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    Padded shorts or a different seat

    I am wondering what everyone's thoughts are about either getting a pair of padded shorts or just get a new seat that would be more comfortable.

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    time in the saddle has worked for me
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    Go the shorts, propper mtb shorts with the padded inner short will work wonders, and also going comando to stop sweaty nast days in the saddle

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    I am currently am riding with either unpaded mtb shorts or my compressions and cargo's

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmg71 View Post
    time in the saddle has worked for me
    This is the best answer so far. Besides that I would invest in some nice padded shorts. Don't skimp on them. Get a good pair. Then if the above two don't work you can try another seat. It's better to buy things you can use throughout your biking experience. If you buy another seat and that still doesn't work then you will buy the shorts; wasting money on a seat.
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    I took the slr off my road bike. I have to season into it every year.

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    Any recommendations on a good pair?

    The non padded pair I have are by Canari.

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    it might be in your bet interest to get properly fitted for a saddle. if your saddle fit is not right, padded shorts will help, but for longer rides, you will start to feel discomfort.

    just my 2 cents
    Living in Houston makes me more of a Ditch Bike Rider

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    Unless your saddle fits wrong.....ride more. I don't use padded shorts or anything but they would help on the 40+ mile rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble79 View Post
    Any recommendations on a good pair?

    The non padded pair I have are by Canari.
    Fox and Zoic make nice ones, but most good baggies come with a removable chamois/liner that you can use with any shorts. Just avoid shorts with a seam down the crotch.

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    +1 Zoic... plus you can get them locally at many sporting goods stores. Even places like REI carry them. Makes it easy to see how they fit without having to deal with the shipping/returning via UPS/FedEx etc..

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