Bib shorts

SpainSte
SpainSte Posts: 181
edited April 2013 in Road general
I'm sure this has been asked a few times before, if I so I apologise.

Easy enough question: what does everyone wear under their bib-shorts? Underwear, compression shorts (or something similar) or commando?

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  • NeXXus
    NeXXus Posts: 854
    Chamois pads are designed to be next to skin.

    Commando it is :D
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  • snowley
    snowley Posts: 149
    As above, get yourself a chamois cream and go commando.

    Thats what bibs are designed for.
  • doug5_10
    doug5_10 Posts: 465
    +1
    Pad (and cream) won't work unless its next to your gooch, otherwise you'll be a sweaty, itchy, sore mess.
    Surely if you're buying bibs over bumbly shorts, you know nothing goes underneath :wink:
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  • Slather up and get intimate with your bibs, it's the only way to live!
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  • SpainSte
    SpainSte Posts: 181
    Thanks for the responses, seems that commando with some cream is the way forward.

    I use these bibs:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/castelli-free-a ... bib-short/

    I've been trying out different combinations of what to wear with them in the last couple of weeks as they are quite new, I guess I just wasnt sure if the cream would make the pad go a bit horrible or not.....

    It seems not.....so I'll give it a try!!
  • davep1
    davep1 Posts: 836
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but why use bib shorts instead of "Normal" lycra shorts? Aren't they harder to get on and off (for natural breaks)?

    And someone I know how does a lot more cycling than me swears by Johnson's baby oil, says it is way better than any chamois cream, but that could just be personal preference/experience.
  • NeXXus
    NeXXus Posts: 854
    DaveP1 wrote:
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but why use bib shorts instead of "Normal" lycra shorts? Aren't they harder to get on and off (for natural breaks)?

    And someone I know how does a lot more cycling than me swears by Johnson's baby oil, says it is way better than any chamois cream, but that could just be personal preference/experience.
    Easier if anything.
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  • thegreatdivide
    thegreatdivide Posts: 5,803
    TBH you only really need to cream up if it's going to be a long ride. Some folk don't need to cream up at all. If you have a good quality pad next to your nethers you'll be fine :-)

    I like to get the bum butter out for rides above 50 miles :lol:

    ^^ Oil and lycra is not a good idea.
  • doug5_10
    doug5_10 Posts: 465
    DaveP1 wrote:
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but why use bib shorts instead of "Normal" lycra shorts? Aren't they harder to get on and off (for natural breaks)?

    1) Breathing
    2) Prevents 'cyclists butt crack'
    3) Holds the chamois in place properly
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  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    Funny how almost everyone goes commando and yet people still sell their "almost new" bibs in classified.

    I wear liners. I've done 14 hour + endurance mtb rides without any problems. I accept that bibs are designed for commando, but there are some good liners around and as long as you don't have anything too baggy that will chaff its fine.

    The advantage of bibs vs shorts is that you don't have anything tight around your tummy. Its less of an issue on MTB where you are more upright.

    It also means I don't need 3 pairs of bib-shorts
  • c-mac
    c-mac Posts: 30
    Well I never. I'm amazed people would even consider buying second hand bib shorts/tights!

    I wear trunks but now I might try without.
  • davep1
    davep1 Posts: 836
    doug5_10 wrote:
    DaveP1 wrote:
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but why use bib shorts instead of "Normal" lycra shorts? Aren't they harder to get on and off (for natural breaks)?

    1) Breathing
    2) Prevents 'cyclists butt crack'
    3) Holds the chamois in place properly

    My "Nalini" lycra shorts go up past my waist, not Cowell-like, but further than jeans so I don't have butt crack issues (I think, unless it is different to builder's bum!?) and never been aware of any breathing problems. The pads in them are good too. Having said that may have to try bibs to see what the fuss is about.
  • SpainSte
    SpainSte Posts: 181
    TBH you only really need to cream up if it's going to be a long ride. Some folk don't need to cream up at all. If you have a good quality pad next to your nethers you'll be fine :-)

    I like to get the bum butter out for rides above 50 miles :lol:

    ^^ Oil and lycra is not a good idea.


    I did 77.5 miles last weekend in 20+ degree heat......with tight boxer shorts on underneath. I'm sure you can imagine the state of me come the end of the ride, I managed to get out yesterday for the first time since - I was too raw to sit in the saddle :cry:
  • doug5_10
    doug5_10 Posts: 465
    DaveP1 wrote:
    doug5_10 wrote:
    DaveP1 wrote:
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but why use bib shorts instead of "Normal" lycra shorts? Aren't they harder to get on and off (for natural breaks)?

    1) Breathing
    2) Prevents 'cyclists butt crack'
    3) Holds the chamois in place properly

    My "Nalini" lycra shorts go up past my waist, not Cowell-like, but further than jeans so I don't have butt crack issues (I think, unless it is different to builder's bum!?) and never been aware of any breathing problems. The pads in them are good too. Having said that may have to try bibs to see what the fuss is about.

    Tends not to extend as far a the butt crack, but can manifest itself as a little half moon of bare back when in the drops!
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  • chrisaonabike
    chrisaonabike Posts: 1,914
    c-mac wrote:
    I wear trunks
    So do I.. It's been fine over the winter, I went out and did 20 miles in 20 degrees yesterday and that was fine too.

    Not at all convinced by all this commando stylee.

    Obviously, cotton boxers would be a nightmare, but the tighter lycra style trunks keep everything in place without any chafing, I find.
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  • nawty
    nawty Posts: 225
    I don't bother with chamois cream but if I did I wouldn't buy the snake oils stuff and just use Sudocrem - if it's good enough for babies skin then it will sure as hell be good enough for any bloke's scruffy nether regions.
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  • just go comando - was always told the pad was designed to be worn with no under wear etc...
  • Commando in my case, definitely. The missus, however, wears liner undies. Chamois cream gets an outing if I'm out for more than a couple of hours.
    diy wrote:
    Funny how almost everyone goes commando and yet people still sell their "almost new" bibs in classified.
    Something had to take up the slack after the Japanese government banned the sales of soiled panties in 1993.
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  • supermurph09
    supermurph09 Posts: 2,471
    Started riding 9 months ago and always wore some snug fitting jockey shorts under my bib shorts. Had a go on the turbo without and found it uncomfortable so carried on with the jockey shorts when on the road. Tonight however went out for first time commando and wow, what a difference it made. No fidgeting around, felt much better. Commando for me from now on.
  • NeXXus
    NeXXus Posts: 854
    Liberating isn't it?
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