i’m with you mark, i never wear padded shorts. i find them completely unnecessary. i just wear whatever pants i happen to put on that morning with boxers underneath. i’ve ridden numerous 100+ mile days without problem. i’ve even hit 200+ mile days without serious issue. one lesson i have learned the hard way is if you haven’t ridden 100 miles in a while you have to break your ass in by doing a few rides beforehand. my theory is that it builds up the layers of skin on your bum.