Don’t Wear Underwear On A Bike Ride And Other Beginner Cycling Tips

Don’t Wear Underwear On A Bike Ride And Other Beginner Cycling Tips


We’ve all made simple mistakes when we started cycling, from wearing underwear beneath our bike kit, to not preparing properly. Thankfully Chris and James are here to explain their

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99 Comments on "Don’t Wear Underwear On A Bike Ride And Other Beginner Cycling Tips"


  1. Eh? Why ditch underwear? It gives a bit more padding and support. No downsides that I’ve ever observed. No chafing, no issues at all – even on a 450+ mile ride over 5 consecutive days in the saddle. Plus keeps kit cleaner.

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  2. As a touring, not racing cyclist, I always wear underpants. When camping they are easier to wash and dry than nicks. I never get chaffing, if I’m a little sore I wear a natural bike cream.
    With drinks, I like coconut water, all natural, no chemicals.

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  3. thanks i cycle without a kit, just a yellow kit jacket and jeans because I live near the beach and mountains, but sometimes my underwear does chaff, what can you recommend, because showing up at a beach party in gear is not a good idea 🙂 when you come to Spain we can go on some rides

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  4. That video started like a complete advertisment. I like seeing you supported by companies but thought that this time you've gone a bit too far

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  5. A good electrolyte to add to your water is also Nuun tablets; use them for every ride, near and far.

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  6. Русских каментов не нашёл, так что знайте труселя под памперс не надевать )))

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  7. I have been club cycling since 1 was 11 years old and Im now 50, and these guys are honestly talking a load of old cobblers. An under vest is just a bloody glorified T Shirt. These Idiots say wear an under vest for crash protection benefits, but don't think that under pants or knickers will do the same? Those fancy new gloves don't have anywhere near the level of padding on the palms as older track mitts, and will disappear following a crash and are far less comfortable. I used to do 100 mile rides daily with only one bottle because I made sure I was fully hydrated to begin with. That rubbish about distance is unnecessary , all you need to do is travel out few miles further out each time you ride, that way you'll always get an adrenaline boost when you reach back to a spot from which you have ridden home previously. If the muppets of today can afford £4000 bikes I don't see why having 2 or 3 sets of kit too avoid this washing Malarci is too much to ask either. They sure don't make cyclists like they used to.

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  8. you need more videos for beginners. for real, I just got into cycling and I have no idea on what I need to look for in terms of kit. I know not to wear under garments but thats about it.

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  9. This gave me a laugh as it totally reminded me of my first pair of cycling shorts. With underwear on, I awkwardly put the shorts on over the underwear. Fortunately for me the underwear under bike shorts just didn't feel right so the decision was made to try going commando. Never looked back.

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  10. I'll stick with good old fashioned water, like human beings have done for thousands and thousands of years, before all the fancy money making gimmicks where invented to add to it…..

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  11. "It just looks wrong"wearing underwear when cycling? Not as wrong as being confronted by a long line of lycra-clad bums by the rest of us as we drive slowly …oh SO slowly at the back of the queue as we try to avoid catastdophe by getting tangked up in the spokes haha

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  12. When going commando, how do you stop your ‘doo-da’ from showing through you tight Lycra shorts. There never seems to be enough chammy. I’m for wearing thin comfortable underwear for that reason alone.

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  13. Washing kit! On multi-day cycling holidays/events I wash my kit when I get back to the hotel by not taking it off and for the first few minutes in the shower I shower in my kit (btw: shampoo is a good degreaser and deep cleanser). I undress in the shower, work the chamois and let the power of the water from the shower rinse my kit easily and quickly. (Then, of course, I shower myself). Room mates laugh on the first day yet by the 3rd day some are doing the same!

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  14. After over 30 years of cycling I've rediscovered the warmth of wool. I found a light-weight merino wool sweater at a thrift store that I wear under my wool jersey (also found at a thrift store). This is perfect for cool days. When it is a bit colder, I also have a sleeveless alpaca undershirt and a heavy hand-knit wool jersey I knit myself. Wool doesn't hold odors, keeps the wind out and is still warm when wet. Plus wool breathes and your sweat evaporates. As for shoe covers, I used my existing covers as a pattern and made a pair of wool shoe covers from a felted (shrunk on purpose) sweater. Now these really cut the wind and allow the sweat from my feet to evaporate. I've worn all the high tech, wicking, wind proof, rain proof stuff over the years and have to say going back to wool for the winter is the best.

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  15. Load of crap. I wear underwear all the time under the shorts, no ill affects. You don't have to wash the shorts every single time either.
    Our oceans and fish are full of synthetic based microfibres from clothing being washed and here's GCN pushing this populist, indulgent crap.
    Way to go GCN. Great leadership.

