Sunday, July 29, 2012

How old is too old?

Age is a state of mind; there's no such thing as too old...except when it comes to chamois. This is not a post about the magic of a young spirit; it's a post about when it's time to let that little bacteria farm go.

I know a good chamois is expensive. And I know that a good chamois can be hard to find. But it's the most important part of your ride.Think about what your chamois does for you; it's an important job, not to be taken lightly. It's a matter of comfort and hygiene. Your chamois can mean the difference between pleasure and pain (for you, and for your riding companions).

A few rules of thumb to decide what is "too old":
- if it's the 199x TdF Cofidis team kit, your shorts are too old. They are also too pink to tastefully conceal your treasures. Let them go.
- If the person riding behind you can make out the birthmark on your left butt cheek, your shorts have expired. Let them go.
- If you are "double shorting" to prevent the person behind you from making out the birthmark on your left butt cheek, both of your shorts are too old. Let them go.

As a matter of fact, if you are thinking to yourself, "are these shorts too old?", it's probably time to head to the bike shop and treat yourself to some new ones. Happy (and clean) riding!


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