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Old 04-04-08, 05:24 PM
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What to do with 'the boys'

Ive been looking to get back on a bike, and Im almost there (hopefully gonna decide on a bike this weekend), but one thing Im worried about is, well, my 'boys'. For the most part, when I was test riding bikes, I was wearing jeans and a not too loose but not too snug boxer brief, I noticed alot of rubbing on them and the occacional them repositioning themselves in a somewhat uncomfortable manner. Now also, this was on the stock saddles, which felt a little too small for me. Will upgrading to a bigger saddle help with that? What about one of those anatomic saddles, do they help? And bike shorts/bibs. At 340 lbs, not only am I a little self concious about lycra, but Im sure there are laws against a guy my size in shorts like that. Would they provide better support than a good athletic brief and normal workout shorts?
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You need to get some bike shorts. Aerotech design has your size. If you're worried about going out in public (like I am) you can cover up with athletic shorts. I'm 350# and I just finished a century wearing their shorts. No chafing or discomfort whatsoever!
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Personally I tried one of those 'bigger' saddles and I found them more comfortable when you first get on but after just a couple miles my 'boys' felt numb; like when your foot falls asleep. This feeling took about 30 hours to completely go away after just a 15 mile ride. I played around with the position of my stock saddle and finally got it to the point where I liked it the most. Then I just needed some time to build up a tolerance of sorts to the seat. By that I mean my body needed to get used to sitting on it.

I am also doing the world a favor of not wearing anything form fitting. I found that wearing boxer-briefs helped with keeping things in place. I started out wearing denim shorts and the boxer-briefs to be acceptable for comfort and no one stared at me funny, at least not more then normal. Try and get the carpenter or cargo type shorts as they have a little more room in the legs for moving around.

I have just started using a basketball type short and it seems to work even better. The material is softer and not as abrasive. Also it lets more air flow threw to keep you cooler.

A lot of people will say to just get the cycling shorts. I have never tried them. I can't think of a single person that wants to see all 330lbs of me in skin tight clothing including myself.

Just my .02
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Originally Posted by uli2000
Ive been looking to get back on a bike, and Im almost there (hopefully gonna decide on a bike this weekend), but one thing Im worried about is, well, my 'boys'. For the most part, when I was test riding bikes, I was wearing jeans and a not too loose but not too snug boxer brief, I noticed alot of rubbing on them and the occacional them repositioning themselves in a somewhat uncomfortable manner. Now also, this was on the stock saddles, which felt a little too small for me. Will upgrading to a bigger saddle help with that? What about one of those anatomic saddles, do they help? And bike shorts/bibs. At 340 lbs, not only am I a little self concious about lycra, but Im sure there are laws against a guy my size in shorts like that. Would they provide better support than a good athletic brief and normal workout shorts?
They (bike shorts) won't necessarily support better than athletic briefs...but they will certainly chafe less on longer rides.
I'm 30# heavier than you and haven't died of embarrassment yet from wearing them in public (while cycling).
If you are shy you can do as I did and wear them under sweats or shorts (sort of like compression shorts)



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I commute every day on a bike. I commute in my work clothes. Underneath I wear compression shorts.

I like to keep things simple.
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My wife keeps them in a velvet lined box on the nightstand.
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Aerotech shorts are the goods. I'm weird, I only have one pair of them that I've had for almost two years! No, not kidding at all, they have probably 5,000 miles "under" them, and are the best thing ever. I'm going to order another pair not because they've worn out, but because it'd be kinda nice to have a second pair . They're $60 a pair, but man, the comfort.

And that's what it's all about - the comfort. I can't imagine now riding without them. They keep the boys in place, and add an extra "cushion" to everything. I generally wear mine under another pair of shorts/pants, but I also have been known to wear them by themselves. I'm well over 300 pounds, married, and happy. My wife's already seen me in them, so I figure I have nobody else I really have to worry about. If they don't like it, screw 'em, maybe they should put the cheeseburger down, get out of the SUV and get a bike so they can catch me and tell me about it.

That's my thoughts, at least
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Originally Posted by uli2000
Ive been looking to get back on a bike, and Im almost there (hopefully gonna decide on a bike this weekend), but one thing Im worried about is, well, my 'boys'. For the most part, when I was test riding bikes, I was wearing jeans and a not too loose but not too snug boxer brief, I noticed alot of rubbing on them and the occacional them repositioning themselves in a somewhat uncomfortable manner. Now also, this was on the stock saddles, which felt a little too small for me. Will upgrading to a bigger saddle help with that? What about one of those anatomic saddles, do they help? And bike shorts/bibs. At 340 lbs, not only am I a little self concious about lycra, but Im sure there are laws against a guy my size in shorts like that. Would they provide better support than a good athletic brief and normal workout shorts?
Bicycle shorts serve 3 purposes:

First they have a pad in the crotch area, this is to absorb sweat so that it doesn't cause hot spots which can lead to a painful rash.

Second, unlike most pants, shorts and some underwear, there is no seam where the anatomy and saddle meet, again this prevents irritation.

