I'm planning to do some mini tours (2 or 3 day tours) this summer. Currently when I ride I wear some jogging/running shorts. they have wicking liners and don't seem to chafe me during my rides (I've been doing 25 mile rides to start getting in shape for my summer trip). For my mini tours, I only plan on riding about 50 to 60 miles per day.
Is it really worth the extra money to purchase dedicated riding shorts? What are the benefits of such shorts? I do prefer wearing the running shorts over cotton briefs and shorts since the cotton stuff chafes if I ride longer distances. However, the riding specific shorts seem kinda pricey and I was wondering if they would be a worthwhile investment for me (the occasional tourer) or if my money would be better spent elsewhere.
Thanks in advance.