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First Ride in Bike Shorts

Old 07-19-07, 03:39 AM
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First Ride in Bike Shorts

Yesterday, I just took my first ride wearing genuine bike shorts. I knew a long time ago how much better it’d be, but said “no, never, not for me!”

Just as I’d promised myself before regarding going clipless, abandoning for lycra the all cotton shirts that would lay on my body like a wet rag once I really got going … wearing a helmet wasn’t my thing either.

There were intermediate steps. I began to wear incrementally tighter cargo pants and padded cycling undershorts became an obvious necessity. The worst was when I got my first roadbike in a long, long time and I duct-taped some T-shirts to my saddle for comforts sake. I didn’t fully get how stupid looking and impractical that was – the whole cringe-worthy picture, riding along, doing a lot of miles –centuries- in cargo shorts, sopping wet t-shirt, no helmet, sneakers on look pedals all to avoid being the guy I would’ve wanted to beat up when I was a 'bad ass,' macho kid. (Bike shorts = gay) In doing so I became the rider every roadie wanted to beat up (if they would and could!)

I do not shave my legs. I just trim the hairs really, really close. I’m never going to shave my legs!

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I think it inevitable. You get into cycling and become a cycling addict, you must seek out what is comfortable. A creed- don't let others influence you, if it causes you to deny what is best for you. Is the vanity of others worth having a sore arse.
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Yeah. Maybe I'm just fortunate that I don't give a rat's ass what other people think of how I look or dress on my bike. Comfort and functionality is #1.
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Originally Posted by EGreen
Yesterday, I just took my first ride wearing genuine bike shorts. I knew a long time ago how much better it’d be, but said “no, never, not for me!”

Just as I’d promised myself before regarding going clipless, abandoning for lycra the all cotton shirts that would lay on my body like a wet rag once I really got going … wearing a helmet wasn’t my thing either.

There were intermediate steps. I began to wear incrementally tighter cargo pants and padded cycling undershorts became an obvious necessity. The worst was when I got my first roadbike in a long, long time and I duct-taped some T-shirts to my saddle for comforts sake. I didn’t fully get how stupid looking and impractical that was – the whole cringe-worthy picture, riding along, doing a lot of miles –centuries- in cargo shorts, sopping wet t-shirt, no helmet, sneakers on look pedals all to avoid being the guy I would’ve wanted to beat up when I was a 'bad ass,' macho kid. (Bike shorts = gay) In doing so I became the rider every roadie wanted to beat up (if they would and could!)

I do not shave my legs. I just trim the hairs really, really close. I’m never going to shave my legs!
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You guys shave your legs? I've got really hairy legs, i just let it fly out
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Regarding bike shorts. Don't go cheap, get one that functions well. Some get the 19 dollar specials at Performance and wonder what the big deal is. ? those cheap chamois', might as well ride naked. No more comfortable. Cheap , thin chamois do little for me. Should you feel more modesty is necessary , just take along a pair of gym shorts and put them over the bike shorts , once you get off the bike.
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Originally Posted by Memopad
You guys shave your legs? I've got really hairy legs, i just let it fly out
No. My legs aren't all that hairy though. Plus that'd be a major PITA. I'm lucky if I get enough motivation to shave my face every three days or so.
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Wait until you try bibs.

Oh and I don't shave either...maybe when I get under 180 lbs....maybe.
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One question though, wearing bike shorts, how do you guys handle all the additional female attention without getting distracted from your ride?
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Worst female offense, a member of our bike club was once tapped on the butt, by some passing female motorist's passenger after being cat called for his legs. He was not really offeneded. He was at a stop light. ah, should not be so touchy, how many women get their butt pinched by men.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Worst female offense, a member of our bike club was once tapped on the butt, by some passing female motorist's passenger after being cat called for his legs. He was not really offeneded. He was at a stop light. ah, should not be so touchy, how many women get their butt pinched by men.
Ah Women, they can be such beasts!
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Originally Posted by EGreen
One question though, wearing bike shorts, how do you guys handle all the additional female attention without getting distracted from your ride?
Extra attention for me = drivers now see me from further away due to my pastey white legs and are less likely to run me off the road.
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Yeah, it's inevitable. I went from regular shorts, to mtn shorts to PI Attacks in a very short time span. They just work better. It is amazing to see people on centuries who go to great lengths to cover up their Lycra shorts with basketball or cargo or running shorts. Give it up, people! You're literally surrounded by hundreds of people in Lycra. No one cares!

