Should I wear knickers below my lycra?
No, no and one hundred times no. But also yes.
So 99% of people and literature on the topic says to venture nowhere near your underwear drawer if you’re planning to lycra up immediately afterwards. This is a sensible thesis because the whole point of cycling wear, and bib shorts specifically, is to minimise the amount of seams and various materials in order to prevent chafing.
This is very sensible when you think about the position you are in on a bicycle. Suddenly trousers that are usually incredibly comfy decide to make a scratching-post of your stomach. You realise that less is more when it comes to being comfortable on your bicycle.
Your inner-thighs are a prime target for rubbing against your saddle, and if you’re wearing underwear then the seam can end up rubbing against your downstairs for the entirety of a ride.
The other reason to not wear underwear is that chamois pads are specifically designed to wick away sweat and they’re usually made of an anti-bacterial material. This could potentially prevent a urinary tract infection.
BUT. And there is a but. Many people wear normal, unpadded leggings for riding around town. Often a chamois pad feels like overkill for short journeys. And in these cases, underwear is fine.
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