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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    What's the consensus on mtbr? Do you or don't you pad? Lately I've been going out without my padded spandex and just reg shorts and I feel fine but in the back of my mind I feel I should wear them. I'm just waiting for that one big hit where I look back and think to myself I should have worn them.

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    Yay all the way. Lycra or baggies just pick one.

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    Yay all the way. Did a short ride a few weeks ago without them. I was fine but would have rather had some extra comfort.

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    Try a pair of baggies with built in chamois and see or yourself.
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    Depends on how far you ride, what kind of terain, hard-tail vs. FS, how much time you spend out of the saddle, how well your saddle fits. I wear baggies or lycra, but always with a pad.
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    It seems my opinion is a bit different than the others. I do more Freeride/DH and rarely sit, which could be my issue with them. And the padding was in a pair of DH shorts and the internal shorts with the pads were not very tight fitting. To me it felt like I was wearing a small diaper, and I hated it. There is an odd feeling with a bit of extra weight in the rear of your pants all day. Just my view, didn't like them.
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    For me, yay and nay..I prefer mtb shorts with removable pad. Sometimes I ride with and sometimes without pad. For long ride over 2 hrs, I would wear pad. My saddle is comfy enough even without pad.

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    Yay. Always.

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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    Yes in the padding. I ride a hard tail and really couldn't do any length ride with our then.
    I spent this evening with my daughter for an impromptu ride through the neighborhood. My shorts were in the wash so I just rode with what I had on and I was missing the support and padding a lot

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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    To me it felt like I was wearing a small diaper, and I hated it. There is an odd feeling with a bit of extra weight in the rear of your pants all day. Just my view, didn't like them.
    I felt the same way with mine. Maybe I bought a crappy pair.

    I have never worn one until recently and don't think I will unless the ride is 20+ miles. I've been riding so long without one my sit bones don't hurt until that point anyway.

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    I love padded shorts under my baggies. Recently switched to bib shorts (under baggies), and those are fricken amazingly comfortable.

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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    I love padded shorts under my baggies. Recently switched to bib shorts (under baggies), and those are fricken amazingly comfortable.
    That's how it's done.

    Considering that a decent pair of Lycra shorts have a cost on par with a decent pair of baggies, you can guess how good the liner short is. I usually buy baggies without them to avoid paying for something I'll remove anyway. The difference in the pad quality and construction is significant.
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    I always wear padded baggies. I'm not much of
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    Rode with regular cargo shorts for years, bought a pair of mountain bike specific baggies a few year ago...will never turn back. Spandex/roadie panties? Never!

    Non padded, never rode with anything padded. I must say on some long rides I've thought about it. But it must be in baggies!

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    Hell yes! My saddle is positioned well and adjusted properly for a comfortable ride, but the padded shorts made a huge difference, particularly for longer rides where I'm in the saddle for extended periods.

    I have the padded spandex shorts underneath baggies. Spend the money on a decent pair of padded shorts - cheaper ones tend to have less padding. Also, make sure they fit right - they shouldn't feel like a 'diaper' as one other poster said.

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    I've been wearing padded Lycra shorts so long I cant imagine riding without. I took my newb nephew to Moab last year, he was embarrased to wear them but tried them under some baggies after a few rides. Said they made a big difference and kept wearing them.

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    I've never wore them. My typical rides are between 1 and 2 hours at a time and thus far I have never had a problem. If I see some on sale, I may pick some up and give it a try.

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    I wear em under baggies. I'm not racing so don't see the point to lycra.

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    no question. wear a chamois. I have (and will continue to do so) ridden short rides (say, 20min) around town without them and you wear holes in clothes surprisingly fast that way. they're just not designed to account for that kind of wear pattern so you get holes in the ass of your pants/shorts/underwear. all of my bike shorts have one or two orders of magnitude more miles on them with nary a sign of wear in those same areas because they're designed for it.

    I have a great pair of liners for my PI baggies. They have the same high end chamois as the nicer road shorts, but the fabric is a lycra mesh (that you wouldn't want to wear by themselves) made to be liners for baggies. I need more pairs of these or similar so I don't have to wash as often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    To me it felt like I was wearing a small diaper, and I hated it. There is an odd feeling with a bit of extra weight in the rear of your pants all day.
    perhaps the xtra weight was there when you started the ride and squished it's way out...jus sayin.

