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Don't Need No Stinking Padded Gloves, Shorts

Old 11-10-14, 05:07 PM
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Don't Need No Stinking Padded Gloves, Shorts

As we are advancing toward the colder weather I'm making discoveries as to what cycling clothing suits me best for personal comfort. I've made some selections, choosing articles that keep me warm, and cool enough, at the right times. But this is about comfort at key contact points within the cockpit.

First, I've been using nominally padded, full-finger gloves when I start out a ride in cooler temps (< 58°F). After I've warmed up a bit, the long finger gloves are too warm to wear. Soo, I take them off. That's right, no gloves at all. And I don't miss them, or the additional padding or protection they provide. Very comfortable and free feeling.

Also, I've been using unpadded compression shorts under tights. Again, no padding between me and the saddle. I don't miss the padding! I haven't tried it on a 40+ mile ride, but I'm guessing that I'd be fine. In many ways I prefer the sensation of riding without the padding between me and the saddle. And this setup seems to allow my saddle, which has a fairly large cutout, to do what it's designed to do, meaning reduce pressure on a specific area of the body.

Anybody else down with this?
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Sometimes its nice to try something different and raw dog it. I would not recommend raw dogging it in the bathroom at a rock concert though.
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Originally Posted by on the path View Post
Also, I've been using unpadded compression shorts under tights. Again, no padding between me and the saddle. I don't miss the padding! I haven't tried it on a 40+ mile ride, but I'm guessing that I'd be fine.
I'd guess your compression shorts would start to get up in every smelly crack and crevice.
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I rarely wear gloves when it's warm unless I'm racing, and even then I'll sometimes forget to put them on. In cool weather commuting or cyclocross I like Mechanix gloves. They are thin, unpadded, tough, and relatively warm. Once it gets down into the 40s or below, I'll switch to warmer riding gloves. And around freezing or lower, I'll wear my snowboard gloves.

Re shorts: on anything longer than 30 minutes, I prefer a proper set of bib shorts. I agree with you on the padding though. Thinner is usually better. I hate big pillowy pads. But what about the seams? Bike-specific shorts do not have seams running down the middle, for obvious reasons. Your compression shorts may not be constructed with riding in mind.
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Old 11-10-14, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I'd guess your compression shorts would start to get up in every smelly crack and crevice.
And your guess would be wrong

Proper fit is essential..
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I wear the same baggy shorts with lightly padded compression in the summer as I do in the winter. Works fine for me. In winter I wear it over the heavy leggings, Nashbar brand. Works dandy.
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In the intolerably cold winter of the plateau of AZ (snicker)... I get surprised by the 25 deg morning ride and have to go back inside and not ride. Ha ha. Just kidding, I HTFU also... When it's not quite cold enough for full finger gloves, I like the fishing gloves which are fleece and finger-less, they offer an escape from the gusts, but aren't as bad as skiing gloves.

In good weather I ride w/o gloves. I have tried many times to go back, but I hate the mushy feel. As to riding w/o chamois, no friggin' way.
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I'm fine with non-padded tights also. I don't bother with gloves at all unless below 50, usually. Sometimes a little higher if it's windy and rainy.

I find these gloves fine down to 25 or so. Not so great for extended heavy rain rides, kinda miss my old wool gloves for that. Maybe get more wool ones soon.

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Re shorts: on anything longer than 30 minutes, I prefer a proper set of bib shorts. I agree with you on the padding though. Thinner is usually better. I hate big pillowy pads. But what about the seams? Bike-specific shorts do not have seams running down the middle, for obvious reasons. Your compression shorts may not be constructed with riding in mind.
I'm in agreement with you about thickness of the pad. My saddle has a large cutout so there is no seam between me and the contact area of the saddle. No problems there. Again, proper fit is essential.

I was out for 1 3/4 hours today with no significant issues. Tomorrow I'll probably revert to my padded bibs. I'm going with friends and I don't know what they have in mind. I'll have leg warmers at the ready, but we are headed for 60°+ (woohoo!) so I'll likely not need them.
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I wear gloves for grip. I wear cycling shorts to stop chafing. I like doing shorter rides in regular clothes, it helps regain the proper position on the saddle
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I only wear gloves in the winter... nothing new.
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I'm in the "no gloves" camp as well. I wear mechanix gloves when it gets to about 50F but I can't stand padded gloves. They hurt my hands.
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Originally Posted by on the path View Post
And your guess would be wrong

Proper fit is essential..
And your guess is correct? How can you say that when even you've admitted you haven't tried it on an actual 40+ mile ride? Have you even ridden that far before?
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my typical rides never extend over an hour or so, i use zero padding. i like feeling the seat.

still wear gloves though, although lately they have been annoying me. could be that they are like 7 years old though.
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And your guess is correct? How can you say that when even you've admitted you haven't tried it on an actual 40+ mile ride? Have you even ridden that far before?
I don't have to guess. It's a personal observation. I rode 30+ miles today and the shorts didn't get up in any smelly anything, not even close. And they won't. They fit very well, the way they're supposed to. And yes, I've ridden over 40 miles on countless rides, do it all the time. Dude.
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I'm in agreement with you about thickness of the pad. My saddle has a large cutout so there is no seam between me and the contact area of the saddle. No problems there. Again, proper fit is essential.

I was out for 1 3/4 hours today with no significant issues. Tomorrow I'll probably revert to my padded bibs. I'm going with friends and I don't know what they have in mind. I'll have leg warmers at the ready, but we are headed for 60°+ (woohoo!) so I'll likely not need them.
60+ in November in Upstate NY is a rare gift. Taking a mental health day off from work and going on a club ride. ENJOY!!
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Shorts/bibs have a chamois, not a pad.

It's purpose is to absorb sweat. If it's cold and you aren't sweating, or you are sweating at a reduced level that it evaporates with accumulating then you do not need a chamois.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Shorts/bibs have a chamois, not a pad.
Technically, it's not a chamois. Real chamois is of leather, not a synthetic fabric. Modern cycling shorts, good ones anyway, have well designed padding, which is often of an anti-bacterial material.

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It's purpose is to absorb sweat. If it's cold and you aren't sweating, or you are sweating at a reduced level that it evaporates with accumulating then you do not need a chamois.
Modern padding in cycling shorts is designed to absorb perspiration, and also to help with riding comfort. Today, with temps hovering just above 50°, I perspired a fair amount, and the perspiration usually evaporated very quickly. Air comes up through my saddle where the cutout is. I didn't need the padding for comfort today, hence this thread..
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cold weather riding requires long finger gloves. the wind will make the fingers go numb and then you might get frostbite.
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I wear gloves year around.
One cycling accident that would have shredded my palms convinced this was a prudent course of action.
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The avg temp has been mid 30's here with wind chill lately, also a fan of mechanic gloves. Getting to the point where something more is needed though.
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The avg temp has been mid 30's here with wind chill lately, also a fan of mechanic gloves. Getting to the point where something more is needed though.
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