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What is it with these thick pads?

Old 02-25-16, 05:34 PM
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What is it with these thick pads?

In the old days we had a chamois sewn in on the wool shorts. I put a bit of "lube" on there and was good for hours on my Brooks pro.
My kids bibs could double as a pillow.
I don't get it.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
In the old days we had a chamois sewn in on the wool shorts. I put a bit of "lube" on there and was good for hours on my Brooks pro.
My kids bibs could double as a pillow.
I don't get it.
I wouldn't get it either.
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Old 02-25-16, 06:03 PM
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Old 02-25-16, 07:13 PM
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Some modern saddles weigh a lot less than your Brooks. Pro shorts (for people with good fitness and good technique) have thin pads. The thick pads are for people who buy ultralight saddles but don't have the pro-level technique to be comfortable on them.
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Old 02-25-16, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
In the old days we had a chamois sewn in on the wool shorts. I put a bit of "lube" on there and was good for hours on my Brooks pro.
My kids bibs could double as a pillow.
I don't get it.
It's because everyone rode a steel bike then.
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Old 02-25-16, 07:40 PM
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Funny, I own (kid and wife) several carbon bikes. I still ride a Brooks and shorts with a little more pad. My son took all pad off the saddle and rides on the carbon shell as he wears the diaper shots.
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Old 02-25-16, 07:55 PM
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I'd guess it's mostly marketing. People feel the thin pad and say, "Eew, too hard." they feel the thick pad and say, "Aaahh."
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Quite simple, really. The manufacturers are simply pitching to and tailoring their products to the needs of their prime demographic. In the case of 'road cycling', that means such things as 'endurance bikes' (to accommodate limited flexibility) and 'thick pads' in cycling shorts -- you know, a sort of incontinence pad for the still-physically-active. The cycling equivalent of what you see rows of in your local Walgreens. Not much more to it than that.

Odd, though, that your children are wearing such undergarments. Perhaps have a little talk with them?
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First of all it isn't about Brooks saddles. OP's experience was true of all saddles that were well matched to the rider BITD. But bikes were steel and flexier. Nobody talked much about comfort. Neither did they expect it to come from their shorts. Nowadays with stiff frames all you hear about is comfort. Wider tires and rims, perfect saddles, thick pads in shorts.

The Rx for all this foolishness is simple: HTFU.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
In the old days we had a chamois sewn in on the wool shorts. I put a bit of "lube" on there and was good for hours on my Brooks pro.
My kids bibs could double as a pillow.
I don't get it.
Actually. it's pretty simple. We were wearing those shorts 40 years ago when we were 25. We are now 65. Remember, we start our lives in diapers and end it the same wa. The shorts manufacturers are just getting us accustomed to the reality we will soon be facing.

(It's the riders in their twenties who take offense.)

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Pad, for what?

My short of choice is a Pearl Izumi Fly Short Tight, I'll be 55 soon.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
The Rx for all this foolishness is simple: HTFU.
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Old 02-26-16, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Soaks up more essence.
And can double as a diaper should the need occur.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
In the old days we had a chamois sewn in on the wool shorts. I put a bit of "lube" on there and was good for hours on my Brooks pro.
My kids bibs could double as a pillow.
I don't get it.
Tell them padded shorts to get the hell off your lawn.

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I recently bought 4 pair of shorts from Nashbar, from their "returns" specials. At $6-15 a pair I figured what the heck. They all have the thick stiff padding in them. Tried on a pair and I thought they felt really odd, like I had put my butt into a Styrofoam mold or something. Walking around felt odd. Looked in the mirror and they didn't look bad. Got on the bike and rode, OMG!!! super comfortable and you hardly notice the pad at all. It doesn't squish around or bunch up like a thin pad. No rub, no chafe. I'm sold.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
In the old days we had a chamois sewn in on the wool shorts. I put a bit of "lube" on there and was good for hours on my Brooks pro.
My kids bibs could double as a pillow.
I don't get it.
Don't you know?
You can't sell 1000x more accessories as compared to the old days unless everyone believes in better cycling through equipment manufacturing.
There is no such thing as one or two all around great saddles or bike shorts
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There are shorts with thickly padded synthetic chamois because people buy them, not because of any actual functional improvement.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
I recently bought 4 pair of shorts from Nashbar, from their "returns" specials. At $6-15 a pair I figured what the heck. They all have the thick stiff padding in them. Tried on a pair and I thought they felt really odd, like I had put my butt into a Styrofoam mold or something. Walking around felt odd. Looked in the mirror and they didn't look bad. Got on the bike and rode, OMG!!! super comfortable and you hardly notice the pad at all. It doesn't squish around or bunch up like a thin pad. No rub, no chafe. I'm sold.
I guess you just joined the WIMP CLUB comprised of the likes of current World Pro Tour Riders. Those sissy, long distance riders don't know what it's like to really be a bicyclist.

As far as sitting on my old Brooks Pro.....miles + Proofide allowed the saddle to form to my butt.
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Old 02-26-16, 08:49 AM
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There are shorts with thickly padded synthetic chamois because people buy them, not because of any actual functional improvement.
Can you even buy "low pad" shorts anymore?
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
There are shorts with thickly padded synthetic chamois because people buy them, not because of any actual functional improvement.
The pads have more than one purpose; it's not just for padding, and it's better at those things than a strip of leather under your butt.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
But bikes were steel and flexier. Nobody talked much about comfort.

Nowadays with stiff frames all you hear about is comfort. Wider tires and rims, perfect saddles, thick pads in shorts.

The Rx for all this foolishness is simple: HTFU.
Or... ride a steel bike
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I'm fine with the thickness of the pad in today's shorts, what i don't understand is the shape. Why do the pads come so far back/up on your rear when nobody sits on a bike like that.
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I'm not sure I want to go back. I remember in the 80's the chamois in my shorts were really thin and took a lot more maintenance to keep soft. The choices of saddles were low. If I took a week off from riding I had to break my butt in again. My young teen behind didn't appreciate it.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
I recently bought 4 pair of shorts from Nashbar, from their "returns" specials. At $6-15 a pair I figured what the heck. They all have the thick stiff padding in them. Tried on a pair and I thought they felt really odd, like I had put my butt into a Styrofoam mold or something. Walking around felt odd. Looked in the mirror and they didn't look bad. Got on the bike and rode, OMG!!! super comfortable and you hardly notice the pad at all. It doesn't squish around or bunch up like a thin pad. No rub, no chafe. I'm sold.
I don't think they are supposed to be stiff. Did you wash them first?
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