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Cycling Shorts(18 posts)

Cycling ShortsSaddleSore
Aug 6, 2001 5:43 PM
What are some good brands of cycling shorts? Ive tried a pair of Pearl Izumi and they were pretty good. Also this may sound like a dumb question but do most people wear underwear w/t thier shorts or not?
No underwear.....just shorts. : ) (nm)ALLEN phx.
Aug 6, 2001 5:55 PM
Cannondale HPX or VertexSTEELYeyed
Aug 6, 2001 6:07 PM
and lots of Chamois But'r to keep the pad soft and lubed,on rides over 100 miles I wear 2 pair,wash your shorts gently after each use,and no underwear,take good care of your butt, because saddle sores really,really suck.

"Often in error,but never in doubt."
re: Cycling Shortswink
Aug 6, 2001 6:30 PM
Best shorts I found were Giordana sprint shorts. Of course never go with underwear - they get saturated with sweat and increase the occurance of chafing and saddle sores.
Briefs for Meno excuses
Aug 7, 2001 5:21 AM
I know I've seen this question and similar responses before and not thrown in my 2 pennies, but I prefer briefs.
I use the coolmax type to avoid cotton, and throw them in the wash without worrying about the shorts.
It's never been a problem for me.
brief questionsak
Aug 7, 2001 5:44 AM
are you wearing briefs under your riding shorts? or are you wearing breif-style riding shorts? if you're wearing briefs under your riding shorts, you're not helping yourself any (even if they are cool-max). The chamois (or synthetic chamois) in riding shorts are made specificly to be worn next to the skin. The people who make them are the people who'd know how best to use their product, why fight them?
brief questionsno excuses
Aug 7, 2001 7:45 AM
Briefs under shorts. I know it goes against the general consensus, but I originally thought the chamois was for the padding and never changed. I tried it the other way and didn't really notice a difference.
I also sought of liked that the briefs absorbed some of the sweat and that garment was easier to toss in the washing machine.
Just one of those personal choices that makes riding fun.
Aug 7, 2001 7:46 AM
Cool max can get really skanky and shorts should always be washed after a ride. Bacteria leads to infection and saddle sores, and why add a layer of friction (not to mention an unsightly panty line!) under shorts that are designed to be worn against the skin?
Wash 'n wearjtolleson
Aug 7, 2001 8:28 AM
I absolutely do. I have about 5 pairs, and rotate what's clean. But I'm female and (ahem) the issues may be slightly different... but sweat and bacteria are an issue for anyone! : )
Where do you ride?look271
Aug 7, 2001 12:26 PM
I don't want to be anywhere near you! :-) Seriously, though, I wash mine after EVERY ride. As much as I sweat, I don't even want to get those things near me until they've been washed. Perhaps we should change your nic-name to "Skanky"? :-)
I used to wear coolmax briefs, but I've switched, and I ain'tbill
Aug 7, 2001 7:17 AM
going back. Not that the coolmax deal was bad, but au naturale is more comfortable. Can't say I had a problem with either, but the briefs definitely have become extraneous.
Performance Elites aren't bad. I like PI. Voler shorts are very good and an excellent value. I've like Cannondale brand clothing, both shorts and jerseys.
I really can't say that I have any shorts that I don't like. You pretty much get what you pay for, although price points on shorts are a little funny, where some brands seem so expensive and you really can't tell why the top of this line is $40 more than the top of that line. Definitely, however, go top of the line within the line -- eight panel (maybe six -- I've got some 6 panel PI's that are really very comfortable) with a good chamois. Stay away from gels, I've always heard (I've never been tempted, myself).
re: Cycling Shortsrodemiles
Aug 7, 2001 8:18 AM
3 important things about preventing saddle sores:

1. wear shorts without underwear
2. get out of them as soon as possible after the ride and hit the shower. Nothing will cause saddle sores faster than wearing wet cycling shorts for an extended period of time after the ride.
3. wash them after every ride. This may wear them out faster but preventing saddle sores is more important.
Aug 7, 2001 8:45 AM
but I never put on shorts that aren't totally dry. I know the drying out doesn't eliminate the bacteria, but it cuts it down by about 90%. Most bacteria simply can't live in dry conditions. I do wash them regularly, but if I have to pick between riding and doing laundry I'm going riding every time. I know I'm risking a few health problems, but I think I'll have to actually get one or buy my own washing machine before I start washing my shorts before every ride.
Drying does help, especially in the sunshinejtolleson
Aug 7, 2001 2:11 PM
Drying is key, and I've read a recommendation that UV rays kill almost anything. If you can't do the wash, then rinse by hand and but inside-out outdoors (OK, not in a thunderstorm) and that's probably 95% of the way there!
YesMel Erickson
Aug 7, 2001 9:19 AM
I wash my shorts after every ride. I've had saddle sores and they're no fun. Washing helps prevent them and it works for me.
re: Cycling ShortsLen J
Aug 7, 2001 1:20 PM
1.) I always ride without underwear.
2.) I wash my shorts after every ride (it's in my pre-nup)
3.) I like Pearl Izumi ultrasensor & Microsensor shorts. The chamois is the most comfortable I have found. Based on some posts on this board, I may try velo shorts.
We ain't all guys...jtolleson
Aug 8, 2001 7:23 AM
and washing gear is as much a part of riding as bike maintenance, so don't give me that "you obviously don't ride as much or as seriously as I do if you keep your clothes that clean."

You can wash by hand in the sink in 5 minutes (if you don't own a washer) or have enough shorts and jerseys (this is my route!) to get about 5-6 days in between laundry efforts. It really ain't that big of a deal!
: )jtolleson
Aug 8, 2001 10:30 AM
I'll just ride upwind...