Ask BSG: Should I Wear Underwear Under My Bike Shorts?
Over here at Bike Shop Girl headquarters we get many emails asking common questions on how to survive being a cyclist and a woman. In order to get more insight from other women I will often ask if I can put the email I received up on the web for others to answer. Have a question? Ask for advice here.
Okay – I have heard this before but it has always been from male sales people. I rode to work 3 or 4 times a week this year until the temps dropped and the snow started flying. I am having difficulty wrapping my head around the idea of putting on the same pair of shorts I wore on my 8 mile ride in the morning, to ride the same 8 miles on the way home – without underwear. It is easy to change my underwear a couple of times a day and pull on the same pair of shorts.
There are many reasons we don’t want to wear underwear under neath our bike shorts. 1. Underwear causes chaffing with those seams rubbing every pedal stroke. 2. Cotton doesn’t breathe well and can create swamp crotch.
During the hot times of year I carry two pairs of cycle liner shorts. They look much like a boxer brief and are thinner than their spandex sister shorts. The reason for two is that I can sweat on the way to work, and not have to put them back on. If in a forgiving environment I often have rode to work, showered and hand washed my cycling shorts. Leaving them to dry during the day.
Now readers, what are your thoughts?