Padded short can help but the bottom line is you have to give yourself time to adjust to sitting on a bike saddle. It will hurt for a while.
I think the right saddle is more important than the padded shorts. If your saddle doesn't fit no shorts will save you the pain. Don't be fooled by those soft squishy saddles. Those are the worse things to use on a bike. My perfect saddle is from Specialized. Some of the high-end bike shops have a special pad that measures the width of your sit bones then recommends a saddle that fits your sit bones. The saddle looks like torture but it as wonderful! www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/saddle s
As for the gloves: remember to move your hand position often so your hands don't get numb. Build up your core so it is holding you up instead of leaning on the handlebars.
Edited by: KJEANNE at: 7/16/2013 (20:07)
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I do almost all of my bike-stuff purchases on E-Bay. Saves me a ton of $$. Because I ride a lot, I splurge on shorts. My butt has to be real comfortable or else I'm miserable. I've tried most brands and have Assos to be above all. They're expensive, but they're comfortable, long-lasting, and are backed by a lifetime guarantee.
LG are not bad. It's personal preference and how it fits your body. I've got some really good deals in the past from Colorado Cyclist. If you find a pair that fits you just right, buy a load of them at the discount and they will last for 10 years.
Pricier, but worth it, in my cheapskate opinion...lol.
Regarding saddle comfort, if you are relatively new to cycling distances, persist and you will likely find yourself adjusting and the discomfort decreasing. If not, check in with your local bike shop for a saddle "fitting" and they may be able to recommend alternatives that work better for you.
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