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  • Tour Tip – How Many Pair of Shorts Do I Need?
  • What Women Want

How Many Pair of Shorts Do I Need?

Since you want to begin with clean, dry cycling shorts every day – and CLEAN is the operative! – I would suggest at least 2 pair for every 4 days of travel. So, a 7 day trip would need 3 pair of shorts.

You can wash a pair out each night and re-use them the next day; however, drying time depends upon the weather – humidity, etc. AND, you may not feel like washing clothes every night.

IF you are unable to wash your cycling shorts clean before wearing them, you open yourself up to bacteria that can cause rashes, chafing, sores, and other unpleasant problems. It’s not worth testing this – believe me, it’s important.

If the shorts are not dry when you put them on, chafing and added moisture in areas where you don’t want or need it can cause similar issues as shorts that are not clean.

Perhaps one of the best solutions to extending the life of a short is the use of a liner. In addition to allowing you to wear a pair of shorts for a second day, a liner can add a bit more padding, offer a second wicking fabric between you and the chamois pad in your cycling shorts, and they wash clean and dry lightning fast!

You can read about the Andiamo unpadded Skins™ that we sell and see if this might be a solution for you.

If you are loathe to wear tight fitting cycling shorts, Andiamo also makes  padded liners for men and women that you can wear under virtually any garment – short, skirt, trouser, or Capri. They add a seamless pad, protecting you from the seams of other garments and will also wash clean and dry quickly.

My recommendation for shorts + liners: Take two pair of shorts for every 5 days and 3 liners. Just like feet, it’s always nice to have a dry bum!

Essentially, women want what men want: to be treated with respect and dignity, to be taken seriously, and to be offered the same quality products and services.

That has not always been the case in the cycling business. It is, however, ALWAYS the case here at HubBub Custom Bicycles. In fact, we have gone so far as to have products manufactured for women when the industry offerings have been virtually non-existent. For example, we worked with (read that: “badgered”) Waterford Precision Cycles for almost two years to develop and manufacture the Waterford Diva frameset.

We take a woman’s bike fit and sizing very seriously and display as many saddles designed for women as for men as well as seeking out the appropriate sized and shaped handlebars and stems. A woman’s comfort, safety, and level of interest in cycling are always taken into consideration when helping to find the optimum position during a fitting.

We do not try to “make do” with products that just aren’t appropriate. In addition to women’s specific saddles, handlebars, and stems, we stock a wide variety of women’s shorts, tops, jackets, shoes, undergarments, gloves, and even Luna energy bars. When talking with our suppliers and road reps, we remind them that not every woman is a size 8 or 10 and 5′ 5″ tall. So, there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all”!

Many of the other products that are not necessarily “women specific” per se were chosen because women will benefit from them. For example, our Aloe Up Suncare products are gentler and more beneficial to the skin than many others. We also stock DZ Bliss Chamois Cream

When discussing a tandem with a couple, it is always with an emphasis on the role of the Captain as it relates to the Stoker’s comfort and safety. As you will learn, “the Stoker is ALWAYS right!” We are very serious about our tandem teams, and want them to enjoy the sport and find riding together fun and exciting.

When discussing a new single bike with a woman, we address our questions to HER and try to answer her questions without assuming anything.

Finally, we try to convey to women our love of the sport and of our work. We are a serious tandem team. We test and use the products.

Wow-mirrors arrived. They are great!

I will be “modelling” it for my biking friends on our long ride this weekend.

Nice product-and I appreciate the friendly “made in the USA” service!

M

Matt – PE Canada