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Old 10-05-18, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Some of these responses remind me of that guy at the gym that doens't believe real men wear gloves. What he doesn't seem to realize is that his hands look like they've been through a meat grinder and permanently stained in crud. No thanks.
Well...my butt looks fantastic, thank you. And I never wear bike shorts.
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Old 10-05-18, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
You can ride a bike without proper padded shorts, but why would you want to? Same goes for helmet, shoes and gloves. Would you play hockey in baseball cleats? Different strokes, I guess ...

Yeah, the 90% or so of the people who ride bikes and don't wear special clothes or shoes sure must be idiots, right?

Why do without them? Don't need them, they're expensive, they're inconvenient if you're hopping on and off the bike, and they're kind of stupid-looking.
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Old 10-05-18, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
Well...my butt looks fantastic, thank you. And I never wear bike shorts.

In part, I think it's my well-developed glutes that let me do really well with stock saddles and no padding.

Butt I really didn't want to say that.
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Old 10-05-18, 11:16 AM
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This is going to end well.
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Old 10-05-18, 11:27 AM
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Cheeky.
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Old 10-05-18, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
As usual, you judge other people's needs based on no knowledge whatsoever.
I'm not questioning the manliness of anyone who wears padding, I just haven't had any need for them, but if Krane needs them, everyone else must, right?.
First, that was an observation, not a judgment. No penalties are involved. And second, I am a cyclist, and have been one all my life. I have a great deal of knowledge on all of the above.
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Old 10-05-18, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
First, that was an observation, not a judgment. No penalties are involved. And second, I am a cyclist, and have been one all my life. I have a great deal of knowledge on all of the above.

Oh, BS, you implied people who say they don't need bike shorts are deluded by comparing us with people with ugly hands who ridicule glove use. Play your little passive/aggressive games somewhere else.

And guess what? The people who say they don't need bike shorts have been cyclists all their lives too.
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Old 10-05-18, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Cheeky.
I wish I could say I am that clever. Guess I am subconsciously.
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Old 10-05-18, 12:41 PM
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The main concern I have is that the shorts I wear don't have any thick seams in the crotch are that can rub me raw on rides. I've got a few pairs of bike-specific shorts that only have a thin (artifical) chamois in the crotch area, and they work great. I also have some swim shorts with liners that also work great. YMMV.

And I don't were click-in shoes. Don't see any need for them since I'm primarily riding on suburban streets and like the convenience of being able to pop on-and-off the bicycle and walk freely in normal shoes.
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Old 10-05-18, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
The main concern I have is that the shorts I wear don't have any thick seams in the crotch are that can rub me raw on rides. I've got a few pairs of bike-specific shorts that only have a thin (artifical) chamois in the crotch area, and they work great. I also have some swim shorts with liners that also work great. YMMV.

And I don't were click-in shoes. Don't see any need for them since I'm primarily riding on suburban streets and like the convenience of being able to pop on-and-off the bicycle and walk freely in normal shoes.
Yup, you know what you need for the riding you do.

The key there is definitely YMMV--butts and feet come in all shapes and sizes. It's always so funny when people assume that everyone needs what works for them but those other people just haven't figured it out yet.
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Old 10-06-18, 02:46 PM
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Pads - not chamois anymore - come in various widths, lengths, thicknesses, densities, seamed, unseamed.... You want something that's comfortable. The hunt for comfortable shorts can be arduous. Those of us who have found comfortable shorts like them. No need to start the hunt unless you experience chafing.

Chamois is a type of leather, soft, smooth, leather. It was replaced by synthetic stuff primarily because of cost but also because synthetics dry faster. Cheaper, dry faster ... less comfortable, more prone to hosting bacteria colonies. Maybe not a great trade-off. Chamois cream wasn't a product until synthetics took over the market....

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Old 10-06-18, 03:05 PM
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I'm NOT a 'professional rider' and have never claimed to be. Back 40+ years ago, the 'serious riders' wore wool cycling shorts - some with- and some without padding.

Me? I wore my regular cotton/polyester underwear and regular street clothes - or a 'warm-up suit' on many Century rides. TOSRV four times, Hilly Hundred twice and many many others.... Always on a Brooks-clone hard leather saddle. Even on a 1000+ mile tour. I never even had any padded cycling shorts until ten years later. 60-some thousand miles later and I'm still around and still riding/commuting in street clothes, so it isn't any death-defying thing to ride without padded shorts! However, nowadays if riding more than 60 miles in a day, I'll opt for padded cycling shorts under my hiking shorts (for the pockets) and a wicking t-shirt in deference to my 'senior years' body...
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Old 10-06-18, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Yeah, the 90% or so of the people who ride bikes and don't wear special clothes or shoes sure must be idiots, right?
No, they just don't ride very far and usually have an overstuffed saddle that aren't suitable for a long ride either.
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Old 10-06-18, 06:02 PM
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No, they just don't ride very far and usually have an overstuffed saddle that aren't suitable for a long ride either.

Oh look everyone! It's the No True Scotsman fallacy.

Just rode 105 miles in my cargo pants today, and will do another 100 tomorrow. But it doesn't count because I'm not wearing the right pants, right?

Feel free to check the thickness of my saddle. It's pretty much standard rode bike.

Hate to break it to you, but most riders who "suit up" don't ride very far, either.
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Old 10-06-18, 07:18 PM
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Professional rider, no padded shorts ? Probably not.
Personally, Depends.........................


shorter rides (<50 km), usually don't bother.
when I do wear bike shorts, prefer J&G Touring shorts.
they have a nice thin wicking pad,
my saddles are comfortable, don't need a monster crotch pad.
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