Cycling Shorts: Different Points To Consider When Choosing The Ideal Cycling Shorts

While it is possible to ride a bicycle wearing typical shorts or trousers, this is not always the most comfortable option.  To ensure a comfortable and efficient ride, it is recommended that you opt for a pair of cycling shorts.  Unfortunately, shorts are like bicycle seats in that they are difficult to recommend according to the personal size and shape of each rider.  This article will provide information on different points to consider when choosing the ideal shorts.

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•    Panels

Surveys have discovered that the more panels on the shorts, the better the fit and level of comfort.  In the majority of cases, an eight-panel pair of shorts will fit the body more effectively than a pair made from lesser panels.  High quality cycling shorts typically have flat-seam stitching, so the added panels will reduce the chance of abrasion and additional discomforts.

•    Liners

Nowadays, the crotch liner on a pair of shorts is made from synthetic material and not chamois leather.  This may seem to be a negative aspect, but it is actually a beneficial point because the material will not dry, crack or cause any irritation.  In fact, synthetic liners are more absorbent and padded resulting in a large, smooth and comfortable item.

If the liner available presents with grooves, seams, a distinct section and potential texture similar to a waffle, it can be highly comfortable; however, not all individuals will find this a beneficial fit.  In fact, there is no way to identify the comfort of a liner fit before riding the bike.  To avoid discomfort, it is recommended that you purchase gel inserts to avoid the transfer of moisture onto the liners.

•    Leg Grippers

Nothing is more frustrating or irritating that cycling shorts “riding up” into the crotch.  To ensure this does not happen, or does not happen regularly, it is important that you inspect the leg grippers of the shorts.  Be sure to have wide grippers that are securely sewn in and made of a rubber-like material.  The rubber will have a firm hold on the legs, and a wide length will reduce the chance of riding.

•    The Waist Band

An elastic waist band should always be wide enough to avoid feeling like a rope drawing around the middle of the body.  While some shorts will provide additional drawstrings, many provide elastic alone.  If the band is too tight, it can be highly uncomfortable and may result in breathing difficulties.  It is recommended that you try the shorts on beforehand and determine if the band fits correctly before purchase.