Which is better - Shorts with padding for cycling (mountain bike shorts) or inner-shorts with a cotton short over it?

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    Better in what way? Comfort? Looks? Ease of having clean kit every day?What sort of bike/saddle and commute do you have? – Chris H Sep 28 '20 at 10:20
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    Not enough info to answer sorry. How long are your rides? Are you predominantly an upright rider position, or more leaning forward and on hands and feet, with the saddle-nose between your legs but no back-side on the saddle? Are you aiming to ride as fast as possible or more technical courses? Do you require to "fit the look" of the MTBer? And one assumption - are you riding the off road or on road ? Might pay to edit in a photo of the kind of item you're referring to. – Criggie Sep 28 '20 at 10:20
  • Better for you, or better for me? – Matt Goodman Sep 28 '20 at 12:14
  • While this is opinion based my response would be separates. The reason being if you have padded shorts you need a second pair of pants for cooler days. Personally I wear padded inner-shorts with rip stop nylon trekking shorts or pants depending on the weather. – mikes Sep 28 '20 at 12:17
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    A single layer of padded tights is best. You get all the comfort, sweat absorption and padding/protection. Loose shorts are just for people who think that tights look bad for some reason. – Michael Sep 28 '20 at 12:27

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