ridecamp@endurance.net: Under where?

Under where?

Dominique Freeman (fadjurs@sadandy.hpl.hp.com)
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 13:55:30 -0700 (PST)

This reminds me of the *uplifting* discussion we had on bras sometime back...

The undergarment issue has always been a hotly debated topic for
endurance riders. But we are not alone! If you've ever ridden
a road bike for any distance, the issues are the same. There have
been many approahes to solving this problem, ranging from *none*
(tights only, no elastic to bind) to wearing string bikini/boxers/
grandma's roomy drawers. What I can add to this truly demanding subject,
is that the situation became one of "solve it before you ever go on
another 100 miler". I have found two workable, even comfortable solutions.

(a) There are several padded-seat shorts on the market, which can be worn under
your riding tights. Bicycle shorts work, though I have settled with the padded
shorts from Saddlebums when I want to wear cotton/lycra tights, and not likely to
run into mesquite etc. (Some people just wear two pairs of tights).

(b) The other solution has been to wear the Saddlebums trekker (spandura)
tights,where padding is built into the seat area (one style for men, one for women)
and there is added padding in the knees. Designed with the help of Marcia Smith,
they have worked really well for me. They are the only tights I have seen
with substantial attention paid to padding the crotch, the different needs
of men and women in terms of padding material (loosely referred to by
some as the pee-pee patch ;^) ), and the way in which the
seams lie for mens tights versus women. The company has forged ahead with
their success on the comfort issue with the design of riding tights for
disabled riders who are also incontinent. A slightly more delicate issue, but
one which faces those of us who ride any distance with small bladders, historectomies
or a tad too much gatorade ;^).


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