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Cycling Shorts Question

Old 07-12-10, 09:51 AM
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Cycling Shorts Question

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to get too personal here, just wanted to see what other people are experiencing!

Okay, so I've been trying to ride anywhere from 80-100 miles a week...more if my schedule allows. My "normal" ride is somewhere around 20 miles with some hills, and I've been averaging around 16 mph lately. Last week, the local weather man described central PA's heat as "oppressive". Normally I wear a pair of boxer-briefs under my cycling shorts as I've just figured you were supposed to wear something. With that being said, the combination of "oppressive" heat, cycling, and sweating into 100% cotton undies makes for some eventual irritation!

My question is this: what are everyones' experiences with or arguments for/against wearing something underneath?
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OMG, never ever wear anything under compression shorts (stretchy/spandex/lycra/whatever you want to call them). It's just got bad news written all over it. Especially cotton.

Form-fitting cycling shorts are meant to move with your body, so there should be no chaffing if they fit. And the material's designed to wick away moisture. So it's not like wearing liners under hiking socks.

I suppose it's a different story for women who might need something extra at certain times...
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Polar's right, never anything under the cycling shorts, and never cotton against the skin if you'll be sweating. I've even converted totally to synthetic socks for running and cycling to avoid chafing and blisters. Made a huge difference.
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Old 07-12-10, 10:38 AM
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oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! you'll wake the Underwear Nazi!
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Old 07-12-10, 10:45 AM
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WARNING: Somewhat indelicate material ahead.

I am female, and do not ever wear underwear under my shorts, no matter what time of the month it is. Tampons keep everything inside where it should be until replacement time, and if they aren't, someone needs to upgrade their period containment system. If a woman wore a pad instead of a tampon, I can see definite chafing issues as pads tend to bunch up like a diaper. If I was a pad wearer, I'd just not ride during that time, probably. Too much potential for chafing and messiness.
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Old 07-12-10, 10:47 AM
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Like everyone else. Nothing under cycling shorts - never, ever. Sure recipe for saddlesores.
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Go commando for the reasons noted.
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Hmm...haha...I guess I'll give it a try tonight!
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yup...nothing underneath....your nether region will thank you for it!
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Commando, saving a few grams of weight is worth a couple hundred bucks in the world of cycling!
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Originally Posted by markdavid570 View Post
Normally I wear a pair of boxer-briefs under my cycling shorts as I've just figured you were supposed to wear something.
Just curious, where did you hear you were supposed to wear anything under your shorts?

Everything I've ever read says not to wear anything at all under your shorts.
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The cycling shorts do it all---nothing else is needed. As a baseball umpire and a former college hoops ref, in the early days, before all of the "under armor" stuff that wicks the moisture away---we would wear cotton T-shirts under our chest protector or uniform jersey---they got soaked and heavy and uncomfortable. Think about what wearing cotton underwear will do to your---ahem---well--- just think about it.
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Old 07-12-10, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by psalm View Post
Just curious, where did you hear you were supposed to wear anything under your shorts?

Everything I've ever read says not to wear anything at all under your shorts.
Perhaps its modesty? I used to do it too. Till I lost feeling in my, ahem, for six weeks. Commando ever since!
 
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Not sure how showing underwear lines is more modest than just wearing the shorts as intended, though
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I even run in my cycling shorts now when I do triathlons, well not cycling shorts - tri shorts ... thingees, you get what Im getting at
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
Perhaps its modesty? I used to do it too. Till I lost feeling in my, ahem, for six weeks. Commando ever since!
You sure that wasn't a result of your gloves or grips?
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You sure that wasn't a result of your gloves or grips?
I don't wear a glove on that part of my body when cycling.
 
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Originally Posted by deep_sky View Post
Not sure how showing underwear lines is more modest than just wearing the shorts as intended, though
It's not the underwear lines modest guys are worried about showing!

I must admit that way back in the day when I started riding with bike shorts I also wore something under for a little while, but the adverse physical effects quickly overcame my modesty concerns.
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My wife insisted that I wear something over my shorts when I started wearing them, and I was ok with it as it was 'winter'. God those rides were hotter than hell! She still doesn't like that I refuse to cover up....

The days I wear them though have really good nights, so I figure it isn't all bad as she can't seem to not touch me on those days.....
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markdavid570, If you're the modest type you can wear basketball or soccer shorts over your riding shorts. Mountain bike shorts are also an option, which I've found quite useful because of the pockets on some for solo rides.

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Well...I usually do wear a pair of Under Armour mesh shorts over my cycling shorts anyway. I guess I've been wearing my boxer-briefs under them just for the comfort. I've never been a "commando kind of guy"...it's just not comfortable to me. Even in high school, during soccer season when I'd be wearing padded compression shorts (I was a goal keeper), I'd wear them underneath. However, I've never tried it with my cycling shorts. I think when the heat is this bad, I'll give it a try. We'll see how it goes.
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So for those of us with...ahem...large deposits of "fuel" around our bellies that we're trying to burn by cycling, is there any particular brand or style of shorts that fit better?
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So for those of us with...ahem...large deposits of "fuel" around our bellies that we're trying to burn by cycling, is there any particular brand or style of shorts that fit better?
I bought the LL Bean comfort cycling shorts in XXL when I was 300# and they have been very good to me: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/48821?from=SR&feat=sr

although they have the lyrca to grip your legs, they're covered by what look like a pair of regular shorts. they look so natural I wear them at work.

sometimes I'll leave the button undone and just tie the strings to give myself a little more breathing room.
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Originally Posted by engstrom View Post
So for those of us with...ahem...large deposits of "fuel" around our bellies that we're trying to burn by cycling, is there any particular brand or style of shorts that fit better?
I admit, I have a "large deposit of 'fuel' around my belly" (5'9'' 215lbs 44'' waist*) and I have two pairs of shorts that fit really well:

Pearl Izumi Quest (size XL)

Decente Prologue (size XL)

The Descentes are just a tiny bit bigger so they don't compress as well on me, but their pad is denser or thicker making them more comfortable in the saddle. Neither of these curl down on me.

I've tried on PI Attacks and they were just ok but the fabric didn't feel as nice as that of the Quests to me (although the pad was better); I've also tried on PI Elites and hated the way they felt. I was really close to buying PI PRO shorts--they fit and feel great but they just didn't seem worth $55 more than the Descente Prologues.

If you've never had cycling shorts before and you're having trouble accepting the high prices, I recommend the PI Quest shorts. Great, great value for the money (under $50). If you've always worn cheap cycling shorts you should really find an LBS where you can try on PI PRO shorts to see what a difference there is in the fit/feel...although you can't really appreciate it until you ride in them.

* Measured around the largest part. Cycling shorts go up pretty high.

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So for those of us with...ahem...large deposits of "fuel" around our bellies that we're trying to burn by cycling, is there any particular brand or style of shorts that fit better?
try bib shorts.

also try gore bike wear xl and xxl shorts. I am about 39 at the waist and the xl fit me, I also use assos size tir.

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