The only extra attention I've had since switching to Lycra is from my wife. And that's fine.

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I felt the same about wearing lycra shorts.. Once you realize how much more comfortable it is you wont use anything else.. Someone mentioned about taking extra shorts with you if you dont want to wear them around, thats something to consider..

Don't worry about what other people think.. Do whats best for you.. (sounds selfish but I think you get the idea)
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Wait until you try bibs.

Oh and I don't shave either...maybe when I get under 180 lbs....maybe.
Just please - for the love of God - don't start a thread about bibs vs. shorts.
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Originally Posted by EGreen
Yesterday, I just took my first ride wearing genuine bike shorts. I knew a long time ago how much better it’d be, but said “no, never, not for me!”

Just as I’d promised myself before regarding going clipless, abandoning for lycra the all cotton shirts that would lay on my body like a wet rag once I really got going … wearing a helmet wasn’t my thing either.

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I do not shave my legs. I just trim the hairs really, really close
. I’m never going to shave my legs!
LOL. How many times have I heard that. Including myself. You will soon join the dark side.
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Originally Posted by EGreen
Yesterday, I just took my first ride wearing genuine bike shorts.
Nice, but how do you know they were genuine?
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Nice, but how do you know they were genuine?
I knew mine were genuine because of the strange combination I felt of physical comfort with public display...but then I didn't care...must be "genuine" I thought.
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I am currently struggling through this issue. I wear regular shorts with padded undershorts, have been going this route for about a year now.
Before I starting riding alot, I always thought it was kind of gay to wear lycra. I realize it is about utility, but I do not have any comfort issues with regular shorts and padded undershorts, so I feel like why should I change!

The thing is, now I feel pressure from the other side, when I go on group rides or see other cyclists, I feel silly that I am not dressed in the standard cycling garb. I have to hear it from my wife all of the time too. Pretty much everybody who rides and is into cycling as much as I am has the gear to go along with it. By the way, I do wear standard cycling jeseys.

I may mix things up and cave in to lycra, but I am hesitant for two reasons:

A) The padded lycra shorts are really expensive, whenever I think about the cost, I would rather just buy something for the bike(upgrade).

B) I have been out on several solo rides where cyclists apparently do not normally go, and I feel like the people in these neighborhoods are already looking at me funny with my "fancy road bike". I have seriously felt like at times somebody might "do" something. I could just imagine what would happen if I were wearing tight lycra.
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After the Katy Flatlands all but one of us changed into something dry and more comfortable, one of our friends walked into IHOP, package and all. Hearing the old ladies talk was the best part.

Screw what people think, they are just jealous they don't have the balls to wear the shorts.

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One of my riding mates wears the tight shorts but covers them with loose shorts. A prude IMHO.
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don't wear underwear underneath those shorts...if not the Underwear Nazi will strike.

*i only put up this post because I miss the Underwear Nazi*
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Comfort is king for me as well. I just don't get the entire modesty issue when it comes to bike shorts at all. They don't show enough of anything to be an issue, in my opinion. It is not like wearing a skimpy bikini-bottomed bathing suit away from the beach or pool.

I also don't think that bike shorts are very flattering to a vast majority people, even including the lucky ones that were born with great-looking bodies. As for looking unflattering...well...function and comfort win out over looks with athletic wear every time. Winter sweat-clothes don't look that flattering either. I just don't get why it is such a big deal for some people.
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Originally Posted by Pinyon
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I also don't think that bike shorts are very flattering to a vast majority people, even including the lucky ones that were born with great-looking bodies.
I was born with great-looking body...I just lost it somewhere.
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I wear workout type clothes that keep you dry. Champion duo-dry I think they are called. Both the shirts and shorts. Padded under shorts of course. But I am VERY comfortable riding with this setup and do not see a need to change.
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