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Need help with clothing for my first tri.boyd2
Jun 12, 2003 6:00 AM
I am planning on my first tri this summer and I am not sure what I am going to wear on the swim leg. The swim is warm, salt water and my plan currently is to wear biking shorts the whole time. I am not sure that I could wear a brief (spedo) swim suit because I will be very uncomfortable in the bike and run. I tend to chafe alot.

Anybody have any wisdom for me? I have done plenty of running in bike shorts (duathalons) and never had a problem. I swam the other day in bike shorts and I am worried that they are going to scoop water up at the waist. Should I go with bibs? My other option is to wear a spedo and put shorts over them in T1
re: Need help with clothing for my first tri.Steve_0
Jun 12, 2003 7:15 AM
Tri shorts have a lighter pad to absorb less water, (usually) fit a little tighter than bikeshorts and often have a drawsting waist to avoid the 'scoop'.

Desoto makes a popular pair for about 40 bucks.

Another option is wetsuit over the bikeshorts. You'll swim faster, but you'll be no less than $150 poorer.

If you're scrimpin (nothing wrong with that), do the bike shorts; plenty of people do. If you chafe, I'd hate to think of what a wet speedo would do to you under dry bikeshorts.
re: Need help with clothing for my first tri.brider
Jun 12, 2003 9:12 AM
Most people have BIG problems running any appreciable distance in bike shorts -- pad is just too bulky. Add to that the fact that this same pad will be trapping SALT water, and the results won't be pretty at all.

Trying to put on anything lycra in T1 is going to take a LOT of time (remember, wet body).

What are the distances for this tri?

I used to go with a Speedo throughout, and for half-IM type distances, I'd add a pair of unpadded bike shorts (worn under the wetsuit), that I may or may not have doffed in T2 (went both ways, never really settled on a more favored method). Tri shorts just weren't plentiful when I was racing.
re: Need help with clothing for my first tri.boyd2
Jun 12, 2003 10:17 AM
The tri is very short. .75miles/16miles/3.1miles. I wanted to go with bike shorts because I was worried about comfort on the bike leg, but perhaps I should worry about comfort on the running leg more. Should I take an old bike short and remove the pad?
re: Need help with clothing for my first tri.kevyn
Jun 13, 2003 6:20 AM
Boyd, I'll be doing my first tri this sunday in a TYR multi sport tri suit. I can't comment on how well this works as I haven't used it yet but just trying it on it makes me feel faster. It has a pad but it is much thiner than in cycling shorts. Ordered it from
here a pickevyn
Jun 13, 2003 6:23 AM
...not me btw
here a picboyd2
Jun 13, 2003 11:50 AM
Thanks for the input. I am definately going on the cheep. I will look for a pair of tri shorts.