Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

thinner chamois = comfy

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

thinner chamois = comfy

Old 06-02-07, 01:08 PM
  #1  
babydee
Cyclo Sapiens
Thread Starter
 
babydee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
thinner chamois = comfy

Yup. That's my verdict.

I hate the long inseam of regular cycling shorts, and was never perfectly comfortable with the thick padding, so I tried out some Voler tri shorts today for my most common route. They were infinitely more comfortable than my Cannondale/Sugoi regular biking shorts. Not a hint of soreness, or any of the shifting around I end up doing with the thicker chamois. I forgot they were there!

In case you've never tried this type of short, the Volers have a very thin (quick drying, for swim-to-bike transitions) but soft chamois that is nothing more than a piece of fabric. I'm going to order more after confirming with a couple more rides, and discard my padded shorts.
babydee is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 01:45 PM
  #2  
2Tired2Shift
Banned.
 
2Tired2Shift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by babydee
Yup. That's my verdict.

I hate the long inseam of regular cycling shorts, and was never perfectly comfortable with the thick padding, so I tried out some Voler tri shorts today for my most common route. They were infinitely more comfortable than my Cannondale/Sugoi regular biking shorts. Not a hint of soreness, or any of the shifting around I end up doing with the thicker chamois. I forgot they were there!

In case you've never tried this type of short, the Volers have a very thin (quick drying, for swim-to-bike transitions) but soft chamois that is nothing more than a piece of fabric. I'm going to order more after confirming with a couple more rides, and discard my padded shorts.
Are you a tri guy?
2Tired2Shift is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 01:47 PM
  #3  
babydee
Cyclo Sapiens
Thread Starter
 
babydee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by 2Tired2Shift
Are you a tri guy?
Nope. Just thought that type of short was worth a tri...um, I meant try.
babydee is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 01:54 PM
  #4  
Nessism
Senior Member
 
Nessism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Torrance, CA
Posts: 2,725

Bikes: Homebuilt steel

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Voler makes some nice shorts. Never tried the tri version but I really like their Avanti Pro shorts. High quality materials and reasonable prices.

http://www.velowear.com/bottoms.aspx
Nessism is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 02:05 PM
  #5  
Wino Ryder
"Purgatory Central"
 
Wino Ryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: beautiful "Cypress Gardens" florida
Posts: 1,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by babydee
Nope. Just thought that type of short was worth a tri...um, I meant try.

I was thinking about giving those a try too. Are they shorter in length than regular cycling shorts?
Wino Ryder is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 02:07 PM
  #6  
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Posts: 13,192

Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1259 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Don't know what you mean by thin. The really thin chamois, I find worhtless. No cushioning.
cyclezealot is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 03:00 PM
  #7  
babydee
Cyclo Sapiens
Thread Starter
 
babydee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It is literally just a piece of soft fabric...well, thicker than the short material but certainly not padded. I 'm finding this SO much more comfortable than the more padded chamois. Different strokes, I guess...

Wino Ryder - the inseam is 6", as opposed to the typical 9" inseam. I can fold up the grip part of the leg, and get a tan line that you won't see when wearing athletic shorts. Stupid, I know, but it bothers me when the line is only four inches above the knee.
babydee is offline  
Old 06-02-07, 04:38 PM
  #8  
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 24,365

Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I much prefer the thinner chamois to those gawdawful thick mushy ones.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline  
Old 06-03-07, 08:50 AM
  #9  
babydee
Cyclo Sapiens
Thread Starter
 
babydee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by chipcom
I much prefer the thinner chamois to those gawdawful thick mushy ones.
It seems I'm not alone...
babydee is offline  
Old 06-03-07, 08:57 AM
  #10  
scot
Going once, going twice..
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Oak Hill, VA
Posts: 209

Bikes: Giant OCR3 Composite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My voler uses the exact same chamois as my PBK elites...
scot is offline  
Old 06-03-07, 11:53 AM
  #11  
babydee
Cyclo Sapiens
Thread Starter
 
babydee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Voler, I'm sure, has many different models. Probably just the tri shorts that have the thin chamois.
babydee is offline  
Old 06-03-07, 11:59 AM
  #12  
GP 
Senior Member
 
GP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,631
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by babydee
It seems I'm not alone...
No, I like the thinner pads too. Worst shorts for me are ones with gel.
GP is offline  
Old 06-03-07, 04:04 PM
  #13  
Az B
Fattest Thin Man
 
Az B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Posts: 2,649

Bikes: Miyata 610, Vinco V, Rocky Mountain Element

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Don't know what you mean by thin. The really thin chamois, I find worhtless. No cushioning.
For me anyway, the chamois has never been about cushioning, but about reducing chafing and butt burn. More cushioning has always caused more chafing in my case. As someone else mentioned, gel is the worst. Way too much bulk.

This assumes riding a road bike in a reasonably sporty position. If you're riding a comfort bike, you have entirely different needs.

I like the idea of a shorter bike short too. My tan lines look funny when we go to the beach.

Az
Az B is offline  
Old 06-03-07, 05:18 PM
  #14  
maddyfish
Senior Member
 
maddyfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ky. and FL.
Posts: 3,944

Bikes: KHS steel SS

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Me too the thivk padding rubs me to death. After 20 miles I thought about taking them off and thowing them away and riding home without.
maddyfish is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Anthonykeehn
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
1
12-25-17 07:44 AM
tara1234
Classic & Vintage
16
03-19-17 12:04 PM
PapaGanoosh
Classic & Vintage
2
10-25-13 10:22 PM
IcySmooth52
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
20
08-19-10 10:08 PM
bikes not bombs
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
21
09-30-07 09:40 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.