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What are the best shorts to protect my "Assos"?(8 posts)

What are the best shorts to protect my "Assos"?sprocket rocket
Sep 1, 2001 10:06 AM
Money is no object since I do about five centuries a year and am eyeballing a few double centuries next year. I have worn some real butt munchers and am currently in a happy relationship with my Pearl Microsensor bibs. But I wonder if plunking down another $150 is going to do even more for me. And what is up with this chamoix cream? I like it dry down there and buttering up my nether regions seems to be asking for trouble. Thanks guys and gals!
re: What are the best shorts to protect my Assos?PdxMark
Sep 1, 2001 10:48 AM
Pearl Microsensor and Ultrasensor have been good for me (sort of my base standard), but I recently tried Voler and like them alot... maybe even more than the Pearls. And the prices are great. Be interesting to see if anyone can compare the Voler (pronounced vol lay) shorts to the Assos & Castelli shorts.

For century & double century rides, Chamois Butt'r is a great help. Even good shorts can begin to chafe, it seems. Chamois Butt'r (and other brands, I'm sure) give you that slick no-rub feeling for alot of the day... Use it liberally... Just a warning... it can be pretty cold when it goes on ...
re: What are the best shorts to protect my "Assos"?Lone Gunman
Sep 1, 2001 12:26 PM
I used to think the same thing about keeping the under side dry. 3 days into a week long tour I started to get a little sore and a riding buddy let me try some chamois butter. I slathered it onto the shorts and wet and wild is the way to go. It is not slimy or greasy, it is slippery and skin soothing. The real stuff (chamois butter or nalini relief creme) is an excellent product and does not promote any type of funk growth because it is moist. I can't comment on Assos or Castelli Y2K shorts but the stuff is top of the line. I ride Nalini or Santini bibs, that is pro uniform stuff, it is good enough for me. Hey, the tube or tub is $10.50 from bikejerseys.com, give it a shot!!
re: What are the best shorts to protect my "Assos"?badabill
Sep 1, 2001 2:13 PM
I used the pearls for a few years, but beng the cheapscate I am I bought a pair of the performance century gel shorts to try. Have been so impressed I bought 2 more a couple of weeks ago. Seem to last just as long and are very comfortable to me.I also use chamois butt'r To help out on long days. Never had a problem with saddle sores but have had friends suffer thru them. Its tough to try something new when you have something that works.
re: What are the best shorts to protect my "Assos"?Lone Gunman
Sep 1, 2001 3:29 PM
I have tried 2 types of shorts with "stuff" in them. My performance gels shorts have done 1 of 2 things: The gel when you sit on it squeezes out to the sides and creates pressure points or "pools" to the center on a cut out seat. Also, the gel pad has released from the front of the short and rolled back so I am sitting on a lump of gel. I have to tug and pull at it to get it positioned correctly, but that only lasts so long as it moves around. Also tried the HFS type fluid/bladder shorts. Bladder leaked all the fluid out, no padding in those now. The lycra on the Performance bibs is heavy stuff, very good, the straps will not stay on my shoulders, they don't have a "Y" back construction. I now stay away from shorts with "gimmicks".
re: What are the best shorts to protect my "Assos"?tr
Sep 1, 2001 8:57 PM
As far as bibs, i have tried and own just about every brand there is-
pearl,castelli,santini,assos,nalini,biemme,adidas,giordana,giessegi,etxe-ondo,asics,sportful. The most important thing of course is the pad. Material thickness and quality is next. On a real hot day i prefer the santini,nalini, or giessegi. Etxe-ondo is very nice stuff also. Nalini has improved very much from what it was 3 or 4 years ago. I think the santini pad is slightly better though. On a cooler day i like assos,giordana and or castelli. The assos and giordana seem a little thicker to me. It really is subjective though, the cut of one brand may work better for one indivdual versus another.
As far as the creme, for years i have ridden without using any at all. The only problem i ever experienced was some rubbing from the saddle were the pad attaches to the bib, right were the pad ends on the side. So this year i bought some assos chamois creme. I took just a little of that and i rub it into the pad on the edge over the stitching. If you rub it in good it won't feel wet. It works great and i only put it on the pad were i feel i need it. You can apply to your skin instead if you want. Anyway, i highly recommend the assos creme.
you mean your "@$$"? (nm)Rusty McNasty
Sep 4, 2001 5:19 AM
Pearl Ultra & Micro Sensor work well for me........Len J
Sep 4, 2001 5:32 AM
And after just doing my first 6 day ride, I would not ride without Chamois Butr'. What it does is prevent the Chamois & pants from moving. As a result all the Cjafe is on the pants not on the skin. In addition there is an antibacterial in it to ensure cleanliness. No problems for me.

It's worth the money.

Len