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Cycling Comfort with Padded Bike Shorts

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How to Get Comfortable Cycling with Padded Bike Shorts

Here is how a chamois pad works inside a pair of bike shorts:

aero tech padded bike shorts

Cycling discomfort is often from pressure points and abrasion from the bicycle saddle. A padded bike short is a solution after you make sure you are properly fitted on your bicycle, so that your legs are just slightly bent on the downstroke, and your bicycle seat properly fits your size of rear end.

The chamois pad inside a pair of padded bike shorts is designed to help relive pressure points and eliminate chafing. The design of a chamois pad is based on end user. Each type of cyclist rides at varying degrees of bend in their body, which puts their weight in different spots on the saddle. Each chamois pad has characteristics that make it appeal to the individual preferences of bicycle riders.

cycling position
how to use a chamois pad

The chamois pad is engineered to bridge the gap between the bicycle saddle and the points of pressure in the pelvic area. The area's that beg releif during longer bicycle rides. A multi layer lamination of different types of foam padding make up most pads. They are developed in the context of the human pelvic girdle which contains the Ischium bones also known as your sitting bones.

The Ischium supports the body weight while seated on a bicycle. The human pelvic area consists of two hip bones which contains three fused bones: the ilium,ischium and the pubis. The Ischium bones are padded for cycling by the density or thickness of the pad. Chamois pads have the thickest area of the pad under the ischium bones.

Men's chamois pads usually have a cutout in the center of the pad to remove pressure on the pudendal nerve.

pelvic area on a bicycle saddle


Bicycle seat neuropathy is a common injury for avid cyclists. It is related to vascular and neurologic injury to the pudendal nerve. The bicycle saddle you use needs to support your bones and pelvic region without pressure.

The pudendal nerve runs below the pelvic bone, and can create numbness and discomfort if too much pressure is placed. The problems associated with the pressure on the pudendal nerve can cause a lack of blood flow to the entire pelvic region and the genitals. The lack of blood flow into this region can also lead to numb limbs and fatigue. To relieve pressure from this nerve, many men's bicycle saddles and bike short's chamois pads have a cutout in the center, to reduce the pressure and thickness in this nerve area.



Bicycle Saddles are designed to take the pressure off the pelvic nerve:

Newly designed saddles have the cutout in the saddle for this purpose. In addition, there are some bicycle saddles that have no front nose and the entire seat is shortened to support only the bones. This takes away all of the pressure on the pudendal nerve in the soft tissue of the pelvic area.


A chamois padding usuallly has these features:

1. Face Fabric that is a wicking polyester with a soft, surface
2. Fabric is treated with antibacterial or antimicrobial fibers like carbon or silver fibers.
3. Multiple density of foam that is engineered to pad the Ischium sit bones.
4. Women's are wider than men's designs
5. Men's have a cutout in the center to reduce the pressure on the pelvic pudendal nerve.
air mesh

Chamois Pads - The best are combinations of foam

Multiple density of foam are used to create shock absorbing spots within the engineered designs. The thickest areas of the padding exist to pad the Ischium sit bones. Some pads have gel inserts, newer pads have a unique air mesh material that absorbs shock yet remains cool and breathable.


men's elite gel pad

Men's Elite Chamois Pad - has a cutout in the center to relieve pressure

This chamois pad has a fabric surface from Eschler bioactive. Eschler is the best of class for high certification standards that guarantee their ability to wick perspiration, quickly evaporating moisture. Natural antibacterial properties from silver ions in yarn. This is a luxury Italian made chamois pad that is developed for long hours of riding on road or mountain bike. Long Distance Cycling, Road or Mountain Biking.

See Men's Padded Bike Short Options


womens elite chamois pad

Women's Elite Chamois Pad - has a wider back for a female anatomy.

It has a seamless surface design with a 3D combination of open cell breathable foams fitted together like a puzzle engineered to absorb road shock and act like a pillow on the saddle. The fit is anatomically designed with a combination of elasticity and density. This pad tested in the excellent category by our product development team. This pad has an internal layer of Air Mesh for absorbing shock. Long Distance Cycling, Road or Mountain Biking

See Women's Padded Bike Short Overview

There are many choices of chamois pads to pick from that range from thin to thick. Each pad has it's features and fans. There are lots of opinions on what is best to ride in, that is why there are so many good choices.

aero tech designs bike shrots
gel chamois pad

pro bike shorts
black pearl chamois pad classic padded bike shorts
Top Shelf - Long Distance chamois pad - Most Popular Gel Pad for extra comfort Pro Pad Multi Layer is Not so thick. Ideal for anti-chafe

Black P.Chamois Mid density

All American Black
10 MM thick 12 mm thick 7 mm thick 8 mm thick 10 mm thick
classic padded bike shorts century thick pad chamois pad triathlon swim bike run gel padded mens short
Men's Classic Black
Men's Century Thick Padded Short Formaggio Pad Triathlon - Swim Bike Run Gel Chamois Pad
12 mm thick 10mm High Denisty 6 mm Thick 6 mm Thick 12 mm Thick


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