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    Important to note here that the primary purpose of a "chamois" (a bit of a misnomer with modern padding materials and construction) isn't to provide padding per se, it's to reduce the chafing you would otherwise have from the seams running up the center of just about any shorts whether biking-specific or casual. If it weren't for this, a properly fitting saddle would solve the problem without the need for the chamois/pad.

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    yaysh. baggies w/padding. commando of course.

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    Really like Fox baggies with the cut out chamois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by menusk View Post
    What's the consensus on mtbr? Do you or don't you pad? Lately I've been going out without my padded spandex and just reg shorts and I feel fine but in the back of my mind I feel I should wear them. I'm just waiting for that one big hit where I look back and think to myself I should have worn them.
    The padding is not for impact although some padding takes the edge off. The padding (chamios) is to absorb sweat and prevent chaffing. For me this critical on my road bike and less so on the mtn bike due to seating position.
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    Yep. Under moto shorts on the big bike, a la carte on the road bike, and I mix it up on the XC rig.

    I did go the jeans route back in my BMX period, and needlessly trashed a lot of not-that-cheap-even-in-the-mid-1990s pairs of jeans.

    Personally, I have yet to find a substantial difference in comfort between shorts and bibs, although I find I need to peel off some coin to get a pair of either that offers ride-all-day comfort (cough...assos..cough)
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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Important to note here that the primary purpose of a "chamois" (a bit of a misnomer with modern padding materials and construction) isn't to provide padding per se, it's to reduce the chafing you would otherwise have from the seams running up the center of just about any shorts whether biking-specific or casual. If it weren't for this, a properly fitting saddle would solve the problem without the need for the chamois/pad.
    ^^this^^.

    Technically, there's more material, which means more padding. But for the same reason you don't want a huge, cushy granny seat, you don't need extra padding. Once the soft tissue between your sit bones and the saddle toughens up, you don't need extra padding.

    I ride w lycra on almost every rode to absorb moisture and reduce chafing. Some of my Lycra is so old that there's no padding left. Once I'm seated on the bike and riding for a while, I can't really tell the difference between new or old shorts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaClint View Post
    .. Spandex/roadie panties? Never!...
    I have found the lyrca stuff to simply be the best shorts to use when riding. It is not because they look good, but because they work. No baggies to restrict leg motion or to get hung up on the tip of the saddle. Plus in warm weather they are light and breathable. I have 3 sets of baggies and only wear them easy family rides where I am just cruising along vs really riding hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    perhaps the xtra weight was there when you started the ride and squished it's way out...jus sayin.

    oh and yay for bags or lycra.
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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    I have both bib and Baggie, Baggie is easier to and from the trail without changing. They also have pockets, and the thicker material is more durable than bib or Lycra when I crash.

    Both have pros and cons, try both and decide.




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    Neigh for me.
    I have some but only use them for road rides where the riding position has the saddle jacked up in your crotch.

    For mtb I wear gym shorts and boxers or trusty under armour. It doesn't chafe and is very loose, breathable and comfortable. Also, my rides are almost always 2 hours or under. That doesn't give discomfort much of a chance.

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    Baggies with good (DeSoto) triathlon shorts underneath. They have a minimal padding, and seem to be the best of both worlds for me.

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    The Pad is generally not there for protection from "hits" but a barrier to prevent chaffing. See how your seamed underoos feel after a long ride in hot weather then decide.

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    For 10 years i wore padded spandex under a pair of surf shorts.

    About two years ago i started riding again after a lay off. My fat ass didnt fit into my old surf shorts and i wasnt about to drive back home to get another pair, so i just bombed the spandex.

    Comfortable, cool, and best of all.... no more getting the sagging material caught up on the seat. After that one liberating ride, i could give two squirts of piss what i "look like" now. I ride my bloody bike wearing bike shorts, Ef it.

    I AM modest enough to wear the surf shorts to and from the ride. On a bike, bike shorts = athletic apparel. Off a bike, bike shorts = fruit cake costume.

