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OK, I spend $50 on a pair of bicycle shorts today, the ones with Lycra, a gel pad and the ones that don't let the SACK SWEAT! So I throw them on and put on the Phoenix pants, it was 112 out when we left, they fit great now!! So, after 120 miles, my ass did not hurt one bit! The shorts stayed right where they were supposed to and I didn't even get any chaffing on the legs like I did the last time I wore them. I am going to do 200-300 miles tomorrow. If I am 1/2 as comfortable tomorrow as I was today, i'll be THRILLED!

By far, the best $50.00 I have ever spent. Still thinking about a Sargent seat, but we'll see how the shorts work out another month or two.
 

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JPMkicksass : TMI?
Too Much Info, I believe.

I've gone through a couple pair of the padded bicycle shorts over the years.  I first tried them about 5 years ago, figuring that if they help bicyclists tolerate those tiny little seats (that always feel like riding a 2x4 on edge to me), they should work good for the bike.  The last pair I bought, I went for the double-throw-down $120 pair and haven't regretted it one bit.  The extra money gets you better fit, better padding and better cooling.  And best of all, they don't leave you numb in a VERY important area after a long ride.  Very comfortable under the leathers, too.
 

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Definitely the way to go. Also, if you're wearing a one-piece suit, try a bicycling jersey too - not bulky at all, and makes getting the leathers off much easier if you're sweaty .
 

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CanyonCarver : Quote (JPMkicksass @ June 28 2003, 4:10am)TMI?
Too Much Info, I believe.

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Is there such a thing as too much information?

Anyway...the more expensive bike shorts are made from more panels of lycra. Cheap shorts are usually 4 panel and not very comfy. The best are 8 panel. I wear top-o-line Pearl Izumi 8 panel 'bibbed' (built-in suspenders) shorts and I absolutely love them. The absence of a gripper waistband is a major comfort factor to me. Only my $0.02 worth.

OMMV.

Bush
 

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CanyonCarver : The last pair I bought, I went for the double-throw-down $120 pair and haven't regretted it one bit. The extra money gets you better fit, better padding and better cooling.
Did you get the shorts by Assos (no pun intended, it's an Italian company, I think)? I wear bibs, also, since they are more comfortable for people who are a little thick in the middle.

The important things about the chamois (usually a leather pad in the crotch of the bike shorts):

They are put together so that you don't have any seams tearing at your tender parts. (There are seams, but you shouldn't feel them).

They should stay put when you are moving around on the saddle (again, so it is rubbing the saddle, not your cajones). So you should get shorts that are tight against your skin, not baggy.

It's not really a pad, per se, so much as big, removable callus.

EDIT: Removed gratuitous gay comment about lycra. Decided it was in poor taste since I put 8k miles a year on a bicycle (one time as many as 14k miles) and probably own more lycra gear than anyone in San Francisco...
 

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spillover : Quote (CanyonCarver @ June 28 2003, 9:33am)The last pair I bought, I went for the double-throw-down $120 pair and haven't regretted it one bit.  The extra money gets you better fit, better padding and better cooling.
Did you get the shorts by Assos (no pun intended, it's an Italian company, I think)?
The shorts I have now are made by Louis Garneau. I don't know much at all about bicycles or anything to do with them, but I've been told that the shorts are a quality pair. (Not just by the salesman, though. ) I just know they are much better than the last couple pair I've owned.
 

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Yep. I have $25 pair. They work great. I think the fact that there are no seams or material to bunch up is just as important as the padding.
 

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I have a cheap pair of cycle shorts I picked up at Big 5. I won't ride more than a hundred miles or so without them.

They worked great on my 1084 mile day, but I still hurt near the end.
 

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Commando, or the seams will get ya.

Jay, you need padding with that 'couch' of a bike you ride?
 
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