Serious cyclists enjoy the adrenaline rush from a great ride or race, but they may not be so fond of the male organ pain that often accompanies long-term biking. When one's manhood is distressed, it's hard to keep one's mind on cycling. The following tips on wardrobe considerations are offered in the interest of promoting proper male organ care for those born to bike.
Suiting up is important
Tight, friction-reducing clothing is essential for the serious cyclist and recommended even for those who are more casual about their biking. The Lycra wardrobe helps a guy move faster and eliminates the chance of a flared pant leg getting caught on the pedals or in the chain.
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Not all bikers know that real cycling shorts are meant to be worn without underclothing. This isn't because riders get a special kick out of going commando (although, hey, it is fun); it's because even tightie whities can get a bit bunched up when riding.
That's why biking shorts come with special padding, called the "chamois." This eliminates the need for underclothing.
Fit is crucial
However, shorts that sag or don't fit tightly enough in the pelvic area can cause irritation to the male organ. Over a long ride, this can be very uncomfortable and result in considerable soreness.
One solution for many men is to switch from regular shorts to bib shorts. These are the shorts that resemble a unitard, stretching up beyond the waist and including a sort of built-in suspender. Bibs can help to keep the pelvic area pulled upward, ensuring a better fit.
Personalization may be necessary
Although pro shorts are made for free-balling, sometimes a man simply can't find a pair that fits well enough to keep his male organ from becoming chafed, sore or irritated. In such cases, it may be best to consider some form of underclothing.
Regular street underclothing, such as briefs or boxers, is probably not the best option for most men. In addition to the "bunching up" factor, the extra heat from another layer of clothing may increase sweating, resulting in an itchy rash.
Many men opt for the old standby: the athletic cup. A jock tends to fit more snugly and will keep equipment in place. In addition, a mesh-type cloth in the pelvic region and the lack of fabric along the butt will make for cooler conditions and keep sweat levels down.
Men who experience pain in their balls but not the male organ while cycling might try a suspensory; this is essentially a jock with an opening through which the male organ hangs.
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Those who favor an alternative to a jock can investigate a male organ pouch. This is basically a less confining version of a jock. Rather than having a snug cup that compresses the equipment, a pouch allows for more freedom of movement.
Laundering is key
Achieving and maintaining a proper fit is not the only clothing consideration for cyclers who wish to be as pain-free as possible. There's also the matter of keeping that clothing clean.