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Padded seats tend to have more padding than used at any given time. This pushes the other 'extra' padding into the soft tissues. This causes numbness and discomfort over time. So slim hard seats are actually more comfortable over time, if they are the right size. You need to make sure your sit bones (ischial tuberosity) are well situated. The sit bones of ...


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Do you wear underwear with them? Can I wear shorts over them? Absolutely not. Nothing over or under, just the bike shorts. Do I really need them? For 200 miles? Hell yeah. Your ass will thank you.


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Putting the padding in the shorts means that the padding will always be exactly where you need it. Most people tend to change their position on the bike a bit, specially when riding longer tours. With the padded saddles, the padding won't change when you alter your position, which can result in blisters or sores.


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Yikes. 200 miles, just like that? Have you been training for it at all? I'm not talking about the endurance aspect -- I'm assuming you're in good enough shape to even consider it -- I'm talking about the physical act of your rear end being on a bike seat for 15-20 hours. Yes, you need the bike shorts, 'taint no question about it. You also need to be ready ...


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Bibs Don't move. Looks more pro. Shorts Easier to put on. Easier when the you hear the call of nature.


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The short (pun intended) answer is "yes." Or at the very least, "probably yes." One of the big things that makes saddles uncomfortable is pressure on the soft tissues between your "sit bones" (the ischial tuberosities). It may seem counterintuitive, but padded saddles can make this worse. The problem is that the padding allows your sit bones to sink into the ...


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It's not really "padding", although it does offer a cushion. It's a chamois, which part of its purpose is to absorb moisture and wick it away from your skin which helps reduce friction. This is aided by creams that condition the chamois. and +1 to @Matt Adams answer.


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The construction is different, shorts need to have the elastication around the top to keep them in place around your waist and on your hips, this has an obvious effect on the styling. This isn't totally similar to regular shorts, given that cycling shorts need to be designed for a body that's probably bending over a little more than normal so the top of the ...


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The short answer is "sometimes". There are a few different styles of leg grippers. Some are more likely to stretch than others. Thick Silicone leg grippers, in my experience stretch the least and are the least comfortable. While they do a great job of not letting the pant leg slip, I find the level of discomfort not worth it. My favorite kind have a ...


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Like everything... it depends. If you're doing short distances, pretty much any saddle is fine, with or without padding. For longer distances, good shorts may help a saddle's shortcomings, and a good saddle will help make up for no or bad shorts. But for the most comfort, a good saddle teamed with well fitting shorts works best. Personally, I got the ...


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You should go for a fitting in whatever clothes you'll be riding the bike in. Any fit system that doesn't let that happen is being misapplied at best. Clothes can affect your range of motion, preferred position, and effective body dimensions (more in the case of shoes than this), etc, sometimes in ways that are subtle or unforeseen. I don't have anything ...


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I have bought my last few shorts by direct experimentation at stores, and had the same doubts as yours. Mostly, what has worked is: you dress the shorts, and stand right up with feet in the normal position. In this position, the shorts should not produce a "bulk" between the thighs. Shorts that produce the bulk tend to be too uncomfortable either while on ...


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It's not really clear what you mean by look professional. If you mean a professional cyclist, then a cycling outfit is the way to go. They are designed to be comfortable for cycling, and to keep your leg muscles warm. But if you mean professional as in office worker professional, then that's a problem that many of us struggle with. Firstly, how far do ...


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When you sit on the saddle any padding from the chamois will be compressed to such an extent that any differences in fit, compared to regular cloths, will be minimal at best (we are talking at most a couple millimeters). As a general rule of them, few people will notice a half-centimeter change in saddle height, and many won't even notice a full 1 cm change ...


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You'll only benefit from better bibs, insofar as they fit as they should. Given that you seem content with your current set, start with the same size when making a new purchase. For the differences... Start by checking the stitching all the way around on the new ones that you're interested in and compare it to those that you already know. Quite a bit of ...


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While in your question you say you don't use a chamois, I'm going to give some general recommendations for others looking to find quick dry shorts or pants. Since specific recommendations go out of date, I'm not linking to any particular brand or model of shorts... Almost every pair of mountain biking shorts I have owned would be what I would consider "...