Third, they keep things where they should be.

Now it's probably a good idea to look at bib style shorts, which will do a better job of keeping things that shouldn't be exposed from being exposed. If you don't like the look, then wear some longer shorts over top, this time of year, I often wear a pair of other pants over top of the bicycle shorts, as it's still quite cool out....

As a rule I don't wear shorts alone when it's below 15℃/59℉ and so far this year it hasn't been above that..
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+1 on the bibs. I tried a set of normal shorts and they fold over at the waist line and cause no end of issues. The bibs solved all my issues.

If you are uncomfortable showing the bibs in public then I solve the issue by wearing a normal pair of basketball shorts over them. But avoid the new style that hang below the knees, and in general the short will negate some of the benefits of wearing the bibs in the first place.
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Originally Posted by CastIron
My wife keeps them in a velvet lined box on the nightstand.

Oops, I forgot, My wife has mine tightly gripped in her hands.
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+1 on bibs, there is no substitute. I have several pair. Bibs don't slip down on you. Kind of like wearing suspenders.
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Bibs are best. Once you wear them you will not wear shorts. Also, don't tuck the package down like you normally might. Instead pull everything upward.
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Thanks for the advice (and the aerotech link). I guess Ill just have to swallow my pride and get some bike shorts/bibs (I think Im leaning towards the bibs). Though I may still have to wear shorts over them, especially if Im gonna be pulling my junk up instead of down. Im not so sure I can pull that one off without cracking myself up, let alone everyone else.
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+9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 on bibs. Been using Aerotech bibs for over a year now. They are great.
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Originally Posted by uli2000
Thanks for the advice (and the aerotech link). I guess Ill just have to swallow my pride and get some bike shorts/bibs (I think Im leaning towards the bibs). Though I may still have to wear shorts over them, especially if Im gonna be pulling my junk up instead of down. Im not so sure I can pull that one off without cracking myself up, let alone everyone else.
Unless the misses is a VERY fortunate woman, you really don't need to worry about putting 'her' jewels in the shop window. The whole idea of shorts is to keep your stuff in place, so it doesn't move. Hence the reason for moving the landing gear up before flight. The padding not only keeps it in place, it keeps it out of sight. So unless you carry a 46 cm chainstay in your shorts, you are decent.

Bibs, I find, actually flatter fat guys. Tummy control..... YEAH!
 
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OMG, not that picture again....one thing about the lycra...you wear them commando style...no undies
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Originally Posted by Mazama
You need to get some bike shorts. Aerotech design has your size. If you're worried about going out in public (like I am) you can cover up with athletic shorts. I'm 350# and I just finished a century wearing their shorts. No chafing or discomfort whatsoever!
One note of caution. I purchased a pair of their Aerotech desig bibs a few months ago. Their threads seem to be rough and pronounced compared to other shorts. I did have chafing and discomfort.
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tight pants are extreeeeeemly important whilst cycling.


and drawers get saggy after a while and no longer support one important things in life.
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Oh, one more thing, an extremely light coat of vasoline or Assos chamoix cream helps keep chaffing down and makes it just a little more comfy, also wash the lycra after you ride! I love the bibs I have!
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I got a lot of good advice on bibs & shorts last year in a post called "Clyde-sized bibs" here: https://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdales-athenas-200-lb-91-kg/248772-clyde-sized-bibs.html
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Originally Posted by cohophysh
Oh, one more thing, an extremely light coat of vasoline or Assos chamoix cream helps keep chaffing down and makes it just a little more comfy, also wash the lycra after you ride! I love the bibs I have!
I never greased up until this weekend because I knew I was going on a long ride. My longest so far 52 miles. I used Udder Cream based on recommendations on this forum. The stuff was incredible. Me arse was comfortable for the entire ride. I would never use anything before and my arse would start hurting after about 15 miles. Not only that, I was able to do about 12 miles on the MTB today bouncing over rocks again greased up with Udder Cream. You can find the stuff at Walmart and it's prolly cheaper then the stuff you get at the LBS.
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Yeah, I always use some form of chamois lubricant. It works.

Regarding saddles, the anatomical cuts do really help in my opinion. They redistribute weight on your sit bones which will make you sore for a few weeks while your butt breaks in. Better that than impotence.

A safe bet for you would be a Specialized Alias or Avatar. They come in two or three widths. Go to your specialized dealer and they can help measure your butt. There are other options out there too but you'll have to shop around a bit.
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On the saddle front you'll likely find that the smaller saddles hurt the bones in your butt. This is a good sign - it means you're sitting on the right part of your posterior (and therefore putting less pressure on the taint and the boys). Your sit bones will become conditioned after a few weeks and you'll start to feel comfortable. I second vikings recommendation of a Specialized. I use the Toupe, and despite the awful name, find it very comfortable.
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On the more cheap and simplistic side of advice, I find that riding in jeans kills me. That lump right in the middle where the stitching from front and back comes together and the denim's all balled up just hurts. I don't have any special equipment; I just find that khakis work better.
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