I haven’t been on my bike in a while. Every time I go past the LA River Bike Path (which is more often than you would expect) I think, “I should get my bike out.” I don’t though. It’s not a very dog friendly activity and if the dogs can’t do it with me there is less chance that I’m going to make time to do it. When I do decide to get the ol’ bike out the “prep” experience causes me to sweat uncontrollably. Before even getting on the bike! First you have to squeeze into those silly shorts. Then you have to check your tire pressure and, if you are me, get the pump out to fill each one. Then you have to put the bike rack on the car and hoist the bike up. Whew! I’m beat just thinking about it. Ions ago when I was training for my triathlons I use to go out on my bike on a regular basis. Here is a post from back in that time of my life. Enjoy …
After my long bike ride on Sunday I asked a question that I’m sure had been asked a million times before. Why don’t they make bike seats comfortable? I mean what is the point of making them as painful as possible? Doesn’t seem logical.
I know from experience and from the dozen or so real bikers that yell at me via Twitter whenever I complain about an ouch in my crotch/bum area that biking shorts make a huge difference. It is obviously a scam of the biking industry. Why they feel they have to put super duper padding in your shorts, so you feel like you are walking around with a load in your pants, vs. just adding padding to the seat is beyond me.
The only “biker short” I currently own are sewn into my very pastel colored tri-suit. I’m not riding around LA looking like an Easter egg. So Monday I made my way to REI’s online site and found some women’s biker shorts on clearance. Today they showed up. Holy Adult Diaper Batman! These things are not kidding! I took a picture (above) for you to get an idea of what I’m dealing with here. The one pair I turned inside out so you can see the additional crotch/bum padding. The second I poised behind … standing on it’s own … like a ghost of the bike seat it never was.
I haven’t tried them on but I’m pretty confident I’ll look ridiculous wearing them. Oh well! At least there will be less crotch ouch!