Padded shorts

DCbiker
DCbiker Posts: 29
edited October 2010 in Road beginners
Question :oops:

I'm a mountain biker by first nature and I usually sport the rugged Fox padded shorts. I recently bought a 2010 Felt Z4 road bike and am in the market for padded shorts for 50+ mile rides. Any suggestions? (and oh, we are not to wear anything other than those padded shorts like boxers when riding?)
2010 Felt Z4
2009 Spark 60

Comments

  • bilirubin
    bilirubin Posts: 225
    I have a short leg bib set and long legged bib set made by DHB and the padding is where you need it, plentyfull and washes OK as well.

    They do not cost the earth and Wiggle normally have them in stock so readily available.

    I go comando when wearing the above as boxers tend to ride up in all the wrong places plus I don't do VPL :lol:
  • AndyF16
    AndyF16 Posts: 506
    The padded Lycra inner shorts from Endura Humvees take some beating IMO - around £18 separately online I think

    Boxers or shreddies under any cycling shorts are a no-no as the seams cancel out the special flat seams and are very likely to cause chafing and/or saddle sores
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,201
    Have a look at Giordana shorts, they are often rated as highly as far more expensive shorts. I have just started using them as our club kit is made by Giordana and have to say they are far better than anything I have used previously. You can pick them up for around £45. Don't wear anything under cycling shorts unless you want to do an impression of the Japanese flag!
  • Butterd2
    Butterd2 Posts: 937
    If money is an issue the dhb shorts mentioned above are fantastic value.
    If money is not an issue then Assos Mille's are in a whole different league.
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  • chill123
    chill123 Posts: 210
    i've always used gore shorts and found them great.

    bib shorts i use endura progel which also serve me well
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,852
    castelli "body paint" and "aero free" bib shorts have the best pad i've ever come across, including various assos ones

    the body paints are a bit lightweight for this time of year, so would go for the aero free

    lower priced, the santini twist-gel shorts from prendas are also good, hardwearing, good grips, the pad took a few washes to soften up the surface

    as the others say: commando, otherwise things could get very sore
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  • Rich Hcp
    Rich Hcp Posts: 1,355
    Bib shorts are best.

    For the best value, I use Shutt VR (Google Shutt VR) shorts.

    Did a century in them with no probs
    Richard

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  • DCbiker
    DCbiker Posts: 29
    thanks to all for your advices! :D
    2010 Felt Z4
    2009 Spark 60
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Rich Hcp wrote:
    Bib shorts are best.

    For the best value, I use Shutt VR (Google Shutt VR) shorts.

    Did a century in them with no probs

    +1 for Shutt VR Bibs...
    The basic ones are £30 and receive good reviews, the Por bibshorts are in another league and not too expensive, either... :wink:
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  • Velke
    Velke Posts: 61
    I got a couple of pairs of these £ 15 great feel and fantastice value.

    http://www.cycle-clothing.co.uk/Product ... x-pad.aspx
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  • plife
    plife Posts: 97
    Didn't realise the norm was to go commando.....lets hope the shorts do not go see through! Sticking with a pair of briefs for the time being, especially as my tights seem to be awfully thin!
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,201
    Seriously, assuming you wear padded shorts / tights, don't wear anything under them or you are losing some of the benefits.
  • Butterd2
    Butterd2 Posts: 937
    Pross wrote:
    Seriously, assuming you wear padded shorts / tights, don't wear anything under them or you are losing MOST IF NOT ALL of the benefits.

    FTFY
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  • plife
    plife Posts: 97
    What are the benefits? Assume it must be more than cushioning?
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    Felt F5 2011
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,201
    The pad is designed with no seams which can cause more chaffing and irritation plus the pad is thick enough not to ride up your crack whereas sweaty pants do and can be seriously painful on a long ride. By wearing underwear you are putting something between the pad that is there for comfort and your skin, the pad is also designed not to move much when you cycle so again preventing the chaffing effect.

    * All of this depends on having a decent pad of course - a pad with a seam on, especially if it is raised, will be as bad as or worse than using underwear. Fortunately these are few and far between in modern shorts and even the cheapest shorts tend to have a one piece pad.