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Old 05-26-17, 09:44 AM
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Baggies vs Briefs

I'm about to join the hybrid bike world and hope to do a lot more road and cycle path riding. One issue I have with the whole biking scenario is the skin tight bike shorts. Understand they are great to have and perform well overall. But I just can't spring for a pair fashion wise, they're not for me. I was wondering if anyone else rides with mountain bike baggies or biking briefs under a normal pair of shorts on a hybrid or road bike? If so brand suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 05-26-17, 10:01 AM
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There are briefs with chamois for wearing under shorts or whatever you want. Give em a try and see how they work.
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There are plenty of "baggy" MTB shorts that have integrated padding inside. Even if you don't find the ones you like, you can always put shorts of your choosing over cycling shorts (shorts with padding)
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Old 05-26-17, 10:24 AM
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Yep. Baggy MTB or just plain gym shorts over compression boxer briefs for all of my warm weather riding. I don't derive much from the padding, I am just fine without it, but I have a couple pair of MTB shorts now and it is just easier to have "bike shorts" and "non bike shorts", so they get ridden in most of the time. Occasionally roll with just regular cargo shorts, too.

Still wear the tights in cold.
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Old 05-26-17, 10:32 AM
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How far are you riding?

Daily just getting places, around town I don't do anything different (Briefs and sweatpants).

Liner bike shorts and budget bike shorts cost about the same..

On Long tours I bring 3 pairs of bike shorts to always have a clean pair to put on daily.





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Just get a few pairs of bike liners then all your shorts and pants become bike clothes.
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Old 05-26-17, 11:38 AM
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my go-to option is Zoot trishorts (sized plenty big) under Zoic mountain bike shorts from REI. I got good MTB shorts but didn't like the thick liner that came with them. the leg opening were also too tight so I tossed them

cycling stuff is expensive but it's worth it

the Zoic Ether shorts are so good I wear them a lot, like for cycling, hiking or flying a kite. I usually get a size 38 trousers but find I like the XXL in these shorts. I see on Amazon they are also available w/o the liner





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Old 05-26-17, 12:03 PM
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I too, can't get past the fashion aspect of the Road cycling performance wear and usually wear stretchy clothes over thin base layers. I like Columbia Silver Ridge shorts because they're inexpensive, stretch, can get them in a shorter inseam so that they don't go past your knees and are perfectly normal.

ClubRide makes nice tops, although a bit of coin. I also like Columbia's PFG series of shirts since they have lots of cooling vents. Some are decent enough for biking but others are a little baggy in some areas. Lots of room is great for casting, not so great for aerodynamics. Otherwise a loose performance athletic shirt is fine as well.

Pads don't do much for me now that my butt region has toughened up. Even before then I preferred lightly padded ones over the thickly padded ones as those seemed to cause a lot of pinching in the nether regions. Nowadays I just go with some general performance sports briefs to aid in cooling down there.

*edit* I don't MTB and so my suggestions are geared more towards paved roads. I looked at MTB gear but cycling specific gear is way overpriced and they look way too baggy for my tastes. Since I've never tried them, reality may be different.

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Most of my riding will be for fitness and fun. As for the fitness, maybe poor aerodynamics will be good The MTB shorts looked almost the exact opposite. My wife and I like to ride city bike trails so occasionally we get off and browse in some stores or walk about. The liners or briefs under a type of short I like seems to fit the bill better. Great advise above though, thanks.
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If you're going to be doing casual, less than 10 mile rides, wear anything that makes you comfortable. The cycling related clothing is nice but you probably won't be using any unless you start doing longer rides.

When I started riding again, at age 63, I told my wife, "You wouldn't catch me dead in those cloths!" After my first 20 mile ride in cargo shorts on my hybrid, I started thinking that maybe those tight pants wouldn't be such a bad idea. Now at 70, on my road bikes, it's all I wear. And yes, I ride commando.
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Old 05-26-17, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ad18 View Post
I'm about to join the hybrid bike world and hope to do a lot more road and cycle path riding. One issue I have with the whole biking scenario is the skin tight bike shorts. Understand they are great to have and perform well overall. But I just can't spring for a pair fashion wise, they're not for me. I was wondering if anyone else rides with mountain bike baggies or biking briefs under a normal pair of shorts on a hybrid or road bike? If so brand suggestions. Thanks.
Go for a full skin-suit!
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Old 05-26-17, 12:48 PM
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One issue I have with the whole biking scenario is the skin tight bike shorts.

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That is a pretty typical newbie reaction. Once you get over the cultural aversion, you'll discover it has nothing to do with appearance, and everything to do with comfort and performance.

Nothing wrong at all with wearing baggy mt shorts, or anything else that you are comfortable riding in, but, once you -- and by this I mean the generic "you" of the the general population, not you the specific member of BF - get over the aversion you hold because you are afraid road shorts are too revealing or you have body-image issues, you'll try a pair - and then wonder why it took you so long to ride wearing something so comfortable.
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I've been bike commuting 9 miles each way for 25 years wearing nylon golf shorts or coach's shorts over yesterday's briefs and socks....even for my longest rides ~50 miles.
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If you're trying to make everybody else happy with what you wear when you ride your bicycle, you are always going to fail.

Wear whatever makes you happy. That works 100%.
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I'm about to join the hybrid bike world and hope to do a lot more road and cycle path riding. One issue I have with the whole biking scenario is the skin tight bike shorts. Understand they are great to have and perform well overall. But I just can't spring for a pair fashion wise, they're not for me. I was wondering if anyone else rides with mountain bike baggies or biking briefs under a normal pair of shorts on a hybrid or road bike? If so brand suggestions. Thanks.
while you can get baggy shorts, I would just say get over it and buy the tight shorts with built in chamois. If you really feel self conscious you can throw some gym shorts on top but I predict in short order you will get used to the tight shorts.
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Not that I got anything to hide or am I ashamed of my overall body........now. Just the opposite. I went on a mission last year and to date have lost 83 pounds. Some say I've lost too much weight. I want to ride now because I enjoy it, want to get into better shape, and hope to rebuild some leg muscle mass I used to have. I look at some of the individuals wearing them and they look like they shouldn't be wearing them....if you know what I mean. But at the end of day the comfort factor, not the fashion sense that rules. I'll start off with my new bike, put some miles on, and see what shakes out fashion wise. The wife thinks I'd look good in a pair of the real shorts, but I'm still undecided. But she's ALWAYS right
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I just bought a pair of the Zoic MTB shorts in the shorter length with the tights inside and the chamois. They're fantastic. I also bought a pair of the Specialized ones with the liner/Chamois and they are great too. The only issue I have with the specialized ones is the liner can't be removed and the Chamois isn't as form fitting as the Zoics shorts.

I agree though I won't wear the tights on my bike, I don't care how awesome they are.
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cycling shorts with running shorts over the top works for me!
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I was going to say I don't ride in my underwear...jean shorts or pants.
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Specialized makes some nice low-key gear.


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Specialized makes some nice low-key gear.


WOW, now that is what I need I'd need to take a couple of Gravol before putting them on. Kind of makes you sea sick. Too each their own though
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