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    Spandex

    How come so many mountain bikers wear spandex? I'm semi new to MB and was wondering what the deal with this was?

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    you wear boxers with normal casual shorts, ride for 15-25 miles, then come back and tell me how your ass feels. I ninja my spandex by wearing it under some shorts I got from old navy, avoids the whole problem.
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    Once I started putting more and more hrs on the saddle....I found that lycra is much more comfortable. Why do basketball players where baggy shorts, why do golfers where polo shirts?...it's just the fashion of the sport.

    When I race I can't imagine digging through baggy short pockets for stuff while I am riding....and it it just much more comfortable for me.

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    I use spandex compression shorts (underwear), and MTB shorts or light gym shorts over them. Plenty of airflow, no chafing, and I can ride for hours with no discomfort. No chamois or pad either.
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    One reason: lycra shorts don't leave you looking like you pee'd your pants after a long, hot ride. I wore baggies once, never again.
    Plus, I worked hard for these legs, why wouldn't I show them off? That's the reason why we shave 'em too!

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    Good points, I thought it had to do more with comfort vs fashion. I guess I havent rode long enough to feel the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C In San Diego
    Good points, I thought it had to do more with comfort vs fashion. I guess I havent rode long enough to feel the difference.
    For some of us, there's a financial aspect as well as the functional. I re-discovered bike riding as an adult 30 years ago now. I quickly found out a good quality pair of bike shorts was a lot more comfortable on long rides. It's not just the padding; it's the cut, and the muscle support.

    When I took up mtn biking almost 20 years ago, there weren't mtn biking shorts. You either wore lycra bike shorts or something else. With the "something else" selection, the comfort just wasn't there. For a while, I rode with hiking shorts over my bike shorts, which was good as a beginner, but gave that up after a while.

    Baggie bike shorts have come a long way, but in my opinion, still do not deliver the support and comfort that lycra shorts do, at least not on a dollar for dollar basis. All the pockets, bells and whistles on the baggies increase the cost as well. I'd rather have 3 or 4 good pairs of bike shorts that are comfortable and high quality, no matter which bike I happen to throw a leg over on any given day.

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    Function before Form. bibs are simply the best thing you can wear for riding, racing, training. they may not always be flattering, but functionally they cannot be beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    Function before Form. bibs are simply the best thing you can wear for riding, racing, training. they may not always be flattering, but functionally they cannot be beat.
    I have to agree on the Bib shorts......sooo much more comfortable than baggy MTB shorts. You can also put a Gel in between the elastic part and your thigh during a race....it makes grabbing the gel very easy.
    Last edited by ptfmb71; 08-24-2010 at 01:25 PM.

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    Baggies only for me! Keep lycra on the road please!

    A lot of the new baggies are very nice, take Oakley as a good example.

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    Lycra in the summer, baggies in the winter..... spring & fall is 50/50.

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    Agree with others, lycra bib shorts are the most comfortable way to ride. Plus it's too hot (Texas) to wear anything else.
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    I generally wear baggies, because I like the look. the downside to that is I have snagged to baggies on my bars, levers somehow, when doing contorted movements, (out of control). I don't like the suspended padding in most dedicated mtl bike shorts. Fox shorts feel the best.
    I am looking into some 3/4 lenght mt. bike pants, for more leg protection from the bushes and thorns that have overgrown the local trails.

    I wear lycra for my road biking. more areo at above 30 mph! : )

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    The bibs create a nice male cameltoe/mooseknuckle effect. Some prefer this. I wear my padded Fox shorts for mountain and bibs for road.

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    I wear Lycra under my board shorts. The Fox shorts I have bought (and subsequently given away) won't stay on my butt well at all.
    I do need to revisit the whole short program though, the Velcro fly sometimes rubs me the wrong way...
    Addicted to the dirt......with no hope for recovery.

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    funny because on any local MTB trail on the weekend you will find:
    70% baggy shorts 30% Lycra (estaimate)

    On any XC or endurance race you find:
    CAT-3 80% Lycra 20% Baggies (estimate)
    CAT-2 90% Lycra and 10% baggies (estimate)
    CAT-1 & Pro 100% Lycra (estimate)
    Last edited by ptfmb71; 08-25-2010 at 03:21 PM.

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    I like baggies with chamois undergarment because I like having pockets.

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    on any local MTB trail on the weekend you will find:
    70% baggy shorts 30% Lycra

    On any XC or endurance race you find:
    CAT-3 80% Lycra 20% Baggies
    CAT-2 90% Lycra and 10% baggies
    CAT-1 & Pro 100% Lycra
    Without any hard evidence to back this data up... I'm agreeing 100%
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    Lycra for me for most rides. I do have baggies but found as Nagathawk mentioned, that I have got snagged. For me it is the seat on tricky climbs and drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptfmb71
    On any XC or endurance race you find:
    CAT-3 80% Lycra 20% Baggies (estimate)
    CAT-2 90% Lycra and 10% baggies (estimate)
    CAT-1 & Pro 100% Lycra (estimate)

    my bet is that we (i am a cat1 XC racer) are onto something!

    when i raced DH i wore baggies over my bibshorts. the baggies offered a higher level of abrasion resistance when (not if) i crashed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FalloutMan
    you wear boxers with normal casual shorts, ride for 15-25 miles, then come back and tell me how your ass feels. I ninja my spandex by wearing it under some shorts I got from old navy, avoids the whole problem.
    I'll 1 up you.... well 3.
    28 miles in boxers and Dickies shorts. Felt great!
    =P

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    I wear baggies when I mountain bike and lycra
    on my road bikes. My wife wears lycra on both,
    but she has a great body and can get away with
    it.

    Best, John

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    Road to XC race- Lycra
    All mountain to Downhill- tough baggies
    Dirt Jumping-really loose jeans and boxers
    Groomed open trails- lycra
    Tight, rough trails with nasty, desert plants- baggies
    Heart rate monitors-lycra
    GPS - light baggies
    Wear knee pads- baggies please
    Hot girls -lycra
    Beer bellies- baggies
    Shaved legs- lycra
    hairy legs- baggies

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    LMAO@ Cameltoes and Mooseknuckles!!!!

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