The best way to know about bike shorts is to understand your options available in today's marketplace. If you are reading this, you probably love to ride and want the best deals possible on cycling apparel. Here is some expert advice to help you pick the short that meets your individual needs. There are many choices because there are so many opinions on what is best for all the types of riding that goes on out there. We love to ride and hope to see you on the road....
| Important features of a bicycle short:
The shorts below show different types available that are typical when shopping for a pair of cycle shorts. Each individual who rides has a different opinion on what makes up a good pad and bike short. With all of the different preferences, you can see there is a short developed for all types of riders. Here are some Cycle Short Categories:
|Spandex Road Short||
Tri - Swim-Bike-Run
|Under-Liner Short||Casual Commuter||Padded MTB Short||Bib Shorts|
|Thick and Dense Pads in Road Bike Shorts These pads are in the elite category and are best for high mileage and century rides over 50 miles.||Thin padded Bike Shorts are great for experienced cyclists who are comfortable on their saddle or for triathletes who want one garment for swim, bike, run.||Underwear and Liner Shorts These garments are worn under your normal looking shorts or pants, they are usually mesh with a chamois pad,||Casual shorts are ideal for bicycle lifestyle. They are ususally a woven stretch fabric for lots of short around town rides. They are for daily use and double as casual short.||Baggy / MTB - Baggy or loose fitting bike shorts are often called ATB or MTB as they are Mountain bike shorts. They are often sold as two shorts in one, a padded liner inside an outer short.||Bib Shorts - are compression bike shorts without a waist held up with straps or suspenders. This is most often used by elite and most experienced cyclists.|
Fitting into spandex shorts is very easy for most everyone because the shorts are very stretchy. This means you could wear a size too small or a size too large and still be comfortable while cycling. Bike shorts usually have a chamois pad sewn into the saddle area of the garment. This pad needs to be stretched smooth across the crotch area to maximize it's performance to protect the rider. With a pair of bike shorts on your body, you should be able to run your hand across your crotch area and feel smoothness without any bunching. Bike Shorts work best when they fit snug with the chamois pad held close to the skin. When bike shorts are too large, the chamois pad moves around and may create an opportunity for rubbing or abrasion.
The features built into bike shorts often are built around the function of the cyclist who is riding. There are many types of cyclists on the road, so there is a similar variety of padded bike shorts. Leg grippers or some type of leg compression is essential for cycling shorts to stay in place. With the constant motion of the muscles during exercise, the shorts tend to ride up if they don't have some type of compression or grip on the legs. Below are some examples of men's cycling shorts with their prices and chamois pads. email us with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see from the images below of different chamois pads there are a variety of prices and thicknesses available. Beginners want a thicker pad, triathletes use a thinner pad, long distance riders have several choices but generally prefer a dense breathable pad.
Padded cycling shorts are designed for men who ride bicycles. If you study the chamois padding, you will note that they are engineered for the placement of the bones on the saddle. The different densities and thicknesses are designed to provide shock absorption where it is needed. Men's bike shorts typically have a groove or cut out in the center of the pad for the male anatomy to sink into to take pressure off the Ischia and perinea area.
Bicycle seat neuropathy is a common injury for avid cyclists. It is related to vascular and neurologic injury to the pudendal nerve. 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.
Multi-Layer Chamois Padding - A thin cycle pad with the correct seams will fit tight into all of the curves of your crotch area. The torso is very deep and round, combined with the curvature of the thighs, it is impossible for a seamless pad to fit "up an in" snug to the crotch without seams. The baseball type stitching provides an excellent fit when chafe is an issue. Most of the chamois pads are made from a polyester surface that has an antibacterial finish like Hygienic. It is is a permanent finish which prevents premature fabric decay and prevents the growth of bacteria and odors so giving a healthy micro climate between the body and fabric which is ideal for bike short. Think of it as a type of polish that smooths the fibers so the ridges cannot trap moisture or bacteria.
Thick Padded Shorts - Layers of Foam or Gel with "density added" Gel filled chamois pads are the thickest and ideal for absorbing shock and adding comfort to a sore butt. The gel provides a gentle layer that softens the bike ride's shock that is absorbed into the ischial butt bones. Gel adds a layer of comfort for new cyclists and those who are moving up in their mileage. It is good for all rides long or short. If you are comfortable on your saddle, you might not need the thickness and weight of a gel padded bike short.
