This is Monday night raw. Not the WWE wrestling that runs on televisions everywhere (including mine). No I'm talking about the Monday night raw you experience when you conduct a simple experiment in riding comfort, and get it wrong.
Let me explain. a few days back I mentioned that the padded seat in the Rapha Fixed Shorts didn't necessarily work for longer rides when layered over bib shorts (too padded, too hot). And that had me wondering about alternatives on today's commute. Hence the experiment.
Dispensing with the bibs I tried wearing the Fixed shorts without anything underneath. I believe it's referred to as "going commando" That may work for special forces, but when was the last time special forces conducted a mission on bicycles. About a quarter mile into my 12.5-mile commute I knew I'd made a big mistake. A smarter man would have turned around and tried something else, but I convinced myself that science and you, the readers, deserved a definitive answer.
I rode the rest of the way and gathered a lot of very raw data. Now I can sum up the answer in one word, Ouch! For the ride home I happily wore the bibs shorts I'd brought along underneath and spent a lot of time out of the saddle.
Last week in Portland Slate, Daniel and I were talking about things we liked, and new pieces we hoped for. Daniel loves the Fixed Shorts and spends plenty of time in them. He'd like to see knickers in a heavier wool. I'd be interested in knickers made in the same lightweight fabric as the Touring Shorts, perhaps a shade tighter in the leg. That would be a great riding trouser more compatible with a protective bib layer underneath.
Time to put a little more cream on the raw data.