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Old 10-22-09, 07:10 PM
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more cycling shorts or just some compression shorts ?

So I've got a few bibs and a pair of cycling shorts I've been using for my commute. I'm thinking I'd like to save them for long weekend rides and have been thinking of getting 4 pair of cheaper shorts or something just for commuting. I have been wearing athletic shorts over my cycling shorts and a wicking t-shirt and a cycling vest/jacket for cold mornings afternoons are warm).

Then I thought, maybe I could just get compression shorts or something if they are a lot cheaper. It's only 10 miles each way so I could put up with it.

I'm wondering if the experienced will say stick with cycling shorts.
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Old 10-22-09, 07:35 PM
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With my current 4-some mile one-way commute, I rarely wear my bibs. Flat seamed wool undies and gusseted crotch/flat seamed shorts/pants are my normal wear.

Now when my commute was 15 miles and over, I wore my bibs.

Depends on you and your relationship with your saddle.
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Old 10-22-09, 08:33 PM
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These days I'm riding 4 miles to school each way. Any boxers without a seam on the buttcheeks + any pants or jeans and I'm happy on my B17. I think I could do the same up to 10 miles, though I'd be more specific about which boxers I wear.
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I wear underwaer that Target sells that they label as "cycling briefs". They have no seams in the wrong places, are a wicking material, and have no hole for the boy to peek out of. They sell them in the underwear section for like 2/$8.00. It's all I use on a 25 mi one way commute (with regular shorts of course). I have a couple pairs of Zoic MTB shorts with nice chamois, but rarely if ever wear them unless I'm doing a century or something..

Might be worth a try, it's a minimal investment. Work great for me, but YMMV.
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I commute in regular boxers, but only 4 miles. However, I often ride 30 miles with boxers no problem. On the longer rides it is nice to wear wicking boxers. Maybe it is the seat? My Brooks seems to work quite well.
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Old 10-22-09, 09:00 PM
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At ten miles I would not bother. Wear whatever you want.
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I do 10 miles each way every day. I really like commuting in the inexpensive workout clothes from Target. I have the pants, shorts, tanks, short sleeve and long sleeve shirts and pullover hoodies. Anything in the Champion brand with duo dri or whatever it is called works great for me.
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Old 10-22-09, 11:14 PM
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I sweat just thinking about riding so I def need a change of clothes. I think I'll just do athletic gear and see how it goes. I'll look for the cycling briefs, they sound like a win.

It'll save my cycling gear for long treks
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My commute is only seven miles each way, but switching to cycling shorts (chamois'd bontrager sport-liner) under my street clothes was such a transcendentally blissful experience for my keister, I refuse to ever go back.
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
I wear underwaer that Target sells that they label as "cycling briefs". They have no seams in the wrong places, are a wicking material, and have no hole for the boy to peek out of. They sell them in the underwear section for like 2/$8.00. It's all I use on a 25 mi one way commute (with regular shorts of course). I have a couple pairs of Zoic MTB shorts with nice chamois, but rarely if ever wear them unless I'm doing a century or something..

Might be worth a try, it's a minimal investment. Work great for me, but YMMV.
I think I bought those same briefs to give them a try, tho I don't recall any mention of cycling on the package.
Not bad, but it seems like I can pull them up to my rib cage!
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I think I bought those same briefs to give them a try, tho I don't recall any mention of cycling on the package.
Not bad, but it seems like I can pull them up to my rib cage!
Dunno... Ones I bought clearly say "cycling briefs" on the package. Target "Merona" brand They're tighty black instead of tighty white tho

They also have these:

http://www.target.com/C9-Champion-Bi...i_detailbutton
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
I think I bought those same briefs to give them a try, tho I don't recall any mention of cycling on the package.
Not bad, but it seems like I can pull them up to my rib cage!
Are these the ones that don't have a defined "band" around the top? I have some from target like that and they always roll up around the top and make me feel like a lardo. Well, that and the lard do, I guess.
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Old 10-23-09, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by lambo_vt View Post
Are these the ones that don't have a defined "band" around the top? I have some from target like that and they always roll up around the top and make me feel like a lardo. Well, that and the lard do, I guess.
yep, they sure do roll up and remind me that I'm a lardo.
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Old 10-23-09, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
yep, they sure do roll up and remind me that I'm a lardo.
Well yeah me too but you can't just go and SAY it like that!

Anyway those shorts are ok but get irritating if you wear them for a whole day. They're just cut... weird. I think they're also a little expensive for what you get.
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yep, they sure do roll up and remind me that I'm a lardo.
Are you saying you need something besides one of these to remind you of that?

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Originally Posted by lambo_vt View Post
Well yeah me too but you can't just go and SAY it like that!

Anyway those shorts are ok but get irritating if you wear them for a whole day. They're just cut... weird. I think they're also a little expensive for what you get.
What I use the most are Devold wool boxers that I get from Rivendell. Expensive, but well worth it to me ( I wear them cycling or not) and cheaper than the comparable Smartwool product.

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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
Are you saying you need something besides one of these to remind you of that?
Don't tick me off DJ...I might eat you!
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I don't think I would be very filling.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
I don't think I would be very filling.
I'd have one of our local bakery shops for dessert, no worries.
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Mmmm...
Something raspberry filled.
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Originally Posted by lambo_vt View Post
Are these the ones that don't have a defined "band" around the top? I have some from target like that and they always roll up around the top and make me feel like a lardo. Well, that and the lard do, I guess.
Hmm, dunno which ones Chipcom got, the ones I'm referring to look almost exactly like the ones he posted a pic of only black..

So they're just like it... only different
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I didn't see them labeled "cycling" but I did get some champion C9 ones. They have a seam from one leg to the other at the bottom, so no vertical running lines on the rear but the seam does land right where my sit bones are.

Luckily I didn't ruin the package so I just returned them...

just kidding

I'll look around for the correctly labeled brand.
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I didn't see them labeled "cycling" but I did get some champion C9 ones. They have a seam from one leg to the other at the bottom, so no vertical running lines on the rear but the seam does land right where my sit bones are.

Luckily I didn't ruin the package so I just returned them...

just kidding

I'll look around for the correctly labeled brand.
I think the Champions are mostly cotton anyway...you want to avoid cotton. You want wool or polyester for the most part, sometimes blended with spandex and other materials.
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