Underwear, panties, knickers or drawers. It doesn’t matter what you call them. It is time to ditch the underwear when you ride your bike. For many, this is one of the biggest hesitations when first riding a bike, but, if you are riding in a short with a chamois (padding,) then it is time to go commando!
Many newer cyclists are unaware that a cycling short is designed very differently from many other pants. It is apparent that there is a pad in the shorts and that they are very tight fitting, but, if you look more closely, you will see that the seams are located with greater thought and purpose. These seam locations are designed to help reduce chafing and, by adding your underwear into the mix, you increase the likelihood of irritation points. As you increase your ride time, you will notice that the likelihood of saddle sores or raw, irritated skin is drastically increased.
For those of you that have the thought, “That sounds dirty,” never fear! The chamois is made from an antimicrobial fabric. It is probably even more sanitary than having your underwear on. With that being said, we still emphasize that, when your ride is done, please get out of your cycling shorts as quickly as possible. There is no need to sit around in your chamois for lunch, a foam rolling session and a nap.
So, on your next ride, be sure that you ditch the underwear. You will not be alone. In fact, you will be in the vast majority that are riding commando!Are you unsure about selecting cycling or triathlon shorts? Learn how to find the short that is perfect for you!