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25 mile test ride, no padded shorts or creams.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by GuyBoden, 21 Apr 2017.

  1. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    I'm just experimenting with riding without padded shorts and creams, like I did in my old riding days. After a short ride of 25 miles, I didn't feel any chaffing or soreness, but my testicles were not as constrained as in padded shorts. I didn't ride my usual 50-70 miles, it was just a test, but I might do a longer ride.

    I'm using my very comfy leather Lycett saddle.

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  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    Never used any padded shorts and have no probs. That saddle looks like a Brooks.
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  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Were you riding naked...chapeau as it's nippy out today!
  4. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    Tonight I'm going to sleep on a bed of nails, just to remind myself what a stupid idea it is....
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  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    If you want more bundled division down there, products are available, such as "Obviously" boxers.

    The key thing is to avoid seams where you sit, IMO. After that, next most important are underpants legs that don't go baggy if you actually use your legs, as you don't want the pedaling action to let anything escape and then garrote it.
  7. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    That's the spirit that keeps too many people being squashed and sawn by sweaty padded infection incubators ;)
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  8. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    I know exactly what you mean, and I believe that the standard advice in this situation is that you want to tilt the nose of your saddle down a bit. :okay:
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  9. People see cyclists wearing high viz and helmets and gradually come to the conclusion that cycling must be very dangerous as you have to wear special safety equipment.

    People see cyclists wearing special and generally ugly clothes and assume cycling must be terribly uncomfortable. I think it will help cycling spread to the non-enthusiasts if they see more cyclists dressing for their destination than their journey.

    I wouldn't spend a day at a museum in cycling kit, and I don't want the palaver of bringing a change of clothes with me. So I happily cycle the 10 miles there (and later back home again) in jeans, without any ill effects (except roll up the right leg as my jeans are boot cut and my road bike has no guards, if I don't take the folder).

    Edit: one ill-effect. My jeans wear out on the inner thigh.
    Last edited: 21 Apr 2017
  10. OP

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Thanks for the advice, I'll be going out for a ride later in seamless boxers and see if they provide more support for the testicles without chaffing.

    Last edited: 21 Apr 2017
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  11. si_c

    si_c Über Member

    I do my 13mi each way commute in jeans, largely because I like jeans, and I've ridden much further in them, never as yet worn padded shorts when out on the bike. If you treat it as primarily a means of transport then you don't need special clothes.

    As you say though the jeans do wear in an unfortunate way, I tried to mitigate this by buying several pairs of jeans and alternating use. This week three of them have worn out, two of them whilst on the way *to* work.
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  12. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    I did the naked bike ride ..............once
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  13. OP

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Tommy Godwin, 75,065 miles in a year (1939), in silk underwear.


    "Tommy also didn’t have the benefit that professional riders have today with regards to clothing, accessories and personal maintenance. Endless days in the saddle were taking their toll and Tommy suffered from saddle soreness. After limited success using ointment to relieve his suffering, on the advice of a female cyclist he donned a pair of ladies silk undies and greatly improved his discomfort!"
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  14. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    That'll be the clothing "benefit" that still sees professional riders have to quit races due to saddle sores? Things have moved on a long way with saddles, but there's still a heck of a lot of people who think thick padding is a panacea as long as it's not on the saddle and there doesn't seem to have been comparable progress in the approach to clothing: synthetics have mostly replaced wool and chamois but the basic design would still be recognisable to a 1950s competitive cyclist and possibly earlier.
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  15. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Staff Member

    Can't comment about the testicles, 'cause I haven't got any ^_^ but personally I find the correct saddle for your bum is the key.
    Can't abide padded shorts myself, used to wear them only on rough terrain, nowadays I just use a bike with fatter tyres for that and keep wearing normal leggings.
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