Don’t wear underwear with your bike shorts

“No one will tell you this, so I’m going to tell you. We don’t wear underwear under our bike shorts.”

It’s true. One of the ride leaders gave us this advice at one of the first training rides I did last summer.

Recently, I got to talking about bike riding at a doctor’s visit. As soon as the doctor was out of the room, the nurse turned to me and said, “I have to tell you this.” She’d signed up for the STP a few years ago, and was still traumatized at how she’d gotten so badly chafed that it hurt to sit for several days. “No one told me not to wear underwear!” she lamented. She hasn’t ridden her bike since.

So there you go. No underwear. Go forth and pedal.