Cycle & Ride Like a Boss (Commando 🍑)

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Cycling Instructor Sandy Beaches on bike with cycling shorts
Cycling Instructor Sandy Beaches 📷 @georgespictures

Every single one of us has made this cycling mistake when it comes to jumping on a spin bike, going for a ride in the neighborhood or showing up for your first group road cycling ride: wearing underwear.

OUCH... 😭

OK... let’s say you are that rare newbie that has been attending cycling classes at the local RIDE Indoor Cycling Studio where our favorite #ridetribe cycling instructor Sandy Byrne teaches. (This lady is amazing...her internal ride every thing, every where, all time and riding makes her feel like she can accomplish anything!)

📽️Scenario...picture this ...

After a few weeks of regularly attending spin classes, your favorite wonder-woman undies in bright red peek out from beneath your favorite Athleta capris, and the nice lady next to you on bike 6 leans over and says, "Bless your heart, honey, you don't wear undies when you ride your bike indoors or under your bike shorts- that is a no and not good for you."


It happens on the trail and road rides as well - we went out on a scout ride for the PinkStrong Shero Mission Ride, and Irene stated immediately after the ride, "I think I need a new seat - I am raw in all the wrong places💔." After a few probing questions, we found her undies were interfering with her ability to be amazing.😱

But we'll save you from those awkward beginner moments by providing you with a simple instruction to correctly wear those cushioned, lined or padded bike shorts.

We got you, friend.

Let’s get you riding like a boss and give you a guide on how to wear cycling shorts appropriately for attending spin classes or riding outside on the roads, trails, and gravel cycling paths.

Ride Indoor Cycling  Class Spin Instructor Sandy
Fun Live Ride Indoor Cycling Class led by Sandy

How to Properly Wear & Buy Cycling Shorts

So you've taken the plunge and purchased a pair of bike shorts with a cushioned, sewn-in chamois (pronounced "shammy"). You're left with just one question: How do I put these things on?

Put that one in the category of "Things Nobody Tells You." Whether you're new to the sport or have been pedaling for years without cushioning, you've probably heard that you should purchase some "appropriate" bike shorts. However, the guidance usually ends there, which, to be honest, may lead to some very awkward rider mistakes.

Panties and tightey whites need to be uninvited to every spin class, trainer and bike ride you have planned for the future.

Leave The Undies At Home.

The obvious first step is to wear your bike shorts without underwear. The chamois inside the shorts is intended to drain sweat and dry fast, which not only keeps you cool but also prevents germs from growing, which may cause rashes and blisters.

The chamois is also designed to sit snugly against your skin when you pedal in the saddle, preventing friction and chafing.

That means going commando in your chamois shorts, because wearing underwear adds an extra layer of material—often cotton—as well as more seams and other details that might trap moisture, bunch up, and create friction. Because friction is not your friend, leave the drawers at home.

How To Put On Cycling Shorts

No one ever teaches you how to put on bike shorts. There is a sure-fire simple two-step method you can use to put on your shorts to guarantee your chamois is ready for the ride.

To ensure that they operate effectively, and avoid having an angry kitty kat or raging manly bits full of grief- you should put them on correctly.

What does that even mean? The fabric nearest your treasure box should be smooth and taut throughout - [tight is right most of the time], with no sagging or bunching, and the chamois should fit tightly against your skin.

It should feel like a second skin when you put on your cycling shorts.