I've ridden regularly for about 20 months and don't understand why so many posts recommend getting padded bike shorts. It makes more sense to me just to get a larger padded seat. Why should I purchase special purpose clothing in order to ride? I'm very comfortable without bike shorts thanks to the bigger saddle I purchased. Anyone else feel this way? Are the shorts mostly for aesthetics? I admit big seats do look sillier, but I don't really care. I want comfort and I found it.