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As already said, aerodynamics are less important to MTB's, but otherwise its largely convention and fashion that dictate what people wear. A vast majority of MTB'r are not wearing basic shorts - they are usually wearing shorts made for riding, including padding just like Lycra road shorts, flat seams and materials designed to withstand the rigour of riding. ...


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Those guys seem to use basic shorts of one type or another Most (at least those who pedal more than 5 miles per ride and have been riding for more than 1 year) use some form of spandex with padding below the shorts. that catch air Doesn't matter. and might catch on branches. Doesn't happen. The hands and elbows in modern MTBs are very very wide ...


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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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For those who aren't thrilled at dropping a bunch of money on expensive lycra shorts that look weird and make you uncomfortable, there is an alternative! You can buy liners that do all that same amazing stuff (moistore wicking, bottom-padding, gonad-compressing) at a fraction of the price. For example these: Men's Cycling Liners I'm sure there are other ...


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I like to have shorts that cover my knees when mountain biking but I still wear spandex sometimes. Some of those shorts have cushion built in too and since we aren't generally trying to go 100+ miles, there is not a huge need for aerodynamics.


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I would suggest not wearing cycling shorts to school simply because you're going to wear them out much quicker as well as likely developing butt pimples. The chamois in the shorts act like a sponge, a sweaty, greasy, bacteria filled sponge. Sweat will break down the elastic in your shorts, the longer you wait to wash them, the more likely they are to begin ...


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