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Old 06-22-19, 07:36 AM
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Under Garment Question

I have my first ride behind me wearing my first set of padded bibs. I have an honest question.... Do people ride with underwear or without underwear when you ride with padded shorts/bibs.??

I'm thinking this will go 50/50 just like in real life. I really think I have found complete comfort in wearing the padded bibs in combination with a Selle Anatomica saddle. I rode with underwear on that first ride.

Are pads designed to be used without underwear.??
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Old 06-22-19, 07:53 AM
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No underwear.
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Old 06-22-19, 08:04 AM
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Seriously? Underwear is never worn with padded cycling shorts.
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Old 06-22-19, 08:10 AM
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You’re supposed to wear the underwear on the outside, over the bibs.


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Old 06-22-19, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by BirdsBikeBinocs View Post
I have my first ride behind me wearing my first set of padded bibs. I have an honest question.... Do people ride with underwear or without underwear when you ride with padded shorts/bibs.??

I'm thinking this will go 50/50 just like in real life. I really think I have found complete comfort in wearing the padded bibs in combination with a Selle Anatomica saddle. I rode with underwear on that first ride.

Are pads designed to be used without underwear.??
Yes.

I think this question comes up, in part, because of the association some see between a 'pad' (chamois, natural or artificial) and 'padding' in cycling shorts/bibs (aka 'Not Shorts' on Bike Forums).

To my mind, 'padding' is not the primary -- or even a secondary -- purpose of the chamois. Its primary purpose is to prevent chafing.

Wearing 'underwear' between skin and chamois defeats that purpose.

End serious response. Carry on.
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Old 06-22-19, 08:25 AM
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I usually wear ultra thin wicking fabric Champion boxer-briefs under my padded bike shorts. Works for me. I've tried both ways since the 1970s. With is more comfortable for me.

It's the same fabrics used in most cycling clothes. It doesn't defeat the purpose of the pads. And it provides better support. The Champion shorts have a breathable mesh pouch for Frank and the beans, so everything stays where it belongs but doesn't overheat.

But don't try that with regular cotton undies.

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Old 06-22-19, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
i usually wear ultra thin wicking fabric champion boxer-briefs under my padded bike shorts. Works for me. I've tried both ways since the 1970s. With is more comfortable for me.

It's the same fabrics used in most cycling clothes. It doesn't defeat the purpose of the pads. And it provides better support. The champion shorts have a breathable mesh pouch for frank and the beans, so everything stays where it belongs but doesn't overheat.

But don't try that with regular cotton undies.
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Old 06-22-19, 08:53 AM
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bike shorts are your base layer .. though if just riding to the nearby cafe, you don't need full kit.

Unless its Cafe Eroica with a period correct dress code..
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Old 06-22-19, 09:18 AM
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It took me awhile to get used to it, but no undies is the way to go.
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Whenever these threads arise, I always wonder if the OP is afraid of his/her cycling bibs/shorts ripping and being fully exposed?

It is an honest question.

I frequently wear 2XU 3/4 compression tights over my cycling shorts to add muscle support and sun protection on the knees.
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Designed for use without underthings.
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The pad IS the underwear.
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Super. Thanks for answering this newbs question. W/O it is.!!
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It's one of the things I love about this sport. When else is it acceptable to go 40+ MPH on a 16 pound piece of plastic wearing nothing but underwear?!
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I never wear bibs without a base layer under the bib straps - AKA underwear

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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
Yes.

I think this question comes up, in part, because of the association some see between a 'pad' (chamois, natural or artificial) and 'padding' in cycling shorts/bibs (aka 'Not Shorts' on Bike Forums).

To my mind, 'padding' is not the primary -- or even a secondary -- purpose of the chamois. Its primary purpose is to prevent chafing.

Wearing 'underwear' between skin and chamois defeats that purpose.

End serious response. Carry on.
Nice reply. And easily understood.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
Whenever these threads arise, I always wonder if the OP is afraid of his/her cycling bibs/shorts ripping and being fully exposed?

It is an honest question.

I frequently wear 2XU 3/4 compression tights over my cycling shorts to add muscle support and sun protection on the knees.
No. I wasn't thinking on those lines. But it doesn't mean I'm proud either.!! Ha.!! I solely wanted to know the facts of the design. How the product is used.

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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
It took me awhile to get used to it, but no undies is the way to go.
Then you have to deal with skid marks?
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Boxers or briefs?
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Superman had the right idea, underwear outside the tights
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No underwear under bibs/shorts, and just wait until you discover the benefits of smearing Butt Butt'r all over your ball bag and butt...

Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I never wear bibs without a base layer under the bib straps - AKA underwear

That actually might not be a bad idea...I had my first ride today in bibs and the suspenders/straps were sort of uncomfortable/annoying against bare skin...maybe ultra thin base layer underneath is the solution?
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I always wear a full suit underneath my kit, it was designed for birthdays but is also good for other highly formal events
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i tried on a pair of cycling shorts at Dicks and it was see thru.
Hence the name, Dick’s!
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In my view this is one where you decide between comfort and propriety. Chamois provide zero support. Next time, include a poll.
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Old 06-23-19, 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveSSS View Post
Seriously? Underwear is never worn with padded cycling shorts.
Never say never. Very common with female Asian recreational cyclists et al. The more serious riders of that demographic figure it out.
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