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Women and cycling shorts(5 posts)

Women and cycling shortsTom C
May 17, 2001 8:45 PM
This is er beyond my ken but how do women wear cycling shorts?Is a liner used and if so where does one get such a liner? I built up a road bike for my daughter and thought I had a grip on everything until she found riding in cutoffs uncomfortable. When I got her a pair of padded shorts she opined that wearing underwear with such a thick pad might feel "really weird". I said, well sure, you're supposed to wear them alone. She replied "that's yucky". My wife clarified for me. Any women riders out there?
I'm not one but I've met a couple...Alpine
May 17, 2001 9:41 PM
Women wear the shorts pretty much just like the guys do. They take everything off and put them on with nothing underneath. That's the point. Cycling shorts are designed to reduce chaffing and putting anything on under them promotes chaffing.
Womens cycling shorts are designed specifically for them but they aren't radically different from those made for dudes.
re: Women and cycling shortslonefrontranger
May 17, 2001 9:47 PM
Wow, I can't remember the last time I called something "yucky" :) Is she a pre-teen or a teenager? (I know, it's hard). In all seriousness, nearly every lady rider I know including myself won't wear underwear with our shorts, it's just plain nasty. If she wears underwear, the seams will chafe merry hell out of her too.

You're supposed to wash your shorts each and every time you wear them, anyhow, so where's the yucky part? It's less so than wearing plain underwear, as most shorts have an antimicrobial treatment in the pad.

If it's really that uncomfortable, you can get her liner shorts from Performance. You also could try some preadolescent psychology -- (fx: large, histrionic sigh)... "omigawd, only DORKS wear shorts liners, geez, I thought EVERYBODY knew that..." (fx: rolling eyes, hand on hip) Teenage girls soon come to their senses when at the risk of becoming a fashion victim.
re: Women and cycling shortssimstress
May 18, 2001 9:25 AM
Let her wear the underpants with the shorts. Once she rides like that, she'll understand about going commando.

I've seen padded briefs that can be worn with non-padded shorts. They were at REI, but I forget who makes them. She could use those with gym shorts till she gets used to the idea of riding shorts.

Good luck!
I think I see what your asking...Kristin
May 18, 2001 10:46 AM
There are certain days when you just don't want "too much" padding and you don't want to wreck your shorts. Have her try a pair of cycling breifs. They fit like underwear, but are made of lycra. You can get them on nashbar for about $15 bucks which makes them much more desposable than those expensive shorts. Good luck!