wear lycra, its silly to do otherwise.
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Not only is it silly not to, its often mandatory.
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I wear whitey tightey under my bike shorts so I can moon the fast guy after I pass him without showing any skin
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I love cycling shorts. When I'm riding for exercise by the lake, I wear only the shorts. Longer trips like when I have a lot of places to hit or I'm just bumming around the city, shorts under street clothes. Quick trip to the market and back, I can't be bothered.
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shorts or bibs under street clothes.
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boxers and gym shorts for longer rides, cargos for shorter rides . . .

yes, i can still have kids : )

my saddle isn't leather, but it does feel veeery comfy.
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Bike shorts were probably the best bike related purchase that I ever made. I have some Castelli shorts and Louis Garneau bibs that are miles better than riding in street clothes for long distances. The comfort of the chamois is nice but it is the breathability and sweat wicking that is crucial.
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Try the andiamo "cycling undershorts" or any bike shorts under whatever, chamois feels great
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boxers and gym shorts for longer rides, cargos for shorter rides . . .

yes, i can still have kids : )

my saddle isn't leather, but it does feel veeery comfy.
What saddle do you have?
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^ You might not be able to ride a century in boxers and jeans, but lots of folks (including me) could. It's all about what gets you on the bike.
Thats a pretty stupid statement
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I once in awhile ride in my baggies.. I always find a red spot where the elastic rubs the skin.. For comfortable long distance riding , you made a correct choice.
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Im still 15lbs to big (212lbs @ 5'9") you guys think the lbs are the reason I cant do over 40 miles without hurting my arse and hands? Ive tried just about every adjustment and angle I can possibly think of/try and own a pair of cycling shorts with a chamois that takes up the area from my crotch to my sitting area along with 5 different Brooks saddles AND the Selle "Ponza LUX" that came on my Maddy! Ive also taken the advise of like three different bike shops with no success!
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Cycling shorts no.
My girlfriend's jeans yes.
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I have a casetelli bib which I wear under regular shorts...I have no intentions going out in a full lycra outfit.
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i have descente bibs, cheap-o nalini shorts, and champion systems bibs. i wear them when i'm going for training rides, and, of course, for road and track racing.

they're comfortable, but for every day riding, i don't need 'em. riding around the city for work or casual rides with destinations involves enough standing up and starting and stopping that it doesn't lead to the numbness or soreness that i get when i leave the city and keep my arse in the saddle for a few hours with little relief.

i used to be all utilitarian and anti-lycra, seeing it as too specialized and outlandish for the everyday cyclist. i'm done with that viewpoint. it's damn comfy. folks who are all "lycra? hell no!" either don't ride in ways which would benefit from lycra/chamois, or foolishly and stubbornly don't know what they're missing.
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Thats a pretty stupid statement
for real.
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I normally do long road rides on the weekend:

I find leather chamois work alot better. It's a skin on skin friction that usually rubs smoother and still provides some a good amount of cushioning.

In light of that, I love Nalini Bibs.

But if you're in a hurry and want to rush down to the LBS the Pearl Izumi microsensor bib shorts are great too. They run about 150, and the chamois is NOT leather, but the threads on the cushion are so fine you'll never feel too much friction.
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