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The short answer is, ask friends for recommendations. Bike shorts are, unfortunately, much like buying underwear: You need to try them on to know what'll work, and you pretty much can't return them after trying them on. Unlike underwear, good bike shorts are a not-insignificant expense. Some stores will let you try them on if you wear underwear, though. I ...


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There's no right/wrong answer. Just make sure you have some sort of towel available so you can wipe your hands before riding. What I generally do is place dabs on the chamois and rub the sides together to spread it around -- keeps the hands relatively clean and doesn't require a separate applicator. Some people prefer to rub it on their butt. I don't use ...


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These look like normal wearing patterns of cycling shorts, unfortunately. My last 3 shorts (last five or six years) had to be put away because they became "transparent" right in the regions where they COULDN'T be transparent, even though they were still pretty much rideable. But it was very unconvenient to go inside convenience stores, for example. I ...


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Saddles are highly personal-- one person likes a particular saddle, but you may not-- but there is a reason most cyclists who ride 50+ miles in one ride do so with shorts or bibs that contain some kind of chamois: it is more comfortable. That said, does it mean a person can't go long distances without a chamois? Of course not. There are people in the world ...


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I suspect that some of the fibers in the fabric have broken with use, and the washing causes the broken fibers to slip out of the fabric and "show themselves". This happens in areas of high friction or where there's a lot of "scrunching/unscrunching" as you pedal.


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"we're all adults here..." In my experience, when riding with bib shorts or cycling shorts, they have to be pulled up, way up. And they should be a snug fit around your lower body - the shoulder straps are more forgiving. Ideally your pants cloth should be in contact with your skin all the way up your thighs and right up to where the skin turns around and ...


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What I would do is get a pair of convertible rain pants with zip off leg lowers. They will do a good job of keeping the cold water out. Might lead to a lot of sweat though depending on the temps but can be used for rainy seasons year round. Showers Pass, North Face, and other companies make these styles. I prefer ones that give an above the knee cut rather ...


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The only way to truly evaluate padding is by wearing the short/bibs for a few rides. Once you find a brand that you like the chamois in, stick with them. In regards to evaluating the chamois in the store, the only advice I can give is to look at what you already have and compare to that. It depends on what you are looking for in a chamois, but padding in ...


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It's never a good idea to rely on the saddle for padding. The reason is simple. The sit-bones will sink into the softest saddle and therefore put extra pressure on other parts of the male anatomy where you end up feeling as if your 'privates' dropped off on the road a few miles back. You should also be 'fitted' for a seat so that you get the right width of ...


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I assume given the distance, that you're doing this journey on a road and on a road bike? You'll be pleased to learn that, as Criggie says, your height is pretty much irrelevant. You will need to decide between shorts and bibshorts (which come up over your shoulders). Many riders prefer bibshorts because they dispense with the line of elastic around your ...


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It looks like your saddle is positioned quite far back, relative to the post. Swapping the seatpost for one with more layback (offset) should allow you to keep the same saddle position relative to the bike but clamping the rails further back, where the saddle is wider. Clamping further back on the rails may also reduce the risk of bending the rails.


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I've experienced wear on some of my cycling shorts before and after a while I traced it back to the velcro strap on my saddle bag. It was rubbing on the inside of my leg when i would pedal and wearing out a patch on my shorts. I don't know of any chamois creams that would cause that type of damage. Do you purchase quality or budget cycling shorts? I've ...


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It really depends on the type of Chamois Cream you are using. I use Assos and that has a little bit thicker consistency than Vaseline, so it typically takes a bit more to get a good spread across everything. The rule of thumb I follow is anywhere where friction will be a factor. That for me means most of the taint, and the inner part of the upper thigh. ...


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Simply put, you shouldn't wearing cycling clothing to school unless your commute to school is really far. When should you wear cycling clothing? When your destination is so far, that you can't do the trip comfortably in normal clothing. You should be aware that different saddles can also make a difference I have one for rides below 40km - this one is really ...


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