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Old 08-23-11, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
+1. But this is not a question for the internet; no one but you can figure out what works for you. I ride centuries in trousers and cotton briefs (yes, really, I do). It really depends on you and your saddle.
Yeaah. Get on a bike and ride 3 miles in both. Which was more comfortable? Pretty simple.
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Old 08-23-11, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
I don't feel like buying new shorts. I have two pair of lycra shorts with good chamois's (it's weird because you say shammies, not kam-oys-es), which I guess I will be using. I think I will wear regular shorts over them and when I get to school, I will take off the bike shorts from under the regular shorts and wear regular shorts for the rest of the day. I wear compression shorts under my bike shorts, so I won't be "going commando" for the entire day.
Errr... have I got this right, you wear compression shorts, then spandex bike shorts, then regular shorts? Bike shorts with chammy are supposed to be worn against the skin, with nothing under.

As far as needing the bike shorts, matter of personal preference, I would wear them, and change them for regular undies and shorts when I got there.
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Old 08-24-11, 07:01 AM
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Next week (after I have my panniers) I'll take the MUP and wear bike shorts. However, when I do the 3mi (actually works out to be about 2.7) short way, I will wear regular shorts.
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Old 08-24-11, 10:53 AM
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Yep.

Make sure you wear a sponsor's jersey, Oakleys, and clip in, while you're at it.

Also, time your route to try to get it under 8 minutes. Geesh.
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Old 08-24-11, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
Next week (after I have my panniers) I'll take the MUP and wear bike shorts. However, when I do the 3mi (actually works out to be about 2.7) short way, I will wear regular shorts.
don't over-complicate it, you'll be fine for both in your regular shorts. Don't give yourself an excuse not to take the long way home ("I didn't wear my bike shorts...oh my!")
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Old 08-24-11, 12:27 PM
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I always wear bike shorts, jerseys when I ride. Even if it's just a 4 mile to the park and back with my wife and daughter.

No I don't care what the neighbors or my wife thinks of how I look. When I commute to work, I'd rather clean up and change when I get here, than try to keep myself from getting disgusting on the ride.
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Old 08-31-11, 07:34 PM
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There is a teacher at my school who wears a sponsor jersey and bike shorts on his 3.3mi commute.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:28 PM
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I wore basketball shorts (plus briefs) on a 175-mile ride this weekend, and lived to tell about it. Helped that the weather was a little on the cool side.
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Old 09-01-11, 11:34 AM
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No.....How uncomfortable can you get in 15-20 minutes?

I ride all over the western half of the U.S. with keys,money,wallet and a belt holding up my Dickies work pants with boxers underneath.I missed the memo 40 years ago I had to use something else.

Just wear what your comfy in....be it blue jeans,a kit,your sisters pants......

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Old 09-01-11, 12:49 PM
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For that distance, it seems like a bigger pain the *ss to have to deal with them than it would be just sitting in the saddle.
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Old 09-01-11, 01:25 PM
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I ride 2.32mi. to and from school on nearly daily basis. It is possible, and in fact more practical, to wear normal underwear. However, on hotter weather I wear a biking jersey, then wipe myself down with some wet towelette and change to a clean t-shirt upon arrival.

If you are riding on a broke-in Brooks Saddle you can easily ride 10-15mi. on normal clothes.

On a side note: I do not remember when was the last time I wear bike shorts. Most of my rides are commuting/sightseeing rides that lasts no more than 10-15mi thus renders padded spandex shorts useless...

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Old 09-01-11, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
There is a teacher at my school who wears a sponsor jersey and bike shorts on his 3.3mi commute.
Your teacher is a poseur.
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Old 09-01-11, 02:19 PM
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Your teacher is a poseur.
*Like. I think we need a Like button on forums.
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*Like. I think we need a Like button on forums.
Agreed.
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Old 09-01-11, 03:55 PM
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I wear a jersey and shorts on my 4.5 mile commute simply because I tend to ride hard and I don't like sweating through the clothes I will be working in.
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There's a poseur in our midst.




