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    Athletic Support Under Cycling Shorts?

    I've been thinking about wearing an athletic support (jock strap) under my cycling shorts for groin pain--not chafing issues. I know that the shorts provide support, but I feel more comfortable and everything looks "neater" down there with an athletic support keeping it all together. I purchased a strap support and tried it on, but have not yet ridden with it because you can see the straps through the side of my shorts. It's noticeable if you're looking for it, and I don't want to look stupid or 'novice' on the road to other riders for wearing something under my shorts. Does anyone wear one or know someone that wears support under cycling shorts for groin pain or comfort? Is this practice frowned upon?

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    Wear what makes you comfortable but maybe better shorts would be a better answer. Are yours loose?

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    You shouldn't do it, but not because it'll make you look novice. If you're a novice you'll look it no matter what.

    The reason not to do it is because it'll chafe you raw.

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    You might look into long leg athletic briefs. Calvin Klein once made these (I own a pair). They function similar to a jock, but you won't have the odd looking strap lines, and they fit tightly like cycling shorts. I'm not certain if they're still available from Calvin Klein, but similar briefs are available from several clothing manufacturers. I sometimes wore mine during cold weather, and I never had chafing issues.

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    No. Just. No. It looks stupid, it's not necessary if you have properly fitting shorts (unless perhaps your name is John Holmes or Ron Jeremy?), will chafe you raw, and just no.
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    I'm just gonna go make some popcorn...and see where this ends up.
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    What sort of groin pain are you speaking of? Franks or beans?

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    I think it'd be easier just to hypmotize your junk. Yeah, I said hypmotize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkles View Post
    What sort of groin pain are you speaking of? Franks or beans?
    Beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtorres253 View Post
    Beans.
    I'm going to take a guess that you need to buy some better fitting/or better quality shorts. You are trying to do the exact opposite of what Assos is doing with their high end bibs.
    BTW I'm not saying you need to get a pair of T.Centos or T.Campionissimo, there are plenty of other more affordable options out there. Their specific goal with these models is to provide a more comfortable fit for "a man's pride" (as they term it in one of their videos). BTW if you can under stand Swiss German the videos are great.
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    I really good pair of shorts/bibs will change your life forever.

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    Get an athletic supporter with a cup.
    Fill the cup with Icy Hot.
    Go for a ride.
    Have a nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerp View Post
    I'm going to take a guess that you need to buy some better fitting/or better quality shorts. You are trying to do the exact opposite of what Assos is doing with their high end bibs.
    Exactly.

    Try on a pair of properly fitting Assos bibs and that's the end of the story.

    Never put anything on under cycling shorts, it's not going to help and it's not the way it's designed to work.

    Good bibs will put everything exactly where it should be and hold it there. Even some good quality stuff like Giordana's EXO system is seriously lacking in the Johnson holding/protecting area. I can strongly suggest Assos's S7 line for this.

    As soon as you put on a really quality pair of shorts, you'll know. It'll be immediately obvious that you have the right thing on. Lower quality stuff generally does a poor job in this category.

    For lower priced options, the new Optime bibs from Bellwether are pretty great.


    Oh, and the saddle is a major player in this game as well. But that's a whole story by itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Get an athletic supporter with a cup.
    Fill the cup with Icy Hot.
    Go for a ride.
    Have a nice ride.
    LOL, this may be the key to setting some records.

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    I'm going to recommend you go see a doctor. I had a similar situation last year with groin pain and thought I was having discomfort from the saddle position. I adjusted my saddle fore and aft, up and down. Didn't work. I decided to see my primary care doctor and I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Riding the bike made the pain worse. I was referred to a surgeon, but couldn't get surgery right away because I was on Plavix from a stent I had put in earlier in the year. I was off the bike for several months until I was taken off the Plavix and cleared for surgery. I ended up with having emergency hernia surgery, as my intestine was strangulated in the hernia opening.

    Go get checked.

    Don't wear anything under your shorts. It will make matters worse than they are now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    Exactly.

    Try on a pair of properly fitting Assos bibs and that's the end of the story.

    Never put anything on under cycling shorts, it's not going to help and it's not the way it's designed to work.

    Good bibs will put everything exactly where it should be and hold it there. Even some good quality stuff like Giordana's EXO system is seriously lacking in the Johnson holding/protecting area. I can strongly suggest Assos's S7 line for this.

    As soon as you put on a really quality pair of shorts, you'll know. It'll be immediately obvious that you have the right thing on. Lower quality stuff generally does a poor job in this category.

