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Old 07-29-08, 07:01 PM   #1
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Okay then... Who tours with padded shorts?

I can't imagine spending more than two hours on my bike without them. I'm not crazy about having to wash them everyday but I will do what it takes. I don't know how to do it otherwise.
I'm thinking of riding DC to Pittsburgh on the GAP. I rode about 20 miles of it this weekend and it still hurts to sit.

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...I rode about 20 miles of it this weekend and it still hurts to sit.
Yeah, it's a pretty ride, but you want big FAT tires for that gravel. When I rode the DC-cumberland leg I had a very hard time working up enthusiasm to get back on the bike for the rest of that year. Big fat tires, and you can get out on the parallel highways once in a while to give yourself a rest.

The idea of doing this w/o a chamois makes me cringe.
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Yup. Mountain bike or Cross bike with wider tires and padded shorts for that ride IMHO. We did the full distance in May but ran from McKeesport down to DC. Jump off at the start of the WMRT (112'ish MM) and pick that up for 23 miles if you want a break. The 2% grade 24 miles or so out of Cumberland to Big Savage can be a grind, but beats the 50 or so miles from Connellsville @ 1-1 1/2% if you ran it the way we did

Son and I did it on MTB's pulling a BOB trailer. Some places of the C&O weeds were as tall as us and nothing more than doubletrack. GAP was in great shape but soft since we did it after several days of rain. Some nice scenery where the GAP runs along the Yough in PA.

I'll agree with quester, I can't imagine it without good chamois. I hurt for a week with it.

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I did it with 32's and I thought that would be okay. 35's are as big as my bike can go with fenders (I think).
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I can't imagine spending more than two hours on my bike with them .... I rode about 20 miles of it this weekend and it still hurts to sit.
You need to get a Brooks!!!!
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On my tours I bring a couple pair of padded shorts, and a couple pair of non-padded shorts, and a couple pair of zip-off pants ... and I wear all 6 when I cycle, depending on how I feel.

The longest I've done so far without padded shorts was about 80 kms ... in regular shorts and a bathing suit lined with sand from the beach! But I had a Brooks.
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You need to get a Brooks!!!!
+ With padded shorts.
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On my tours I bring a couple pair of padded shorts, and a couple pair of non-padded shorts, and a couple pair of zip-off pants ... and I wear all 6 when I cycle, depending on how I feel.

That is a lot to wear. that is a lot of passing. does anyone remember that episode of Friends where Joey wears all of Chandler's clothes?

My problem with Brooks is that I have no idea wear to start with picking the right one, when my terry has been working so good so far - I have yet to tackle my first century but I am confident I am on the right saddle.
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I never, ever use padded shorts under any circumstances. However, I do have big, fat comfy 37 tires. I've only done one tour so far, and it was only around 200 miles (320 km), but I was totally comfortable the whole time wearing nothing more than a pair of regular walking shorts.
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That is a lot to wear. that is a lot of passing. does anyone remember that episode of Friends where Joey wears all of Chandler's clothes?

My problem with Brooks is that I have no idea wear to start with picking the right one, when my terry has been working so good so far - I have yet to tackle my first century but I am confident I am on the right saddle.
I don't wear all 6 items of clothing at the same time!

Brooks B17 is a good place to start.

And if you can't ride 20 miles without pain, I'm not sure I'd say that your saddle has been working so good so far!!
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well I did 56 miles the day before, which was my longest ride this season (and my second overall). Those 20 miles were over crushed lime stone. The first two posters know what I am talking about. I am working on getting my bike calluses.
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I bring two pair of padded shorts on tour. Every night I bring the pair I wore that day into the shower and rinse them out thoroughly while I'm cleaning myself off. Rinsing them in a sink works, too. They get acceptably clean that way. If they're not dry by morning, I've still got the other pair. Wool jerseys can go a little longer than synthetic jerseys without getting too rank, so that's what I wear. Otherwise the synthetic jerseys can get rinsed in the shower or the sink. Rinsing them out that way stretches out the time between visits to the laundromat a little.
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I ride quite a bit, but I am just starting to tour (maiden voyage this weekend!). I may have to try riding without the shorts some day, but I don't have any trouble riding WITH them so I am not sure why I would change. Is there something about the touring style of riding that is different from recreational/racing riding that makes riding without them a good idea? I guess I would admit the sight of my skinny legs in lycra will not be helping the touring cyclist image, but at least I have a face made for radio!
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My problem with Brooks is that I have no idea wear to start with picking the right one, when my terry has been working so good so far - I have yet to tackle my first century but I am confident I am on the right saddle.
Had a Terry. I was greatly disappointed in how quickly the cushioning material broke down, didn't last but a few years. The third season was horrible.

Matcha is right with B17 being a good place to start. I had a used one for years, then through my neglect, it got moldy. BLECH!

I'm now fine tuning my new Champion Flyer (B17 w/ springs) on my Trek 520. It's going VERY well (padded shorts too).

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I thought everyone rolled with padded shorts. I wear normal shorts on top so I don't look like too much of a weirdo when scarfing microwave burritos in Wyoming.
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i can usually get away with wearing the padded shorts for two or maybe even three days before washing them. i think it also depends how long i am riding that day.
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I usually use a couple of padded and a couple of regular shorts.
But for a long highway grind I would rather ride in the padded shorts.
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Touring I use padded shorts under hiking shorts (or pants). I carry various junk in the cargo shorts. I don't usually like to tour wearing cycle jerseys.

-I also use Brooks saddles. I've both the sprung and unsprung versions. My last tour I used the sprung type (?Champion)-worked great!
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wallbike.com has a 6 month return policy on brooks.
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I use touring shorts from J and G. They're padded and designed for cycling but they look more like walking shorts than like the traditional cycling shorts. They are incredibly comfortable and they're made of a material that dries in a matter of minutes.
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Bike shorts help decrease chafing. The padding helps a bit too. I think elastic around the legs (to grip your thighs and stop the shorts creeping up) is as important as the padding. The more shape to the chamois (more panels or more complicated moulded shape) the better, otherwise you get folds in the chamois and more chafing.

Most of the saddle sores I've seen have been from rubbing, not pressure.

I think the B17 is quite a wide saddle. When it dies in a century or so I'll get a B17 narrow or a Brooks Pro.

The brooks has (for me) the interesting quality of being more painful to get back onto initially if I'm sore, but quickly redeems itself with no chafing and much less sweating, also as it warms up it sags a bit and gets more comfy. It still hasn't moulded to the embarassing degree you see on some.

The fizik saddle I had before was more comfortable to sit on or squish with your finger, but less comfortable to ride on for anything more than 2 hrs or so.

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I've done the ride from Cumberland to DC 3 times. I carried two pairs of padded shorts and alternated between them. I didn't find a need to wash them, just let them air out and dry. If I needed to wash them I would follow markf's method.

Its a nice easy ride, but all those miles over gravel, roots and rocks are tougher on your behind than road riding. Try to get more miles in the saddle before the full tour.
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My problem with Brooks is that I have no idea wear to start with picking the right one, when my terry has been working so good so far - I have yet to tackle my first century but I am confident I am on the right saddle.
There is nothing magical about a Brooks saddle if you are happy on some other brand just keep riding it. I like my Brooks saddles and I like my Selle Anatomica saddle even better, but only because they are comfy. My GF rides a Terry saddle and loves it. I wouldn't think of suggesting she rides a Brooks - why mess with success?
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Padded Löffler bibs are my favorites, I think it's an Austrian brand. They go well with my Brooks.
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