One of the things I’m not very good at is indecision. Whether it’s my own or other’s, it makes me more than a little nuts. So I’m actually quite good and well practiced at being decisive. I mean I found “my” bike after only three test rides. But now I find myself in the uncomfortable position of being unable to decide whether or not I need or want padded shorts to ride.
After my post about being indecisive about riding with padded shorts, I purchased a pair of Andaimopadded underwear and a pair of Nashbar padded shorts. The past couple of weeks have been spent comparing riding with and without. I am definitely more comfortable in the saddle with some padding. The underwear is great to wear with my running shorts and tights but I actually prefer wearing the padded shorts. As much as I ride, though, two pairs are just not enough. Plus, even though summer just started here, cooler weather isn’t that far off so I also need padded tights that will keep me warm.
In the midst of contemplating (and agonizing over) the expense of adding a couple more pairs of padded shorts and padded tights, I stumbled across a cache of old shorts and tights from my road bike days in a dresser. This was seriously like finding a wad of money in a pair of long forgotten jeans. With three pairs each of shorts and tights, I’m pretty much covered. The glitch, they’re one size smaller than I’m wearing now. They fit… but just.
So, no time like the present to work on losing the 10lbs I’m always complaining about. As much as I dislike being focused on my weight, the truth is I am and I’ll be happier and feel better if I shed a little. My newfound older gear is the perfect motivator to start writing down everything I eat, counting calories, and gaining more control over my eating, with “control” being the operative word.
With decision comes progress.
I’m generally very comfortable in the saddle for about 6 miles (approximately 40-45 minutes) but after about 8 miles my tush begins to complain. My longest ride to date has been close to 10 miles and I was definitely ready to be off the bike. After a few minutes though, I felt like I could have gone for another ride. Part of my dilemma is this: I’ve only had my bike for a little over a week so conditioning is a factor, but how much? Will not having some padding for my sit bones keep me from taking longer rides? The other part of the issue is that I ride my bike almost every day…that’s several pairs of padded shorts or padded underwear, if I decide to go that route, yet another decision. Perhaps my only way out of this quagmire of uncertainty is to simply get one pair of padded something and see how that goes.
Do you ride padded or not?