I don’t have super easy access to laundry facilities at the moment so I’ve been using a lot of clothing conservation techniques, which mostly involve wearing dirty clothes most of the time. I had hit upon what I thought was a great laundry-saving technique; wear underwear under my bike shorts so they can be worn more than once.
I had thought that the rule against wearing underwear existed because the undies would chafe and hurt while riding, but I hadn’t found that to be true, so I was feeling smug and wise. After all, no one knows why bike riders wear those goofy long socks or why they can’t wear sleeveless jerseys or why it’s wrong to wear a hydration pack while riding on the road. Most of those rules are just pointless affectations of a generally conformist sport; affectations that I’ve made a hobby out of flouting. Admittedly no one can tell what layers I wear under my bike shorts so it’s not as if the packs of roadies could indulge in their second favorite activity; that of looking down their noses at less-regimented riders, but still, I thought I had made a smart discovery.
Then I found out that this is the one bike-riding-related rule that actually has merit. The underwear don’t chafe while you’re actually riding, but just trust me that when the elastic meets your, um, leg in the same place the bike saddle does, nothing good can come of it. No bueno.
So this is my public service for today: believe me when I tell you that you shouldn’t wear underwear with bike shorts (at least not while you’re riding a bike). You will be sorry eventually. See, even a seasoned rider can learn something now and again.