Yes, and in the nut area too, because they are, in some ways, just as important as your keys.
Is it padded in key areas?
VERY good... that cracked me up!!
So, JohnnyBike... Honestly, I feel that the seat is more important that the shorts... Sure it's important that the shorts are padded, and I think it's safe to assume that "bike shorts" are going to be padded in key/nut/nad areas right? Otherwise, why call them "cycling" shorts...
BUT, if you want real comfort (and no/less damage to the nerve endings in the taint area), get a good seat.
My first ride on my first road bike, bought in 2006, was to New York from Philadelphia... 108 miles, 9 or so hours, on the STOCK SEAT... My taint was destroyed. When I got in the shower after the ride, the nature of the pain I felt indicated to me that the skin was close to raw...
After that I resolved to get a better seat, and ended up buying a Specialized Avatar, with a BIG cut-out in the center... Search for it and you'll get an idea of the geometry of the seat. With THAT seat I can comfortably ride 10 miles in regular, non-padded shorts... It made a HUGE difference.
Just thought I'd throw in my experience for reference and to encourage anyone reading this to invest in a good seat. It's not only for comfort, but also for protection... Studies have indicated that damage in the taint area can occur to men and women...!! So not only will you be riding MUCH more comfortably, you'll be protecting your urinary/sexual/reproductive area as well...
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