Underpants

Boy Lard
Boy Lard Posts: 445
edited July 2010 in MTB beginners
I have a couple of pairs of padded undershorts, and wear these under my baggies when I go out. Last couple of weekends I've done4-5 hour rides and have got pretty uncomfortable because my boxer shorts (jockey shorts really I suppose) bunch up and rub. The 2 main issues I have with going commando is:

1. Not having the support to pull my nads out of the way, and

2. As I generally have to strip off in some pub car park before I can go for a pint, and normally wanting to remove the padding, I need something to protect my modesty, or risk arrest.

On longer rides are you wearing underpants, or going commando under padded undershorts? Or something else? If you do wear underpants what type and how to you combat bunching?

Cheers

Comments

  • supersonic
    supersonic Posts: 82,708
    Yep, not supposed to wear underwear with padded shorts.
  • Chronicbint
    Chronicbint Posts: 172
    Commando.

    Take a large towel with you if you want to get changed in public, wrap around, change gruds, job done. :D
  • sm1thson
    sm1thson Posts: 47
    Commando, then Mr Bean it when you get to the pub
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWCSQm86UB4
  • BigShot
    BigShot Posts: 151
    Real men do it in jeans.
    That 8-layer-thick seam junction crushed between the saddle and your tender bits builds character and besides...
    Pain is temporary, glory lasts forever and chicks dig erectile dysfunction.

    Hang on...

    ...something doesn't seem right with that.



    In all seriousness though... commando...
    ...and...
    ...it never ceases to amaze me how often mountain bikers talk about the pros and cons of wearing unmentionables when riding. It'd probably lead to him losing his job now, but when I was in high school a couple of us even had the same chat with our SCIENCE TEACHER!
    He, rather tactfully, mentioned discomfort when riding, despite having padded shorts.
    We, rather untactfully, asked if he wore anything under them and if so, instructed him to ditch them.

    After we persuaded him that we seriously weren't winding him up, the following week he, in passing, thanked us and said it had worked a treat.

    It's also amazing how such a normal and mundane discussion that's seemingly so common among bikers can sound so bad when re-told like that! Haha.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Man up and just get changed. It's up to other people if they want to look or not.
    Mate's daughter just stripped off and got changed in Llandegla car park once, before (well, just as) we'd got a chance to tell her where the toilets were, if she wanted to get....
    facepalm! (and quickly turn and look the other way)
    :lol:
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    Good story about the science teacher, friction and all that!
    It's an easy mistake to make though.... :oops:
  • BigShot
    BigShot Posts: 151
    nickfrog - I hated school, but that teacher's classes were one of the best things about it. Absolute legend.

    He managed to turn me and the other MTBer's decision to do no work and instead drool over the article of 2006 kit in the just-out MBUK into a physics lesson centered around a Continental semi-slick we'd been laughing about (had never seen one before and in our ignorance we thought they looked utterly stupid). We were annoyed and impressed in equal measure. He even managed to drag a couple of non-bikers into it.

    yeehaamcgee - that sounds like the right approach. Much the same as the one taken getting out of a wettie after a good surf. Dead of winter, biting cold and a 40mph wind blowing... just get it off, get dressed and get in the car before bits start getting frostbite!
    For modesty, just face the car and have done with it. Worst case - you moon someone. Rugby players have been doing that on tour busses up and down the country for decades. :P
  • Go commando.

    But if you really have to wear some undies then get a pair of compression base layer shorts. Comfy to wear and they wick away any excess moisture :? ????? Oh that sounds wrong!

    When wearing mine I look exactly like Linford Christie in every way except skin tone and physique!
    Trek Top Fuel 9 2010, Stumpy Pro 2009 ,Giant XTC3 2009, Qu-ax Penny Farthing,
    Elswick Hopper Model M delivery Bike 1960

    God Shave The Queen!
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    BigShot wrote:
    nickfrog - I hated school, but that teacher's classes were one of the best things about it. Absolute legend.

    He managed to turn me and the other MTBer's decision to do no work and instead drool over the article of 2006 kit in the just-out MBUK into a physics lesson centered around a Continental semi-slick we'd been laughing about (had never seen one before and in our ignorance we thought they looked utterly stupid). We were annoyed and impressed in equal measure. He even managed to drag a couple of non-bikers into it.

    Funny how one good teacher can even change someone's destiny.
    In 10 years I only ever had one good English teacher (as a foreign language), who taught me most of my (humble) English in just one school year and I guess I owe her all the success I've had in the UK...
  • BigShot
    BigShot Posts: 151
    Petty Vagrant...
    I dunno about wrong... some sections are pretty scary. ;)


    nickfrog...
    Dead right. My RE (Religious Education) teacher taught me more about English comprehension and critical thinking than just about any other teacher I can think of.
    Thanks to her I can see leaps of faith and faulty reasoning even with correct arguments that I agree with and am far more able to pick up on what a bit of text is saying than I would have if I'd just had to rely on my English teachers.

    I was still delighted when I never had to go back though.

    I'm guessing the "frog" part means you're French. What brought you over here? (Other than the weather and the scenery - no sarcasm, I really do love these islands... and I've lived in France too!)
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    Quite a few reasons actually. My wife is British and we moved to Britain in 97 as we thought it was a better place to do business, raise a family and enjoy life in general.
    It's a country where individual freedom, equal opportunities and solidarity are much more respected than in my country of birth, which is ironic when you think of the "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" motto, three values that went out of the window in the early years of the 18th century!! France is great for a holiday though, but I can't stand my fellow countrymen !! :lol:

    Once you've joined civilisation it's difficult to go back to mayhem.

    Some of my British friends think I am mad though as they prefer the French attitude, what with lack of discipline, unpredictability and ability to protest on a whim...
  • BigShot
    BigShot Posts: 151
    Haha - the French and their national sport of going on strike.

    "The only problem with France, is the French" - a remarkably common thing I've heard said over here. I don't see it. I had a fantastic time living over there... but maybe Chamonix-Mont-Blanc isn't quite as French as other places... more Savoyard/Chamoniard.

    One thing I really do like about Britain is that it's not quite as all-in with the EU as France seems. Though I find it strange that it seems that way considering how militantly French (read: xenophobic) many French people can be. :P

    "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" always reminds me of an old joke.
    "The French are a very tolerant people. In fact there are only two kinds of people the French simply can not stand...
    Racists... and Arabs."

    It also reminds me of La Haine (amazing film) where Hubert and Vinz are on the Parisian rooftop joking about corny phrases.
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    La Haine was a classic film indeed, almost as good as Le Grand Bleu.
  • BigShot
    BigShot Posts: 151
    "Bring me the Frenchman... bring me... Jaques Mayol."
    Truly one of my favourite lines from any film. Strangely that was running through my head on Sunday's ride. I'm not sure why.

    Almost every time I make my own pasta I remember Arquette's character shoving pasta down her throat to save Enzo "Molinari" the wrath of his mother. :P

    I don't think I could choose between it an La Haine, two very different films, but Le Grand Bleu moves me in ways I can't put into words.
  • nickfrog
    nickfrog Posts: 610
    Same here. Saw it the week it came out in Paris when I was 18 with my first "proper" girlfriend. I remember the entire audience not moving from their seat and in complete silence for a couple of minutes after the end. Never happened since then.
    I have the original soundtrack by Eric Serra in the car at the moment. It has not really aged either.