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Old 10-29-09, 02:05 AM
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First time ever in lycra

Wore Lycra shorts for first time today!Got to say I am a convert never again will anything else grace my bottom.Shame I struggled with tracky bottms for nearly 3months still like they say there's no fool like an old fool
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Old 10-29-09, 06:41 AM
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Congratulations on getting out of your own way. Most men seem to feel that their gonads will drop off if they put on a pair of lycra shorts...in fact they're a lot more likely to drop off if you stick to the tighty whities.
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Yep. Once you get over the initial consternation you'll never look back.
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Congrats...and see, you didn't suddenly become attracted to men or craving Richard Simmons videos.
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now time to shave! just kiddin
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I bought lycra shorts with a chamois, and meh... Yes, they're great for long rides in the summer, and I'd probably wear them on my commute if it was more than 20 miles each way, but for anything shorter than that? I'll stick with garments without a chamois.

Really though, it's a personal thing, and I just don't like the way a chamois feel, either on the bike or off.
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were you on the bike, or just in the house?
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I used to use padded shorts everyday for my rides. Then I bought a Brooks and never had to wear the diaper again because the saddle is just so comfortable. I didnt even use a pad on my cross country tour. I wounder if the reason for the popularity of padded shorts is due to the popularity of crappy plastic saddles. Try a good saddle and then ditch the diaper!
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I used to use padded shorts everyday for my rides. Then I bought a Brooks and never had to wear the diaper again because the saddle is just so comfortable. I didnt even use a pad on my cross country tour. I wounder if the reason for the popularity of padded shorts is due to the popularity of crappy plastic saddles. Try a good saddle and then ditch the diaper!
No, it's just everything else bunches up and chaffs. When I ride without chamois for a few hours everything is fine, but my my butt feels like it's getting rubbed raw.

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nobody has mentioned Man Law 1369 concerning the wearing of spandex panties:

If you adjust it more than once, you're playin with it.
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I used to use padded shorts everyday for my rides. Then I bought a Brooks and never had to wear the diaper again because the saddle is just so comfortable. I didnt even use a pad on my cross country tour. I wounder if the reason for the popularity of padded shorts is due to the popularity of crappy plastic saddles. Try a good saddle and then ditch the diaper!
Zep, I finally ditched the diaper this year. I use a Brooks B68 saddle (no springs but wider than a B17) on all 3 of my road bikes. My typical commute ride is about 13 or 14 miles each way, a bit under an hour of ride time. I use nylon/spandex (fairly thin fabric) exercise shorts with no seams in the "seat" area and no chamois as "undies" and then a light nylon cargo type short over those. Very comfy, no skin irritation or chafing. The thing I like about this system is that the shorts dry very quickly. I can hang up the nylon/spandex "no chamois" under layer shorts underneath my desk after the morning commute, and the small amount of sweat they might collect from the morning ride evaporates quickly. Always dry for the ride home. In the evening I can wash them out in the sink and air dry them overnight indoors, and use them the next day. Over and over. I am quite comfortable with these shorts for longer rides of 50-60 miles. I hardly ever ride more than 60 miles in a day so I can't say for sure what would happen on an "all day" type of ride. But for commuting and 99 percent of other rides that I take, chamois free is fine for me.
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Old 10-29-09, 08:43 PM
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I have no lycra complete yet but I wear Underarmor or w/e cycling shorts that I have. think they are polyester though.
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Old 10-29-09, 09:37 PM
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I do exactly what Zypher has mentioed. I wear a pair of thin synthetic undies under a pair of board shorts or nylon/synthetic running cargo shorts. It dries fast and is super comfy, no chaffing.

Chaffing and "buynching up" happen with plastic saddles because they dont breath. Leather saddles have pours (is that the right spelling?) just like your skin so they keep you cooler than a plastic saddle that is full of foam insulation.

