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Old 04-21-15, 06:21 AM
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Non-padded, non-bib lycra shorts?

Hey all!

So I know this sounds odd, but I'm looking for a non-padded, non-bib pair of lycra shorts. Not for the bicycle, but for the motorcycle (worn under protective riding pants in place of underwear). It's getting warmer out and on long rides I have a bit of an issue with sweating causing 'hot spots', especially where seams are, etc. I got to thinking that lycra shorts absorbing my sweat might really be the ticket. The pad doesn't 'work' in that position and would only get in the way. And I'm not pedaling so the 'bib' feature wouldn't really be helpful and again, would just get in the way.

Any thoughts? Any fellow motorcyclists tried something like this? So many put all sorts of things on their seat (sheepskin, etc.) to cut down sweating but it seems to me, moisture wicking under-clothes is the ticket.
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Old 04-21-15, 06:32 AM
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Rowan wears something like that ... but I'm suspect he got them here in Australia. I can't ask him right at the moment (night here now) but tomorrow he might be able to provide more details.
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try your local baseball clothing shop, they come in a variety of lengths (shorts, mid thigh, just above the knee). As I don't really like compression shorts, I usually buy a couple sizes larger so that they are comfortable while riding. I wear them due to wind blowing up yer leg on the recumbent, not sure I've considered any perspiration management, here's a link to a typical one at Nike, but most manufacturers have their own line so there should me more brands than Nike available to you. Still some seams so maybe not exactly that which you seek, but I've been wearing similar for the last 35,000 miles of pedaling and haven't found the seams objectionable.
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Old 04-21-15, 10:23 AM
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The location of those rear seams is definitely one of the issues. Big flat saddle, so those will be digging in for hundreds of miles. I appreciate the suggestion! It would at least be moisture wicking. But that's what I'm looking for, no seams at 'contact points', and moisture wicking.
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Old 04-21-15, 06:07 PM
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Check out Aerotech designs. I've got a bunch of their padded shorts and knickers but have seen them advertise compression lycra shorts on their website.
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not sure why you think lycra would be comfortable in hot weather. I use these because they do have a liner, but it's thin and I like that. I also use them at the gym under gym shorts for moisture management

[h=1]ZOOT SPORTS Men's Performance Tri 8-Inch Short[/h]
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Since I ride a recumbent and don't require padded shorts, over half of my shorts have had the pads removed and I wear wicking underwear with them. Compression shorts work, but I have a collection of coolmax and lycra 'base layers' that I've acquired here and there from various sporting goods/athletic places. Just Google "coolmax underwear."
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search on "seamless men's underwear" ? Appears to exist at REI and perhaps at Wal~Mart although there must be some seam in there somewhere. As usual, many more choices for the ladies, so wear the ladies type if you can't find what you want in men's, searching on "seamless lycra shorts" seems to show a lot, did you try google before BF ?
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Not for the bicycle, but for the motorcycle (worn under protective riding pants in place of underwear).
OK, so its a Motor not pedals doing the moving the bike .. Have you looked at any Boxer-briefs ? in your favorite big box franchise store?

I have Jockey Brand Nylon ones in My drawer.

there are exercise lycra shorts if you want something to have on when you take Off the leathers ..

And, there are wicking treated Polyester underwear from such companies as Patagonia, .. Silk Weight .


BTW Back of Motorcycle magazines, advertised, are Kevlar mix cotton Denim looking pants that may be better in hot weather than black Leather ..

they are said to be for when the rubber side is No Longer Down ..

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In my baseball days I would wear BIKE shorts under my uniform pants as strawberry protection. Not cycling shorts, but BIKE brand shorts. They were mostly nylon, fairly thick, and compressive. I wonder if they still make them.
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go to your local motorcycle accessory store, one that sells leathers for your local racers and trackday riders... they should have what you need in stock...I have several pair.. in fact full body suits that I wear under my leathers here in South Texas when it is 100 degrees and high humidity... it keeps the sweat off your body and helps you feel "cooler"....I know that under armor makes some and I forget the other brands...they also have winter versions that keep the heat in and move the sweat out. Alpine stars makes a set...sorry but I just can not remember other brands.
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Machaka I didn't know you were I Australia,,,do you have an opinion on Epx bikes, specifically the 303 road bike carbon frame with shimano 105 comps.
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Originally Posted by RomansFiveEight View Post
Hey all!

So I know this sounds odd, but I'm looking for a non-padded, non-bib pair of lycra shorts. Not for the bicycle, but for the motorcycle (worn under protective riding pants in place of underwear). It's getting warmer out and on long rides I have a bit of an issue with sweating causing 'hot spots', especially where seams are, etc. I got to thinking that lycra shorts absorbing my sweat might really be the ticket. The pad doesn't 'work' in that position and would only get in the way. And I'm not pedaling so the 'bib' feature wouldn't really be helpful and again, would just get in the way.

Any thoughts? Any fellow motorcyclists tried something like this? So many put all sorts of things on their seat (sheepskin, etc.) to cut down sweating but it seems to me, moisture wicking under-clothes is the ticket.
LDComfort? I like 'em. Specifically really for wicking on a motorcycle.

Or thee's a lot of sports shorts.
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There are shorts made specifically for recumbent riding, that have no padding.
They look just like normal bicycle lycra shorts but only have an extra layer of lycra where the pad would normally be.
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Originally Posted by RomansFiveEight View Post
Hey all!

So I know this sounds odd, but I'm looking for a non-padded, non-bib pair of lycra shorts. Not for the bicycle, but for the motorcycle (worn under protective riding pants in place of underwear). It's getting warmer out and on long rides I have a bit of an issue with sweating causing 'hot spots', especially where seams are, etc. I got to thinking that lycra shorts absorbing my sweat might really be the ticket. The pad doesn't 'work' in that position and would only get in the way. And I'm not pedaling so the 'bib' feature wouldn't really be helpful and again, would just get in the way.

Any thoughts? Any fellow motorcyclists tried something like this? So many put all sorts of things on their seat (sheepskin, etc.) to cut down sweating but it seems to me, moisture wicking under-clothes is the ticket.
google compression boxer briefs. I have a few pair farm different companies that fit that bill.
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