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  16. Under Armour shorts used to be a great under layer, silky smooth with no chaffing, but they changed the knit to a better wicking but much rougher weave, need to go commando now.

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  17. on 1:44 – and if you are classic style cyclist, newspaper is also would be good 🙂

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  18. Not really an issue with men, but I always wore underwear pre-menopause. Now I don't because it isn't necessary.

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  19. Flash! You don't have to wear 'kit' when you cycle! In other words, you don't have to look like a blithering idiot.

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  20. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WEAR UNDERPANTS UNDER STRETCHED LYCRA CYCLING SHORTS. As a female bus driver I have witnessed many a hairy arse and guys …NOT A PRETTY SIGHT!!!!!

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  21. Road bikes are like the roller blades and scooters of extreme sports. Friends don't let friends do it.

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  22. Old bloke told me years ago , get a lambs wool jumper its best thing 2 put next 2 your skin and boy he was right … it keeps u cool when u hot and warm when its cold .
    U can b soaked in sweat take jumper off and let it dry and its ready 2 go next time without washing it 🙂
    It swill smell fresh and thats a fact 🙂
    Wife will say here i will wash it ?
    Dont bother ive only had it on s few times … google lamb's wool ..

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  23. Skip any sort of "bar" just take food. "Bars" cost $7-11 a lb and are just stiffened breakfast cereal. That price per lb is the cost a great steak you can eat later. So take a little fruit/nuts, or piece of bread. Packaged "electrolytes" are a scam too, you can add some sugar and minerals to your water for almost nothing. Fight commercialism, fight fake come-ons that suggest some marketing prick at a sports food company knows something a cook does not.

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  24. Can't stand all that tosser cycling gear. Go to Amsterdam or Copenhagen and everyone rides in regular clothes

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  25. No jokes here guys – what do women do on their periods without underwear? Liners only, no liners, something I don't even know exists…

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  26. I always wear a pair of really tight briefs under my shorts. Never had a problem with chafing or the way it looks.

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  27. I’ve been wearing underwear under my cycling shorts.. today I went for a 2 hour ride and now I feel like I have diaper rash.. I guess I better go commando 🤫🚴🏻‍♂️

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  28. dont wanna buy fancy sports drinks? just put some lemon sugar and salt into your water. vitamins, electrolytes (wich is salt dissolved in water) and sugar for a little boost and taste.
    contains not as much nurishment as those fancy drinks but if you arent planing on doing anything crazy or competetive you dont really need the fancy stuff.
    instead of the bar take an apple or a banana. nuts and chocolate are also great.

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  29. Hey use mtb gloves when it’s really cold because they are thicker plus they can be way better when you crash

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  30. I am honestly supposed to go cycling without underwear? I have never even thought about it and the one time I had to ride without was pretty uncomfortable.

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  31. Ramon: fantastic video. keep going guys, we are all waiting for more formidable videos like this one. kudos to you !!!

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  32. I don't have any real cycling shorts, only Padded cycling underwear. they are short so I wear shorts above them, I was wondering what people thoughts are on wearing compression shorts above them.

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  33. I'm a beginner and I don't want to look like a douchebag, are there any clothes that don't look so douchey and instead look more humble and normal?

    You all look like sports racers, I just want to be comfortable I don't need to pretend I'm some tour de france racer.

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  34. I wear underwear when I ride…its more comfortable to me… we all have preferences and being uncomfortable slows you down more than 2 ounces of fabric.

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  35. I am a bicycle guy my whole life, bike uniforms, riding in packs, and all the bull crap that goes with these pretentious fools are not my cup of tea, i drink my coffee black.

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  36. All of the cowboy actors in old movies wore women's pantyhose to prevent saddle sores and chafing.

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  37. Some valuable life lessons. Excellent tips men. String vest, gloves, and no underpants. Also works for clubbing on a Friday night. Great job.

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  38. I always nod and say hi as i pass lycra dudes but they have never reciprocated lol. I think you are only acknowledged if they can see your nuts. Ps fabric softener is also warned against on any sports clothing. Poison does not help your personal best times.

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  39. if you can find a solid compression base layer you could make it work. But it would have to be something very soft like tencel or bamboo. but really the only reason to wear anything under would be for extra warmth. which in that case just wear something over your bib

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  40. If you wear a very stretchy lycra-type brief under your 'kit' or whatever (like yoga-pants material for lack of a better description), you should be fine…I believe a main takeaway here is that if you wear non-stretchy stiff-woven clothing (canvas, denim etc.) of any kind for your 'knickers,' you defeat the purpose of a cutaway seat (where support is shifted to the sit-bones, with pressure taken off the perineal or 'chode' area if you will), and the seat cannot perform its designed function.

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