I used to wear jocks under my padded lycra bike shorts so that the shorts didn't need washing after every ride. Then the bike shop told me that lycra shorts were designed to be worn next to the body so now I don't wear jocks and the shorts get washed after every ride.
However, one of my co-riders recently told his new style jocks weren't as comfortable under his bike shorts as his previous style. He was aghast when I told him I don't wear any jocks when riding.
What do others do?
Judging by the number and quality of responses, it is obvious that the clothing encompassing our private parts is very dear to our hearts. So far I think there are 24 responses (oops make that 25!) and I'm wondering how many would be needed to get this discussion into the Guiness Book of Records!
I'm also fascinated to see that chat about airconditioners gets into the discussion thread. Now there's a thought. Is there such a thing as a "personal private part airconditioner"? I guess it couldn't be reverse cycle and would have to be of the water cooled variety!!!
Yes, I'm really working towards the Guiness Book of Records!!!
What a great question Arthur! This is a really excellent forum for asking honest questions, and getting honest answers (sometimes with too much information!)
When I started cycling, the chamois was a chamois, and if you didn't rub cream into them, then it was akin to having sandpaper in your knicks - ouch! By the way the chamois cream thread was a cracker - link.
I must say that I never considered not going commando, I guess it was always understood? As for knicks - if you go to bibshorts, you will never go back, and if you drop a bit of cash on really good knicks, you won't want to go back to cheap ones.
No underwear for me and shock horror I don't wash my knicks every day either, well when I am on a tour. Sorry but sometimes it can up to a week before I get to a town. Water is too precious to be wasted trying to wash knicks when out in the bush.
its like that old favourite:
Q: What's worn under a cyclists lycra?
A: Nothing, it's all in perfect working condition.