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    Chamois tight shorts, underwear or no underwear v.noob

    Just bought myself first pair of riding shorts Fox Giant Ranger mtb shorts, i was wondering if most of you wear the tights commando or with underwear?

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    Chamois tight shorts, underwear or no underwear v.noob

    Sans underwear.

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    Chamois tight shorts, underwear or no underwear v.noob

    Never underwear.

    Except when not on the bike. Then? Almost always.

    Please.

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    Most folks say no underwear, and by all means try it. However, I wear non-cotton briefs to keep my junk tucked away and do not suffer chafing. My rides are relatively short though (1 to 2 hours), so all day epics might be different.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    No underwear.

    But the primary problems with underwear are sitting on something that's bunched, sitting on something that gets waterlogged, or sitting on a seam. Cycling shorts didn't always have a chamois, especially back when it was actually a leather thing.
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    Chamois tight shorts, underwear or no underwear v.noob

    When you put cotton between yourself and the chamois, you're negating the effect of that chamois, in terms of moisture wicking and comfort.

    It's like asking for chafing.

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    Thanks for the insight guys! Will go commando ASAP! lol

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    I just wear compression shorts (underarmour) under baggy soccer type shorts - no padding, no shammy and I'm fine. No chafing or other unpleasantness. My rides are short (1-2hrs) and I wouldn't be surprised if longer rides needed chamois/padding but for me, I'm good to go. I once wore underwear under my baggies instead of the compression shorts and it was much more irritating and uncomfortable.

    I wouldn't wear underwear under compression shorts.

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    No underwear for best results, but you can probably get by with underwear for a time. If you have any discomfort or chaffing it is due to the underwear. The chamios should be tight to the skin and hold all the bits tightly in place. That is how they are designed to work.
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