Also, when a plastic saddle gets wet with your sweat, which happends even more foten when wearing a diaper, then your skin will naturally cling and stick to it just like sitting in a car with plastic seats on a hot day. The leather on the Brooks becomes slick and thus reduces friction.

Becasue the leather saddles suspend your sit bones (like a hammock) rather than try to cushion them, you actually get a lot more impact resistance than a saddle that is built like a couch with a hard plastic surface underneath.

Again, everyone is different but I still suspect that lycra diapers are for roadies who dont want to ride a leather saddle because of the percied weight and style disadvantages so they ride plastic. Plastic saddles basically dictate that you use a diaper because of some of the reasons I mentioned above.

Ride whatever you want but I was so happy to not have to wear a diaper everytime I want to go for a ride. A have ridden over 100 miles at a time during tour and never had any chaffing or discomfort.
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These guys must be doing it wrong then:


Incidentally, you **** in a diaper. I'll usually get off my bike to do that.
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What's with the "diaper" blather? I use Brooks saddles extensively and my other saddles have leather covers as well.

I'm still not going for anything over a 20km ride without proper shorts and certainly not a 200-400k day. I value my nether regions.
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I never had a problem commuting in lycra. Because when I got to the plant, i'd put on some long gym shorts over my bike shorts. Any smart azes, I solved it by telling them when I don't wear my bike shorts - i'd get blisters on my butt and when they'd break I'd have blood on the plant's furniture.
.That shut them up.. Plus, there was some truth to it..
Long distance would be impossible without bike shorts..
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Who wears bike-specific under-shorts (or are they called bike-specific-under-pants?) with normal jeans (or whatever) ? - what are they like?
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These guys must be doing it wrong then:


Incidentally, you **** in a diaper. I'll usually get off my bike to do that.
Yes they are doing it wrong. A man wearing hot pink spandex is "doing it wrong" in my book unless he is in a parade.

Those guys are racing, I am just going where I need to go. Racing requires different things and its really not safe to be doing that sort of riding in traffic or on mups so why dress that way?

As I said, wear whatever you want and call it whatever you want for that matter. Everyone is different. I just dont like them and I have used both so I offered my advice.
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These guys must be doing it wrong then:


Incidentally, you **** in a diaper. I'll usually get off my bike to do that.
I think these "commuters" do **** in their diapers.

BTW, this gaggle is not every bike commuter's role model for correct cycling technique or cycling attire.
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I bought lycra shorts with a chamois, and meh... Yes, they're great for long rides in the summer, and I'd probably wear them on my commute if it was more than 20 miles each way, but for anything shorter than that? I'll stick with garments without a chamois.

Really though, it's a personal thing, and I just don't like the way a chamois feel, either on the bike or off.
I'll second this . I own several padded shorts (mountain and road) and don't use them. I find them comfortable enough, but just not practical for long distance rides where I stop at shops, or eat in a restaruant, etc.

I (like others have said before) also don't like to send the message to potential cyclists that you have to join some weird cult just to ride a bike...nonsense. It is my belief that people read about stuff like this so much on the internet and take it face value without ever trying anything different on their own.

Oddly enough, nearly all of the cyclists I pass on my commute to and from DC look like road racers. To each their own, it's just not my thing.

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I think these "commuters" do **** in their diapers.

BTW, this gaggle is not every bike commuter's role model for correct cycling technique or cycling attire.
You mean that gaggle doesn't look like the typical morning commute in cities and towns across the nation?
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A fair number of racers commute as an easy way to get base miles in.

Wear what you want. I am a roadie and dress as such. While my gf dresses like a normal human being.
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A fair number of racers commute as an easy way to get base miles in.

Wear what you want. I am a roadie and dress as such. While my gf dresses like a normal human being.
Ya think any of the "racers" in the picture are commuting, or bike commute in a city in peloton mode; or even ever commute?

Point being, why should a bike commuter give a darn what racers do when racing?
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You are assuming I noticed your photo ILTB. Bad assumption.
Your last comment goes both ways BTW.
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