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    Beginner Question on Shorts

    Brand new to Tri and doing a sprint in a couple of weeks. I am wondering about tri shorts and if they are any different then bike shorts. Do they have a chamois and you just squeze the water out after the swim? Is it different somehow to not soak up water during the swim? Or is there no chamois and you just tough it on the ride?

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    tri shorts have a smaller, thinner, less diaper-like chamois than bike shorts do. I put a liberal dose of Body-glide on before my tri shorts to avoid chafing but just hop on the bike after the swim. No `squeezing the water out' - the shorts will dry soon enough.
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    What Chris said.
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    Yeah, what they said.
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    pearl izumi tri shorts... $50, the only thing theyre missin r pockets! great shorts n wayyy more comfy then bike shorts!
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    I did my first two sprints in swim jammers - like bike shorts with no padding. If you've got decent base miles, you won't miss a chamois for that short distance. I'm training with some DeSoto tri shorts with a minimal pad for my next one. Can't see it making a major difference, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamus
    I did my first two sprints in swim jammers - like bike shorts with no padding. If you've got decent base miles, you won't miss a chamois for that short distance.
    This is the most economical. After I bought a pair of PI shorts last year, and did two races in them, I wondered why I had even spent the money. They are exactly like swim shorts, just w/o the minimal pad. You won't miss it on a ride less than 40.

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