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Old 09-02-20, 08:48 AM
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underwear

we talk jackets, shorts, water proof trousers, boots etc, but i rarely see underwear mentioned.
I mostly have cotton trunks(too much information!?) but im wondering if there is a better alternative?
Merino definitely fits the bill, but its also very expensive, 1 pair of trunks is the cost of 4 or more regular trunks.
Synthetics are fine, but the smell factor is a real issue
Does anyone have any suggestions that are genuinely better than the regular cotton underwear?
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Old 09-02-20, 08:53 AM
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Underwear is not discussed because underwear is not worn with cycling shorts.
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Old 09-02-20, 09:22 AM
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Underwear is not discussed because underwear is not worn with cycling shorts.
But then on bents and trikes we dont have to wear high priced shorts to protect us from our rides. I wear $15 rugby shorts and my regular whitey tightey underlovelies (blush) and have no problems at all.
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Old 09-02-20, 09:50 AM
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I dont wear dedicated cycling under shorts. I wear endura humvee shorts, but dont like the insert and besides, its totally synthetic and so smell can become an issue.
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Old 09-02-20, 10:03 AM
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These are good if riding in street clothes.

https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Perf...-16&th=1&psc=1
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
But then on bents and trikes we dont have to wear high priced shorts to protect us from our rides. I wear $15 rugby shorts and my regular whitey tightey underlovelies (blush) and have no problems at all.
The cost of good cycling shorts is a small price to pay for riding a real bicycle.
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Old 09-02-20, 10:06 AM
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On my bike tours I spend time off the bike walking around old cities, then I have regular clothes to wear..
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Originally Posted by wilson_smyth View Post
I dont wear dedicated cycling under shorts. I wear endura humvee shorts, but dont like the insert and besides, its totally synthetic and so smell can become an issue.
Smell is not an issue if inner liners are washed after every ride. I wash my all synthetic gear after every ride and I never have smelly shorts
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Old 09-02-20, 10:13 AM
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performance under wear, not cotton
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I always wear a base layer, Under Armour Heat Gear long compression shorts under heavier compression non-cycling compression shorts.
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Old 09-02-20, 02:01 PM
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My mom always buys my underwear and lays it out for me
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wad enough tp & you're good to skid.
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Don't wear cotton while performing exercise of any kind. Do wear shorts with a chamois when cycling.
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Originally Posted by wilson_smyth View Post
Synthetics are fine, but the smell factor is a real issue
Does anyone have any suggestions that are genuinely better than the regular cotton underwear?
Compression shorts. as for the 'smell factor', wash your clothes and you are good to go in that department.
I wear them when I am riding around with my kids because we do 8-15mi paved trail or single track rides many times a month. If I am riding longer than 15mi or if I am riding hard, then I use bibs because they are 10x nicer than anything else I have tried for that type of riding.
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Cotton kills. OP should change diet/hygiene/underpants (not necessarily in that order) if they have excessive stank.
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Originally Posted by wilson_smyth View Post
we talk jackets, shorts, water proof trousers, boots etc, but i rarely see underwear mentioned.
I mostly have cotton trunks(too much information!?) but im wondering if there is a better alternative?
Merino definitely fits the bill, but its also very expensive, 1 pair of trunks is the cost of 4 or more regular trunks.
Synthetics are fine, but the smell factor is a real issue
Does anyone have any suggestions that are genuinely better than the regular cotton underwear?
I gave up on wearing cotton undergarments a long time ago. I prefer breathable, fast-drying underwear, and cotton does not dry quickly at all. My preferred brand is David Archy; they make a 91% polyamide, 9% spandex, breathable underwear that fits comfortably. It's a great option if you commute by bike or if you are a utility cyclist.

Also, I have never had any issue with polyamide/spandex underwear and smell. They usually smell vaguely of laundry detergent, because I wash them in the gentle cycle and then hang them up to dry. Even after wearing them, they never have a bad smell; at least, I've never gotten any complaints (if you know what I mean)

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Wicking polyester is the way to go. Lots and lots of varieties available.
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I don't normally wear underwear, so cycling feels normal.
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Originally Posted by wilson_smyth View Post
we talk jackets, shorts, water proof trousers, boots etc, but i rarely see underwear mentioned.
I mostly have cotton trunks(too much information!?) but im wondering if there is a better alternative?
Merino definitely fits the bill, but its also very expensive, 1 pair of trunks is the cost of 4 or more regular trunks.
Synthetics are fine, but the smell factor is a real issue
Does anyone have any suggestions that are genuinely better than the regular cotton underwear?
cotton? No man, try Nike or UnderArmour compression underwear
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Old 09-03-20, 03:35 AM
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The best material for cycling underwear is burlap.
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The best material for cycling underwear is burlap.
If you're gonna be "funny" then just say Steel Wool.
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My mom always buys my underwear and lays it out for me
Yours too? So does mine! but she's got early onset Alzheimers so every once in a while a get granny panties to wear. Such a treat!
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I used to wear Starter branded poly shorts, but the local wally world doesn't have them anymore. Now I wear Duluth Coolmax long leg briefs. No padded shorts for me, I always wear undershorts that I can ride in. The performance wool socks from Duluth are good too.
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
The best material for cycling underwear is burlap.
Assuming she was wearing some, I wonder if it was also burlap, like the dress.

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Assuming she was wearing some, I wonder if it was also burlap, like the dress.

Now I want a baked potato.

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