    For lower priced options, the new Optime bibs from Bellwether are pretty great.


    Oh, and the saddle is a major player in this game as well. But that's a whole story by itself.
    I dunno if $500 bibs are the answer to this, but the fit is. I dunno if I have any bibs over $100 (though that's with the team deal, so maybe $150-200?), but they are all as tight as I can fit into and they're good for 100mi+. The last thing you want is things moving around basically. Get (very) snug bibs so your stuff doesn't move and your chamois doesn't move. Done.

    No undergarments!

    Disclaimer: I'd actually like to get some Assos at some point to see what the fuss is. I'll look into it as soon as I'm done crashing and taking risks!

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    FWIW...I'm the guy who recommended athletic support briefs. I wear Assos T FI.13 S5 bib shorts. While I agree with others that the Assos bibs fit vey well, they still don't cup my junk as securely as athletic briefs, and if junk cupping is of primary importance, then I see no reason not to try the briefs. They're less than $30/pair.

    Try these: Calvin Klein Pro Stretch Cycle Short. I've never chafed wearing them (but I only wear them if it's really cold...and not on a regular basis). If you try them and you get chafed, then obviously stop wearing them and report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvad View Post
    FWIW...I'm the guy who recommended athletic support briefs. I wear Assos T FI.13 S5 bib shorts. While I agree with others that the Assos bibs fit vey well, they still don't cup my junk as securely as athletic briefs, and if junk cupping is of primary importance, then I see no reason not to try the briefs. They're less than $30/pair.

    Try these: Calvin Klein Pro Stretch Cycle Short. I've never chafed wearing them (but I only wear them if it's really cold...and not on a regular basis). If you try them and you get chafed, then obviously stop wearing them and report back.
    Just out of curiosity, could you size down? I'm wondering because there is zero "wiggle" room up front in any of my bibs and I was always told that's pretty much how you want it. Especially with the compression and lazer cut, thin aero fabric, this and that. I was under the impression it should fit like a second skin.

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    I am 5"8" 140 and moved from M to S some time ago. Unfortunately, fit
    between brands (and even between models and years) varies. Like you,
    when I am neatly supported with no loose items, one more of the things
    that makes me uncomfortable is reduced. Reduce enough of these little
    items and you'll be able to push a harder pace and endure the suffering
    a little better.
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    I find bibs offer more support down there. If you issue is your junk getting jostled around, that may be the better answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    I find bibs offer more support down there. If you issue is your junk getting jostled around, that may be the better answer
    I believe the OP is experiencing "Junk Jostle" despite having bibs. I'm almost positive that's a legit medical term.

    If he's not wearing bibs, then yeah, I agree.

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    It sounds like you're worried about your c*ck looking small when you're wearing cycling shorts - you could always stick a banana in them and then eat it when you get hungry on a longer ride

    Seriously though - if there is pain in the groin area while riding you should look into the root cause and correct the problem. Either the bike doesn't fit or your position on the bike isn't right. A jock strap is probably not the solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ph0enix View Post
    ... if there is pain in the groin area while riding you should look into the root cause and correct the problem.
    That's good advice. I've had right groin and back pain for 25 years...and I've just dealt with it. I've gone through a dozen saddles and several bike fittings.

    My pain grew worse over the past two years and I began to seek help (physical therapy, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and finally four orthopedic specialists).

    None of the treatments helped: cortisone shots in my L5/S1, cortisone shot in my gluteus, cortisone shot in my right hip.

    It turns out I tore my right labrum (probably two years ago), but that's not the only problem.

    Recently, I was referred to a specialist in arthroscopic hip and shoulder surgery who diagnosed femoroacetabular impingement, which includes groin pain as a symptom. Many people live pain-free with FAI and aren't aware they have the condition, but athletes can experience pain as a result of FAI. I'm hopeful that this is finally the correct diagnosis.

    The take-away to this story is that while bike fit and position could be the cause of groin pain (and are the first things to address), the actual cause might be something more involved, and seeing an MD (or several) would be a good idea.
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    I actually did this when I ... ahem... got fixed down there. I gave it a week but then the siren call of good weather forced me out on my bike. Long story short, it worked like a charm: the jock strap kept everything "high n' tight" and I was spared a lot of agony. Bumps still sucked, though.

    I believe Assos' top end bibs have what amounts to a built in jock strap called the "kuku penthouse" which may be the greatest marketing name of all time.

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