Padded Undershorts

hothead
hothead Posts: 123
edited December 2008 in Road beginners
Hello,

I seem to sufer with sore and numb bits and bobs on and after most rides over 35 mins. Tried saddle changes ets but still seem to have problems and think i might have delicate bits. Would Padded undershorts under my bibshorts help and at least give me some extra padding and comfort???

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  • woody-som
    woody-som Posts: 1,001
    no. how long have you been riding? It takes a while for you anatomy to get use to the pressure/position. Check the position on the saddle, you should have most of your weight/contact with the saddle on the bony bits of your butt, and what type of saddle, soft saddles are best for upright (sit up and beg type riding), while the firm saddles are best suited to race style bike and the bent over riding style.
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Are the pads in your shorts any good? Perhaps (if you can afford it) try something like Assos - they have top quality pads - I can't ride without them now.
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  • hothead
    hothead Posts: 123
    Been riding a few years now and to be honest as i ride further and further it gets worse. This season really noticed it more in 25 TT's and longer training rides. To be honest thinking about it some of my shorts are cheapish and maybe I need to invest in some good shorts. Saying that could chamois cream help?
  • Mettan
    Mettan Posts: 2,103
    hothead wrote:
    Hello,

    I seem to sufer with sore and numb bits and bobs on and after most rides over 35 mins. Tried saddle changes ets but still seem to have problems and think i might have delicate bits. Would Padded undershorts under my bibshorts help and at least give me some extra padding and comfort???

    I used my DHB padded Undershorts under my Endura cycling shorts for the Manchester 100 miler - padding-wise they did provide welcome extra comfort - however, the "2 layers"/shorts did feel a bit tight.

    If you've already got budget shorts and want to add a cheap extra padded layer (for silly mileage days), it can work - however, with more funds a quality single pair of shorts should be sufficient.
  • hothead
    hothead Posts: 123
    While i dont have Assos money what other quality shorts are on the market?
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    DeMarchi amongst others use a Cytec insert - who make the Assos ones. The quality of inserts in shorts has improved a lot in recent years - the only ones I don't car for are Northwave. I'd also look at your saddle and seat position too - a 'too soft' saddle can also irritate the soft tissue so a firm saddle of the right shape is often better than a squidgy one that doesn't quite fit.
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  • Nuggs
    Nuggs Posts: 1,804
    hothead wrote:
    While i dont have Assos money what other quality shorts are on the market?
    I much prefer my Giordana Tenax bibs (£50ish) to my Assos ones (£120ish).
  • woody-som
    woody-som Posts: 1,001
    I like the DeMarchi shorts, nice comfy pad, but have some cheapish unbranded ones, and they seem just as good for rides upto 3 hours, so I'd still look at the saddle type/position as well. I use to have a saddle that came with the bike and this was never comfy, now use a arione, no probs with the cheap shorts.
  • nferrar
    nferrar Posts: 2,511
    I generally use Specialized shorts/tights, nice and comfy but at the price there's probably a lot of equally good stuff about. I'd definetly try some chamois cream, if it doesn't help it's only a tenner (I use it whenever I'm going out over an hour although it's probably mostly psychological :p).
  • hothead wrote:
    While i dont have Assos money what other quality shorts are on the market?

    I find Pearl Izumi, Adidas, Northwave an my new club shorts (£38) . I have in the past had a similar problem. Your saddle position, shorts may both have parts to play in this. Personally, I wouldn't suggest that you wear 2 pairs of shorts as they are designed to be worn on their own.

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    all Adidas seems to be under rated for some reason by cyclists. many LBS hreflect this.
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  • gavintc
    gavintc Posts: 3,009
    Nuggs wrote:
    hothead wrote:
    While i dont have Assos money what other quality shorts are on the market?
    I much prefer my Giordana Tenax bibs (£50ish) to my Assos ones (£120ish).

    I agree, my Tenax are better than my very pricey Assos.
  • have you tried the saddles with the wee section cut out of the saddle?
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  • gavintc wrote:
    Nuggs wrote:
    hothead wrote:
    While i dont have Assos money what other quality shorts are on the market?
    I much prefer my Giordana Tenax bibs (£50ish) to my Assos ones (£120ish).

    I agree, my Tenax are better than my very pricey Assos.

    wow they seem really good value. I even like the idea of the fone pocket. Is the insert as good as the DeMarchi insert? The Demarchi one suits my backside (as does my Brooks but that's another story)

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  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,631
    I much prefer my Giordana Tenax bibs to my Assos
    I fancy a pair of these for Xmas.

    Do they really come up as small as the size chart indicates.

    30-32 = LG
    32-34 = XL
    34-36 = XXL
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