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    Only thing I can ad to this is if you do get padded liners make sure there is no center seam up the middle....I recommend ZOIC liners....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipRoar View Post
    Only thing I can ad to this is if you do get padded liners make sure there is no center seam up the middle....I recommend ZOIC liners....
    Zoic makes nice stuff. When I wore "baggy" shorts, Zoic's were my favorite pair.
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    As has been said, the "Pad" isn't for cushioning your sensitive flower from impact, but helping to absorb moisture and prevent chafing. I ride with lycra cycling shorts regardless of road or mountain. In the summer, the single layer is so much cooler (temp-wise). In the winter, a pair of tights over keeps me warm. Year round, buying one type of short for all the riding I do saves me money. Comfort, performance and money saved? Win.
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    I always check out this website before buying cycling shorts - Shorts For Cycling - My personal favourite is the 2XU compression shorts because they cut down muscle soreness massively

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    I ride with padded lycra and baggies on top. Different lenghts/weights of lycra cater for temperature (-4 to +35 celsius) and the durable baggy shorts provide pockets and protection from branches, thorns and abrasion wear. Endura Humvee is my short of choice. Long lasting, good looking, plenty of pockets, venting and a good fit.

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    This should go in the "beginners" area. No experienced cyclist would ever go with out a chamois or just have one pair.

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    This should go in the "beginners" area. No experienced cyclist would ever go with out a chamois or just have one pair.
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    [QUOTE=NateHawk;10246346]no question. wear a chamois. I have (and will continue to do so) ridden short rides (say, 20min) around town without them and you wear holes in clothes surprisingly fast that way. they're just not designed to account for that kind of wear pattern so you get holes in the ass of your pants/shorts/underwear. all of my bike shorts have one or two orders of magnitude more miles on them with nary a sign of wear in those same areas because they're designed for it.

    I have a great pair of liners for my PI baggies. They have the same high end chamois as the nicer road shorts, but the fabric is a lycra mesh (that you wouldn't want to wear by themselves) made to be liners for baggies. I need more pairs of these or similar so I don't have to wash as often.[/QUOTE\]

    These liners sound like a pretty good Idea. Who makes these liners and are they still available?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    No baggies to restrict leg motion or to get hung up on the tip of the saddle.
    This is why I finally broke down and bought some UnderArmor for riding. Had a few tense moments when baggy shorts caught my saddle and decided that was sufficient reason for lycra.

    Never had a reason to try padded shorts though, and don't really want to spend the money just because I'm "supposed" to. I've never had a chafing problem on rides regardless of what I'm wearing, so I figure I'll save my dollars for something that I actually find deficient - like all of the low end parts on my bike.
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    I always do. Since riding bibs on the road, I have been wearing an old pair of bibs under my baggy shorts becuase I like them so much better than most MTB liners.
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    Yep, I wear my Pearl Izumi liners under my baggies. I've always worn them while riding so they don't bother me and there is nothing wrong with a little extra padding. Unless the feeling of the padding annoys you while you ride I don't see any reason not to have them.

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    Bibs hold them up but the something is hanging off your ass feeling is always there.

    I always wear em, take advantage of technology when its there

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    My usual setup is baggies over lycra shorts w/chamois. I havn't found any baggy MTB shorts with a good built in chamois that does the job of wicking away moisture very well and I've actually cut out the built in chamois in some of my baggies to wear a better quality of lycra/chamois underneith. I've noticed that the occasional monkey butt (chafing) problems have disappeared since I've gone to wearing better quality chamois. I know...TMI but I had to mention that you get what you pay for as far as cycling shorts...and everything else for that matter.

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    I rode for a year or two with just soccer shorts, which worked great until I rode three days in a row out at Tsali (lots of fast singletrack that you can mostly blaze through on your seat) and had to pick up some padded shorts for the last day. I wear them under soccer shorts unless it's really hot out-turns out spandex isn't very thick and you can get a nice breeze going!

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    Padded Bicycle shorts yay or nay?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    I have found the lyrca stuff to simply be the best shorts to use when riding. It is not because they look good, but because they work. No baggies to restrict leg motion or to get hung up on the tip of the saddle. Plus in warm weather they are light and breathable. I have 3 sets of baggies and only wear them easy family rides where I am just cruising along vs really riding hard.
    My experience for some reason is just the opposite: Lycra gets caught on the saddle; baggies do not. Worst is Lycra tights over Lycra shorts. Disaster




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