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    Boxers or briefs

    Did a thread search, didn't come up with much.

    So when I take a short ride around the neighborhood on my mountain bike, the standard Specialized seat is not very comfortable. The reason is, my boys are free to roam, and getting one caught between your thigh and the seat does not feel good. I ride motocross and street bikes and have the same problem.

    So my questions is, what steps do others take to protect and make the boys comfortable? Maybe some sort of padded under armor? Or something along those lines? Any recommendations?

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    Padded riding shorts...

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    I also wear padded bike shorts or boxer briefs if it is just a short ride.

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    The padded shorts will save your life

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    The seat on my 09 Rockhopper is uber comfy to me. I know everyone is a bit different so YMMV. I am comfy in boxer briefs ( the best of both worlds ) and I don't have to worry about the boys wandering too far or chaffing with riding shorts or liners. Find a saddle that you're comfy on first, then decide if you still need some padding between you and the bike

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    i've ridden carbon saddles comfortably, it's not about how much padding, it's about how it's adjusted to you. boxer briefs ride up on me anyway... so i wear nice padded BG enduro shorts... real comfy! otherwise for long rides it's a difficult choice, be free but have them ride up, or be bunched up without them riding up. i perfer the first, can't stand being bunched up...

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    [double post]

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexJK
    it's not about how much padding, it's about how it's adjusted to you....
    +1. A saddle's comfort depends heavily on the tilt angle and its fore/aft adjustment relative to how you like to sit on the bike. A well-adjusted saddle that fits your body shape will be comfortable without padded shorts.

    That said, padded lycra shorts worn wihtout underwear (but maybe with baggy shorts over them, consider those around you) offer better moisture wicking, are more hygienic, and allow you to ride without worrying about trapping your plums.

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    I rock a pair of under armor compression shorts for MTN and the bike shorts for road
    "It sucks because that's what Boxxers of that generation were good at." -- XSL_WiLL

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    Perhaps it is odd, but I have never had the enjoyment of getting my junk stuck between my saddle and my leg. Sounds like perhaps you should not bow your legs out so much, keep your legs straight and you should have issues. I also ride with padded briefs, but only on the trail around town you shouldn't need padded anything except a helmet.

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    Sugoi knicks with cheap cargo shorts over the top. All the comfort of cycling knicks, with the practicality of trail shorts.

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    Both

    You know, I like both. I like the looks of boxers and the comfort of the briefs.

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    For kickin it around the neighborhood with the kids or to the party store what I'm wearing is what I'm wearing. If I change it's into cycling shorts.

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    regular boxerbriefs is where its at :0)

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    padded shorts. (a lot of motocrossers I know wear them too.)

    whatever i have on for short rides.

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    Funny you should post this,

    i've been thinking of asking the same! I am back on a bike after many yrs and many lbs. removed from prior cycling experiences. My first short ride had me fairly discouraged. I foolishly wore boxers and the horn of the seat just wore my nuts out!

    I tried again next time with some tight boxer briefs and this seemed to help alot. Anyone ever use a jock strap while riding? Does this sound like a good idea?

    Thanks and Good luck,
    Jon

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    I wear nothing at all under my bike shorts, which are usually thin nylon cargo types..

    You may need to adjust your saddle. Try to nose it down slightly. And make sure your saddle to bar length is correct and not to long. To prevent you sliding forward into a less comfortable part of the seat. Of course the two bones in your ass should correspond with the padded rear of the seat. You can make this adjustment a few different ways. Slide the seat forward, change the orientation of the handlebar, or get a new stem with a shorter arm.

    Another option is a new seat. Stock seats are notoriously under spec'd.

    I went to a WTB Speed V, and have been quite happy with it's comfort, after replacing the rock bottom WTB base saddle that came as original equipment on my Mary SS.

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    Just regular compression shorts are just dandy.

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    bike shorts arent really padded per se.. its a chamois. its there to keep things dry.

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    After looking after all of these posts, I am going to adjust the saddle and see if that makes a difference. After going on a 10 mile ride, it is my butt that goes numb now. I have adjusted my riding style and that has seemed to help not make my boys go as numb. I need to get padded shorts.

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    boxer briefs for quick jaunts, riding shorts for anything extended.

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    also i thought my wtb pure v was hell so i tried moving it forward a bit and that made all the difference in the world.

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    Pull em up and stick em in your pocket.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    I just let mine bounce off the pavement as I ride through the neighborhood.
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