I can understand wearing the jersey but frankly I rode all over the place in shorts and a tee shirt when I was a kid, and seem to do fine doing that now. I have some cycling shorts and jerseys but they don't feel as comfy as street clothes to me, especially on short rides.
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I have a short commute too. Sometimes I wear the bike shorts under reg shorts, sometimes underwear and regular shorts, sometimes (when it's cool outside) I'll just wear my work clothes. It all depends on how much time I have, whether I have any "tenderness" from previous riding, and what bike I'll be riding. (generally the more upright geometry of one of my bikes lends itself more readily to regular clothing)
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Old 09-02-11, 08:12 AM
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I love lycra but that is silly to use cycling clothes for 3 miles.
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i find it stops chaffing...
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My commute is 12 mi. round trip, with half an hour each way riding the Metro-Train, so I wear either lycra cycling shorts under normal cargo shorts or mountain bike shorts (which have a proper chamois-like pad). Either one works well. Then I change into normal underwear/pants for work. No problems.

The reason I don't wear normal lycra cycling shorts is that I don't want to freak out people who are on the Metro . . . so that bit's a social perception issue. I'd rather look more like what passes as a "normal person" rather than being seen as a "racer type" or "racer wannabee." Or worse, some guy who's dressing in tight lycra to show off his body! Yeah, that would be lots worse . . .

And my perception is that the cargo shorts or mountain bike shorts create a more "normal" look.

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Boxer briefs and regular clothes with short rides.
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Nope. My commute is 7+ each way. my general rul of thumb is anything under 15m and it's not necessary.

With that said, I have a drawer full of padded shorts I use on road rides and mountain bike rides. But these rides are always significantly longer than my commute.
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
School starts tomorrow, so I am eager to start bike commuting. Still waiting for the rack and panniers to come, so I will be wearing a backpack until Friday (that's when they're supposed to arrive).

Once the panniers arrive, I will take the long way (via the MUP) which is about 6 mi each direction. Since I don't have the panniers yet, I will be taking the direct way, by the streets. By street, it is about 3 miles each direction.

I'm wondering, is wearing bike shorts for that short distance worth it? Just looking for your opinions. Maybe I will wear bike shorts under my regular shorts.
Eager to commute by bike is a great emotion. Seriously, it changed my life, and I'm 51 now. (I'll be moving to Estes Park in November, not a close neighbor, but a spiritual one, for sure.)

I have commuted by back pack, panniers, rack and back pack, etc. for years, as long as could ride my bike. Or, as long as I rode a bike. I've rode mountain bikes, yard sale bikes, thrift store bikes, French bikes, Yellow Bike bikes, crap bikes, Schwinn bikes, a recumbent bike (one of my fav's,) hybrid bikes, road bikes, Walmart bikes, any bike that would ride, and most of all, bikes I truly loved, mostly because I've been obsessed by bike commuting.

Rack and panniers is the best. You already know that. But commuting any way possible is also best.

Taking the long way is also best, no matter what.

Bike shorts, or whatever is most comfortable for your joy-ride, is best. But riding naked (kidding of course,) or in jeans, or in almost WHATEVER is better than not riding, as long as you're not in any pain. That's the bottom line.

Ride on!
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Old 09-02-11, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
Last year, it grew to weigh as much as 40lbs. It was IMPOSSIBLE to commute with that.
when I was in highschool, I didn't trust lockers, so i would have to commute with a chain lock, U-lock, 2 text books, all of my school work, my gym clothes, and my work clothes, all in a backpack and that weighed 50lbs on a good day. I think it was a 16 mile round trip. Not only that, but I was a Clydesdale weighing in at over 350lbs. The only reason my bike didn't collapse was because I was on a beefy mountain bike with a 140 spoke rear wheel and a mag wheel in the front made for lowriders. I don't even wanna remember how heavy that bike was...

As for answering your question, I would wear the shorts under what I normally wear on nice days and take them off once I got to work, but as soon as it got hot I would be wearing just the shorts and jersey. (I'm canadian, so I wear a hockey jersey XD ) in those conditions, it's worth it to completely change your clothes and towel bathe yourself in the handicap stall once you get to work.

For a while, I had the great arrangement where work started at noon and was on the same block as a gym, so I would wake up at 9, bike to the gym, work out for an hour, shower, get breakfast, then go into work

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I don't feel like buying new shorts... I think I will wear regular shorts over them and when I get to school, I will take off the bike shorts from under the regular shorts and wear regular shorts for the rest of the day. I wear compression shorts under my bike shorts, so I won't be "going commando" for the entire day.
Why in the world would you wear compression shorts underneath of bike shorts?
I would try it with bike shorts one day and with out the next. I would just bring an extra pair of underwear and deodorant for freshness!
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