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Old 12-27-13, 07:46 PM
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Seating Arrangements

I expect this is a topic that varies between individuals, but I'm looking for general guidelines if such are available:

Obviously a workable clothing/seat arrangement is a must for long days in the saddle.

The original stock Voyageur gel seat on my '89 Voyageur is proprietary. Works OK with padded cycling undershorts but with regular street wear obviously predates the practice of leaving a space along the middle of the seat. OTOH, 50 milers with said padded undershorts have created problems with the ol' Johnson abrading on the seams of said padding.

My '88 Rockhopper wears a new Zefal 5627 from Wally World...

http://reviews.walmart.com/1336/1426...ws/reviews.htm

..comfortable enough I rode said Rockhopper for forty miles and six hours yesterday while running errands around town in regular street clothes (boxer shorts, cotton pants), no worries.

Gonna get another of this $16 item and try it on the Voyageur, I already picked up a gel seat cover to try that out also.

If I can tour with regular-type street clothes I would prefer that, but I understand there's a reason why cycling clothes are made.

Padded cycling undershorts or regular boxers, I'm finding what works for me are simple loose cotton casual pants tucked into ordinary socks. While I know a variety of purpose-built shorts are available, cotton is cool enough and I'm not looking to leave skin exposed to the sun if I can help it.

Any and all thoughts appreciated.

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Old 12-27-13, 07:56 PM
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That's why we recommend getting out there and riding lots prior to your tour ... it gives you time to experiment with all these things and figure out what works for you.

Regarding the cotton pants ... go for a ride about the length of your planned tour rides (i.e. 80 km), then wash them that night and hang them to dry. Are they dry the next morning?

I generally prefer to take quick drying clothes if I can.
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Old 12-28-13, 08:53 AM
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Hey man, you don't seem to understand that you gotta spent lots of $$$'s to get outfitted for touring. $16 saddle? Impossible.

Try this $17 tent on.

We do like the Rockhopper, but isn't your conscience bothering you a bit. I mean, '88? That ain't supporting your local bike shop.
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Old 12-28-13, 11:08 AM
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If I can tour with regular-type street clothes I would prefer that, but I understand there's a reason why cycling clothes are made.
I wouldn't be caught dead wearing regular clothing on any bike ride that was going to last more than a couple of miles. When I'm on any bike (other than my 1970's Schwinn cruiser), I like to get a workout. That invariably means I start sweating. "Regular" clothing, especially cotton clothing, turns into a damp, chafing mess in short order. And, as Machka suggests, cotton clothing takes forever to dry.

I've tried wearing bicycle shorts or padded underwear underneath normal shorts and found the combination less than ideal. Chafing and Irritation from seams in the outer shorts is still a problem. I've also noticed that normal clothing seems to wear quickly in the "saddle area" and it's quickly apparent which shorts I've used while cycling and which I haven't.

On tour, I wear lycra bicycling shorts when pedaling. I keep a pair of normal shorts in the top of a pannier and quickly slip them on when I need to get off the bike and look more normal.
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Old 12-29-13, 07:27 AM
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Hey man, you don't seem to understand that you gotta spent lots of $$$'s to get outfitted for touring. $16 saddle? Impossible.

Try this $17 tent on.

We do like the Rockhopper, but isn't your conscience bothering you a bit. I mean, '88? That ain't supporting your local bike shop.
$17 tent? Clearly I have lots more research to do.

Going upscale with the '89 Voyageur, now that the pedals are sorted out it just has longer legs and more room to hang stuff on than that Rockhopper.

Supporting the LBS's? Try new racks front and rear, panniers front and rear, four new tires (the first two, Paselas, didn't work out), butterfly bar, handlebar tape, brake levers, cables, cable housing, chain, chain link, freewheel, replacement head set, replacement crank bearings, repacked wheel bearings, front and rear lights, tire pump, tire tubes.......

....and a $16 saddle from Wally World...

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I wouldn't be caught dead wearing regular clothing on any bike ride that was going to last more than a couple of miles. When I'm on any bike (other than my 1970's Schwinn cruiser), I like to get a workout. That invariably means I start sweating. "Regular" clothing, especially cotton clothing, turns into a damp, chafing mess in short order. And, as Machka suggests, cotton clothing takes forever to dry
Thanks for the input. I put in another forty miles and six hours of bike time (doing a winter bird count) , this time on the Voyageur yesterday. The twenty mile straight shot coming home was rough; Texas chip seal at its worst. But I had no problems with the '80's tech saddle and regular cotton pants/boxers. I will say it ain't summer yet either.

Do you have a recommendation as to a brand/model of lycra shorts?

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Do you have a recommendation as to a brand/model of lycra shorts?
They're all pretty similar, to be honest. For 95% of my riding, I use cheap ($36/ea or 2 pair for $65) Falconi Deluxe bibs from Love2Pedal.com. They're the best inexpensive "house brand" bibs I've found and a tremendous value. They used to offer shorts that were similar to the bibs, but I don't see them on the site at the moment. You might have to email [email protected] and ask what the story is there.
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Seating Arrangements

Different strokes...
I've always toured in old school nylon running shorts over cotton underpants on "gel" saddle.
Never felt the need for padded shorts, creams or whatever.

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The only "cycling" clothes I have is a rain jcaket, so no padded shorts for me. Until a few years ago, I wore cotton underwear on all rides, but found some smooth and thin polyester skivvies that I now use for all day or longer rides (not cheap either, and not easy to find). Like you mentioned about you underware, it`s always the seams that get me. Anyway, with the fancy-shmancy new undies I put in 19 hours in the saddle one day last spring. My butt hurt when I got done, but so did everything else, so I was happy with the deal.
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Any and all thoughts appreciated.

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A gel seat cover is a losing proposition. I've tried them. They suck.

Padded shorts are the way to go. Better yet, padded shorts under a quality nylon swim suit is what works for me. Bike during the day. Swim in the evening at the reservior.

You will want biking gloves. I realize this isn't on your mind now but you will want them if you are on the bike more than 6 hrs.
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