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Old 19 Jul 2005
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Underwear. What style????

Dear All, I'm not some kind of pervert (although some might disagree)but I had a thought the other day, what type of underwear do you use when doing a long journey? Had a good search of the site but everything seems to cover outer clothing.

1) Loose boxers
2) Tight boxers - jockey style
3) Briefs
4) 'Y' fronts
5) Commando!!!

(This is a serious question so please no silly answers)
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Not loose nor tight - you want them to stay on the skin not move around nor reduce teh circulation.

Bicycle pants are resonable.
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personally i find that cotton briefs are the best. They last the longest and provide good suport for "the boys" Frank, i found that cycle-pants have all the padding in the wrong places. Bicycle seats are usually odd-shaped wedgie-devices not at all designed for sitting on because your legs are always pumping and you have minimal weight on the seat (i left a pair in some hotel in Mexico, they were useless!)
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No to Loose Boxers. They tend to move around, very distracting…
Maybe to Tight boxer …as long as they have soft seams or no seams at all.
Yes to Briefs. They fold up small and are very comfortable.
No to Y-Fronts. The 21st Century forbids it. (Enfield riders excepted of course)
Commando. I shudder
Avoid frilly stuff. Your wife’s chest of drawers should be avoided. Silk stockings/pantyhose are however remarkably warm and reduces friction between your skin and trousers.
Cotton LongJohns are best avoided. They don’t wick and they sag, stretch and collect at the knees.
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Avoid cotton, I would say. When you need to wash them, drying time is way too long.

Also check where the seams are, you do not want to have rash in places where the skin is very thin (i.e. around groin).

I prefer half-way down of the tight length, and almost any non-cotton material. If they are not too expensive, you can throw them away if needed!
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Thick cotton (for the swet) boxsers (for comfort) not too loos. With padded front. Broad flat not so tight rubber.
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Dear Lucky Striker,
Ys are far too nouveau velo to be worn on an Enfield. I find a pair of plain white boxers from Marks and Spencers keeps the duck cotton off my proud british buttocks admirably. Heres a tip. Buy them a little loose so you can tuck your string vest into 'em.


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In my travels through the universe I find the Y front serves two primary purposes. Being white they allow me to inspect my skiddies for any signs of the onset of viral dystentry, yet the layer on layer front also double as a neato spot to hold a handy condom. I was a scout once and like to be prepared for the inevitable.
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Nice tight acrylic leopard skin numbers
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Originally posted by colesyboy:
Nice tight acrylic leopard skin numbers

Errr... "nice"??

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not really sure if it fits here, but roughly on topic!

you may be surprised at how warm a pair of tights can keep you if worn as underwear.

however, can cause acute p*ss taking by the nurses in hospital that cut them off you if you bin it. (not me, my brother in law....)

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The original post above referred to a "long journey." For that (assuming multi-week at least, or longer) I prefer what we call boxer-briefs here in the US, sort of a hybrid between the two. IMHO, for this type of use a synthetic is preferred to cotton or cotton blends because, as already mentioned in a post above, many synthetics will dry overnight after being washed in a hotel room sink or even a stream (pity the poor fish!), whereas cotton won't. On long journeys where packing space is always scarce (at least when on a motorcycle), having to take only one or two sets of underwear is a definite plus.

I get mine from a company called R.U.Outside (ruoutside.com) here in the states - a bit pricey but of very high quality, comfortable, and they do dry overnight in most conditions.

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Good thread!

Bicycle shorts WITHOUT all the padding are my favourite by FAR. (hard to find but possible. Or just undo the stitching and remove all the padding.) No monkey-butt, no sweat, dry instantly, super comfy, and can even be worn by themselves if needed as shorts or swimsuit.

For off-road I wear padded boxers made by Six-apart - similar to bicycle shorts but mesh, and foam pads all over.

Susan rides exclusively in silk long johns, no matter what the temperature and swears by them.

When it's really cold I'll go for the silk longs or poly long johns.

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In Canada I buy Denver Hays at Marks work warehouse. 79% polyester 21% spandex and available in both bicycle style or boxer short style.

Comfortable stretchy and flat seams.

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Lots of runners wear Lycra bicycle type shorts, which don't have the butt pad. Look at athletic supply stores.

So many replies! This subject must be dear to our....hearts.
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