China, my child.
If you’re buying the casual cycling gear, the lower priced stuff when you don’t feel like dropping two or three hundred on a bib short, China is your destination.
Along with the rest of the cycling gear — bikes, wheel-sets and components — Chinese factories pump out lycra bib shorts and pads for apparel companies in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.
Often, the hyped, multi thickness, grooved channel, anatomical wonder that’s advertised as part of a fancy cycling short was cranked out in a sweat shop outside Shanghai or Beijing or some backwater where hours are long and pay is depressing.
The made-in-china website is kind of a dating service for companies who need to find a Chinese manufacturer for any number of cycling goods. It’s also comedy central, with english translations that will have you rolling on the floor with laugher.
Here are two gems from out readings in the world of Chinese cycling pads:
“During the longtime bicycle tour, the body especial man’s genitals will be badly harmed if saddle’s pression, friction and jounce can’t be will reduced. Elaborate selection of fabric and foam, gel rubber material use, thermofusion 4D emboss technology …. ventilation theory’s use and humanistic consider make our cycling pads or chamois own wonderful quality.” — Beijing Tourmate Outdoor Sports Products Co.
“For riding lovers, in the long-term riding process, good riding equipped with is essential. Our company is specialized in producing bicycle pants mat, novel style, type is various, according to customer demand by original yarn,… Also can produce according to the demands of the masses of customers with customers providing the same products, welcome the masses of customers to negotiate with our company, we will use the reasonable price, high quality products and warm service return you!” — Quanzhou Omi Apparel Co.
There you go. For riding lovers in the long term riding process who don’t want their genitals jounced, China is the place to go.