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No. In my experience it’s uncomfortable and pants tend to get caught in the chain and bottle cages.


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The main reason to not do it is cultural. Road bikes and spandex go together for a reason, and by wearing hiking clothes on a road bike you show everyone your ignorance. It's like wearing hiking clothes to business meeting or suit to hiking trail, there's no absolute reason to not do it but you still don't do it. Of course, the Spiderflex saddle already ...


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I would try riding 11 miles in these pants once, and as long as you haven't experienced any discomfort from riding this distance without spandex shorts that contain a chamois pad, you're unlikely to experience much discomfort as you ride more often. However, bike shorts are crafted from fabric made to resist pilling from the friction created when your rear ...


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Yes, absolutely. Clothing is mostly an issue of personal preference. Performance fabrics and things like spandex don't make that much difference for short stretches, and their advantages become more pronounced and valuable the longer you ride. 11 miles is somewhat of an intermediate distance; in regular clothes you'd be totally fine, assuming that the ...


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I wear baggies for non competitive XC. Just like baggies on a road bike is a fashion crime, Lycra and MTB is a fashion crime (unless you riding at national competition level events) :) I have two sets of baggies - one is stretchy, light, quick drying and surprisingly durable - think light weight running shorts with Lycra added. As they stretch, they are ...


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If you are inclined to think about other people, social norms and whats considered acceptable then Lycra is not the best clothing in some situations. If you don't give a hoot what people think of you, lycra it is fine in most situations. (This comes to mind..... Non- cyclists don't really cares about Lycra or not when you are on the bike (togs). Its off the ...


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About functionality of road bike kit For distance riding there a number of functional advantages to road bike style clothing (road kit), these include: High quality chamois reduces the chance of saddle sores; Tight fit reduces aerodynamic drag and effort at higher speeds; Sweat wicking properties keep you more comfortable; Tight fitting makes it easy to ...


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Be aware that there are biking clothes that don't make you look like a racer. Plain black biking shorts and a solid 1 or 2 color biking/athletic shirt isn't going to make you look out of place on your chosen steed, but you will benefit. If you don't like the looks of the tight shorts, there are baggy cargo shorts made for biking as well. My buddy does ...


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I'd say that for any ride (or any other exercise) which is enough to need a shower and a change of clothes afterwards, you might as well wear appropriate gear. I look slightly daft in lycra and feel uncomfortable going into the office, and also ride a hybrid. When I had a commute of 40 minutes of fairly hard riding each way I went for bike leggings and a ...


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I would say that it isn't very common to see people wearing Lycra on a hybrid. However most people I see on hybrids wouldn't ride 80 km. At that distance, the right clothes can make a real difference in energy expenditure and comfort. The people who don't wear Lycra mostly don't know the benefits or feel too self-conscious to wear it. I think that you ...


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All that matters is that you ride. Not what you ride or what you wear. Riding 80km is respectable, especially if 1/3 is on unpaved trails. Let your legs do the talking.



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