Things to consider when buying cycling shorts

August 29, 2018

Things to consider when buying cycling shorts

If you’re reading this then there is a good chance that you have just purchased a bike and are looking to take riding more seriously. You are probably thinking to yourself, is it just a trend that the riders are wearing skin tight clothing and cycling shorts? Funnily enough, each item of clothing serves a specific purpose. We will share our list of things to consider when buying cycling shorts below, read on to see what suits your comfort and style.

The sole purpose of cycling shorts is to provide the rider with comfort while they are riding their bike for a long period of time. The concept behind cycling shorts is to provide padding in the right places and the seams have been placed strategically to reduce chaffing. Pairing the comfort factors with materials like lycra and spandex allows for a decrease in air resistance and an increase on full range of motion on your bike. Cycling shorts can also typically include technical sporting materials that will increase breathability, reduce heat absorption and either help block the rays of the sun or reduce the chill of the wind depending on the climate.

The best tips that we can provide to people looking to buy cycling shorts.

  • Cycling shorts are meant to be worn without underwear
  • Shop within your budget – Cycling shorts have a wide range of quality, materials and specifications for different environments. Purchase a pair of shorts within your budget and slowly work your way up to something that suits your riding style.
  • Padding – Depending on your riding style will determine whether you would be wanting a thick or thin padding in your cycling shorts. More padding is not always a better choice. Never buy a unisex pair of padded cycling shorts, buy the pair that suits your gender as these will typically have the padding in the important places.
  • Decide whether you prefer a waist band or cycling bib shorts – Most professional cyclists will prefer the bib shorts that have shoulder straps. This allows for a reduced binding or discomfort in the midsection and you will not get the sliding down feeling. It will always however, come down to personal preference.

We consider these to be the best tips on buying cycling shorts whether you are a professional rider or whether you ride casually. These tips will allow you to ensure that you are receiving a high-quality material with the added features that suit your riding style.





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