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Does anyone here NOT wear bike shorts when riding?

Old 08-05-02, 12:58 PM
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Does anyone here NOT wear bike shorts when riding?

Just curious, Ill wear them for long rides (comfort purposes) but for shorter rides 15-20 miles I just wear a good pair of sports type shorts.

Am I the only one that does this?
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Old 08-05-02, 01:11 PM
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Same here.
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For tooling around like for ten mile rides or so on my mtn bike I NEVER wear biking shorts. Whatever I have on usually does fine. Regular shorts, blue jeans, whatever. I get some strange looks at times, but in ten miles or so - hey, what can go wrong?

If I am going to go for a RIDE (20-35 miles) on my road bike, well, of course, I get all spiffed up in my Lycra, biking shoes, Jersey, etc. You never know just WHO you might meet!!

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I wear goofy looking plaid tennis shorts and cotton tees. I get looks from the average folk who are dudded up in cycling shorts and jerseys. I have presently ridden about 37 miles this way, but may look into some shorts when I start riding further. I imagine the padding would make a difference.


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Old 08-05-02, 02:50 PM
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Nope.

If I don't wear cycling shorts I don't get on a bike.

Cycling shorts make so much difference that I just cannot wear ordinary shorts on a bike again.
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I've worn cycling shorts once. You can be I'm going to be wearing them more often, though, since I paid for the darn things! I haven't noticed much of a difference so far except they don't go up your butt. That was the pair with the chamoise. I'm going to try the gushy gell ones on my next 30 miler. I shift around a lot, though, when I wear regular cotton/spandex bike shorts.
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Old 08-05-02, 03:26 PM
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10 miles is about my cut-off point. For most of my riding around town I wear polycotton shorts in warm weather and for the rest of the year its windproof hiking trousers or athletics leggings. In really cold or wet weather I'll add a set of pertex overtrousers.

Mostly when I wear cycling shorts, Ill have leggings over the top anyway.
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Old 08-05-02, 04:26 PM
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I always wear 'em. Wouldn't want to deal with the time out of the saddle cause something got hurt.

Actually, I don't "always" wear 'em. Just when I'm cycling.

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Old 08-05-02, 04:40 PM
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I'm on your same program. Regular shorts up to 15 miles.
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I noticed that when I am in biking shorts, repositioning myself and moving around in the saddle makes little differance in my comfort. I just sort of stay mostly comfortable the whole time. When I wear a casual short, I can wiggle and stand up and move around and get real comfy, every 10/15 miles. However, I tend to be more comfy overall in biking shorts because I don't have to wiggle around as much. Its almost a 50/50 thing for me.
I do think that when I wear biking shorts, people in cars give me more respect. :confused:
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Maybe they like my butt..
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You can ride a bike for less than 15 miles?

Seriously... on my road bike, always shorts -- bibs, in fact. When I ride my utility bike or even if I ride my 'cross bike to the university [2.5 km] I'll wear ordinary shorts. I'll sometimes cheat and wear cycling half shorts underneath, though...
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I just brought a pair yesterday, but had them returned. They fitted fine, but it went all the way up to my chest! I look like Steve Urkle (sp?).

Can't seem to find my size. My legs are too skinny. I need something with a small leg opening.
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Is this a trick question? Why would I not want to wear bike shorts on any ride? If I ride I go to my bike clothes, grab shorts and jersey, and that's it. Oh, yeah: I put them on before I go out to ride. That's enough to think about. Why start messing around with other clothes? Bike clothes are the most comfortable clothes for biking. That's why we spend good money on them.

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Road bike - over 10 miles, better where the spandex bike shorts... Shorter rides or trail rides I wear normal athletic style shorts. My ATB has a Serafas (sp?) anatomical gel seat that does great off road...and anything under 10 miles is comfoartable regardless of shorts worn...(as long as I wear something! )
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Originally posted by Stinger9oh
Is this a trick question? Why would I not want to wear bike shorts on any ride? If I ride I go to my bike clothes, grab shorts and jersey, and that's it. Oh, yeah: I put them on before I go out to ride. That's enough to think about. Why start messing around with other clothes? Bike clothes are the most comfortable clothes for biking. That's why we spend good money on them.

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Why? Because they look ridiculous.

Hence, I only wear them on long rides. I dont think the question was too confusing.
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I do not bother with rides under 25 miles- so I always wear bike shorts. I find them extremely comfortable.. Without them, suspect my rear would look like a monkey's at the zoo. Regular shorts my rear hurts and I get trapped on the horn. Those not wearing them must not go on long rides.
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I always wear bike shorts for serious riding, but I just wear regular shorts for my 5 mile commute. I feel silly not wearing appropriate garb when riding my road bike, but would feel equally silly prancing into work in lycra.
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but would feel equally silly prancing into work in lycra.
I know that feeling. I ride to work 38kms/24miles and get a lift home, so I wear all my cycling gear in including tights (winter here) to work. The staff are used to it by now. Occasionally there are some staff who don't recognise me with my helmet and sunnies.

Today I got a lift in and will be riding home so I have to change at work, come 4pm I will be walking out the front door dressed like a courier.

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Sometimes, on my winter commute, I will wear wool pants or my work clothes with gaiters.

Otherwise, for distance riding, I always wear bicycle shorts.

Other shorts/pants can really abraid the skin - especially on top of the thighs.

I wore cotton shorts on a 150 mile two-day tour. YEEEEOOOOOOWW! Man, when the cotton got wet and clung to my legs, it just shredded my skin.
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Heah, Work is 26 miles.My rear would really be raw, w/o cycling shorts.. As in a grocery store, when I enter the work site and head for the shower- I put on nylon shorts over my cycling shorts.
When I shower up, I also wash out my cycling shorts and jersey so I can feel good on the ride home the following morning. Let them flap on a rail outside. Good thing cyclists don't wear underwear- that would really be weird. Luckily most people go home at 4:30 pm.
a 26 mile ride and a shower really gets you awake for the night shift.
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Hell yeah!

Padded skins with khaki or gym shorts. All the better to assimilate with the normals when grabbing the post-ride coffee. That's not to say that getting dressed to the nines in lycra doesn't have some appeal; it has it's place on group rides and races, or when you just don't care.
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Originally posted by rat
Hell yeah!

Padded skins with khaki or gym shorts. All the better to assimilate with the normals when grabbing the post-ride coffee. That's not to say that getting dressed to the nines in lycra doesn't have some appeal; it has it's place on group rides and races, or when you just don't care.
Exactly my thoughts.
If I just go out and ride 15-16 miles for fun I rarely put on my bike shorts....I only wear them if I ride more than that...I dont get problems/discomfort either. On long rides I would and wear cycling shorts in that case...but otherwise I just cant see putting the lycra on for pleasure rides. Plus I love to get looks from the fashion police roadies who seem to think you have to dress in your ONCE or US postal team gear in order to even sit on your bike.....I will never understand that mentality.
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I tried this once when I was younger and riding on a country road.

Now I always wear cycling shorts. I rarely go for short rides. If I do I guess I'll try regular shorts.
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I'm not sure I understand all the comments about appearance in bike clothes. As long as modesty concerns are covered what real difference does it make what one is wearing when they go to the store?

My wife is concerned about "helmet head" when we stop to grab a snack while riding. She actually goes to the lady's room to remove her helmet and comb her hair. It always amuses me when she does this. She does it out of personal pride rather than vanity, but it still amuses me.

When I'm working in the yard and am all hot and sweaty and need something at the hardware or garden store, I hop in the truck and go to the store. My wife finds out and says you didn't change and shower first?

Maybe I lack the appropriate level of personal pride.

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