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Old 07-18-11, 04:21 PM
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underwear or not with cycling shorts

Not trying to be a sicko or anything. to get best benefit of cycling shorts/pants. from no chafing.

is it best to leave the underwear at home, like go commando?
or do most of you still wear the undies for privacy?

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Commando. If chafing is an issue consider Chamois Cream or Noxema.
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Originally Posted by worldtraveller View Post
Not trying to be a sicko or anything. to get best benefit of cycling shorts/pants. from no chafing.

is it best to leave the underwear at home, like go commando?
or do most of you still wear the undies for privacy?

thanks
Seriously, your not that big that you need the extra privacy.
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Old 07-18-11, 04:50 PM
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Not, But I live in Arizona where it is likely to be 100+ degrees (and undies bunch up funny). But I say whatever is comfy for you...
 
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Old 07-18-11, 05:06 PM
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The old wisdom.... "Never let anything come between you and your chamois." (from back when bike shorts were actually using real chamois.)
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Old 07-18-11, 05:09 PM
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Only boxers.
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Old 07-18-11, 06:24 PM
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loose MTB shorts? you may like Boxer-briefs for sitting around,
off the bike with some modesty.

Skin hugging Lycra bike shorts , are underwear like,
then you may like a baggy with pockets over them.
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Old 07-18-11, 06:42 PM
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Depends on what kind of cycling shorts and what kind of underwear.
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Old 07-18-11, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by mrelegant View Post
Not, But I live in Arizona where it is likely to be 100+ degrees (and undies bunch up funny). But I say whatever is comfy for you...
i say not.

and BTW, there is nothing "funny" about bunched-up underware (sic).
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Old 07-19-11, 01:34 AM
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I've only ever understood it as "not," which is why I'd never borrow someone else's shorts
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Cycling shorts (or undershorts if you're a mountain-biker) are designed to be worn without underwear. The whole point of spandex is that it moves with the skin rather than against it, thus avoiding chafing. If you insert another layer of underwear between it and your skin you negate that benefit and risk chafing, especially along seams and edges. In addition you tend to trap moisture, which makes things worse.

Of course, it is perfectly possible to ride in normal clothes. I frequently do so on low-intensity rides, mooching around town, even touring if I'm going to bumble along slowly with frequent stops. But if I'm riding hard enough to wear proper kit, then I wear proper kit. And there's no point in doing that and then negating the benefits by putting underwear beneath it.
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Whatever you do, NEVER wear underwear with a kilt.
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Old 07-19-11, 02:27 AM
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No undies with cycling shorts.
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Old 07-19-11, 02:53 AM
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Riding shorts aren't worn with underwear.

The cotton fabric of underwear will virtually guarantee way more chafing than you'd get from just wearing the shorts alone.




Speaking of which--get some 100% synthetic socks, too. Cotton fiber is bad for athletic wear. No cotton, no cotton mixes, at all. Ever.
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Old 07-19-11, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by worldtraveller View Post
is it best to leave the underwear at home, like go commando?
or do most of you still wear the undies for privacy?

Do you really not know the answer to this question? Have you tried searching on the word "underwear" to see what you might come up with?
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Old 07-19-11, 07:54 AM
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Yes, well, only my wicking thermals, but that's when it's below 30f. Otherwise, no.
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Old 07-19-11, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by worldtraveller View Post
Not trying to be a sicko or anything. to get best benefit of cycling shorts/pants. from no chafing.

is it best to leave the underwear at home, like go commando?
or do most of you still wear the undies for privacy?

thanks
what is this privacy you are concerned about? Do you plan on taking your shorts off at a rest stop?
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Old 07-19-11, 09:36 AM
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1) Do you have to go without them? No
2) Will your private parts show thru without them? No. The padding blocks all that.
3) Is it more comfortable without them? Only YOU can answer that question.

People try to make things more complicated than they need to be.

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Old 07-19-11, 10:30 AM
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Boxer briefs with twill shorts, no chamois, Brooks saddle.
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Old 07-19-11, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
2) Will your private parts show thru without them? No. The padding blocks all that.
Not always true. I find it depends on the brand for me. I can't wear Pearl Izumi

I have to get all my cycling shorts pre-approved by my wife, haha...
Descente and Pactimo seem to be the best for me
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Old 07-19-11, 02:41 PM
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COMMANDO, always!!!!

This has been discussed a bazillion times. Do a search for "underwear" or "commando".
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