The high end chamois pads are highly engineered for peap performance on bicycle rides. The Support is built into the pad with the understanding of how the body sits on the saddle and where the pressure points are in contact with the bike saddle. The pads are quick drying, antibacterial and are loaded with features for each unique type of rider. The pads are engineered with layers of foam shapped to conform with the contact points between the Iscial bones where there is an extra layer of dense padding to absorb the shock and abrasion. The bicycle saddle you use needs to support your bones and pelvic region without nerve pressure.
|Men's Elite Short
|Men's Printable Shorts||Gel Padded Spandex
|Men's Century Thick Padded
|Men's Gel Padded
|3M Reflective, 15 mm total thickness on sit bones
3 Dimensional, 10 mm High Impact Foam, 6 mm Air Mesh, 4 mm Open Cell
|3M Reflective, pad is a high impact perforated 10 mm thickness on sit bones
||Side Pockets and Gel Pad for extra comfort and long distance||Men's Century Thick Padded Short stays dry and is very stretchable||Gel Chamois Pad with soft wicking fabric face|
| Thickness: 15 mm plus four
| Thickness: 10 mm 6 mm 5 mm
|Thickness: 12 mm with Gel Insert||Thickness: 10 mm Elastic CyTech pad||Thickness: 12 mm with Gel Insert|
|Triathlon Tri Shorts||Classic Padded Bike Short||Wild Print Spandex
and Men's Pro Bike Shorts
|All American Bike Short|
|Triathlon Pad||Men's Classic Black
(Thick), 4 Colorways
|Multi Layer Pad - Not Thick||All American Black|
|Thickness: 3 mm||Thickness: 10 mm||Thickness: 7 mm thick||Thickness: 10 mm|
This category of bike shorts are actually two shorts in one. A baggy exterior and an internal liner or bike underwear. The baggy and loose fitting bike shorts are ideal for casual riders who do not want to wear spandex. Getting ready to choose a loose fitting (aka 'baggy") bike short is easy when you have choices. Most of the mountain bike shorts are two shorts in one. A loose outer shell made of nylon and an internal stretchy padded bike short. We have found that many people who want the baggy bike short look are not just mountain bikers. More often the buyers of the loose fitting shorts want a more casual and normal looking short. They are usually referred to as Mountain Bike Shorts or MTB shorts. Some refer to them as ATB or all terrain Bike shorts. There are many brands of shorts and the differences are subtle and significant, so you need a little time to find the right pair for you.
|ATD Padded Cargo
||ATD Mens Bicycle Commuter Multi-Sport Shorts||MTB Touring Shorts||ATD Men's Commuter Pedal Pushers - 3/4 Knicker|
|Black P.Chamois Pad
|Black P. Chamois Pad
|Stretch Woven Commuter||Molded 3D Pad is light and breathable||Stretch Woven Commuter|
|Thickness: 8 mm||Thickness: 8 mm||Not Padded||Thickness: 6 mm||Not Padded|
Padded Cycling Underwear is a great way to transform your casual shorts into cycling apparel. Padded cycling underwear can be used for any activity high in impact. Other sports include rowing, motorcycling riding, and horseback riding, just to name a few. Aero Tech Designs Padded Underwear are available in many different options regarding the pad thickness and purpose. Most liner shorts are a mesh fabric for coolness and ventilation.
|Men's Gel Padded Underliner||Mesh Bicycling Underwear||Impact Liner - Hip Crash Pads||Gel Padded Mesh Cycle liner Short|
Thick and DenseElite Air-Gel Underliner
|Thin - Breathable Perforated Elastic Interface Pad Very Cool||Multi Layer Chamois||Gel Chamois Pad|
|Thickness: 15mm||Thickness: 6 mm||Thickness: 6 mm||Thickness: 12 mm|
This category of bike shorts are ideal for multiple sport activity. The spandex shorts offer compression - which reduces fatigue and helps you recover faster. The unpadded shorts offer up excellent range of movement without restriction. Ideal of multiple sports like running, soccer, yoga and general fitness.
|ATD Unpadded Pro Compression
|Men's Compression Workout
|Men's Swimming Jammers|
|Not Padded - Good for Recumbent Riders. Has Grippers||Not Padded / 5 colors||Not Padded colors / prints||FINA Swimwear|
|By: Cathy Schnaubelt Rogers|