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Does anyone else find road biking shorts uncomfortable?(13 posts)

Does anyone else find road biking shorts uncomfortable?UncleMoe
Aug 21, 2001 7:41 AM
This is an odd question, but does anyone else prefer baggy mountain biking shorts over road bike shorts?

After suffering with pair after pair of road shorts that made me have to constantly adjust myself, I recently bought three pairs of loose fitting MTB Cargo shorts with a light nylon shell for $30 each. While I suspect they may not hold up as long as more expensive road shorts, I can say that I prefer the loose fit in the crotch over the "lets stuff my package in these tights" feel.

Wondering if its just me. Yes, I've even tried road shorts that are obviously too big for me (at my knees), and those don't stand up either.
re: Does anyone else find road biking shorts uncomfortable?VictorChan
Aug 21, 2001 7:43 AM
Baggy shorts == drag. :-) Is like riding with a parachute opened.
It's all subjectiveMeDotOrg
Aug 21, 2001 7:54 AM
Yesterday I rode for the first time in months with a "regular" pair of shorts instead of lycra road shorts.

I really missed the crotch padding, not just because of comfort, but I missed my naughty parts being held in position and not sliding around all over the place.

So it's all subjective - ride with what makes you want to ride more...
good shorts and butt'rDog
Aug 21, 2001 7:56 AM
Get some good padded shorts that fit and slather them up with Chamois Butt'r. You may have to try several kinds of shorts before you find the one that makes you feel good. They can be very different.

I've about worn out a pair ...Humma Hah
Aug 21, 2001 7:58 AM
... of baggy nylon shorts I bought from Sunny's Surplus for about $10. Basically tan swim trunks with pockets, they turned out to be incredibly comfortable, and I rode two centuries in them.

I presently wear MTB shorts, i.e. a pair of Lycra shorts with an outer shell with pockets. The Lycra part is comfortable (after I got over the pooped-pants feeling of the crotch padding), but I really do like a few pockets for my wallet, keys, a little change, and a Gu pack or flask. They're not too draggy, and I'm not fast enough to worry much about that sort of thing anyway.
No, but . . .DCW
Aug 21, 2001 8:09 AM
are you sure it's the shorts and not the saddle? Some find angling the saddle nose just slightly left of right makes a more comfortable ride.
No, but . . .UncleMoe
Aug 21, 2001 8:21 AM
Positive. If I tilt the nose down one click from where I have it, I feel like I will slide off. I have the seat dialed in right now. Besides, the tights are uncomfortable for me just walking around in them, never mind riding.

I read a lot of good things about the Velo shorts on Ordered two XL's hoping I might have found an answer. More comfortable than others I've tried and I could deal with these on 20-30 miles ride, but for longer rides I'm sticking with the baggy shorts. I don't find any noticable "drag" at all with them. The tights simply smush the heck out of my package. The very small beneift if a little less drag simply isn't worth the lose of comfort for me I guess.

I'm happy that at least one other rider feels the way I do.
Clarification . . .DCW
Aug 21, 2001 11:20 AM
The saddle angle I referred to was side-to side, not up and down. Some guys find that the slight angle to the side give their "boys" a little more room. It oibviously can't be much of an angle or you introduce other comfort problems.
Aug 21, 2001 2:05 PM
Ya, tried the angle thing. Drove me crazy. Thanks for the advice though. I guess I'll just stick with the looser shorts. The have chamois padding and all, I just wondered if others found regular tights to be comfortable. For the most part I am in the minority. Oh well.
Saddle AimRich Clark
Jul 26, 2001 4:30 PM
Yes, I rotate my saddles so the nose is pointing just to the right of the stem clamp. This is a seldom-discussed adjustment that a lot of male riders ought to consider working with.

re: Does anyone else find road biking shorts uncomfortable?PEDDLFOOT
Aug 21, 2001 9:50 AM
I love the feeling of Lycra in the morning.That tightness around your thighs after a long ride is the best.Long live road shorts!!!
re: Does anyone else find road biking shorts uncomfortable?zero14
Aug 21, 2001 9:53 AM
i hate biking the summer i usually wear running shorts and a tank top...
I wear bothRich Clark
Aug 21, 2001 12:32 PM
I wear lycra shorts on longer rides, or when it's very hot. Obviously, when it comes to clothing fit, it will be an individual thing. I've found some road shorts to be tighter in the crotch, and some to be too "pouchy." When you find what fits, it might be smart to buy several pairs, since clothing manufacturers seem to change designs or patterns unpredictably. (I bought a pair of REI Paceline shorts in 2001 that were completely different from the same size Paceline shorts I bought in 2000. Had to take them back.)

When I commute or run local errands I wear Zoic MTB shorts that have a padded lycra insert sewn in. They're a little less conspicuous at the supermarket or Starbucks, not that that would stop me.

To me, though, well-fitting lycra-type shorts with smooth seams and just-right padding are indispensable on rides over 50 miles. That's when tiny discomforts start to loom large, and perfection is not too much to wish for.